Pilkington Recs

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Pilkington Recs
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Full name Pilkington Recs A.R.L.F.C
Emblem Pilkington Shield
Colours Red, amber and black
Founded 1949
Sport Rugby League
League National Conference League
Ground Ruskin drive, St. Helens (2011–Present)
City Road, St. Helens (1949-2011)
Official Website http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/pilkingtonrecsarlfc/

The Recs Rugby Football Club is an amateur rugby league team based in St Helens, Merseyside.


In 1949 a group of Pilkington Glass employees submitted an application to the Pilkington Recreation Club Committee at Grove Street to form an amateur rugby league team. Their first match was on 27 August 1949 against a local amateur side, Vine Tavern, and was played away. The Recs lost 32-3 in front of a 2,000 strong crowd. However, later in the season the Recs won a return match by 15-13 in front of an estimated 4,000 crowd.

On 13 February 1977 the Recs drew a home fixture in the Challenge Cup against Wigan. The game was played at Knowsley Road, as the City Road venue could not accommodate the number of spectators expected.

In the 2016 Challenge Cup, Pilks were drawn at home to League One outfit London Skolars for the 3rd round. Despite an instant offer from St Helens to play the game at Langtree Park, Pilks managed to gain acceptance from the RFL to play the game at Ruskin Drive after it met a suitability criterea. Recs won that fixture 13-0 in front of an estimated sell out crowd of 500 people. Playing in the 4th round of the competition, on 19 March 2016 Pilks lost 0-78 to Halifax at 'home' in the Challenge Cup 4th round, the game was played at Langtree Park in front of 987 people.

Club house fire[edit]

On 10 June 2011, it was reported that the team's clubhouse on City Road was on fire. Club officials, who had been alerted to the blaze, scrambled to save kit and equipment from the changing rooms before the fire tore through the building.[1]

They were among nine clubs invited to join the National Conference League for the 2013 season. Pilks started in NCL Division 3 (4th tier), however 3 consecutive promotions in their first 3 seasons means as of 2016, Pilks will compete in the NCL Premier Division for the first time since 1986, replacing fellow St Helens' side Thatto Heath, who were relegated in 2015.

Notable players[edit]


  1. ^ "Pilks Recs vow to rise from the ashes of club blaze". St Helens Star. 2011-06-16. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 

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