Seaford Rugby Football Club
|Full name||Seaford Rugby Football Club|
|Location||Seaford, East Sussex, England|
|Ground(s)||Salts Recreation Ground|
|Chairman||Mr Ian Newby|
|President||Mr Graham Thompson|
|Coach(es)||John Crowley and Paul Hardcock|
The first XV
Seaford Rugby Football Club is a community rugby club affiliated to the RFU. They play rugby in London and the SE Division: Harveys of Sussex League 1 (RFU Lv 9). They have competed at this level for over 10 seasons, with a respectable 5th place finish in the 2017-18 season. The club plays in multiple leagues within the Sussex RFU set-up. The Ladies XV has just won the National WRFU Plate Final in only their third year in competition.
Regular first team squad
- 1 Loosehead prop John Wilson.
- 2 Hooker / Blindside Flanker Steve Dann.
- 3 Tighthead prop Andrew Flynn.
- 4 Lock / Loosehead prop Dom Joy.
- 5 Lock Sam Diplock.
- 6 Blindside Flanker Mike Upton.
- 7 Openside flanker James Anderson.
- 8 Number eight Dan Newby.
- 9 Scrum-half / Fly-half Paul Hardwick.
- 10 Fly-half / Fullback Ben Cox.
- 11 Left wing Scott Voice.
- 12 Inside centre Simon Hordell (C).
- 13 Outside centre Darren Flynn.
- 14 Right wing Mark Tait.
- 15 Fullback / Right wing Luke Taylor.
Replacements 16 Matt Read 17 Piers Culshaw 18 Steve Parker 19 Kevin Lewis 20 Josh A-Price
Seaford are a Rugby Union club, currently playing in the Sussex Spitfire 1, based below sea level in the town of Seaford, East Sussex, in England. They are regarded as one of the toughest, yet welcoming teams in the south with great supporters and team spirit. The Seaford pack has been rumoured to be the most unforgiving pack around for many, many years, and there are many teams around Sussex who will second that. There is "The best" atmosphere at the club, especially on televised match days and after the game in the club house where an open invitation is offered to the public.
At the head of the club we currently have Graham Thompson in the President position, Ian Newby as Chairman, Simon Hordell as first team captain, Kane Tudor as second team skipper, Peter Joy at third team captain and Lucy Ditton as our first-ever ladies' captain.
There have been many players from the Scarlets who have earned caps for Sussex in the past, including Danny MacMillian, Malcolm Cox, James Anderson, Spencer Pullinger and Steve Powney. But more recently we have current players who are being picked to represent the county: Ben Cox, Steve Dann, Chris Burns, Paul Hardwick and Danny Newby who now captains the Sussex side when he plays.
Seaford has produced some of the best players in the county through the years; in this list you can expect to find Steve Powney, Trevor Matthews, Spencer Pullinger, Clive Sheppard, Danny MacMillian, Russell Dean and Ian Newby. Joe Govett and Paul Burns now play for national 2 side Worthing Rugby Football Club after starting their career at Seaford, but in the past we have had ex France A flanker Romi Debril play for, captain and coach the club.
Just a few hundred metres from the seafront of Seaford lies the Salts Recreational Grounds and the building which is owned by SRFC. This is where "The Scarlets" do battle. Seaford is a Cinque Ports town, and was famously visited by King Henry VIII in his reign. The town has also produced three Prime Ministers and a number of Victoria Cross winners.
G. Blatch I. Newby D. R. Cleaton OBE E. A. Pugh Mrs. J. Goodman M. Sellars R. L. Hayes D. Stevens C. W. Hill G. Thompson D. R. Hill P. Ungoed
G. J. Beal J. Bird M. Cockburn M. Cornford R. Debril P. Ditch G. Flynn T. Govett A. Hutchinson A. Lamberth M. Lovesay D. Marshall T. Matthews D. Nash I. Nathan T. Newby J. Olley J. Owlett M. Parker J. Peerless S. Powney S. Rhodes D. Scudder R. G. Shed C. Sheppard R. Sillett A. Smith J. Squires C. Tucknott J. Turner L. Twelftree S. Twelftree J. Vara A. Walker
On September 11, 2005, a youth section was created, nicknamed "Seaford Storm" and coached by members of the starting XV (over 20s). This was especially pleasing for the town, as, especially due to the World Cup victory in 2003 by England, young, would-be rugby stars were increasingly in the mood to play the game, but the nearest local side was situated in Lewes, a full fifteen miles away.
The team have been together since September 10, 2005, when the first training session was held and over 40 budding rugby players arrived (from ages of 12 through 15). Although this number has decreased on average, the number of paying members (£40 for up to two children and two parents) fluctuates week to week, along with new people attending the initially-free sessions.
The youth section has now bloomed into a bustling community with age groups ranging from 7 years old up to Colts, and there are some very exciting individuals currently playing for the Colts side with a bright seniors future ahead of them at the club.
- Sussex 2 East champions: 2001-02
- Sussex Bishop's Finger 3 East champions: 2013-14
Current assets of Seaford Rugby Football Club rose from 2012's £12,092 to £12,554 in 2013.
- Full Seaford Rugby Football Club report for 2013 http://www.companyannualreport.co.uk/detail/06707269-seaford-rugby-football-club