Barnes Rugby Football Club

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Barnes
Barnes rfc rose.png
Full nameBarnes Rugby Football Club
UnionMiddlesex RFU, Surrey RFU
Foundedc. 1920 [1]
LocationBarnes, Richmond upon Thames, London, England
Ground(s)Barn Elms
ChairmanMichael Whitfield
League(s)National League 2 South
2017-18Promoted from London & South East Premier (champions)
1st kit
2nd kit
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Official website
www.barnesrfc.org

Barnes Rugby Football Club is a rugby union club based in Barnes, London. The club currently play in the fourth tier of the English league system, National League 2 South, following their promotion as champions of London & South East Premier.

History[edit]

The club's website states that it was established in Barnes in the 1920s.[1] For many years the club played at the Harrodian Club before moving to its Barn Elms location in 1987 when the grounds were sold to form a school.[1] Barnes RFC first XV has been promoted eight times since being positioned in Surrey Division Three in 1987.

Claim of continuity with Barnes Football Club[edit]

In 2002, the club's website claimed continuity with Barnes Football Club, stating that "[o]ur earliest recorded match was November 1862 versus Richmond, played at Barn Elms. We won that match and the replay that followed. For many years we played as Harrodians RFC before moving to our Barn Elms location in 1987."[2]. In 2005, this claim was amplified in a Daily Telegraph article by BBC sports presenter John Inverdale. Inverdale, who stated that he was "[f]or reasons that I'm not altogether clear about, ... one of a number of vice-presidents" of Barnes RFC, wrote that "in 1839, according to the club records, Barnes RFC were born, playing fixtures against a whole mish-mash of teams of which no match results have been kept."[3]

In 2008, the rugby club's website weakened this claim, stating only that "Barnes Rugby Club is a club with a rich history and was established in Barnes in the 1920s. Although there are indeed possibilities that our earliest recorded match was in November 1862 versus Richmond and played at Barn Elms, it is from the 1920s that our true history is clear."[4] As of 2018, similar wording remains on the current version of the rugby club's website.[1]

Honours[edit]

Current standings[edit]

2018–19 National League 2 South Table watch · edit · discuss
Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Losing bonus Points
1 Rams 19 18 0 1 664 287 377 16 0 88
2 Canterbury 19 14 0 5 522 368 154 12 4 72
3 Taunton Titans 19 13 0 6 681 473 208 15 4 71
4 Henley Hawks 19 14 0 5 495 390 105 11 3 70
5 Tonbridge Juddians 19 14 1 4 529 373 156 7 1 66
6 Bury St Edmunds 19 8 2 9 437 464 -27 9 2 47
7 Old Albanian 19 9 0 10 482 431 51 6 4 46
8 Clifton 19 8 0 11 461 527 -66 9 5 46
9 Worthing Raiders 19 8 1 10 511 543 -32 9 1 44
10 Redruth 19 8 1 10 403 480 -77 5 3 42
11 Dings Crusaders 19 8 0 11 371 381 -10 5 4 41
12 Barnes 19 7 1 11 408 452 -44 4 7 41
13 Old Redcliffians 19 6 0 13 463 544 -81 8 5 37
14 London Irish Wild Geese 19 5 0 14 344 654 -310 5 1 26
15 Birmingham & Solihull 19 6 0 13 368 486 -118 2 3 24[b 1]
16 Guernsey 19 3 0 16 344 630 -286 6 6 24
  • If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points for and against
  3. Total number of points for
  4. Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams
  5. Number of matches won excluding the first match, then the second and so on until the tie is settled
Green background is the promotion place. Blue background is the play-off place. Pink background are relegation places.
Updated: 19 January 2019
Source: "National League 2 South". NCA Rugby.
Notes
  1. ^ *Birmingham & Solihull were deducted 5 points as a result of fielding an ineligible player from the previous season in Midlands Premier which carried over into the 2018-19 season.[5]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Barnes RFC History".
  2. ^ "About BRFC".
  3. ^ Inverdale, John (2005-11-02). "My assumptions about 'oldest' were confounded by Barnes". Daily Telegraph.
  4. ^ "Barnes RFC - a club going places!".
  5. ^ "All roads lead south for the Bees next season". Birmingham & Solihull RFC. Retrieved 1 September 2018.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°28′30.28″N 0°14′13.03″W / 51.4750778°N 0.2369528°W / 51.4750778; -0.2369528