Colombo Hockey and Football Club

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Colombo Hockey and Football Club
Full name Colombo Hockey and Football Club
Union Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union
Founded 1892
Location Sri Lanka
Ground(s) Maitland Park
Chairman Iqbal Hassan
President Shammi Silva
Coach(es) Bilal Yousuf[1]
Captain(s) Mohamed Rifkhan [2]
League(s) Dialog Rugby League
Clifford Cup
2016-17 Dialog Rugby League season 8

Colombo Hockey and Football Club (also known as CH & FC) is a Division 'A' rugby union team based in Colombo, Sri Lanka that competes in the Dialog Rugby League in Sri Lanka.[3][4]


The Colombo Football Club was established in 1879, playing their first match against a 'World' Team on 30 June that year. The Colombo Hockey was established in 1892. In 1896 the Football and Hockey Clubs combined to form the Colombo Hockey and Football Club (CH & FC). The club was based at the Colombo Racecourse and catered to Hockey and Rugby (football) enthusiasts. In 1962 when the Army acquired the Grandstand and the racecourse CH & FC moved to their current home at Maitland Crescent.[5] Until 1965 all members and playing members of the club were required to be British, the club then allowed Sri Lankans to join,[6] and it was not until 1971 that the first Sri Lankan captain of CH & FC, Bryan Baptist, was appointed.[7]

Clifford Cup[edit]

Colombo Hockey and Football Club, as one of the original eight 'constitutional clubs', first competed in the Clifford Cup in 1950 and have won the cup seven times (1957, 1960, 1962, 1982, 1983, 1990 and 1994).[8] The club's first Clifford Cup occurred in 1957 when the team was led by St. John Davies against the Dimbulla - Dickoya, captained by Malcolm Wright. In 1960 they won their second cup, with CH & FC, captained by Jeremy Lloyd defeating Dimbula Athletic & Cricket Club, who were skippered by Mike Warring. In 1962 CH & FC, led by John Evart, won their third Clifford Cup, despite drawing 6-all with Police SC, captained by Jeff Ratnam, in the cup final, on the basis of their unbeaten record in the league that year. In 1972 CH&FC, captained by Y.C Chang, were defeated in the cup final, 12-9, by Police SC, who were led by Anton Benedict. The club's next victory in the Clifford Cup did not occur until 1982 when the team led by N. Karunasena, which was followed by a second consecutive cup the following year, after an unbeaten season. The club's golden years occurred in 1990-94, when in 1990, led by Imran Sally, they defeated Havelock Sports Club 4-0, clinching the triple crown. In 1991 they were unlucky in losing the cup final to Police SC, 13-11. In 1993 they were defeated by Kandy SC in the final, 18-6 before being successful the following year, captained by Nishantha Dias,[9] when they beat the Ceylonese Rugby & Football Club, 15-11. 1994 was the last time the club has held the Clifford Cup. Although they did make the finals in 2003 and 2005, losing both times to the powerful Kandy SC.

Premier League[edit]

Colombo Hockey and Football Club were the league champions in 1982 and 1988.[1] In 1990, 1992 and 1993 CH & FC again won the premier league, then known as the John Player League, captained by Imran Sally, Asitha Boteju and Hisham Abdeen respectively.[10] It was not until seven years later, in 2000, that the team, captained by Nazim Mohammed won the competition, this time called the Caltex Rugby League Championship.[11] This was the last time the CH & FC were successful in winning the premiership.[1][12] In January 2015 the club formally announced that it would be withdrawing from the second round of the Division 'A' league matches, citing lack of funding from the SLRFU and sponsorship, as well as clashes with the domestic cricket season.[13] The club however subsequently changed its decision when the SLRFU promised to bridge any funding gap for the 2014/15 season with Havelocks Sports Club and Ceylonese Rugby & Football Club both agreeing to provide their grounds free of cost for CH&FC's training sessions.[14][15]


  1. ^ a b c Ferreira, Marlon Dale (7 November 2014). "Preview: CH & FC to rise from the ashes". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Ferreira, Marlon Dale (7 November 2014). "New-look CH&FC should have it ewasy against Airmen". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Schedule & Points Table of the Dialog Rugby League 2014/15". The 15 October 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Cader, Simon (27 October 2014). "Twist & Turns ahead of the Dialog Rugby League 2014/15". The Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Gunasena, Manu (October 2013). "The 'Gymkhana' for all reasons Celebrates its' 150 year Rhapsody". Serendib. Sri Lankan Airlines. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Nagahawatte, Ravi (25 October 2014). "CH&FC-Standing tall as a sports hub". The Island. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  7. ^ Akbar, Rangi (3 July 2011). "CH & FC goes on its own to bolster rugby image". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  8. ^ Jaleel, Shamseer (9 March 2014). "Can the sailors run on the Park Club?". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  9. ^ Marikar, Hafiz. "Y.C. Chang imbued with Rugby". Sunday Island. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  10. ^ Marikar, Hafiz (12 September 2013). "Gymkhana Club celebrates 150". The Daily News. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  11. ^ Karawita, Jatila (27 August 2000). "CH&FC aims for grand double". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  12. ^ Weerasinghe, Damith (14 November 2013). "CH & FC determined for an improved season". The Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  13. ^ Jaleel, Shamseer (18 January 2015). "CH&FC, Hambantota Sharks to pull out of league competition!". Daily FT. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  14. ^ Jaleel, Shamseer (19 January 2015). "CH&FC gets second chance". Daily FT. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "CH and ruck again as SLRFU heed to tale of woes". Sunday Times. 18 January 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 

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