Harrogate RUFC

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Harrogate
Harrogate rufc logo.png
Full name Harrogate Rugby Union Football Club
Union Yorkshire RFU
Founded 1871; 147 years ago (1871)
Location Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Ground(s) Rudding Lane
Chairman James Smithies
President John Finnegan
Coach(es) Dave Doherty (Director),
Andy Boyde, Rob Rawlinson
League(s) North Premier
2016–17 Relegated from National League 2 North (14th)
Team kit
Official website
www.pitchero.com/clubs/harrogaterugby/

Harrogate Rugby Union Football Club is an English rugby union team based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. The club runs three senior sides. The first team play in North Premier, having been relegated from National League 2 North in 2016–17.[1] The club's second team, Harrogate Georgians, play in the Yorkshire RFU Merit Premiership.[2] and the third team play in the Yorkshire RFU 2 Central/North Merit League.[3] The club also fields a ladies team (Harrogate Ladies)[4] in the Women's National Challenge (NC) North 2 East league,[5] and ten junior teams (from ages 6 to 16).[6]

History[edit]

Harrogate RUFC's former Claro Road ground which they left in 2014.

The team was founded in 1871 as Harrogate Football Club, the same year as the Rugby Football Union and played their first match on 16 December of that year. They moved to Dragon Fields in 1875 and then moved to their present location at Claro Road in 1896. In 1903 the club played Canada and two years later they won the Yorkshire Cup for the first time. In 1914 the club decides to concentrate on football and rugby union activities were split off into a new club called Harrogate Old Boys. In 1923 a club called Harrogate RUFC was formed and RUFC and Old Boys amalgamated in 1936 although it was not until 1945 that the merged club officially became known as Harrogate RUFC. In 1957 the club merged with Harrogate Georgians and the decision was taken to retain the Georgians name by naming the second XV Harrogate Georgians. When the leagues were formed in 1987 the club was placed in North 1. Subsequent promotions resulted in Harrogate joining the third tier for the 1994–95 season and they remained at that level for thirteen seasons. However, the club has been relegated twice and is playing in regional rugby for the first time in more than twenty years.

Harrogate's most successful season was 2001–02 when they finished fourth in the league, won the Yorkshire Cup and won the National 7s competition.[7] In 2015 the club won the Yorkshire Cup for the tenth time. At the start of the 2015–16 season after a wait of 15 years, Harrogate moved from their old ground of Claro Road (where they had been for 119 years) to a new location at Rudding Lane.[8] On 15 September 2015 Harrogate played the first ever game at Rudding Lane – beating local rivals Otley 15 – 10 in front of a club record crowd of 1050 in the 2015–16 National League 2 North.[9][10][11][12]

Current standings[edit]

2016–17 National League 2 North Table watch · edit · discuss
Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Losing bonus Points
1 Caldy (C) 30 27 1 2 1060 454 606 21 2 133
2 Sale 30 26 0 4 997 487 510 18 2 124
3 Leicester Lions 30 21 0 9 778 576 202 16 4 104
4 Sedgley Park 30 19 3 8 884 635 249 15 4 101
5 Chester 30 17 1 12 662 550 112 16 7 93
6 Tynedale 30 17 1 12 741 750 −9 15 4 89
7 South Leicester 30 15 2 13 762 703 59 12 8 84
8 Stourbridge 30 16 0 14 679 685 −6 12 7 83
9 Hinckley 30 14 0 16 630 712 −82 12 5 73
10 Wharfedale 30 11 0 19 640 757 −117 8 9 61
11 Otley 30 11 0 19 642 837 −195 9 3 56
12 Luctonians 30 9 0 21 640 812 −172 12 8 56
13 Sheffield Tigers 30 10 0 20 670 856 −186 8 3 51
14 Harrogate (R) 30 9 0 21 477 730 −253 3 8 47
15 Scunthorpe (R) 30 9 0 21 472 934 −462 2 5 43
16 Preston Grasshoppers (R) 30 5 0 25 590 846 −256 3 9 32
  • 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: 29 April 2017
Source: "National League 2 North". NCA Rugby. 


Honours[edit]

[13]

Women's team honours[edit]

League record[edit]

[16]

  • 1993–94 Division 4: 2nd — promoted
  • 1994–95 Division 3: 7th
  • 1995–96 Division 3: 6th
  • 1996–97 Division 3: 5th
  • 1997–98 National Division 1: 14th
  • 1998–99 National Division 1: 12th
  • 1999–00 National Division 1: 6th
  • 2000–01 National Division 1: 5th
  • 2001–02 National Division 2: 4th
  • 2002–03 National Division 2: 4th
  • 2003–04 National Division 2: 8th
  • 2004–05 National Division 2: 10th
  • 2005–06 National Division 2: 13th — avoided relegation due to league reshuffle.
  • 2006–07 National Division 2: 14th — relegated
  • 2007–08 National Division 3 North: 6th
  • 2008–09 National Division 3 North: 5th
  • 2009–10 National League 2 North: 4th
  • 2010–11 National League 2 North: 6th
  • 2011–12 National League 2 North: 14th — relegated
  • 2012–13 National League 3 North: 2nd — promoted
  • 2013–14 National League 2 North: 9th
  • 2014–15 National League 2 North: 4th
  • 2015–16 National League 2 North: 7th
  • 2016–17 National League 2 North: 14th — relegated

International players[edit]

At least eleven former Harrogate players have gone on to win international caps.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Harrogate Georgians
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ [3]
  5. ^ [4]
  6. ^ [5]
  7. ^ Club website - history page
  8. ^ Harrogate Rugby Club launches new ground in style with local derby
  9. ^ "Harrogate Rugby Club launches new ground in style with local derby". Harrogate News. 1 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Rugby Union: Harrogate edge out Otley in front of record crowd". Yorkshire Evening Post. 7 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "National League 2 North". The RUGBYPaper (364). Rugby Paper Ltd. 6 September 2015. pp. 34–35 & 41. 
  12. ^ "National League 2 North". The RUGBYPaper (364). Rugby Paper Ltd. 6 September 2015. pp. 34–35 & 41. 
  13. ^ http://www.rugbyarchive.net/Pagine/Squadre.aspx?ID=148
  14. ^ "Harrogate Ladies". RFU. Retrieved 2017-04-26. 
  15. ^ "Women's Cup Competitions". RFU. Retrieved 2017-04-26. 
  16. ^ Club website - Timeline of Harrogate Rugby Club
  17. ^ Club history - past international players

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