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, our post match meals renowned throughout the leagues!
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! Recent progress across the club means that in our 52nd season in 2014/15, all 4 of our sides will be playing at the highest levels they have ever achieved; The 1s are aiming to top our best ever 3rd place finish achieved last season in London 2 South-West; our 2s are also playing at the regional level in the revamped Zoo Sports Shield Div 3. The Choughs consolidated after back to back Championship seasons and will be once again contesting Middlesex Merit Table Div 1. Our social side The Dukes will contest Middlesex Merit Table Division 2 for the second season, having been awarded a double promotion following the unbeaten run to the Division 4 Championship in 2012/13.
Our current Director of Rugby, Redruth born Dickon Moon, begins his 12th season at the helm in 2014/15; he is very proud to be part of the current Senior Cornwall County coaching team that has helped Cornwall reach back to back Bill Beaumont Cup Finals at Twickenham. He is supported by another Redruth man in former Cornwall County player Tom Sincock in his third season as Head Coach. Club Secretary 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 (with whom we have a very close affinity) 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.
Every season 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 the County with a narrow 19-17 win in August. 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!