West Hartlepool R.F.C.

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Coordinates: 54°40′35″N 1°14′5″W / 54.67639°N 1.23472°W / 54.67639; -1.23472 West Hartlepool Rugby Football Club (nicknamed West) is an English rugby union club who play in Durham/Northumberland 1

West Hartlepool
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Full nameWest Hartlepool Rugby Football Club
UnionDurham County RFU
Founded1881; 140 years ago (1881)
LocationHartlepool, County Durham, England
Ground(s)Brinkburn (Capacity: 1,000 (76 seats))
Coach(es)Jamie Connolly
League(s)Durham/Northumberland 1
Team kit
Official website
www.west-rugby.org.uk


HistoryEdit

West Hartlepool Rugby Football Club was formed in 1881.

Before the game turned professional, the club enjoyed several seasons in the Courage League and Allied Dunbar premiership during the 1990s[1] before finally being relegated in the 1998–99 season. There followed a drop through the divisions over the next three years that took them out of the national leagues and into the regional leagues.[2]

In the 1990s, when the club was at its peak positions they played at Brierton Lane. When the ground was sold they entered into one year ground share agreements, first with Hartlepool United Football Club at Victoria Park and then with Hartlepool Rovers RFC.

The club's Junior Section then went on to play at West Hartlepool Technical Day School Old Boys RUFC (Tech) for a few years and in the early 2000s there was an agreement with the Hartlepool Sixth Form College for the whole club to play at Brinkburn which is located on Catcote Road.

HonoursEdit

Club structureEdit

West have two Senior Teams within the club.

  • 1st team
  • 2nd team (Stags)
  • Vets Team
  • Walking Rugby Team

International honoursEdit

Nationality Player Honours
Carl Aarvold England
Sammy Morfitt England
Tim Stimpson England (and British & Irish Lions)
Jack Taylor England (captain)
Rob Wainwright Scotland (captain) (and British & Irish Lions)
Mike Mullins Ireland
Alan Whetton (AJ) New Zealand
Gary Whetton New Zealand (Captain)
Mike Brewer New Zealand
Micky Young England Sevens and England Saxons
Chris Murphy England Colts, England Students, U-21 (Captain) & England A

Other international honoursEdit

Nationality Player Honours
Micky Young England U-16 & U-18, England Saxons
Sean Dougall Ireland U18s, U19s & U20s

Mini and juniorEdit

West have a very successful mini & junior set up with teams from Little Deers to under-18 with a large percentage going on to represent Durham County & The North.

West Little Deers we’re introduced in 2017 and are for children aged 2-6 - introducing them to Rugby.

RivalsEdit

In the 1990s when West Hartlepool were in the top leagues there was a rivalry with Newcastle Gosforth (now the Newcastle Falcons). However the real derby matches were with Hartlepool Rovers. Even though Rovers have always been in lower leagues the historical Boxing Day match between the sides has continued and Rovers have always given West Hartlepool good competitive matches and beat West in the 2008 Boxing Day derby but West have won all the other years. In recent years the games have come down to the last few seconds or injury time before the eventual winners were known, with side line conversions winning or losing matches.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "English league". Rugby Football History. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  2. ^ Bolton, Paul (7 March 2002). "West Hartlepool go down". The Telegraph. Retrieved 14 May 2016.

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