Grimsby RUFC

Grimsby Rugby Union Football Club is an English rugby union team based in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire.[1] The first XV currently plays in Midlands 3 East (North) following the club's promotion from Midlands 4 East (North) as champions at the end of the 2018-19 season.[2] The club runs three senior sides and five junior sides. They currently hold the record for most titles in Midlands 3 East (North) with two titles (equalling the records of Oakham and Ashbourne).[3]

Grimsby RUFC
Full nameGrimsby Rugby Union Football Club
UnionNotts, Lincs & Derbyshire RFU
Founded1885; 135 years ago (1885)
LocationGrimsby, Lincolnshire, England
League(s)Midlands 3 East (North)
2018–19Promoted from Midlands 4 East (North) (champions)
Team kit
Official website


Grimsby RUFC was founded in 1885, with Walter Alford Green being appointed as the club's first president. The new club played their first game against Hull and East Riding RUFC. Grimsby went on to lose this game. The club formed on a proper basis in January 1923. The first game as an official club was played away at Gainsborough. Grimsby won the game by 31 points to 5. Many of the club's early home games were played at Charlton's, on Littlefield Lane.

The club managed to secure their own pitch a little while later, at Fairfield in the Scartho area of Grimsby. After this, the club played Gainsborough again, this time at home. Grimsby won this match too, by 62 points to zero. This game was watched by over 2,000 spectators.

The club changed grounds many times after the Second World War. First, they played on land at the bottom of Peakes Lane. They then moved to the land on Barratts Recreation Ground, behind the Scartho Road Swimming Pool.[4] It was decided that the club needed a new ground in 1961 however, and after a large amount of fundraising by club members, and help from the Earl of Yarborough, the club moved to its current location of Springfield.[5]



First XVEdit

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Jonathan Casey Hooker   England
Jorge Asensio Hooker   England
Conor Simcock Hooker   England
Mike Porter Hooker   England
Jordan Smith Hooker   England
Luke Thornton Prop   England
Joshua Walker Prop   England
Colin Matthews Prop   England
Matt Pettiford Prop   England
Michael Vankampen Lock   England
Lewis Rothenburg Lock   England
Nathan Watson Lock   England
Peter Shaw Lock   England
Richard Kissane Lock   England
Dominic Arnold Lock   England
Jordan Carr Flanker   England
Sam Fleming Flanker   England
Harry Hawkey Flanker   England
Jake McKay Flanker   England
Tom Roberts Flanker   England
Lee Spall Number 8   England
Jake Vickers Number 8   England
Samuel Vickers Number 8   England
Ash Rendall-Tyrrell Number 8   England
Player Position Union
Tom Brierley Scrum-half   England
Ben Nutting Scrum-half   England
Evan Picking Scrum-half   England
Kieran Austin-Thomas Fly-half   England
Tom Baker Fly-half   England
Darren Daly Fly-half   England
Ben Holt Fly-half   England
Alex Lucas Fly-half   England
Tom Baker Fly-half   England
Ben Pharaoh Fly-half   England
Allan Oliver (c) Centre   England
Luke Chaplin Centre   England
Rory Thacker Centre   England
Alfie Wallis Centre   England
Isaac Machon Centre   England
Phil Gray Centre   England
Phil Dann Centre   England
Declan Edwards Wing   England
Jack Galewski Wing   England
Lewis Newsum Wing   England
Joshua Pickford Wing   England
Ashley Waterman Wing   England
James Gordon Wing   England
Briar Isle-Robinson Wing   England
Douglas Clough Wing   England
Brad Watson Fullback   England
Adam Waterman Fullback   England
Kieran Dinnes Fullback   England

Second XVEdit

Players from the First XV will sometimes drop down to the Second XV to complete the side.[6]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Adam Mouncey Hooker   England
James Turgoose Hooker   England
Stuart Connett Hooker   England
Bill Aspey Prop   England
Luke Munro Prop   England
Jason Stead Prop   England
Richard Watson Jnr. Prop   England
Scott Bouch Prop   England
Jordan White Prop   England
Ash Hudson Flanker   England
Joshua Rose Flanker   England
Jordan Ives Flanker   England
Gareth Roberts Number 8   England
Player Position Union
Brandon Clark Scrum-half   England
Ash Watson Scrum-half   England
Daniel Blazke Wing   England
Morgan Gant Wing   England
Steve Melin Wing   England
Sven Peterson Wing   England
Kieran Snowden Wing   England
Jordan Landymore Wing   England
Richard Miller Wing   England


Club OfficialsEdit

  • President:   Stuart Connett
  • Chairperson:   Martin Simons
  • Junior Chairman:   Glen Norman
  • Director of Rugby/Head Coach:   Fred Prendagast
  • Coach:   Andy Picking
  • Coach:   Phil Dyson
  • Coach:   Mike Newman
  • Coach:   Martin Simons

Past CaptainsEdit

Year Captain
2010-11   Neil Corry
2009-10   Stuart Saunders
2006-09   Neil Corry
2005-06   Ben Pharoah
2004-05   Darren Edwards
2003-04   Ben Pharoah
2002-03   Jan Slosmanis
2000-02   L. Chambers
1998-00   Jan Slosmanis
1996-98   N. Farquharson
1995-96   G. Smith
1994-95   R. Easton
1991-94   R. Smith
1990-91   S. Robinson
1989-90   M. Lambert
1986-88   D. Armstrong
1985-86   P. Wallis


  1. ^ "Home". Grimsby RUFC. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Midlands 3 East (North)". England Rugby. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Midlands 3 East (North) Table". England Rugby. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Barratts Recreation Ground". Park: In and Around. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  5. ^ "History". Grimsby RUFC. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Second XV Squad". Grimsby RUFC. Retrieved 21 March 2017.

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