Otley R.U.F.C.

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Otley
Otley rufc logo.png
Full nameOtley Rugby Union Football Club
UnionYorkshire RFU
Nickname(s)The Zebras
Founded1865; 154 years ago (1865)
LocationOtley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Ground(s)Cross Green (Capacity: 5,000)
League(s)National League 2 North
2018−199th
Team kit
Official website
www.pitchero.com/clubs/otley/

Otley Rugby Union Football Club is an English rugby union club representing Otley in the City of Leeds, district of West Yorkshire. The club runs three senior teams – the first XV, the Saracens (2nd XV) and the Viscounts (3rd XV), as well as a full range of junior teams. The first XV play in National League 2 North.

History[edit]

Otley RUFC was founded in 1865[1] but broke away from rugby union in 1900 to become a rugby league club. They disbanded in 1906 and reformed as a rugby union club in 1907, the ground being at Wharfeside.[2] In 1909–10 they won the Yorkshire Challenge Cup.[2] Play was suspended during the First World War, but started again in 1919, and on 28 September 1921 they moved to a new and better ground at Cross Green, Otley.[2]

In the 2007–08 season they won the National Division Two title securing an immediate return to National Division One having been relegated the previous season, however they were immediately relegated again in the 2008–09 season along with fellow promoted side Manchester and three other teams due to the new professionalised format of National Division One (now the RFU Championship). Two seasons later the club was relegated again, this time to National League 2 North. The all-time leading try scorer is James Twomey, with 74 in 107 appearances between 2009 and 2013.[citation needed]

In 1979 the stadium was the site of a famous victory by the North of England against the New Zealand ″All Blacks″.[3] The Wallabies suffered the same fate in October, 1988. Cross Green hosted one group game of the 1991 Rugby World Cup, between the United States and Italy which was won by Italy 30–9.

Notable former players[edit]

Cross Green, Otley's home ground.

Honours[edit]

Current standings[edit]

2018–19 National League 2 North Table watch · edit · discuss
Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Losing bonus Points
1 Hull Ionians (C) 30 23 0 7 837 647 190 18 3 113
2 Chester (PO) 30 21 1 8 748 542 206 19 4 109
3 Sedgley Park 30 19 0 11 883 641 242 19 6 101
4 Huddersfield 30 19 1 10 806 664 142 13 7 98
5 Tynedale 30 17 2 11 848 724 124 21 3 96
6 Fylde 30 18 1 11 808 583 225 15 4 93
7 Preston Grasshoppers 30 16 0 14 796 676 120 17 9 90
8 Wharfedale 30 16 0 14 676 622 54 12 6 82
9 Otley 30 17 0 13 646 643 3 14 3 81[b 1]
10 Hinckley 30 15 2 13 729 680 49 13 4 81
11 Stourbridge 30 13 1 16 868 860 8 17 6 77
12 Leicester Lions 30 13 1 16 706 711 -5 13 8 75
13 Sheffield Tigers 30 9 1 20 728 780 -52 11 13 62
14 Macclesfield (R) 30 7 0 23 631 973 -342 13 6 47
15 South Leicester (R) 30 7 1 22 664 1112 -448 11 4 45
16 Peterborough Lions (R) 30 4 1 25 497 1013 -516 7 3 28
  • 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: 27 April 2019
Source: "National League 2 North". NCA Rugby.
Notes
  1. ^ Otley were deducted 4 points by the RFU after selecting an underage player to represent their 2nd XV on 19th January 2019 against Ripton 2nd XV, with the points deduction applying to the 1st XV side. An additional 4 points were suspended until the end of the season in the event that the club commits a similar offence.[5]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tony Williams and Bill Mitchell, ed. (1991). Courage Clubs Championship. Official Rugby Union Club Directory 1991–92. Taunton: Tony Williams. ISBN 1869833155.
  2. ^ a b c Brumfitt, Elise (1986). Old Otley. Leeds: M. T. D. Rigg Publications. ISBN 0950919136.
  3. ^ "TV screening of Otley's historic rugby day". Telegraph & Argus. Newsquest Media Group. 16 September 2004. Archived from the original on 18 July 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
  4. ^ "Former Otley rugby player wins Nobel prize". Wharfedale and Airedale Observer. 15 October 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2008.
  5. ^ "RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION DISCIPLINARY HEARING" (PDF). RFU. 6 March 2019. Retrieved 19 March 2019.

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