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Redruth RFC
Redruth rugby logo.png
Full nameRedruth Rugby Club
UnionCornwall RFU
Founded1875; 144 years ago (1875)
LocationRedruth, Cornwall, England
Ground(s)Recreation Ground (Capacity: 3,500 (580 seated))
Coach(es)Nigel Hambly
Captain(s)Richard Brown
League(s)National League 2 South
2018–197th
Team kit
Official website
www.pitchero.com/clubs/redruth

Redruth RFC (established 1875) is a rugby union team from the town of Redruth, Cornwall, currently playing in the fourth tier of the English league system, National League 2 South. The club runs a number of men's teams including 1st XV (National League 2 South), 2nd XV (Duchy League), Colts and a Select XV as well as a number of junior teams from age 7 through to 16.[1][2][3] They are one of the most successful club sides in Cornwall, having won the Cornwall Cup 10 times and the Cornwall Super Cup 3 times, and are currently the second highest ranked club side behind the Cornish Pirates. Redruth enjoys a strong a rivalry with neighbours Camborne, with the two clubs meeting annually, in what is the world’s longest enduring rugby fixture.[4]

View of the grand-stand at the Recreaton Ground, home of Redruth RFC
View of the main bank from the grand-stand, with training pitch seen behind

History[edit]

Redruth RFC was founded in 1875 by Henry Grylls and W H Willimot. By the 1900s, the club was the most successful in Cornwall, a position they were to hold for much of the 20th century. In the 1930s, the team moved to the Recreation Ground near Plain an Gwary. At the time, the Recreation Ground was the third largest rugby ground in England. When the leagues started in 1987, Redruth was in the provincial league of South-West 1, which they won. The team then won the old League Four South in 1991 and gained promotion. In 2005, the club reached its highest-ever ranking by winning promotion into National Division One. The team finished 4th position in the 2006–07 season.

Ground[edit]

The Recreation Ground is situated on Cardrew Lane in Redruth, around five minutes walk from the town centre and Redruth railway station. The ground consists of a main pitch with a wooden grandstand alongside the club-house on the west side, and terraced grass banking on the other three sides. The ground also has several bars adjoining the grandstand, and there is also a secondary pitch for 2nd XV and junior fixtures. There is parking for around 100 cars but this is often limited on match-days and it is recommended that supporters park nearby in town.

The capacity of the Recreation Ground has varied over the decades. Up until the 1980s it was considered the third largest rugby ground in England (behind Twickenham and Leicester Tigers home of Welford Road) with an official capacity of 21,172, which included a number of temporary stands.[5][6] This capacity was actually exceeded in 1969 when the ground hosted the final of the County Championship between Cornwall and Lancashire, when 25,000 are believed to have watched the game.[7]

The removal of the temporary stands, coupled with a more zealous approach to safety, saw the grounds capacity reduce to 12,000 in the 1990s to the current capacity (2018) of around 3,500. This modern figure includes 580 seated in the grandstand, the rest standing with approximately 1,500 on the east bank, 800 on the north bank, 400 on the south bank and a further 200 or so in front of the grandstand/next to club house. In 2018 the local police gave an estimate of 3,000 but since Redruth were reported to have achieved an attendance of 4,000 for a National 2 promotion playoff game as recently as 2005, this is a little conservative.[8]

Support[edit]

As one of the traditional rugby powerhouses in Cornwall, Redruth are also one of the best supported, second only to the Cornish Pirates, and, despite mixed fortunes over the past decade, they remain the best supported club in National League 2 South, having topped the attendance charts every year since they arrived in the division during the 2011–12 season. Although the Recreation Ground no longer sees the huge crowds of yesteryear (even for Cornwall games), the 4,000 that attended Redruth's playoff victory against Macclesfield remains the clubs best crowd for a competitive fixture over the past couple of decades.[8] The club also still draws large crowds (1,000+) for the traditional yearly fixture against neighbours Camborne.[4]

Below is a summary of the club's league attendance since the 2000–01 season. The club enjoyed its best crowds during the 2008–09 season in the old National Division Two, thanks to derby games against fellow Cornish clubs, Launceston and Mounts Bay, both of which drew crowds in excess of 2,000.[9][10] In recent years attendances at the Recreation Ground have fallen as the club has found itself without a Cornish league derby following the relegation of Launceston at the end of the 2015–16 season.[11]

Season Total Average Highest
2000–01 10,150 781 2,000
2001–02[a 1] 9,170 834 2,000
2002–03[a 2] 2,850 570 650
2003–04[a 3] 0 0 0
2004–05[a 4] 9,916 901 1,500
2005–06 11,283 868 1,759
2006–07 11,012 847 1,507
2007–08 10,249 788 968
2008–09 15,212 1,170 2,218
2009–10 13,974 932 2,010
2010–11 13,996 933 1,627
2011–12 12,622 841 1,258
2012–13 11,376 813 1,140
2013–14 10,799 720 1,350
2014–15 11,707 780 1,320
2015–16 11,937 796 1,120
2016–17 11,280 752 870
2017–18 11,615 774 920
2018–19 9,110 607 810

Season summary[edit]

Below is a summary of Redruth's performances in competitive rugby since the advent of the leagues in 1987–88.

Season League National Cup(s) County Cup(s)
Competition/Level Position Points Competition Performance Competition Performance
1987–88 South West 1 (5) 1st (promoted)[12] John Player Cup 2nd Round Cornwall Cup Winners
1988–89 Area League South (4) 4th 13 Pilkington Cup 2nd Round Cornwall Cup Winners
1989–90 Area League South (4) 3rd 14 Pilkington Cup 2nd Round Cornwall Cup Runners up
1990–91 National 4 South (4)[a 5] 1st (promoted) 24 Cornwall Cup Winners
1991–92 National 3 (3) 5th 13 Pilkington Cup 1st Round
1992–93 National 3 (3) 4th 16 Pilkington Cup 4th Round Cornwall Cup Winners
1993–94 National 3 (3) 10th (relegated) 4 Pilkington Cup 2nd Round Cornwall Cup Runners up
1994–95 National 4 (4) 7th 14 Pilkington Cup 3rd Round Cornwall Cup Winners
1995–96 National 4 (4) 7th (promoted)[a 6] 14 Pilkington Cup 3rd Round Cornwall Cup Runners up
1996–97 National 3 (3) 15th (relegated) 16 Pilkington Cup 3rd Round
1997–98 National 2 South (4)[a 7] 9th 20 Tetley's Bitter Cup 1st Round Cornwall Cup Runners up
1998–99 National 2 South (4) 11th 17 Tetley's Bitter Cup 1st Round
1999–00 National 2 South (4) 5th 32 Tetley's Bitter Cup 3rd Round
2000–01 National 3 South (4)[a 8] 5th 29 Tetley's Bitter Cup 2nd Round Cornwall Cup Semi-finals[13]
2001–02 National 3 South (4) 8th 24 Powergen Cup 1st Round Cornwall Cup Quarter-finals[14]
2002–03 National 3 South (4) 7th 25 Powergen Cup 2nd Round Cornwall Cup Winners
2003–04 National 3 South (4) 4th 32 Powergen Cup 3rd Round Cornwall Cup Winners
2004–05 National 3 South (4) 2nd (promoted via playoff) 104[a 9] Powergen Cup 3rd Round Cornwall Cup Semi-finals[15]
2005–06 National 2 (3) 10th 51 Powergen Trophy 6th Round[16] Cornwall Cup Runners up
2006–07 National 2 (3) 4th 92 EDF Energy Cup 4th Round[17] Cornwall Cup Winners
2007–08 National 2 (3) 9th 58 EDF Energy Trophy 4th Round[18] Cornwall Super Cup 3rd
2008–09 National 2 (3) 3rd 94 EDF Energy Trophy 3rd Round[19]
2009–10 National 1 (3)[a 10] 11th 69 Cornwall Super Cup Winners
2010–11 National 1 (3) 14th (relegated) 62
2011–12 National 2 South (4) 6th 81
2012–13 National 2 South (4) 4th 94
2013–14 National 2 South (4) 9th 72 Cornwall Super Cup Runners up
2014–15 National 2 South (4) 9th 66 Cornwall Super Cup Winners
2015–16 National 2 South (4) 4th 110 Cornwall Super Cup Winners
2016–17 National 2 South (4) 5th 101 Cornwall Super Cup 3rd[a 11]
2017–18 National 2 South (4) 5th 89
2018–19 National 2 South (4) 7th 69
Green background stands for either league champions (with promotion) or cup winners. Blue background stands for promotion without winning league or losing cup finalists. Pink background stands for relegation.

Playing record[edit]

First team
Season P W D L F A Ref
1899–00 29 15 8 6 281 115 [21]
Reserve team
Season P W D L F A Ref
1899–00 24 19 5 0 414 32

Honours[edit]

[22]

Colts[edit]

The colts section is coached by Simon Blake. The team has consistently finished highly in the national Colts competition, and won the U-17s cup and U-18s Cornwall Cup competitions in 2009.

Representative honours[edit]

Barbarians[edit]

  • W. Abrahams – 2 appearances against Newport and Cardiff (1962)
  • Andy Hawken – 2 appearances against the Combined Services (2002 and 2004)
  • Darren Jacques – 1 appearance against Bedford (2009)
  • C. "Bonzo" Johns – 2 appearances against Newport and Cardiff (1962)
  • R. Keast – 1 appearance against Newport (1992)
  • T. Pryor – 3 appearances against Newport, Penarth and East Midlands (1978)
  • L. Semmens – 2 appearances against Newport and Cardiff (1948)
  • H. Stevens – 1 appearance against East Midlands (1960)

England[edit]

England B[edit]

  • Terry Pryor (Captain)

England Counties[edit]

  • Darren Jacques
  • Luke Collins
  • Owen Hambly
  • Peter Joyce
  • Glenn Cooper
  • Lewis Vinnicombe
  • Sam Heard

Current standings[edit]

2018–19 National League 2 South Table watch · edit · discuss
Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Losing bonus Points
1 Rams (C) 30 28 0 2 1106 465 641 26 1 139
2 Canterbury (P) 30 24 0 6 894 564 330 21 4 121
3 Tonbridge Juddians 30 25 1 4 903 562 341 17 1 120
4 Henley Hawks 30 24 0 6 901 592 309 20 4 120
5 Taunton Titans 30 19 0 11 928 764 164 19 5 100
6 Clifton 30 12 1 17 705 862 -157 13 7 70
7 Redruth 30 13 1 16 664 765 -101 10 5 69
8 Bury St Edmunds 30 11 2 17 722 712 10 13 7 68
9 Worthing Raiders 30 11 2 17 828 908 -80 15 5 68
10 Old Albanian 30 12 1 17 763 726 37 10 6 66
11 Barnes 30 12 1 17 650 712 -62 7 9 66
12 Old Redcliffians 30 10 0 20 709 845 -136 12 8 60
13 Dings Crusaders 30 10 0 20 575 669 -94 7 9 56
14 Birmingham & Solihull (R) 30 10 1 19 651 818 -167 8 5 50[b 1]
15 Guernsey (R) 30 8 0 22 581 1021 -440 11 6 49
16 London Irish Wild Geese (R) 30 6 0 24 494 1089 -595 7 2 33
  • 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 South". NCA Rugby.
Notes
  1. ^ *Birmingham & Solihull were deducted 5 points as a result of fielding an ineligible player from the previous season in Midlands Premier which carried over into the 2018-19 season.[23]


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Note that Redruth are missing 2 home attendances out of 13 due to poor media coverage during the 2001–02 season.
  2. ^ Note that Redruth are missing 8 home attendances out of 13 due to extremely poor media coverage during the 2002–03 season.
  3. ^ Note that Redruth are missing 13 home attendances out of 13 due to extremely poor media coverage during the 2003–04 season.
  4. ^ Note that Redruth are missing 2 home attendances out of 13 due to poor media coverage during the 2004–05 season.
  5. ^ RFU league restructuring for the 1990–91 meant that Area League South was renamed National 4 South.
  6. ^ RFU league restructuring for the 1995–96 season would see National 4 abolished and meant that the top eight teams in that division (including Redruth) were promoted into National 3.
  7. ^ RFU league restructuring for the 1997–98 season saw National 4 South be renamed as National 2 South.
  8. ^ RFU league restructuring for the 2000–01 season saw National 2 South be renamed as National 3 South.
  9. ^ The 2004–05 season would see the introduction of bonus points into National League English rugby union.
  10. ^ RFU league restructuring for the 2009-10 season meant that National 2 was renamed to National 1.
  11. ^ Redruth withdrew one game into the 2016–17 Cornwall Super Cup due to National League 2 South commitments leaving Camborne and Launceston to compete for the title.[20]
  12. ^ Note that the Rodda's Cup fixture between Redruth and Camborne is contested twice a season on a home and away basis, once on Boxing Day and then again in either March or April. Also note that as the cup was first competed for on the Boxing Day of 2010.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Senior". Redruth RFC (Pitchero). Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Junior". Redruth RFC (Pitchero). Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Junior". Redruth RFC (Pitchero). Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Three generations of Rodda family on hand to see Camborne claim Rodda's Milk Cup". Falmouth Packet. 6 January 2014.
  5. ^ "JOT - Hillsborough Independent Panel" (PDF). Hillsborough Independent Panel. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Home Park Redevelopment". PASOTI. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  7. ^ "25,000 at the Rec for County Fever". Hellfire Magazine. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Redruth vs Macclesfield". Rugby Statbunker. 30 April 2005.
  9. ^ "All Blacks slip off the top as rival Reds call the tune". Cornish & Devon Post. 8 October 2008.
  10. ^ "Redruth 41 - 10 Mounts Bay". Sky Sports. 20 December 2008.
  11. ^ "Launceston future 'sound' despite relegation, says Jimmy Tucker". BBC Sport. 7 March 2016.
  12. ^ Johns, Stephen; Griffiths, John (1988). Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook 1988–89 (17th ed.). London: Rothmans Publications Ltd. pp. 123–139. ISBN 0 356 15884 5.
  13. ^ "CRFU decide foot and mouth crisis". South West Farmers. 9 March 2001.
  14. ^ "Cup shock for Reds". South West Farmers. 3 January 2002.
  15. ^ "THE SENIOR LEAGUES 2004-2005". Trelawny's Army. 9 April 2007.
  16. ^ "Powergen National Trophy 2005/06". Statbunker. 25 November 2005.
  17. ^ "EDF Energy National Cup 2006/07". Statbunker. 19 January 2007.
  18. ^ "EDF National Trophy 07/08". Statbunker. 12 January 2008.
  19. ^ "EDF National Trophy 07/08". Statbunker. 12 December 2008.
  20. ^ "Camborne 25 - 18 Ivybridge". Camborne RFC (Pitchero). 14 January 2017.
  21. ^ "Records of Redruth Football Teams". The Cornubian and Redruth Times (117). 27 April 1900. p. 7.
  22. ^ "Club Honours". Redruth Rugby Football Club (Pitchero). Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  23. ^ "All roads lead south for the Bees next season". Birmingham & Solihull RFC. Retrieved 1 September 2018.

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