Cleve RFC

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Cleve RFC
Full nameCleve Rugby Football Club
UnionGloucestershire RFU
Founded1922; 98 years ago (1922)
LocationMangotsfield, Gloucestershire, England
Ground(s)The Hayfields
Coach(es)England Ben Roberts, Scotland David Hilton
League(s)Western Counties North
2019-2012th (relegated to Western Counties North)
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website

Cleve Rugby Football Club is an English amateur rugby union club founded in 1922 and based in Mangotsfield, Bristol. The club play in the sixth-tier of the English league system; South West 1 West, following their relegation from South West Premier at the end of 2018-19. They are a member of the Bristol and District Rugby Football Combination, an organisation which promotes junior rugby union in the city of Bristol.


Cleve Rugby Football Club was formed in 1922 as “Cleve RFC Downend”. They played their first game in a field in Staple Hill, which is now Staple Hill Park. The club later moved to Vassells Park in Fishponds, the players changing in the back room of the Full Moon Public House. It was at this time that the club became known simply as “Cleve RFC”. The club purchased a wooden pavilion in November 1934 for £200. When Cleve were forced to move to Bromley Heath Road in Downend in 1939, because of a housing development, their wooden pavilion went with them. In 1947 further land was purchased and was farmed by club members, as a source of income. Eventually, to meet the growing local interest in rugby football, more pitches were developed. Then, between 1969 and 1971, members added more facilities, which carried the club through the next 25 years.

The club badge is based on the coat of arms of the Cave Estate, from whom the ground in Downend was purchased and the ears of wheat acknowledge the club’s farming activity after the War. The club motto ‘We sow to reap’ also records these early events but also reflects the club’s commitment to providing rugby facilities and coaching for children from the age of 6.

The next milestone in Cleve’s history was the club’s move to its new clubhouse and grounds in Mangotsfield named ‘The Hayfields’ in September 1997. The club runs three senior sides on Saturdays and all mini and junior levels, from under-7’s to colts.


Coaching staff[edit]

1st XV : Ben Roberts England David Partington Kenya Dave Hilton Scotland

2nd XV : Simon Clarke England

3rd XV : Mark Jones England

Colts Coach:

Club officials[edit]

President : Chris Brooker

Chairman & Director of Rugby : David Partington

Vice Chairman  : Andrew O'Donnell

Club Patron : Roy Price

Hon Secretary : Steve Bracey

Hon Treasurer : Tim Sperrings

Hon Match Secretary : Fred Stapleton

Business & Facilities Manager :

Media & Communications :

Notable former players[edit]