Scunthorpe RUFC


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Scunthorpe RUFC was founded in 1929 when the club rented a field from a local farmer at a cost of £8.00 per season with the proviso that the goal posts be moved after each game so that the animals could return to graze. Scunthorpe Rugby Club has come a long way since those early days; days when there were a total of 33 players on the books in an era which viewed the world of rugby through rather confused eyes, so much so that the local press referred to the "First Eleven" during the clubs first season. There was gradual growth during those early days and by 1933 there was a grand total of £4 3s 7d in the bank. In common with many clubs the post war years saw rapid growth and development and in 1952 came the news that was the greatest step in its development, the securing of its own ground. A certain Mr.J.R.Heslam, donated the ground and paid for the playing area to be levelled and made it fit for both rugby and cricket. He also gave the ground his name, which has become so well known in the recent history of Scunthorpe Rugby Club - Heslam Park. The club then began to grow, more teams were fielded, tours were organised, and new playing, changing and social facilities were added. During the 50's and 60's rugby at Scunthorpe depended on an influx of players, mainly Welsh, to the local steelworks. However, in 1960 an under 19's Colts team was introduced which harnessed the talents of local schoolboys for the first time. This produced the future first team. Two splendid seasons in the early 70's brought the Notts Lincs and Derbys Cup to Scunthorpe for the first time. This period also saw the emergence of Mike Lampkowski who was to go on and play for Headingley and England. In 1977 Mini and Junior rugby was started and has brought vast numbers of children to the game of rugby in Scunthorpe, which in turn has provided a continual flow of talent through minis, juniors, colts, and to the senior sides. Other players with representative honours are: Mark Hyde - Hooker England 16 Group 1986 Steve Heath-Drury - Hooker England 16 Group, Colts, and U21 1989 - 1993 Tim Robinson - Fullback England U21 1996 When league rugby was introduced in 1987 Scunthorpe were placed in Notts Lincs & Derbys Division 1 and gained promotion after two seasons to Midlands 2 East. A restructuring of the Midlands Leagues placed them in Midlands East 1 in 1991/92. Promotion to Midlands 2 came in 1994/95 and to Midlands 1 in 1995/96. During this time Scunthorpe dominated the Notts Lincs & Derbys Cup competition and saw some fine performances in the RFU Senior Cup competition where the 3rd round was reached on one memorable year, when still in Midlands 2, eventually losing away to then National League 3 opponents Aspatria by 14pts to 9. After 5 seasons in Midlands 1 promotion was secured to National League 3 North in 2000/2001. A mid table finish was secured in their first season, but the following year saw relegation back to Midland 1. In 2009/10 season Scunthorpe will be playing in Midlands 1 East. Scunthorpe also now run a thriving Ladies section which is very ably run and coached by several of the ex senior team players. Heslam Park provides a home with first class facilities, extensions to changing rooms and a fitness suite were added in 1997 and the clubhouse has been extended more recently in 2007 to cater for all types of functions. The club has also developed a Study Centre for children, thanks to funding from the Department for Education and Skills and in partnership with Scunthorpe United Football Club.

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