Broadstreet Rugby Club

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Broadstreet RFC
Broadstreet Rugby Club Logo.jpg
Full name Broadstreet Rugby Football Club
Union Warwickshire RFU
Nickname(s) 'Street
Founded 1929; 86 years ago (1929)
Region Midlands
Ground(s) The Ivor Preece Field (Capacity: 250 seated)
Chairman EnglandJohn Warne
President EnglandDon Branston
Director of Rugby England Paul Harcourt
Coach(es) England Lee Cassell England Paul Hurst England Stewart Pearl
Captain(s) England Nick Thatcher
League(s) National League 2 (North)
2013-2014 First in National League III Midlands
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website

Broadstreet Rugby Football Club is a rugby union club based in the city of Coventry, West Midlands, England. In 2008–09, the team finished as champions of Midlands 1 League. The 2009–10 season in National League 2 North was their second season in the National Leagues, but they were relegated straight away after finishing third from bottom. However, after winning the National League 3 (Midlands) title in 2013-14, the club once again returned to National League 2 (North). Furthermore, the club have also recently enjoyed plenty of success, by winning the Warwickshire Cup (for a record thirteen times).

Their home ground is The Ivor Preece Field, named in honour of former President Ivor Preece which was opened in Coventry in 2002. Their previous ground from 1973 to 2002 was located on Brandon Road, Coventry. Previously the club played from their Henley Road ground where the club still have an active social club with over 300 members.


The Broad Street Old Boys' Rugby Club was founded in 1929 by former and current pupils of the Broad Street School in Broad Street, Foleshill, Coventry. The club's history goes back even further to when Broad Street School was opened in 1911. It was many years later that the club decided drop the "old boys'" title and merge the two words to become one and known as Broadstreet Rugby Club.

It was after winning the Coventry F.C. Shield in 1929 the old boys' club was formed with the help of the school sports master 'Pop' H.T Suddens. With seven former schoolboy internationals, it was a formidable team. In fact, the school went on to have twenty-two schoolboy England players and three senior England players, Ivor Preece, Ernie Robinson and Phil Judd who went on to captain England in 1967.

When the ‘Old Boys’ was formed, a farmer’s field at Bedlam Lane was the home ground and this was used until after the Second World War. After the war, the club rented grounds in various parts of Coventry, eventually using the War Memorial Park, Coventry as its base until the 1950s. A site for a new ground was purchased in Henley Road from a Colonel Bushill in the early 1950s. Raising the money to purchase the ground and to build the clubhouse was an enormous task, but it was a very proud day for all involved at the time, when Cliff Harrison, President of the Warwickshire R.F.U., opened the club in 1955.

Over the next few years the club extended, but it became obvious that the facilities at Henley Road were no longer large enough to cope with the number of teams that we regularly playing, and in 1970 the club entered into an agreement with Alf Youell of Youell Investments, to sell only the pitches at Henley Road, and to move to a new ground and clubhouse at Brandon Road.

The new ground was opened in 1973 by Bob Weighhill, Secretary of the Rugby Football Union, and it was named the Ivor Preece Field, in honour of Ivor Preece, England and British Lions, who was also the club's President at the time. The club retained the Henley Road clubhouse still run it as a social club with over three hundred members.

Once again, the club outgrew the facilities at the Brandon Road ground, and have now moved to the other side of the Coventry Eastern Bypass, to the new Ivor Preece Field. Alf Youell was also heavily involved in this move, along with Persimmon Homes, the purchasers of our previous ground. The new ground was opened by the great Rugby World Cup winning captain Martin Johnson (rugby union), captain of England national rugby union team, The British and Irish Lions, and Leicester Tigers. The new clubhouse has facilities, a 250-seater stand, car parking, five senior pitches, (two floodlit), mini and junior pitches, and forty-six acres of ground. The Ivor Preece field is used for representative rugby with the semi finals of the Daily Mail schools rugby played at both age groups here. England Deaf Rugby use the rugby facilities for training sessions and international matches.

Broadstreet Rugby Football club regard themselves as one of the top fifty clubs in England. The club regularly field five senior sides and one colts team during the season. At under-age level, the club run one of the most successful Mini and Junior sections in the country, with over 200 boys and girls of all ages being coached by a band of qualified[citation needed] coaches.

Current standings[edit]

2014–15 National League 2 North Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Hull Ionians 24 21 0 4 771 346 425 19 1 104
2 Ampthill 24 20 1 3 836 334 502 17 2 101
3 Chester 24 15 0 9 594 447 147 10 5 75
4 Caldy 24 14 1 9 558 573 -15 9 5 72
5 Sedgley Park 24 13 1 10 699 520 179 11 4 69
6 Harrogate 23 13 3 7 553 483 70 7 3 68
7 Otley 24 12 1 11 551 494 57 11 5 66
8 Huddersfield 24 12 2 10 490 468 22 7 4 63
9 Broadstreet 24 12 0 12 570 554 16 7 4 59
10 Stourbridge 24 10 1 13 576 607 -31 8 5 55
11 Leicester Lions 24 11 0 13 458 660 -202 7 1 52
12 Preston Grasshoppers 24 8 0 16 505 550 -45 9 9 50
13 Hull 24 8 1 15 410 641 -231 7 2 43
14 Birmingham & Solihull 24 7 2 15 549 637 -88 4 7 43
15 Luctonians 24 7 0 17 482 662 -180 9 5 42
16 Stockport 23 1 1 21 305 931 -626 2 2 10
  • 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: 11 June 2014
Source: "National League 2 North". NCA Rugby. 

Current squad list[edit]

Recent events[edit]

Winners of the Warwickshire Cup, Champions of Midlands One 2008–09, Winners of the “Don Robbins Shield” Warwickshire RFU Double Tops Midweek Rugby Competition

Notable former players[edit]

Club honours[edit]

International players[edit]

The following players have all gone on to play for their country. Unless otherwise noted, all played for England.


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