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1. 1871 - 2009


WORCESTER Rugby Football Club 1871-2009
By R. J. Lumby

Worcester Rugby Football Club was founded by the Rev. Francis John Eld with the first game being played against Artillery on November 8th 1871. Since then the club has had many good times and the occasional bad one. We now find ourselves at an historic pinnacle with a place in the Premiership and club and ground facilities we could once only have dreamed of. This is due to the generosity of Cecil Duckworth and the development of Worcester Trading, which supports both the professional side of the club, and the ever growing amateur activities of the Wanderers, Worcester Ladies, and the Mini-Juniors.
This chronicles our route to modernity whilst taking a number of bye ways to look in more detail at some of the highs and lows.

Chronology

1871 First game played at Somerset Place (the site of Flagmeadow Walk)
1892 -3 Moved to New Road
1893-4 Moved to Pitchcroft
1896 Club disbanded
1908 Club revived with AGM at the Star
1910 Games played at Northwick
1914 -18 World War I
1920 Post war revival

Meetings at the Crown Hotel, Bulls Head and the Hop Market Hotel

1921 Games played at Perdiswell
1930 Games played at Northwick
1932 Saracen's Head used for meetings and changing (Club Room and Bath)
1934 Games played at Perdiswell Park - corner of Bilford Road
1936 Games played at Pitchcroft
1939-45 World War II
1945-6 Games played at Northwick
1946-7 returned to Bilford Road.
1955 moved to Bevere
1975 moved to Six Ways
1977 North Midlands Cup and North Midlands 'Sevens' Winners
1989-90 North Midlands Division I Champions
1990-1 North Midlands Cup Finalists
1992-3 Midlands Division 2 Champions
1993-94 North Midlands Cup Finalists
1994-95 Midlands Division I Champions
1994-95 Whitbread Flowers & Rugby World Junior Club of the Year
1995-96 North Midlands Cup Winners
1995-96 National Division 5 North Champions
1996-97 National Division 4 North Champions, North Midlands Cup Finalists
1997-98 Jewsons National League One Champions and North Midlands Cup Winners and Powerline Floodlit Cup Winners
1999-00 Allied Dunbar Premiership Division Two
2003-04 National Division 1 Champions
2004-05 Zurich Premiership
2005-06 Guiness Premiership

2. SUMMARY


WRFC History - A Tabular Summary
by Dr John Lumby

1871-World War I
1871 Worcester Rugby Football Club was founded by Rev. Francis John Eld with the first game being played against Worcester Artillery on November 8th 1871, at Somerset Place, subsequently the site of the Flagmeadow Walk ground.
Rev. Francis John Eld formerly curate at Rugby, in 1871 Headmaster at R.G.S., (retired 1892, died 1922)
First recorded victory was over Gloucester College -no score recorded - Worcester won easily.
First season 1871-72, 9 games were played
1875 First recorded AGM, Rev Eld
1875 Kings School Bromsgrove, Kidderminster, and R.G.S., added to the fixture list.
1877 Moseley first played. 3 Worcester players in a representative game, West of England versus United South Wales - Beauchamp, Brown and Cozalzt
1883 Second XV
1891 Midland Counties Cup Worcester lost to Alcester
1892 Midland Counties Cup Worcester beat Nuneaton, but lost to Burton despite fielding an England International J Robinson. Capt. R. G. T. Coventry joined Worcester and was elected Captain.
1893 Club ground moved to Pitchcroft.
1893 Worcester defeated Moseley 10-8
1894
1896 Club disbanded
1908 Club Revived
1910 A.G.M. at the Star Hotel Games played at "Northwick", players changing at the "Northwick Arms" Playing Membership reached 40, Team Colours Light and Dark Blue. Coach Rev Monahan (Surrey County Player and a member of the Irish Selection Board)

1920-1930 Revival after WWI

Date of inaugural meeting published in the local press (look in Berrows Journal) Those responsible for the revival Rev. J. G. Scougal (R.G.S.), Frank Henderson, Fred Turner, Kenneth Foster. Meeting at Crown Hotel.
First Full Season probably 1921-22
The seasons results were as follows
Played 26 Won 12 Lost 14 Drawn 0
With the increase in membership an "A" XV and later a "B" XV were formed, and 1st XV caps were awarded on the recommendation of the Captain.

Key Club Personalities during this period:-

C. H. (Daddy) Kimber. President 1923-35. He built a covered stand on Perdiswell.
F.Turner
George Smith
F.L.Allen Captain
G.K.Tattersall Captain
Ralph Taylor Hon.Treasurer and President (1946)
Charlie

Club Headquarters

Bull's Head High St (now demolished),
Hop Market Hotel,
Saracens Hotel (Clubroom and Baths)

3. PROFESSIONAL ERA


Worcester Warriors - The Professional Era

The web site of the Warriors has an expanded illustrated history of the Club.

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