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RICHMOND RUFC, RICHMOND RFC, RICHMOND RUGBY CLUB
Name:RICHMOND
Category:Clubs
Location:England
Address:Richmond Football Club, The Athletic Ground, Kew Foot Road, Richmond, Surrey. TW9 2SS
URL:Click Here
Telephone:020 8332 7112(Admin) 020 8948 6066(Playing)
Fax:020 8332 7113(Admin) 020 8948 6166(Playing)
Description:Richmond, a club rich in history, was formed in 1861 and participated in the world's very first inter-club fixture in 1864.
It is one of the founding clubs to have formed the Rugby Football Union (RFU) in 1871. It broke new ground by hosting the first experimental floodlit match on Richmond's ground in 1878, and it was one of the first clubs to host the All Blacks touring side in 1905. Richmond played in the first match on the RFU's new ground at Twickenham.


In 1996 Richmond made a new mark on rugby history by being the first club into the new professional era. Although the club had come a long way in this new period it was short lived. In early 1999 the major financial backer to the club withdrew his support and consequently Richmond went in to administration. The club's right to play in the premier Division was removed and the squad was disbanded.

Rugby carried on whilst the club was in administration and a new company, Richmond Vikings Ltd., was formed to rescue the club. Money was raised by an appeal to the past and present membership and other supporters. Richmond Vikings was successful in buying back the rights to the club name and its share of the lease of the Athletic Ground comprising 7 pitches in 26 acres. This enabled Richmond to keep the tradition alive on the grounds where the club has played rugby since 1889.



Having rejoined the leagues at level 9 in the 2000/1 season the 1st XV have won their league for the last two seasons with points differences of 743 and 1142 respectively.In 2002/3 they play in London 3 SW.They have also won the Surrey Cup for the last 2 seasons and reached the semi finals and quarter finals of the Powergen Intermediate Cup in the last 2 years losing to the ultimate winners on both occasions.

They also had a successful 7s season winning the Middlesex County Club Bowl and reaching the finals of the Surrey 7s on the same day with a separate squad.

Richmond Women won the National Cup in 2000 and 2001 but were hampered last season by having 21 full or A International players on duty prior to the World Cup.They came 3rd in National Premiership 1 and teh 2nd XV would have won promtion to Premiership 1 were it not for the rule precluding 2 teams from the same club being members.

The Youth and Minis sections continue to be a matter of great pride to the club involving over 400 players on a Sunday. The Youth have remained successful over all age groups, most notable being the U19s winning the Middlesex Club 7s Colts Cup for the third year running.The U 14s, 15s and 16s all won their respoective championships.

The Minis remain one of the strongest sections on the circuit with wins at several tournaments. The U9s won at Richmond,the U 10s at Staines where the club won the Rose Bowl as most successful club,the U 11s at London Irish and the U 12s shared tp spot at the Surrey As at Dorking.


In all, the club has over 23 teams for those aged 6 to over 60. The management at Richmond believes the future of rugby lies in instilling an enthusiasm for the game in the younger generation. It has ensured a home for them in Richmond at a time when playing fields and school sport grounds across the country are being closed down and sold.
Directions:
(From nearest motorway/main road)
The Athletic Ground lies to the north of the A316 just west of the Richmond Circus roundabout and is adjacent to the Royal Mid Surrey Golf Club and the swimming pool, Pools on the Park. It is a 3 minute walk from Richmond Station which is served by SouthWest Trains, the District line of London Underground and the North London Line.
http://www.richmondfc.co.uk/news/map.html




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