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History

Littlemore Rugby Football Club was formed in the summer of 1976 - the major driving force being Mr Lynn Evans, the Head of PE at Peers School who coached the club up until the late 1980's when he moved on to take charge at Chinnor RFC.


Littlemore started off very much as a community club and has continued to be so ever since, although it has always had the unique ability to attract players from all parts of Oxford to come and enjoy their rugby in Littlemore.


A major feat in the club's history was the building of the Clubhouse on the grounds of Peers School in 1985, prior to this the players and supporters would adjourn to the George Public House in the village for their post match festivities where Jim and Barbara Adams proved extremely hospitable hosts!!


Founding members, father and son - Kevin & Noel Heffernan, along with Cameron Wilson were the key movers behind the building of the clubhouse - which is unique in England as the first licensed premises on school grounds in the UK! A testament to their hard work is the fact that the clubhouse still stands proudly in the same place today, despite Peers School now being taken over by a private consortium and re-named the Oxford Academy.


The club has enjoyed many memorable moments during it's fairly brief history, including Giant Killing victories in the County Cup over the "Big Guns' of Oxford and Banbury during the 1980's, and just missing out on Final's appearances when losing to Henley in the semi-finals twice! The Introduction of the County Plate now named the Shield saw Littlemore at last gain some silverware when they defeated Wallingford to win the first ever Plate competition in the late 1990's and then travel to Iffley Road in 2004 to defeat the same opposition - very much against the odds to win the Plate for a second time.


The introduction of League rugby in the mid 1980's saw Littlemore's performances improve, but just miss out on promotion to Southern Counties from Bucks, Berks, Oxon Premier on numerous occasions and thus perhaps stall the development of the club as a major force in the county. However, the club has always prided itself on an ethos of playing the game for enjoyment first with victory a bi-product of performance and it continues to up-hold this mantra to the present day!


However, it has not all been plain sailing with the club pulling out of the leagues midway through the 2006/07 season to rebuild from the bottom and has now cemented itself firmly in Bucks, Berks, Oxon Division 1 South after promotion in it's first year back in the leagues.

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