Barnes Rugby Football Club
|Full name||Barnes Rugby Football Club|
|Union||Rugby Football Union|
|League(s)||National League 2 South|
Barnes Rugby Football Club, formerly known simply as the Barnes Club, is a rugby union club which is claimed by some sources to be the world's first and oldest club in any code of football. It is claimed that Barnes RFC was founded in as early as 1839 but there is no actual evidence, so the club itself states to have clear documents about its activities from the 1920s. If the claim is true, then Barnes is the world's oldest football club in all codes. The club, from Barnes, London, also played a major role in the early years of association football, and was one of the teams in the first ever game of football. The club currently play in the fourth tier of the English league system, National League 2 South.
Accounts of the date that the club was formed are contradictory: club records give 1839, while other accounts give credit to eminent club member Ebenezer Cobb Morley, in 1858 or 1862. Its earliest recorded result was in November 1862 versus Richmond, played at Barn Elms. The club won that match and the replay that followed later in the year.
The Barnes Club was a founder member of the Football Association and Morley is often said to be the "father of The Football Association". On December 19, 1863, Barnes participated in the first ever match under FA rules, again against Richmond. It also competed in the first ever FA Cup and continued to do so through to the 1885–86 competition. The first three secretaries of the FA were members of Barnes.
"Of the 'only and original' clubs forming the Football Association the Barnes Club alone has throughout the ages been an active and faithful member of The Football Association. This is a matter of historical fact."— Geoffrey Green, The History of The Football Association, The Naldrett Press, London, (1953); p.428
Barnes RFC first XV has been promoted eight times since being positioned in Surrey Division Three in 1987.
- London Division 2 South champions: 2004–05
- London 1 v South West 1 promotion playoff winners: 2008–09
- National League 3 London & SE champions: 2010–11
- National League 3 (south-east v south-west) promotion play-off winners: 2014–15
|Club||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Points for||Points against||Points diff||Try bonus||Losing bonus||Points|
|11||Bury St Edmunds||26||10||0||16||588||698||-110||9||6||55|
|14||London Irish Wild Geese||26||6||0||20||574||859||-285||11||5||40|
|Green background is the promotion place. Blue background is the play-off place. Pink background are relegation places.
Updated: 25 March 2017
Source: "National League 2 South". NCA Rugby.
- *Cinderford were deducted 5 points for fielding unregistered players against Canterbury on 3 September 2016.
- History of the club at Barnes RFC website
- Inverdale, John: Telegraph article November 2, 2005
- Butler, Bryon: The Official History of the Football Association, page X. ISBN 0-356-19145-1
- "Miscellaneous Football". Sheffield & Rotherham Independent. XLIV (2826). British Newspaper Archive. 30 October 1863. p. 4. Retrieved 29 June 2014. (subscription required (. ))
- "The History of The FA". The Football Association. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
- Barnes at the Football Club History Database
- 1872 Scotland vs England football match
- "Club Discipline Season 2016-2017". NCA. Retrieved 24 September 2016.