Clifton Rugby Football Club

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Clifton RFC
Clifton rfc logo.png
Full nameClifton Rugby Football Club
UnionGloucestershire RFU
Nickname(s)Lavender And Blacks
Founded1872; 148 years ago (1872)
LocationCribbs Causeway, Patchway, Bristol, England
Ground(s)Station Road (Capacity: 2,500 (400 seats)[1])
ChairmanWyn Tingley
PresidentJohn Raine
Coach(es)Matt Salter

Mike Barber

Mat Protheroe
League(s)National League 2 South
2019–205th
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 RFC play in the fourth tier of the English rugby union league system; National League 2 South.

History[edit]

Clifton RFC 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 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]

Honours[edit]

[5][6][7][8][9][10]

Current standings[edit]

2019–20 National League 2 South Table watch · edit · discuss
Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Losing bonus Points
1 Taunton Titans (C) 25 20 0 5 815 521 294 17 4 101
2 Tonbridge Juddians (P) 25 21 0 4 810 366 444 13 1 98
3 Redruth 25 20 1 4 620 375 245 11 3 96
4 Henley Hawks 25 19 1 5 761 424 337 15 2 95
5 Clifton 25 16 0 9 703 552 151 15 4 83
6 Bury St Edmunds 24 15 0 9 660 489 171 12 6 78
7 Leicester Lions 24 16 0 8 520 374 146 7 5 76
8 Esher 24 13 1 10 609 530 79 11 5 70
9 Worthing Raiders 24 11 0 13 582 726 -144 12 4 60
10 Old Albanian 25 9 0 16 585 567 18 11 10 57
11 Dings Crusaders 24 9 0 15 548 647 -99 11 5 52
12 Barnes 25 8 0 17 533 719 -186 9 5 46
13 Westcliff 25 6 1 18 446 735 -289 5 8 39
14 Sutton & Epsom (R) 24 4 1 19 395 831 -436 5 3 26
15 Old Redcliffians (R) 23 3 2 18 329 648 -319 3 4 23
16 Bournemouth (R) 25 2 1 22 441 852 -411 2 6 18
  • 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: 14 March 2020
Source: "National League 2 South". NCA Rugby.
Notes


Notable former players[edit]

Internationals; Billy Meakes (Australia), Ellis Genge (England), Callum Braley (Italy), and British & Irish Lions, Mako Vunipola (England)Mark Regan (England) And Oliveria De Sacco (Malta)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bristol's Clifton Rugby Club announces ambitious expansion plans". South West Business. 28 April 2014.
  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. ^ "Clifton RFC History 1970-1980". cliftonrfchistory.co.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Clifton RFC History 1980-1990". cliftonrfchistory.co.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Clifton RFC History 1990-2000". cliftonrfchistory.co.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Clifton RFC History 2000-2010". cliftonrfchistory.co.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Clifton beat Dings to lift Combination Cup | Bristol Post". bristolpost.co.uk. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  10. ^ "History - Combination Cup - Winners". bristolcombination.pitchero.com. Retrieved 2 August 2016.

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