Mennaye Field

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Mennaye Field
Location Penzance, Cornwall
Owner Cornwall Council
Operator Cornish Pirates
Capacity 4,000 (2,200 seats)
Surface Grass
Construction
Built 1945
Opened Saturday, 22 September 1945
Tenants
Cornish Pirates
Penzance-Newlyn Amateurs

The Mennaye Field is a sports stadium located in Penzance, Cornwall, UK. The ground was provided by the Borough of Penzance for the Penzance and Newlyn RFC formed on Tuesday, 12 December 1944 with the amalgamation of Penzance RFC and Newlyn RFC.[1] The current tenants are the Cornish Pirates rugby union team, who play in the RFU Championship. The club moved, in 2005, to a temporary stadium at Kenwyn, near Truro and the following year to Camborne Recreation Ground. In 2010 the club returned to the Mennaye Field and announced that the capacity would be increased from its original capacity of 3,500 to the current capacity of 4,000 with 2,200 seats.[2]

History[edit]

The first mention of playing rugby in the Mennaye Fields was in January 1934 when a sub-committee was set up to negotiate with the Borough of Penzance for a tenancy of the fields; finally granted in 1945. The ground was equi-distant between St Goulder (Newlyn's ground) and St Clare (Penzance's ground).[1]

General Dwight D Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe inspected American troops on 26 June 1944 at the Mennaye. Soldiers of the 1st Battalion of the 35th Division had been billeted with families in Penzance. The troops marched along the promenade to the Mennaye where Eisenhower, along with General George S Patton took a salute on the bank. The 1st Battalion, was part of the back-up to the initial D-Day landings on 6 June 1944, leaving Penzance on 4 July and reaching Normandy the next day.[3][4][5]

List of tenants[edit]

  • 1945 – 2005, Penzance-Newlyn RFC/Cornish Pirates
  • 1945 – 1973, Mounts Bay RFC (under-18)
  • 1974 – present, Pirates Colts
  • 1999 – 2009, Mounts Bay RFC
  • 2010 – present, Penzance-Newlyn Amateurs
  • 2010 – present, Cornish Pirates

First match[edit]

  • 22 September 1945: Penzance–Newlyn v Guy's Hospital 3 – 15 (att 3,000).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Batten, B.G. (1978) 'Newlyn, Penzance and the Pirates.' Penzance: Penzance & Newlyn Rugby Football Club.
  2. ^ "Cornish Pirates to increase capacity at Mennaye Field". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "War Hero Honoured". Cornwall Independent. 28 June 2015. p. 23. 
  4. ^ "VC and general to be celebrated". The Cornishman. 18 June 2015. p. 11. 
  5. ^ Casey, Tony (9 July 2015). "Eisenhower's visit". The Cornishman. p. 24. 

Coordinates: 50°6′47.23″N 5°32′38.26″W / 50.1131194°N 5.5439611°W / 50.1131194; -5.5439611