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; 145 years ago (1872)
Region Gloucestershire Rugby Football Union
Ground(s) Station Road, Cribbs Causeway (Capacity: 400 (seated)[1])
Chairman Wyn Tingley
President John Raine
Coach(es) Matt Salter, Ed Robinson
League(s) National League 2 South
2015–16 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]

2016–17 National League 2 South Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Losing bonus Points
1 Bishop's Stortford 23 19 0 4 781 423 358 19 3 98
2 Chinnor 23 18 2 3 842 373 469 16 1 93
3 Old Elthamians 23 19 0 4 703 413 290 13 2 91
4 Taunton Titans 23 15 2 6 687 531 156 14 3 81
5 Redruth 23 16 0 7 649 436 213 13 3 80
6 Cinderford 23 14 1 8 590 536 54 13 4 70[b 1]
7 Redingensians Rams 23 12 1 10 560 464 96 7 7 64
8 Canterbury 23 12 0 11 603 573 30 10 6 64
9 Clifton 23 12 0 11 505 630 -125 6 2 56
10 Henley Hawks 23 9 1 13 528 632 -104 7 5 50
11 Bury St Edmunds 23 7 0 16 483 636 -153 6 6 40
12 London Irish Wild Geese 23 6 0 17 517 728 -211 10 4 38
13 Barnes 23 4 3 16 439 632 -193 9 7 38
14 Barnstaple 23 6 1 16 417 694 -277 5 6 37
15 Worthing Raiders 23 6 0 17 438 670 -232 3 7 34
16 Exmouth 23 3 1 19 467 838 -371 8 5 27
  • 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: 25 February 2017
Source: "National League 2 South". NCA Rugby. 
Notes
  1. ^ *Cinderford were deducted 5 points for fielding unregistered players against Canterbury on 3 September 2016.[5]


Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bristol's Clifton Rugby Club announces ambitious expansion plans | Bristol Post". bristolpost.co.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Clifton Rugby Club – Information at club website". cliftonrugby.co.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Clifton Rugby Football Club History". cliftonrfchistory.co.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Bristol Packers". Britball Now. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Club Discipline Season 2016-2017". NCA. Retrieved 24 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Clifton RFC History 1970-1980". cliftonrfchistory.co.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Clifton RFC History 1980-1990". cliftonrfchistory.co.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "Clifton RFC History 1990-2000". cliftonrfchistory.co.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "Clifton RFC History 2000-2010". cliftonrfchistory.co.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "History - Combination Cup - Winners". bristolcombination.pitchero.com. Retrieved 2 August 2016. 
  11. ^ "Clifton beat Dings to lift Combination Cup | Bristol Post". bristolpost.co.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2016. 

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