Wimbledon RFC

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Wimbledon RFC
Full name Wimbledon Rugby Football Club
Union Rugby Football Union
Nickname(s) The Dons
Founded 1865; 152 years ago (1865)
Location Raynes Park, Surrey
Ground(s) Beverley Meads
Chairman James Boatman
President Mike Keane
Coach(es) Men's - Nick Evans, Joe Gray, Mark Percival, Marc Bertrand
Captain(s) Dylan Flashman
League(s) National League 3 London & SE
2016–17 2nd
Official website
www.wimbledonrfc.co.uk

Wimbledon Rugby Football Club is a rugby union team from Wimbledon, London. The club was a founding member of the Rugby Football Union and were at that time known as the Wimbledon Hornets.

History[edit]

Wimbledon’s first recorded match was against Richmond F.C. in November 1865, making the club one of the oldest in the country, and one of just twelve surviving clubs that founded the Rugby Football Union in 1871. The club’s captain at this time was L J Maton who drafted the first laws of the game and went on to become the third president of the RFU in 1875. In the same year, two club members, J D and H J Graham, gained one and four caps respectively for England.

In 1874 the club changed its name to Wimbledon RFC. It has been suggested that the change in name was due to the club's L J Maton becoming president of the Rugby Football Union, and in order to reflect their new-found gravitas they dispensed with the Hornets for a less whimsical name.[1]

The club played on Wimbledon Common until World War I, using the Rose & Crown in Wimbledon Village as changing rooms and clubhouse. The club then went into suspended animation when the First World War started, and was only re-formed in 1927.[1] It was at this time that the club changed colours from broad blue and white hooped jerseys, to maroon and Cambridge blue hooped jerseys.[2] The club's celebration of its centenary with a dinner held in February 1966, was demonstrative that it perceived itself a continuation of the original Wimbledon Hornets.[1]

The club moved to its current clubhouse on Barham Road, Wimbledon in the 1987–88 season, coinciding with the setting up of amateur league rugby in Britain.

Honours[edit]

Club colours[edit]

Wimbledon 1st team play in maroon shirts with blue sleeves and a blue stripe on the side. They wear navy shorts and navy socks.

All other teams play in maroon and blue hooped shirts with navy shorts and navy socks.

Teams[edit]

Wimbledon has four men's teams, a ladies team and a thriving youth & minis section.

The men's teams

Wimbledon currently has four men's teams.

The 1st team play in National 3 South East, as a result of promotion from London 1 South in the 2014–15 season. The 2nd team play in the Zoo Sports Shield Division 2 having won promotion from Division 3 in the 2015-16 season. The 3rds or Mavericks as they are fondly known and the 4ths Strollers (the Vets team) compete in the Surrey Leagues

The ladies team

The ladies team was founded in the 1990–91 season by Tina and John Ambler, club stewards from 1989 – 1993. Their team mascot is Alderney, one of The Wombles.

The first ladies match was against a selection of players from the men's teams. Due to a lack of playing experience the men emerged the victors. Since then, the Ladies section has grown from strength to strength with several of the players reaching national and international level.

The team currently plays in the Championship South West 2 League and has a regular squad of over thirty ladies as well as strong mini and youth section offering rugby for all ability levels from 5 to 18.

Notable former players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Dick Tyson, London's Oldest Rugby Clubs, p159 (JJG Publishing), 2008
  2. ^ Dick Tyson, London's Oldest Rugby Clubs, p158 (JJG Publishing), 2008

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