Paignton Rugby Football Club

Paignton Rugby Football Club is a rugby union club, formed in 1873 and based in Paignton, Devon. They moved to Queens Park in 1902 and have played there ever since. Paignton Rugby Club is affiliated to the Devon RFU and currently compete in Cornwall/Devon - a league at level 8 of the English rugby union system - following their relegation from Western Counties West at the end of the 2018–19 season. Many of the club's players have represented the club at county or national level. The club have won the Cornwall/Devon League on three occasions; more than any other club. They have a friendly rivalry with neighbours Torquay Athletic RFC.

Paignton
Full namePaignton Rugby Football Club
UnionDevon RFU
Nickname(s)Cherries
Founded1873; 148 years ago (1873)
LocationPaignton, Devon, England
Ground(s)Queen's Park (Capacity: 1,650 (150 seats))
ChairmanNick Moloney
Presidentvacant
League(s)Cornwall/Devon
2019–20Runners up (promoted to Western Counties West)
Team kit
Official website
www.paigntonrugby.com
The clubhouse at Queen's Park, home of Paignton RFC
View of the main rugby pitch at Queen's Park
View of the junior rugby pitch at Queen's Park

HistoryEdit

Founded in 1873, Paignton were one of the first members of the Devon Rugby Football Union, and an earlier incarnation of the modern club, the Paignton Scarlet Runners, were the first ever winners of the Devon Junior Cup in 1889, a feat matched by a 'Paignton' side a decade later in 1900.[1] Several years later Paignton were promoted to the Devon Senior Cup and made the final for the first time in 1904, only to lose to Plymouth. The club would have to wait until the late 1920s for their next success, when a reserve side won the Junior Cup in 1927, followed by a first ever Senior Cup victory in 1931 when they defeated Sidmouth 6-0.[2] After the Second World War the club failed to match the exploits of the 1930s, with the Havill Plate success in 1974 being the only county silverware of note.[3]

With the advent of the leagues in 1987, Paignton were placed in Cornwall/Devon at level 8 of the English rugby union system. A season later they were relegated into Devon 1 where they spent three seasons, also winning the Devon Junior Cup during that time. Promotion back to Cornwall/Devon in 1993 saw the club rise up the league system and they were in South West 2 by 1995. They spent five seasons at tier 7 (renamed to Western Counties West) until they were relegated at the end of 2000–01 season, their campaign not help by an outbreak of foot and mouth disease which meant a number of games went unplayed. The club were not gone for long as they made a speedy return by winning Cornwall/Devon the following year.

Despite a further relegation in 2006, the club started to enter a period of success with two quick-fire promotions in 2007 and 2008 to book their place in South West 2 West, which at tier 6 was the highest level the club had reached in its league history. They also started to become one of the more competitive sides in the county, reaching the Devon Senior Cup final in 2007 (losing to rivals Torquay) and winning the Devon Senior Plate in 2010. The next decade was not quite as successful as the club dropped two divisions following relegations in 2013 and 2014, although another promotion (as runners up in Cornwall/Devon) at the end of the 2016–17 season has seen Paignton stabilise in Western Counties West.

At the end of the 2018-19 season, Paignton finished bottom on Western Counties West and were relegated to level 8 (Tribute Cornwall/Devon).

GroundEdit

Queens Park is situated in the heart of Paignton, just off Queens Road, near to the sea and less than 5 minutes walk from the train station. The ground was built in 1900 on what was formerly marshy land and is shared by both Paignton Rugby Football Club and Paignton Cricket Club, with rugby taking place in the autumn and spring, and cricket in the summer months.[4] Parking is available at the ground.

At the entrance of the ground there is the Victorian era club-house, with the grandstand on top, and there are two rugby pitches - one for senior matches, the other for juniors, with small covered areas adjacent to the senior pitch. In the summer this area is then combined to host cricket fixtures. Originally there was just one rugby pitch horizontal to the club-house/grandstand, but due to damage caused to the cricket wicket it was decided to instead split the area into two pitches, with the wicket in between. The grandstand has seating capacity for around 150, while the main rugby pitch has standing capacity for approximately 1,500 supporters, bringing the total capacity to 1,650. When cricket is played the capacity increases to around 3,000.

TeamsEdit

The club has several teams in its senior and youth sections. There are male and female teams ranging from under-6 teams to under-16 teams in the youth section and the senior teams being the 1st XV, 2nd XV, 3rd XV (affectionately knowns as the "Rams") and a ladies team.

Season summaryEdit

Season League National Cup(s) County Cup(s)
Competition/Level Position Points Competition Performance Competition Performance
1987–88 Cornwall/Devon (8) 6th 10
1988–89 Cornwall/Devon (8) 9th (relegated) 8
1989–90 Devon 1 (9)
1990–91 Devon 1 (9)[5]
1991–92 Devon 1 (9)[6] Devon Junior Cup Winners
1992–93 Devon 1 (9) 1st (promoted)[7]
1993–94 Cornwall/Devon (8)
1994–95 Cornwall/Devon (8) 1st (promoted)
1995–96 Western Counties (7)[8]
1996–97 Western Counties West (7) 4th[9] 23
1997–98 Western Counties West (7) 7th[10] 18
1998–99 Western Counties West (7) 5th[11] 18
1999–00 Western Counties West (7) 4th[12] 20
2000–01 Western Counties West (7) 9th (relegated)[13][a 1] 15
2001–02 Cornwall/Devon (8) 1st (promoted)[14] 25
2002–03 Western Counties West (7) 10th[15] 18
2003–04 Western Counties West (7) 9th[16] 16 Powergen Intermediate Cup [17]
2004–05 Western Counties West (7) 10th[18] 11
2005–06 Western Counties West (7) 11th (relegated)[19] 10 Powergen Intermediate Cup [20]
2006–07 Cornwall/Devon (8) 1st (promoted)[21] 38 EDF Energy Senior Vase [22] Devon RFU Senior Cup Runners up
2007–08 Western Counties West (7) 1st (promoted)[23] 36 EDF Energy Trophy 3rd Round[24] Devon Senior Cup Semi-finals
2008–09 South West 2 West (6) 6th[25] 21 EDF Energy Intermediate Cup [26]
2009–10 South West 1 West (6)[a 2] 4th[27] 38 Devon Senior Plate Winners
2010–11 South West 1 West (6) 7th[28] 58[a 3] Devon Senior Vase Runners up
2011–12 South West 1 West (6) 10th[29] 56 Devon Senior Cup Semi-finals[30]
2012–13 South West 1 West (6) 13th (relegated)[31] 33 Devon Senior Cup [30]
2013–14 Western Counties West (7) 14th (relegated)[32] 4
2014–15 Cornwall/Devon (8) 5th[33] 74 Devon Intermediate Cup 1st Round[34]
2015–16 Cornwall/Devon (8) 8th[35] 58 Devon Intermediate Cup Semi-finals[36]
2016–17 Cornwall/Devon (8) 2nd (promoted)[37] 104 Devon Senior Cup 1st Round[38]
2017–18 Western Counties West (7) 9th[39] 51 Devon Intermediate Cup 1st Round[40]
2018–19 Western Counties West (7) 14th (relegated)[41] 36 Devon Intermediate Cup 5th[42]
2019–20 Cornwall/Devon (8) 2nd (promoted) 85.70[a 4] Devon Intermediate Shield
2019–20 Western Counties West (7)
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.

HonoursEdit

Devon Senior Cup record

  • 1906 (lost) 12 – 4 in the final against Plymouth.
  • 1931 (won), 6 – 0 in final against Sidmouth
  • 2007 runner-up in a final against Torquay
  • 2008 semi-final

Source - Devon RFU Handbook 2005/2006

NotesEdit

  1. ^ At the end of the 2000–01 season there were more relegations from Western Counties West than usual due to with four teams going down, including 9th placed Paignton. Foot-and-mouth disease affected the league and most teams were unable to fulfil all fixtures which meant that 10th placed South Molton escaped relegation on aggregate points from games played.
  2. ^ RFU restructuring of the English rugby union system for the 2009–10 season saw South West 2 West renamed as South West 1 West.
  3. ^ The 2010–11 season would see the introduction of bonus points into lower league English rugby union (tier 6 and below).
  4. ^ The season was postponed and ultimately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom with Paignton sitting in 2nd, having played 20 games and gained 73 points. The remaining games were calculated on a 'best playing record formula', with Paignton remaining in 2nd place with 85.70 points and claiming promotion.[43]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Devon Senior Cup winners". Devon RFU. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  3. ^ "DRFU Handbook 2011-12" (PDF). Devon RFU. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Paignton: The Town of Golden Sands" (PDF). Torbay Council. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  5. ^ Jones, Stephen (1991). Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook 1991–92. London: Queen Anne Press/Rothmans Publications. p. 448. ISBN 0 356 20249 6.
  6. ^ Devon Rugby Football Union Ltd Official Handbook 2012 – 2013 (PDF). Devon RFU. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  7. ^ Jones, Stephen (1993). Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook 1993–94. London: Headline Book Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0 7472 7891 1.
  8. ^ Cornwall Rugby Football Union 1996–7
  9. ^ "Final League Tables, 1996–97". Trelawny's Army. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  10. ^ "Final League Tables 1997–98". Trelawny's Army. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  11. ^ "Final League Tables 1998–99". Trelawny's Army. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  12. ^ "FINAL LEAGUE TABLES, 1999-2000". Trelawny's Army. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  13. ^ "Final League Tables 2000–2001". Trelawny's Army. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  14. ^ "Final League Tables 2001–2002". Trelawny's Army. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  15. ^ "Final League Tables 2002–2003". Trelawny's Army. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  16. ^ "Final League Tables 2003–2004". Trelawny's Army. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  17. ^ "POWERGEN COMPETITIONS". Gloucester Rugby. 14 July 2003.
  18. ^ "Final League Tables 2004–2005". Trelawny's Army. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  19. ^ "Final League Tables, 2005–2006". Trelawny's Army. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  20. ^ "Powergen Cup Draws". The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald. 17 August 2005.
  21. ^ "Final League Tables 2006–2007". Trelawny's Army. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  22. ^ "EDF Energy Senior Vase". Swindon Advertiser. 21 September 2006.
  23. ^ "Final League Tables, 2007–2008". Trelawny's Army. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  24. ^ "EDF Energy Cup 4th round draw". Rolling Maul. 10 December 2007.
  25. ^ "South West 2 West 2008–2009". England Rugby. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  26. ^ "EDF Energy Cup Draws". Yorkshire Post. 25 November 2008.
  27. ^ "Tribute South West 1 West 2009–2010". England Rugby. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  28. ^ "Tribute South West 1 West 2010–2011". England Rugby. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  29. ^ "Tribute South West 1 West 2011–2012". England Rugby. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  30. ^ a b "Devon RFU Handbook 2012–13" (PDF). Devon RFU. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  31. ^ "Tribute South West 1 West 2012–2013". England Rugby. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  32. ^ "Final League Tables, 2013–2014". Trelawny's Army. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  33. ^ "Tribute Cornwall/Devon 2014–2015". England Rugby. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  34. ^ "The Devon Intermediate Cup Results 2014-15". Devon RFU. Retrieved 15 November 2008.
  35. ^ "Tribute Cornwall/Devon 2015–2016". England Rugby. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  36. ^ "Devon Intermediate Cup 2015/16 results". Devon RFU. Retrieved 15 November 2008.
  37. ^ "Tribute Cornwall/Devon 2016–2017". England Rugby. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  38. ^ "DEVON RFU SENIOR CUP 2016/17". Devon RFU. Retrieved 15 November 2008.
  39. ^ "Tribute Western Counties West 2017–2018". England Rugby. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  40. ^ "2017/18 Devon Intermediate Cup/Shield". Devon RFU. Retrieved 15 November 2008.
  41. ^ "Tribute Western Counties West 2018–2019". England Rugby. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  42. ^ "2018-19 Devon Intermediate Cup results". Devon RFU. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  43. ^ "RFU confirms league positions". England Rugby. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  44. ^ a b c "DRFU Handbook 2011-12" (PDF). Devon RFU. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  • Data obtained from club, Devon cup data obtained from Match day programme for the 2007 Devon cup final.

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