Cleve RFC

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Cleve RFC
Full nameCleve Rugby Football Club
UnionGloucestershire RFU
Founded1922; 97 years ago (1922)
LocationMangotsfield, Gloucestershire, England
Ground(s)The Hayfields
PresidentEngland Chris Brooker
Coach(es)England Chris Brooker
League(s)South West Premier
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 fifth-tier of the English league system; South West Premier, since season 2015–16. 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 four senior sides on Saturdays and all mini and junior levels, from under-7’s to colts, as well as girls rugby at under-15 and under-18 age groups on Sundays.


Coaching staff[edit]

1st XV :Chris Brooker England David Partington Kenya Aaron Sealey Grant England

2nd XV : Simon Clarke England

3rd XV : Mark Jones England

Colts Coach: Hayden Croghan Australia

Club officials[edit]

President : Chris Brooker

Chairman : Paul Mallory

Vice Chairman & Director of Rugby : Dave Partington

Club Patron : Roy Price

Hon Secretary : Steve Bracey

Hon Treasurer : Vacant

Hon Match Secretary : Fred Stapleton

Business & Facilities Manager : Alison Briggs-Walker

Media & Communications : Hayden Croghan

Notable former players[edit]