St Ives RFC (Cornwall)

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St Ives RFC
Full nameSt Ives Rugby Football Club
UnionCornwall RFU
Nickname(s)The Hakes
Founded1889; 130 years ago (1889)
LocationSt Ives, Cornwall, England
Ground(s)Recreation Ground (Capacity: 3,000 (275 seats))
ChairmanAndrew Baragwanath
PresidentIan Deacon
Coach(es)Rob Elloway & Chris Fuca
League(s)South West 1 West
2018-196th
Team kit
Official website
www.stivesswrfc.co.uk

St Ives Rugby Football Club is a Cornish rugby union club that are based in the town of St Ives and play home games at the Recreation Ground, just off Alexandra Road.[1] The club operate a senior men's side as well as several min and junior teams (ages 7 to 16).[2] The men's first team currently play in Tribute South West 1 West following their promotion from Tribute Western Counties West at the end of the 2017-18 season. The club play a traditional Boxing Day fixture against neighbours Hayle RFC.

View of stand at the Recreation Ground, home of St Ives RFC
View of the club house at the Recreation Ground, St Ives RFC

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Rugby had been introduced to the St Ives area in the 1880s where the game was played by a number of sides including the St Ives Midgets. These local sides ultimately merged towards the end of the decade, and on 12 October 1889, St Ives Rugby Football Club was officially formed. Early games were played at Lower Carnstabba and then Hellesvean before the club moved to its first proper ground at Higher Tregenna in 1899. Initially, St Ives were seen as a junior club, becoming Cornish junior champions in 1901-02. This changed around 1903-04 when the Cornwall RFU elevated them to senior club status. In the period prior to World War I the club supplied a number of players to the Cornwall county side, with one of these, scrum-half Thomas Wedge, capped several times by England.[3] In 1925 the club left Higher Tregenna to move to the Recreation Ground, off Alexandra Road, where they remain to this day.[4]

Glory years[edit]

In the years following World War II, St Ives went from strength to strength. The 1949-50 season was a very notable one as the club finished as Cornish Merit Table leaders, going unbeaten in 36 games, with Jimmy Fleming setting a club record of 46 tries. This season also saw St Ives purchase the Recreation Ground from Borough Council (prior to this the ground had been leased). During this period the club continued to produce quality players such as Harold Stevens who went on to captain Cornwall as well as represent the Barbarians.[5] The re-introduction of the Cornwall Cup in the late 1960s saw St Ives continue to be one of the most dominant clubs in the county, appearing in six successive finals between 1969–74, winning three of them (including one shared).[6] In 1971-72 the club once more finished as Cornwall Merit Table champions. A year later the club became the first Cornish side to score more than 1,000 points over a single year, while in the same season Jimmy Cocking set a club record of 368 points, including another record of 30 points in a single game. Also of note was the performances of Peter Hendy, who was included in the 1973 England rugby union tour of Fiji and New Zealand. While Hendy never gained a full England cap, he played multiple games for the England under-23 side and England 'A', as well as captaining Cornwall and appearing for the Barbarians.[7]

The years 1979 through to 1986 saw the club enter another period of dominance, winning four more Cornwall Cup titles in this time.[6] They also did well in national competition, first reaching the 3rd round in 1981-82 (losing to Bristol at home in what was first televised game at the club), before going on to the become the first Cornish side to reach the quarter finals of the John Player Cup during the 1982-83 season, eventually being knocked out by Nottingham. The club also saw the emergence of players such as Martin Haag who was capped by England under-19s while at St Ives, before going on to play for Bath and England.[4]

League rugby[edit]

The advent of the leagues in 1987 saw St Ives placed in South West Division One, a league ranked at tier 5 of the English rugby union system. They remained in this division for the next decade, with highlights during this period being a fourth-place finish in 1992-93, James Perkin setting a club record with an incredible 11 tries in one game against Falmouth during the 1993-94 season, and two more (losing) appearances in the Cornwall Cup final. By the end of the 1990s, however, the club were in decline and they were relegated at the end of the 1997-98 season having finished in 11th place, although Mark Rowe did manage did manage to break the club record set by Jimmy Cocking by scoring 34 points in a single game (a feat Billy Peters equaled the following year).[8] Things got even worse the following season as St Ives could only manage 1 win from 22 league games in South West 2 West, finishing bottom of the table and suffered a second successive relegation.[9] St Ives dreadful form continued into the 1999-00 season when they finished bottom of Western Counties West with 0 wins and 18 defeats - only surviving relegation because of RFU restructuring of the league system.[10] The next year the club once more finished bottom of the league table and this time they were relegated.[11]

Having suffered relegation in three out of the last four seasons, falling from tier 5 to 8, St Ives deserved a bit of a break. They did this during 2001-02 by making an instant return to Western Counties West by finishing as runners up in Tribute Cornwall/Devon behind champions Paignton, dead level on points but ultimately losing out due to the Devon club's superior for/against record.[12] St Ives avoided relegation the following season and by 2004-05 they had achieved another promotion, when they won a promotion playoff 27–5 against Thornbury at home, having initially finished as runners up to Mounts Bay.[13][14] The 2004-05 season was also notable due to the coverage of the club by BBC television, following the five sets of brothers who all featured for St Ives in a league game against Crediton during the 2004-05 campaign (a record). The next season was a mirror image of the previous, as St Ives once more finished second in the league behind Mounts Bay, and once more achieved promotion via the playoffs, this time beating Swanage & Wareham 26-10 away.[15][16] The joy of a second promotion in a row was however tinged with sadness, as first team manager Peter Burgin passed away following a league match against Taunton earlier in the season.[17] The dug out at the Recreation Ground has since been named the 'Peter Burgin Dug Out' in his memory.

The 2007-08 season saw St Ives back in tier 5 for the first time since 1999, having experienced three relegations and three promotions during this period. Unfortunately this yo-yo existence continued as the club had a dreadful campaign in South West 1, finishing in bottom spot with just 1 win and a draw from 22 games.[18] The next year St Ives avoided a further drop and even won their first Cornwall Cup since 1986 (eighth overall), defeating Camborne 10-3 in the final held at Tregorrick Park in St Austell.[19] The following season the club once more reached the final of the Cornwall Cup, this time losing 16-21 to Wadebridge Camels at the Recreation Ground, Camborne, in what was something of an upset.[20]

After a period of success, St Ives once more returned to their yo-yo ways. The 2010-11 season saw the club involved in a relegation dog-fight, eventually going down in 12th place from Tribute South West 1 West despite winning their last match 54-15 away to Ivybridge, as 11th placed Chosen Hill managed a losing bonus point their last game to stay up by just 1 point.[21] Another relegation followed the next year as St Ives finished well adrift at the bottom of Tribute Western Counties West to drop down all the way to tier 8.[22] The club bounced back quickly by finishing as runners up in Tribute Cornwall/Devon behind Teignmouth in 2012-13, only to drop back down to this division at the end of 2014-15.[23][24] In 2015-16 St Ives were promoted from Tribute Devon/Cornwall for the third time in the club's history, once more as a runner up, this time behind champions Bude.[25]

The 2017-18 season proved to be an excellent one for St Ives as they won a league and cup double. First they stormed their way to the Tribute Western Counties West title, finishing 19 points clear of second place Devonport Services to book a return to tier 6 after an absence of six years.[26] Remarkably it was the first league title the club had won since the leagues began back in 1987, despite a number of promotions. Then at the end of April they claimed the Cornwall Cup for the ninth time in the club's history, with a hard thought 20-19 win against Wadebridge Camels at the Recreation Ground in Camborne - leaving them just one behind record holders Camborne and Redruth.[27]

Ground[edit]

The Recreation Ground is situated just off Alexandra Road on the outskirts of St Ives overlooking the town, and is about 30 minutes walk from the train station. It has been occupied by the rugby club since 1925 and consists of a main pitch with a club-house and grandstand, along with grass-banks on three sides. The grandstand has seating capacity for 275, while there is standing space for around 2,750 supporters, bringing the overall capacity to approximately 3,000. Currently the grandstand is missing a roof and some of the shrubbery on the banks needs cutting back, which may affect capacity.

Season summary[edit]

Season League National Cup(s) County Cup(s)
Competition/Level Position Points Competition Performance Competition Performance
1987–88 South West 1 (5)[28]
1988–89 South West 1 (5)[29]
1989–90 South West 1 (5)[29]
1990–91 South West 1 (5)[29]
1991–92 South West 1 (5)[30]
1992–93 South West 1 (5)[31] Cornwall Cup Runners up
1993–94 South West 1 (6)[32][a 1] Pilkington Cup 2nd Round
1994–95 South West 1 (6)[33]
1995–96 South West 1 (6)[34]
1996–97 South West 1 (5)[a 2] 9th[35] 16 Cornwall Cup Runners up
1997–98 South West 1 (5) 11th (relegated)[36] 11 Tetley's Bitter Cup 2nd Round
1998–99 South West 2 West (6) 12th (relegated)[37] -2
1999–00 Western Counties West (7) 10th[38][a 3] 0
2000–01 Western Counties West (7) 11th (relegated)[39] 12 Cornwall Cup 1st Round[40]
2001–02 Tribute Cornwall/Devon (8) 2nd (promoted)[41] 25
2002–03 Western Counties West (7) 3rd[42] 26 Cornwall Cup 2nd Round[43][44]
2003–04 Western Counties West (7) 6th[45] 23 Powergen Intermediate Cup 2nd Round[46] Cornwall Cup 1st Round[47]
2004–05 Western Counties West (7) 2nd (promoted via playoff)[48] 38
2005–06 South West 2 West (6) 2nd (promoted)[49] 35 Powergen Trophy 3rd Round[50]
2006–07 South West 1 (5) 7th[51] 23 EDF Energy Cup 2nd Round[52]
2007–08 South West 1 (5) 12th (relegated)[53] 1 EDF Energy Trophy 2nd Round[54]
2008–09 South West 2 West (6) 4th[55] 26 EDF Energy Intermediate Cup 2nd Round[56] Cornwall Cup Winners
2009–10 South West 1 West (6)[a 4] 8th[57] 25 Cornwall Cup Runners up
2010–11 South West 1 West (6) 12th (relegated)[58] 49[a 5] Cornwall Cup Semi-finals[59]
2011–12 Western Counties West (7) 14th (relegated)[60] -5
2012–13 Cornwall/Devon (8) 2nd (promoted)[61] 104 Cornwall Cup Semi-finals[62]
2013–14 Western Counties West (7) 12th[63] 39
2014–15 Western Counties West (7) 14th (relegated)[64] 19 Cornwall Cup 1st Round[65][66]
2015–16 Cornwall/Devon (8) 2nd (promoted)[67] 108 Cornwall Cup Semi-finals[68]
2016–17 Western Counties West (7) 6th[69] 70 Cornwall Cup Quarter-finals[70]
2017–18 Western Counties West (7) 1st (promoted)[71] 109 Cornwall Cup Winners
2018–19 South West 1 West (6) 6th[72] 82 Cornwall Cup Runners up
2019–20 South West 1 West (6) Cornwall Cup
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.

Honours[edit]

[4]

Playing record[edit]

Season P W D L F A Notes [ref]
1903–04 20 11 3 6 124 77 First season in senior rugby [73]

Notable former players[edit]

  • England Martin Haag - lock who played early career with St Ives before moving to Bath in 1987. Capped twice by England. Currently a coach.
  • England Peter Hendy - flanker who played for the club in the 1970s and 80s. Capped by England under-23s and England 'A' as well as captaining Cornwall and appearing for the Barbarians.
  • Australia Pete Samu - flanker who spent 2 seasons with the club before moving to New Zealand where he has since played Super Rugby for the Crusaders.
  • England Harold Stevens - three quarter back who had two spells at the club in the 1940s to the 1960s. Captained Cornwall and achieved 60 caps as well as appearing for the Barbarians. Also played for Redruth.[5]
  • England Thomas Wedge - scrum-half who played for the club during the early 20th century. Represented Cornwall and twice capped by England. Also part of the British team that won a silver medal at the 1908 Summer Olympics.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ RFU restructuring due to creating of Courage League Division 5 meant that South West 1 became a level 6 league.
  2. ^ RFU restructuring due the cancellation of Courage League Division 5 meant that South West 1 once again became a level 5 league.
  3. ^ Although St Ives finished bottom of Western Counties West at the end of the 1999–00 season there was no relegation due to restructuring of the league system by the RFU.
  4. ^ RFU restructuring for the 2009–10 season meant that South West 2 West was renamed to South West 1 West.
  5. ^ The 2010–11 season would see the introduction of bonus points into lower league English rugby union (tier 6 and below).
  6. ^ Cornwall Cup wins includes 1 shared title in 1969.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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