Rosslyn Park F.C.

Rosslyn Park Football Club is a rugby union club based in south west London.

Rosslyn Park
Rosslyn Park F.C. logo.png
Full nameRosslyn Park Football Club
UnionMiddlesex RFU, Surrey RFU
Founded1879; 142 years ago (1879)
LocationRoehampton, Wandsworth, London, England [1]
Ground(s)The Rock, Priory Lane (Capacity: 2,000. Additional games at Richmond Park)
ChairmanAdam Tyrer
PresidentNick Goddard [2]
Director of RugbyKieran Power
Coach(es)John Mills[3]
Captain(s)Hugo Ellis[citation needed]
League(s)National League 1
2019–203rd
Team kit
Official website
www.rosslynpark.co.uk
The Rosslyn Park squad in 1892.

HistoryEdit

Founded in 1879 by cricketing friends in north London, at the end of their first season, Charles Hoyer Millar proposed forming a football club to keep the players together during the winter. There was already a Hampstead Football Club (from which both Wasps and Harlequins sprang), so the cricket club's name was adopted, reflecting the area of Hampstead where the cricketers first played their scratch games in the grounds of Rosslyn House. Their original rugby ground was at South End Green, Hampstead, then Gospel Oak and Acton before a lengthy tenure at Old Deer Park, Richmond until 1956, when Rosslyn Park moved to its current premises in Roehampton. After an initial blue shirt with white Maltese cross, its current red-and-white hoops were adopted in 1881. It still remains a Football Club, without the need for the word Rugby, and so is correctly Rosslyn Park FC, not RFC.

Early fixtures were generally against second XVs of leading clubs, but in the 1890s Rosslyn Park joined the first rank with fixtures against Oxford University, London Scottish, Richmond and Harlequins. Park's acceptance into the elite was signalled when venerable Blackheath agreed to play home and away fixtures in 1909. The club became the first English side to play rugby internationally when it beat Stade Français in Paris on 18 April 1892.[4] In 1912, the club played exhibition matches in Prague, Budapest and Vienna - the first rugby matches ever played in those cities - and in 1913 played two games in Hanover, Germany.[4] In 1939, Rosslyn Park inaugurated the annual Rosslyn Park Schools Seven Tournament, which expanded from sixteen schools to 350 in 1996. With some 7,000 players annually, it is the world's largest rugby tournament.[4] After the Second World war, Park again led the way with a first international fixture in 1945 against traditional rivals Stade Français. In 1951, Park was the first to bring the Ladies' Cup from the Melrose Sevens south of the border. In 1975 and 1976, the club played in the final of the John Player Cup, narrowly losing on both occasions

The club runs five senior men's sides (the 1st XV, "B's", "Hatters", "Fours", and "Nomads") and a ladies side (the "Slingbacks") who play on Sundays. Rosslyn Park also have one of the country's largest mini- and youth-rugby set-ups with sides at all age groups from under-6s up. When English league rugby began in 1987, Park were placed in Division two, which they won. The first team currently play in the third division of the English league system, National League One.

The club plays at Priory Lane, Roehampton in South-West London on a ground leased from the next-door Roehampton Club. There is one 4G (4th generation synthetic turf) pitch at the main site; additional games are played on grass pitches in nearby Richmond Park. Changing facilities for both sets of pitches are at the main site in Priory Lane. The clubhouse has two bars, which are named after two of the club's famous players – Andy Ripley and Alexander Obolensky. The first floodlights for the main pitch were famously provided by the hell-raising actor Oliver Reed who was also a member of the club and occasional player. Those lights have now been replaced after storm damage.

Some 350 Park members served in the Great War, of which 109 died, believed to be the highest number from any club. The story was told in a 2012 book The Final Whistle: the Great War in Fifteen players. The original memorial was lost but was replaced with a new board in 2014 when a Centenary memorial match was played under the Laws prevailing in 1914 and the memorial was unveiled by Bill Beaumont, Chairman of the RFU.

HonoursEdit

Current standingsEdit

2019–20 National League 1 Table watch · edit · discuss
Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Losing bonus Points
1 Richmond (C) 25 20 0 5 741 347 394 12 5 97
2 Rosslyn Park 25 18 1 6 728 472 256 12 4 90
3 Rams 25 19 0 6 680 521 159 16 2 89[a]
4 Chinnor 25 16 2 7 631 502 129 13 4 85
5 Blackheath 25 16 1 8 621 511 110 12 4 82
6 Plymouth Albion 25 13 2 10 698 617 81 14 5 75
7 Darlington Mowden Park 25 13 1 11 796 517 279 14 6 74
8 Old Elthamians 25 13 1 11 574 501 73 10 4 68
9 Cambridge 25 12 2 11 571 560 11 11 4 67
10 Cinderford 23 13 0 10 526 452 74 7 6 65
11 Sale FC 25 12 0 13 621 602 19 10 6 64
12 Bishop's Stortford 24 9 2 13 599 595 4 12 9 61
13 Birmingham Moseley 25 8 0 17 505 649 −144 4 8 44
14 Rotherham Titans (R) 25 6 1 18 490 727 −237 7 7 40
15 Canterbury (R) 25 2 0 23 357 824 −467 2 6 16
16 Hull Ionians (R) 24 1 1 22 330 1071 -741 3 2 11
  • If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points for and against
  3. Total number of points for
  4. Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams
  5. Number of matches won excluding the first match, then the second and so on until the tie is settled
Green background is the promotion place. Pink background are relegation places.
Updated: 14 March 2020
Source: "National League 1". NCA Rugby.

Notable former playersEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Rams deducted 5 points due to an issue with their Payment of Players declaration during the 2018–19 National League 2 South season.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rosslyn Park RFC". Archived from the original on 22 January 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2009.
  2. ^ "ParkNews AGM Update" (PDF). Official site. Retrieved 3 November 2009.
  3. ^ "Rosslyn Park New Player & Coaches Announcements 2020/21". Rosslyn Park FC. 27 July 2020. Retrieved 29 July 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "A brief history". Official site. Retrieved 11 January 2009.
  5. ^ "RAMS DEDUCTED 5 POINTS". Rams RFC (Pitchero). 26 February 2020. Retrieved 27 February 2020.

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