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. The club moved its training base to Rosslyn Park RFC's all weather surface in August 2016.
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. We steadily rose through the leagues in the noughties, and in our 54th season in 2016/17, after a decade spent at Level 7, the 1s produced a stellar unbeaten season to win London 2 South-West, so that in 2017/18 we will play in the Level 6 London 1 South for the first time in the clubs history. This makes us the joint 4th highest ranked Cornish club behind the Pirates, Redruth and Camborne. The 2s are also playing at the regional level in the revamped Zoo Sports Shield Div 3, while The Choughs contest Middlesex Merit Table Division 1, and the Dukes Middlesex Merit Table Division 3.
Our current Director of Rugby, Redruth born Dickon Moon, begins his 15th season at the helm in 2017/18; he is very proud to have been part of the successful Bill Beaumont Cup Senior Cornwall County coaching set up in recent seasons. He is supported by former Cornwall County players Tom Sincock and Marc Sweeney, and by former 1s Prop Mike Bond, who runs the 2nd XV. Club Chairman Dave Fletcher has the longest tenure at the club, having been with LCRFC for the vast majority of our existence! Both Dickon and Dave are Honourary Life Members of LCRFC.
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! From 2016/17, LCRFC hosted our opponents at Roehampton CC on Putney Common, a venue we can use exclusively each Saturday during the season.