St Austell RFC

St Austell RFC is a Cornish rugby union club that is based in the town of St Austell and was founded in 1963.[1] The club run three senior men's teams as well as ladies side, a colts and multiple junior/mini sides. The club's kit is red and white hoops and the first team currently play in Tribute Western Counties West with home games at Tregorrick Park.[2]

St Austell RFC
Full nameSt Austell Rugby Football Club
UnionCornwall RFU
Nickname(s)The Saints
Founded1963; 58 years ago (1963)
LocationSt Austell, Cornwall, England
Ground(s)Tregorrick Park (Capacity: 4,000 (300 seats))
ChairmanJoel Double
PresidentRoger French
Coach(es)Andy Ashwin
League(s)Western Counties West
2019–20Runners up (promoted to South West 1 West)
Team kit
Official website
www.pitchero.com/clubs/staustell
Tregorrick Park, home of St Austell RFC

HistoryEdit

Early historyEdit

St Austell RFC was formed on 31 July 1963 by Wilf Vernalls and Des Robbins, with home games being played at Cyprus Avenue in Par Moor. There had been a previous rugby club in St Austell called the Hornets who had formed in 1933, but during the 1954-55 season this club relocated to Newquay, becoming known as the Newquay Hornets. The club moved to Circus Field at Cromwell Road in 1967 but would have to wait until the mid 1970s until it emerged as a player on the Cornish senior circuit, defeating established clubs Truro and St Ives in 1976. Several years in 1978 the club reached the final of the Cornwall Cup for the first time, losing 7-6 to Camborne at the Recreation Ground in Redruth.[1] In 1986, St Austell sold their Circus Field ground to Asda spending several seasons without a ground until they moved into their current ground, Tregorrick Park, in 1988.[3]

League rugbyEdit

With the creation of the Courage national leagues in 1987, St Austell were placed in Courage Cornwall/Devon (division 8 of the league system). They had a poor debut season in the new league, finishing second bottom in 10th place and were relegated to Courage Cornwall League 1.[4] In 1991 St Austell reached the final of the Cornwall Clubs Cup (the secondary cup in Cornwall at the time) but ended up as losing finalists after a 13-0 defeat to Helston.[5] After 7 seasons in Cornwall League 1 the club finally achieved promotion in 1995 as they claimed their first ever league title and booked a return to Cornwall/Devon.[6] Several years later a second league title and promotion was achieved as St Austell won Western Counties West to reach the dizzy heights of South West 2 West - which at tier 5 is the highest level the club has reached to date.[7]

The 2000-01 season ended up in disappointment for St Austell, as although they were competitive in the division, they were unable to stay up, going down in 10th place just two points behind relegation rivals Ivybridge.[8] This relegation would see the club fall through the league system as they suffered two more relegations, first from Western Counties West and then from Cornwall/Devon.[9][10] St Austell stabilized itself during the 2004-05 season when it bounced back with a league and cup double - winning promotion from Cornwall League 1 as champions and then winning the Cornwall Clubs Cup for the first time in the club's history, defeating Perranporth 11-9 at the final held at St. Clement's Hill in Truro.[11][12] Several seasons in Cornwall/Devon ended in relegation in 2007 as the club finished in 10th place after a tough relegation battle, just 2 points off safety.[13] St Austell then had a period of resurgence as it was promoted from Cornwall League 1 after finishing runners up in 2009.[14] Two years later another second-place finish, this time in Cornwall/Devon, saw the club promoted to Western Counties West.[15] In 2012 St Austell reached the final of the Cornwall Cup for the first time in 34 years losing 20-17 to Wadebridge Camels at the Memorial Ground, Penryn.[16]

The 2012-13 season was the most successful season in St Austells history to date. Firstly the club had an excellent run in the RFU Intermediate Cup (a competition for sides based at level 7 of the league system), beating Wimborne at home 14-8 in February to win the South-West section, making the national semi-finals.[17] A 31-19 defeat away to Brighton at the beginning of April ended the club's chance of making the final at Twickenham Stadium but they had some compensation as the claimed the Tribute Western Counties West league title with a 38-5 win over Exeter Saracens in front of a club record attendance of 800 at Tregorrick Park.[18][19] In 2014 St Austell reached the final of the Cornwall Cup held at the Recreation Ground in Redruth in what was a repeat of the final of 1978, with Camborne once again victorious in a 24-10 win.[20] The following season St Austell were relegated from Tribute South West 1 West as well as experiencing another disappointment in a Cornwall Cup final, losing to nemesis Camborne, 23-13 after extra time at St Clements Hill, Truro.[21][22]

On 17 April 2017, St Austell won the Cornwall Cup for the first time in the club's history, in what was their fifth attempt, defeating fellow league side Wadebridge Camels 33-22 at the final held at the Recreation Ground in Redruth in front of a crowd of 850.[23][24]

Season summaryEdit

Season League National Cup(s) County Cup(s)
Competition/Level Position Points Competition Performance Competition Performance
1987–88 Cornwall/Devon (8) 10th (relegated) 3
1988–89 Cornwall 1 (9) 2nd
1989–90 Cornwall 1 (9)
1990–91 Cornwall 1 (9) Cornwall Junior Knockout Plate Runners up
1991–92 Cornwall 1 (9)
1992–93 Cornwall 1 (9)
1993–94 Cornwall 1 (9)
1994–95 Cornwall 1 (8) 1st (promoted)
1995–96 Cornwall/Devon (8) 2nd (promoted)[25]
1996–97 Western Counties West (7) 2nd[26] 30
1997–98 Western Counties West (7) 1st (promoted)[27] 27
1998–99 South West 2 West (6) 9th[28] 18
1999–00 South West 2 West (6) 9th[29] 16
2000–01 South West 2 West (6) 10th (relegated)[30] 14
2001–02 Western Counties West (7) 12th (relegated)[31] 6
2002–03 Cornwall/Devon (8) 10th (relegated)[32] 7
2003–04 Cornwall 1 (9) 3rd[33] 20 Powergen Junior Vase[34] Cornwall Cup 1st Round[35]
2004–05 Cornwall 1 (9) 1st (promoted)[36] 26 Cornwall Clubs Cup Winners
2005–06 Cornwall/Devon (8) 4th[37] 30 Powergen Junior Vase[38]
2006–07 Cornwall/Devon (8) 10th (relegated)[39] 12 EDF Energy Senior Vase 1st Round[40]
2007–08 Cornwall 1 (9) 4th[41] 20 EDF Energy Junior Vase 6th Round[42][43] Cornwall Clubs Cup Semi-finals[44]
2008–09 Cornwall 1 (9) 2nd (promoted) 24 EDF Energy Junior Vase Quarter-finals[45]
2009–10 Cornwall/Devon (8) 3rd[46] 33 Cornwall Cup 2nd Round[47]
2010–11 Cornwall/Devon (8) 2nd (promoted) 109[a 1] Cornwall Cup 1st Round[48]
2011–12 Western Counties West (7) 4th[49] 89 Cornwall Cup Runners up
2012–13 Western Counties West (7) 1st (promoted)[50] 108 RFU Intermediate Cup Semi-finals[51][52][a 2] Cornwall Cup Quarter-finals[53]
2013–14 South West 1 West (6) 4th[54] 91 Cornwall Cup Runners up
2014–15 South West 1 West (6) 13th (relegated)[55] 39 Cornwall Cup Runners up
2015–16 Western Counties West (7) 8th[56] 58 Cornwall Cup Quarter-finals[57]
2016–17 Western Counties West (7) 7th[58] 69 Cornwall Cup Winners
2017–18 Western Counties West (7) 3rd[59] 83 SW Intermediate Cup Semi-finals[60][61][a 3] Cornwall Cup Semi-finals[62]
2018–19 Western Counties West (7) 4th[63] 93 Cornwall Cup Semi-finals[64]
2019–20 Western Counties West (7) 2nd (promoted) 106.36[a 4] Cornwall Cup
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

Notable former playersEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The 2010–11 season would see the introduction of bonus points into lower league English rugby union (tier 6 and below).
  2. ^ St Austell would win the South West Intermediate Cup on route to the National RFU Intermediate Cup semi-finals.
  3. ^ St Austell exited the competition during the South West Counties final, which was equivalent to the semi-finals of the overall South West Intermediate Cup.
  4. ^ The season was postponed and ultimately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom with St Austell sitting in 1st, having played 22 games and gained 90 points. The remaining games were calculated on a 'best playing record formula', with St Austell dropping to 2nd place with 106.36 points. Despite the playoffs being cancelled St Austell would be promoted as the best runner up as they had a better league record than Western Counties North runners up Matson.[65]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  66. ^ "Scrum-half Matt Shepherd makes the switch to Plymouth Albion". Plymouth Albion R.F.C. 26 June 2015.

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