Barnes Rugby Football Club

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Barnes
Barnes rfc rose.png
Full nameBarnes Rugby Football Club
UnionMiddlesex RFU, Surrey RFU
Foundedc. 1920 (as Harrodians RFC)[1]
LocationBarnes, Richmond upon Thames, London, England
Ground(s)Barn Elms (Capacity: 500)
ChairmanMichael Whitfield
League(s)National League 2 South
2019–2011th
1st kit
2nd kit
3rd kit
Official website
www.barnesrfc.org

Barnes Rugby Football Club (formerly Harrodians 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. The club changed its name from Harrodians to Barnes at the beginning of the 1992–93 season.

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 The Daily Telegraph 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]

2019–20 National League 2 South Table watch · edit · discuss
Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Losing bonus Points
1 Taunton Titans (C) 25 20 0 5 815 521 294 17 4 101
2 Tonbridge Juddians (P) 25 21 0 4 810 366 444 13 1 98
3 Redruth 25 20 1 4 620 375 245 11 3 96
4 Henley Hawks 25 19 1 5 761 424 337 15 2 95
5 Clifton 25 16 0 9 703 552 151 15 4 83
6 Bury St Edmunds 24 15 0 9 660 489 171 12 6 78
7 Leicester Lions 24 16 0 8 520 374 146 7 5 76
8 Esher 24 13 1 10 609 530 79 11 5 70
9 Worthing Raiders 24 11 0 13 582 726 −144 12 4 60
10 Old Albanian 25 9 0 16 585 567 18 11 10 57
11 Dings Crusaders 24 9 0 15 548 647 −99 11 5 52
12 Barnes 25 8 0 17 533 719 −186 9 5 46
13 Westcliff 25 6 1 18 446 735 −289 5 8 39
14 Sutton & Epsom (R) 24 4 1 19 395 831 −436 5 3 26
15 Old Redcliffians (R) 23 3 2 18 329 648 −319 3 4 23
16 Bournemouth (R) 25 2 1 22 441 852 −411 2 6 18
  • 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: 14 March 2020
Source: "National League 2 South". NCA Rugby.
Notes


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Won when club was known as Harrodians RFC.
  2. ^ Both titles won when club was known as Harrodians RFC - 1988–89 title was for Surrey 2A.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Barnes RFC History".
  2. ^ "About BRFC". Archived from the original on 10 August 2002.
  3. ^ Inverdale, John (2 November 2005). "My assumptions about 'oldest' were confounded by Barnes". The Daily Telegraph.
  4. ^ "Barnes RFC - a club going places!". Archived from the original on 15 February 2008.

External links[edit]

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