The Bottle Match is a varsity match played between the Camborne School of Mines (CSM), Exeter University and the Royal School of Mines (RSM), Imperial College London. The first recorded match between the two sides took place on 16 December 1902, making it the second oldest rugby varsity match in the world.
The Bottle Match started as a rugby union match but as the schools sporting interests diversified other sports began to be played and from 2006 is now made up of six games played between the two institutions: men's rugby union, football, men's and women’s hockey, squash and golf. As of 2010 Netball has been included as an event.
The Bottle Match is traditionally held during the month of February normally on the last weekend of the month. Ancient rivalry between the RSM and CSM ensures that the competition gets fiercer by the year.
The winner of the Bottle trophy itself hinges entirely on the outcome of the rugby match. The winning team take home the 'Bottle', a 3-ft tall tin beer bottle adorned with the two crests of the institution, which was acquired in 1926 by a number of RSM students from the top of a Bass lorry. Since the 1950s, players on the winning side were presented with personal tankards from the South African-based company Union Corporation/Gencor. This tradition continues with the tankards provided by Michael West and the Mining Journal. There is also a trophy awarded to the Man of the Match. The Centenary Bottle Match was held in Cornwall in 2002, with RSM being victorious, and Anton Griffiths from CSM winning the man of the match trophy.
The winners of the men's hockey take the Sharpley Cup, a silver cup presented by J.E. Sharpley, an RSM alumnus, in the 1950s.
The winners of the women's hockey take the Golders Cup, a small silver cup presented by Golder Associates the 1990s.
|Name||The Bottle||-||Sharpley Cup||Golders Cup|
|Presented by||Bass||-||J.E. Sharpley||Golder Associates|
Bottle Match Results
|Date||Winner||Score||Venue||RSM Wins||CSM Wins||Draws|
|16 December 1902||Draw||-||London||0||0||1|
|1932||RSM||8 - 20||Cornwall||-||-||-|
|1947||RSM||5 - 8||-||-||-||-|
|1955||RSM||0 - 3||-||-||-||-|
|1998||RSM||26 - 0||Cornwall||30||32||6|
|2000||RSM||22 - 10||Cornwall||32||32||6|
|2003||RSM||12 - 5||London||35||32||6|
|2004||RSM||10 - 22||Cornwall||36||32||6|
|2005||RSM||17 - 15||London||37||32||6|
|2006||RSM||11 - 29||Cornwall||38||32||6|
|2007||CSM||3 - 5||London||38||33||6|
|2008||RSM||10 - 13||Cornwall||39||33||6|
|2009||RSM||14 - 10||London||40||33||6|
|2010||CSM||13 - 0||Cornwall||40||34||6|
|2011||RSM||25 - 20||London||41||34||6|
|2012||RSM||22 - 0||Cornwall||42||34||6|
|2013||RSM||24 - 8||London||43||34||6|
|2014||Draw*||6 - 6||Cornwall||43||34||7|
|2015||RSM||19 - 7||London||44||34||7|
|2016||CSM||14 - 5||Cornwall||44||35||7|
- The Bottle was retained by the RSM as they were the visiting team.
Note there are 28 missing years from the tally.
Bottle Match Weekend Results
Where scores are available:
1955 53rd Bottle
First Association football varsity match
Note - When matches are drawn, the trophy is retained by the previous winners.