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Rugby Awaydays No.2 ... Fylde RFC

6 months ago By Jon Edwards

Everything you need to know - and stuff you probably don’t - about our opponents on Saturday.

Who are you?
The club takes its name from The Fylde, roughly a 13-mile (20-kilometre) square-shaped peninsula, bounded by Morecambe Bay to the north, the Ribble estuary to the south, the Irish Sea to the west, and the Bowland hills to the east, with Blackpool to the west and Preston to the south-east.

Fylde Rugby Club was founded in 1919 literally on the toss of a coin. On July 25th Manchester businessmen met at the Ansdell Institute to discuss the formation of either a rugby or football club. A coin was tossed and it fell in favour of rugby. From such small beginnings, Fylde grew and after 95 years it is a nationally respected club and a strong brand name in English rugby.

The club’s two most famous players were home grown. Malcolm Phillips won 25 England caps at centre between 1958 and 1964. He was President of the RFU in 2004/5 and served on the International Rugby Board for a number of years. He continues to give wise counsel to the Club and is actively involved in its administration.

Bill Beaumont was also a one-club man having joined Fylde as 17 year old in 1969 and staying with the club until injury forced him to retire in 1982. His father played for Fylde and he wrote to the club suggesting that his son be given a trial. His first game was in the sixth team as full-back. When they looked at the size of Bill and saw his 6’3” height, he was very quickly made into a forward to play for the 1st team. He went on to play 34 times for England caps, 21 of those as captain.

In retirement he has remained in the public eye as broadcaster and columnist. He is still a regular face at Fylde and much respected throughout the club. He has also made in major contribution to rugby administration in the UK and internationally as an IRB Member and is the current head of the global game as Chairman of World Rugby.

Last season
The club finished 12th in National One with 10 wins from their 30 league games. Fly-half and kicker Greg Smith was one of the leading points scorers in the division, finishing with 193 points for the campaign.

The Boss
Sale Academy Coach Warren Spragg has been appointed as Head Coach for the 2017/18 season. He has selected a coaching team which includes Alex Loney (forwards coach) and Dan Orwin (Skills Development & Fylde Hawks Coach). Former England and Bath Head Coach Brian Ashton continues to act as a consultant and advisor as well as running occasional training sessions.

Did you know?
Fylde wear the colours of claret, gold and white, which were really the colours of Huddersfield Old Boys. The reason for this remains a mystery lost in the depths of time!

The origination of the word ‘Fylde’ dates back to Saxon times and means ‘low lying ground between two Estuaries.’

(with thanks to Barry Colegate for supplying the information)

Ground address: Woodlands Memorial Ground, Blackpool Road, Ansdell
Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, FY8 4ELA

Nearest Station: Ansdell & Fairhaven
Train Company: Virgin Trains and Northern
Train from Euston to Preston: 2 hours 8 minutes direct
Then Train from Preston to Ansdell & Fairhaven: 24 minutes

Train from Chislehurst to Ansdell & Fairhaven: 5h 10m (via London Bridge then northern line to Euston. (Change at Preston)

Train from Bromley South to Ansdell & Fairhaven: 4h 40m (via Victoria, Victoria line to Euston)

From Ansdell & Fairhaven Station, the ground is 0.4 miles away or a 10-minute walk

By Car: Driving distance is 277 miles via M25, M1, and M6

Updated 08:28 - 18 Sep 2017 by Jon Edwards

Where next?

Meet The Team... Kieran Moffat Elthamians’ New Zealand-born centre arrives at College Meadow with an impressive pedigree.
Matches this weekend Elthamians have two senior sides on the road this Saturday.


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