Clifton Rugby Football Club

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Clifton RFC
Clifton rfc logo.png
Full name Clifton Rugby Football Club
Union Rugby Football Union
Founded 1872; 143 years ago (1872)
Region Bristol
Ground(s) Station Road, Cribbs Causeway (Capacity: 400 (seated)[1])
Chairman Darren Lloyd
President John Raine
Coach(es) Matt Salter
League(s) National League 2 South
2014–15 12th
Team kit
Official website
www.cliftonrugby.co.uk
The first ever photograph of a Clifton RFC team (1873).
The Clifton RFC team for the 1874–75 season

Clifton Rugby Football Club is an English rugby union club founded in Clifton, Bristol. Over the years the club's home games have been played in a variety of locations in northern Bristol, though never in Clifton itself; since 1976 they have been based at the southern end of Cribbs Causeway. Clifton play in the fourth tier of the English rugby union league system; National League 2 South.

History[edit]

Clifton is Bristol's oldest club, and one of the oldest in the world.[2] Clifton Rugby Club was formed on 27 September 1872 at the Kings Arms on Blackboy Hill in Clifton, Bristol. The pub still stands, although it was rebuilt in 1902, and refurbished in the late 1990s. Clifton is the 32nd oldest club in the United Kingdom, the 21st oldest in England, the 2nd oldest in the South West (Bath Rugby older by seven years) and the oldest in Bristol.[3] In 1909 a combined Bristol Rugby and Clifton RFC team, captained by Percy Down, lost to Australia 11–3.

Clifton's Cribbs Causeway ground also hosted the Bristol Packers American football team in the late 1980s and early 1990s.[4]

Current standings[edit]

2014–15 National League 2 South Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Henley Hawks (C) 30 24 1 5 956 567 389 19 4 121
2 Bishop's Stortford 30 20 1 9 933 608 325 22 8 112
3 Taunton Titans 30 22 0 8 863 591 272 16 6 110
4 Dorking 30 22 2 6 852 567 285 12 4 108
5 Worthing Raiders 30 19 0 11 804 605 199 19 5 100
6 Chinnor 30 18 0 12 780 639 141 11 9 92
7 Cambridge 30 17 0 13 765 662 103 16 6 90
8 Old Elthamians 30 12 1 17 693 736 –43 9 9 68
9 Redruth 30 13 1 17 577 686 –109 6 6 66
10 Cornish All Blacks 30 12 2 16 625 595 30 3 11 66
11 Canterbury 30 11 2 17 640 721 –81 11 3 63
12 Clifton 30 11 0 19 635 837 –202 9 6 59
13 Southend Saxons 30 12 0 18 640 782 –142 6 7 56[n 1]
14 Lydney (R) 30 11 1 18 546 871 –325 5 5 56
15 Shelford (R) 30 7 0 23 579 938 –359 9 4 36[n 2]
16 Dings Crusaders (R) 30 3 1 26 526 1009 –483 5 3 22
  • 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: 2 May 2015
Source: "National League 2 South". NCA Rugby. 
Notes
  1. ^ *Southend were deducted 5 points for playing an unregistered player against Clifton on 15 November 2014[5]
  2. ^ *Shelford were deducted 5 points for playing an unregistered player against Lydney on 6 September 2014[6]


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