Nottingham Rugby

Founded: 1877

Venue: Lady Bay (3,500)

Since: 2015

Head Coach: Neil Fowkes

Since: 2017

Division: RFU Championship

Since: 2004

Website: nottinghamrugby.co.uk

Twitter: @NottinghamRugby

It was Alexander Birkin who established Nottingham Rugby Football Club in 1877 after returning from Rugby School where he was first introduced to the sport. Known affectionately as ‘the green and whites’ since 1886 the club with the aid of the Birkin family purchased premises in Beeston (later known as Ireland Avenue) where they would play from 1904 and first winning the Midland Counties Senior Cup (a trophy that was previously won eight times on the bounce by Leicester Tigers) in 1906.

The club became the first to play a match with a white ball as they hosted Bradford at Ireland Avenue in 1951 and Nottingham were the first club in England to appoint an official rugby coach Dai Roberts in 1966.

Until 1972 Rugby Union in England was largely played on a friendly non competitive basis but that changed when the RFU Club Competition with Nottingham reaching the second round beating Leicester before losing to Coventry in its debut year.

In 1987 The Courage League was formed and Nottingham were founder members enjoying some memorable years in the top division with some of the countries finest England Internationals turning out regularly at Ireland Avenue. After professionalism in 1996 Nottingham turned on hard times and lost top tier status rejoining the National League One in 2004 before leaving Ireland Avenue in 2006.

The club have since played at Notts County’s Meadow Lane before moving to Lady Bay in 2017 and have regularly since been competitive in the top half of the countries second tier Rugby Union league the Championship.

2019/20 fixtures & results

20.09.19 Yorkshire Carnegie (h) 83-0 (Championship Cup Pool 3)

28.09.19 London Scottish (a) 17-22 (Championship Cup Pool 3)

04.10.19 Cornish Pirates (h) 7-42 (Championship Cup Pool 3)

12.10.19 Ampthill (a) 44-20

18.10.19 London Scottish (h) 17-14

25.10.19 Hartpury (a) 6-12

01.11.19 Cornish Pirates (h) 14-23

09.11.19 Jersey (a) 10-19

17.11.19 Bedford (h) 29-14

01.12.19 Cornish Pirates (a) 29-20 (Championship Cup Pool 3)

08.12.19 London Scottish (h) 41-5 (Championship Cup Pool 3)

14.12.19 Yorkshire Carnegie (a) 50-0 (Championship Cup Pool 3)

21.12.19 Coventry (a) 11-25

10.01.20 Ealing Trailfinders (h) 10-18

18.01.20 Doncaster (a) 15-16

24.01.20 Newcastle (h) 12-19

31.01.20 Yorkshire Carnegie (a) 62-10

07.02.20 London Scottish (a) 30-17

14.02.20 Hartpury (h) 33-26

21.02.20 Doncaster (h) 15-0 (Championship Cup Quarter Final)

01.03.20 Cornish Pirates (a) 15-21

14.03.20 Jersey (h) P-P

21.03.20 Bedford (a) P-P

27.03.20 Coventry (h) P-P

04.04.20 Ealing Trailfinders (a) P-P

11.04.20 Doncaster (h) P-P

18.04.20 Ealing Trailfinders (a) P-P (Championship Cup Semi Final)

24.04.20 Newcastle (a) P-P

01.05.20 Yorkshire Carnegie (h) P-P

09.05.20 Ampthill (h) P-P

*RFU Championship unless stated (in brackets)

2019/20 full squad

Alex Crocker, Alex Dolly, Alfie Barbeary, Aniseko Sio, Ben Betts, Ben Brownlie, Ben Foley, Billy Walker, Caetano Branco, Callum Allen, Cameron Jordan, Daniel Qualter, David Williams, George Cox, Harry Graham, Harry Strong, Ifereimi Boladau, Jack Spittle, Jake Farnworth, James Connolly, Jamie Jack, Josh Poullet, Kyran Bungaroo, Llewelyn Jones, Luke Cole, Luke Peters, Mat Clark, Matt Riddington, Murray McConnell, Oisin Heffernan, Oliver Chessum, Sam Lewis, Sean Scanlon, Seb Cecil, Shane O’Leary, Tom Benjamin, Tom Hill, Tom Holmes, Tom Stephenson, Tui Uru, Will Millett, Will Owen.