London Cornish celebrated its Golden Jubilee season in 2012/13, having been formed as Cornish Exiles in 1962 by a group of like minded men from God's Country, who met up in Fleet Street's Cock Tavern. The club changed its name to London Cornish shortly thereafter and played occasional fixtures in a variety of locations until moving to the current ground, the Richardson Evans Memorial Playing Fields in the late 1960's. These grounds have been rented to us every season since then by the Wimbledon & Putney Common Conservators. A Conservators rule forbids any matches kicking off later than 1415 on a Saturday, our 1s pitch as good a surface as any in the league. Our clubhouse is the Telegraph Inn on Putney Heath.
The advent of the League system saw London Cornish begin life in the Middlesex divisions, and there we stayed until 1997/98 when we transferred to Surrey 3, which we promptly won! We have steadily risen through the leagues, and now in our 53rd season, 2015/16 will see all 4 of our sides playing at the highest levels they have ever achieved; The 1s are aiming to top our best ever 2nd place finish achieved last season in London 2 South-West, when we lost the London 1 South promotion play off to Medway RFC by 29-12; our 2s are also playing at the regional level in the revamped Zoo Sports Shield Div 3. The Choughs will aim to top the 4th placed finish in Middlesex Merit Table Div 1; and our social side The Dukes will aim to better a 6th placed finish in Middlesex Merit Table Div 2.
Our current Director of Rugby, Redruth born Dickon Moon, begins his 13th season at the helm in 2015/16; he is very proud to have been part of the successful Senior Cornwall County coaching set up in recent seasons. He is supported by another Redruth man in former Cornwall County player Tom Sincock in his fourth season as Head Coach. Club Chairman Dave Fletcher has the longest tenure at the club, having been with LCRFC for the vast majority of our existence!
We are an open club and our players are drawn from across the County and around the globe, but we remain true to our Celtic roots and are proud that plenty of Cornishmen play in all of our sides at the club. Our 4 sides also boast players from Britain and Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere around the globe.
The club crest is half the One-and-All Cornwall logo and half the red cross and sword on a white background of London and we proudly wear the black and gold colours of the Cornwall County XV. Permission for this was kindly granted by the patron of the Cornwall RFU who is H.R.H. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Most seasons since 1983 we have travelled to Cornwall to play for the Arthur Hunt Memorial Cup. While this used to be against the Cornwall Junior Cup Winners, with our steady progression through the leagues, from season 2010/11 the winners of the Cornwall Senior Cup hosted LCRFC, Wadebridge Camels keeping the trophy in Cornwall with a hard fought 19-17 win in August 2014. The trophy was given to the club by the widow of the late Arthur Hunt, who fulfilled most of the committee roles at the club during his time.
Entry to all our home matches remains free, and at league matches we also provide free programmes so supporters (and sponsors!) are hugely encouraged!