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Winchester RFC is an English rugby union club that is affiliated with the Hampshire RFU.[1] Winchester currently run three senior men's teams - 1st XV, 2nd XV - who play in Hampshire 2 and a 3rd XV (Winchester Knights - largely a veteran's side) who play in Hampshire 3. There is a Women's team and mini and juniors and Colts sides covering all age groups from U5s upwards. The men's 1st XV currently play in London 2 South West - a tier 7 league in the English rugby union system - having won promotion as champions of London 3 South West at the end of the 2018-19 season.[2]

Winchester RFC
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Full nameWinchester Rugby Football Club
UnionEnglish RFU
Nickname(s)Winch
Founded1929; 90 years ago (1929)
LocationWinchester, Hampshire, England
RegionHampshire RFU
Ground(s)North Walls Park
ChairmanSteve Barrow
Coach(es)Gareth Martin (1stXV), Mark Vickers (2ndXV), Andy Fields (Knights)
Captain(s)Jim Beavan (1stXV), Charlie Green (2ndXV), Matt Stagg (Knights)
League(s)London 2 South West
2018–19Promoted from London 3 South West (champions)
Official website
www.winchesterrugby.com

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HistoryEdit

Winchester was founded in autumn 1929 when 17 rugby enthusiasts met at the Cart & Horses pub in Kings Worthy. Up until 1971 their home ground was a field rented from a farmer in Kings Worthy when they moved to their present 10 acre ground at North Walls Park off Hilliers Way.[3]

League recordEdit

Winchester League Record[4]
Season Division Tier Pts Position Outcome
1987–88 London 3 South West 7 8 8 relegated
1988–89 Hampshire 1 8 6 10
1989–90 Hampshire 1 8 13 3
1990–91 Hampshire 1 8 18 1 champions, promoted
1991–92 London 3 South West 7 9 6
1992–93 London 3 South West 7 10 8
1993–94 London 3 South West 7 3 12 relegated
1994–95 Hampshire 1 8 16 3
1995–96 Hampshire 1 8 24 1 champions, promoted
1996–97 London 3 South West 7 20 1 champions, promoted
1997–98 London 2 South 6 26 2 runners-up
1998–99 London 2 South 6 28 1/15 champions, promoted
1999–00 London Division 1 5 20 7/17
2000–01 London Division 1 5 10 9/11
2001–02 London Division 1 5 14 10/12
2002–03 London Division 1 5 16 10/12 relegated
2003–04 London 2 South 6 16 10/12 relegated
2004–05 London 3 South West 7 21 4/12
2005–06 London 3 South West 7 22 5/12
2006–07 London 3 South West 7 22 6/12
2007–08 London 3 South West 7 22 6/12
2008–09 London 3 South West 7 9 12/12 [a 1]
2009–10 London 2 South West 7 9 12/12 relegated
2010–11 London 3 South West 8 51 8/12
2011–12 London 3 South West 8 68 5/12
2012–13 London 3 South West 8 93 1/12 champions, promoted
2013–14 London 2 South West 7 47 7/12
2014–15 London 2 South West 7 72 3/12
2015–16 London 2 South West 7 71 4/12
2016–17 London 2 South West 7 51 7/12
2017–18 London 2 South West 7 36 11/12 relegated
2018–19 London 3 South West 8 99 1/12 champions, promoted
2019–20 London 2 South West 7 /12
  1. ^ There was no relegation this year as the division would be renamed London Division 2 South West for the 2009-10 season and along with the whole national restructuring of the league system by the RFU lead to mass changes at all levels.

HonoursEdit

Notable club membersEdit

  • Ben Donnell, back-row who plays for London Irish and has represented   England at U18 level.[7]
  • Joe Marchant, centre who played for Winchester as a school boy from 2002–12, Hampshire, Harlequins and   England.[8]
  • Chris Ashwin, fly-half who played for Winchester, Hampshire and Bristol.
  • Andy Fields, hooker who played for Hong Kong and Valley, represented   England at U20 and U18 level and was Head Coach of Winchester for seven years.[9]
  • Rolf Stratford, started playing with Winchester with stints at New Brighton and Rosslyn Park and represented British Polytechnics, English Students and Hampshire, returning to Winchester as a player, coach for many teams and was the club's President.
  • Budge Pountney, flanker who won 31 caps and captained   Scotland and was a player and then Director of Rugby at Northampton Saints.[10]
  • LeRoy Angel BEM, winger, played over 500 times for Winchester, most capped wing three-quarter for Hampshire, President of the RFU in 2005[11]
  • Ernest Beddard Jackson, prop who played over 200 times for Winchester and also for Worcester and had four   England call ups between 1952-53.[12]
  • Charles Sylvester Wooldridge, played for Blackheath and   England seven times between 1882 and 1885, was the club's first President.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "HRFU Club Directory". Hampshire RFU. Retrieved 2019-01-27.
  2. ^ "London 3 South West results". English RFU. Retrieved 2019-01-27.
  3. ^ "Winchester RFC through the years". Hampshire Chronicle. Retrieved 2019-01-27.
  4. ^ Smith, John (2009). Come On Winch!. p. 130.
  5. ^ "Hampshire Club Competition History" (PDF). Hampshire RFU. Retrieved 2019-01-27.
  6. ^ "Colts Standings Div 1-3". Hampshire RFU. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  7. ^ "Ben Donnell". England Rugby. Retrieved 2019-08-20.
  8. ^ "Hotshots Harlequins Centre Joe Marchant". Rugby World. Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  9. ^ "Fields bids farewell to Winchester after seven years". Daily Echo. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  10. ^ "Pountney and the forgotten F word". Independent. Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  11. ^ "Hampshire full of pride for LeRoy". Daily Echo. Retrieved 2019-01-28.
  12. ^ "Hidden notebooks reveal remarkable sporting life". Worcester News. Retrieved 2019-01-28.
  13. ^ "Winchester's rugby club hits 80". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2019-01-28.

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