Southend RFC. National 2 South

Southend RFC. National 2 South
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Southend Rugby Club has a long and proud history dating back to 1870 a year before the Rugby Football Union itself.


In that year Admiral Charles Barstow Theobald gave a set of 'By-laws and rules' to lads playing football at the local Milton Hall sports ground. So the club was formed.


It was called 'Southend Foot Ball Club' and one feels an affinity with those Victorian lads when reading their rules and noting similarities with today's laws such as Rule 4: A player entering a 'squash' on the wrong side is off side.


First newspaper reports began to appear in 1878 and early opponents were another Essex side Ilford Wanderers. One reports notes "the pack did not get low enough down, thus wasting weight and allowing the visitors to screw and carry the ball with them". Who says the game has moved on? A young player of the period Jimmy Cotgrove reported that, "we trained with Paper Chases", no wonder the scrummaging technique was not up to much.

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RFU National League » National League 2 South

1 Henley Hawks 15 64
2 Dorking 15 63
3 Bishops Stortford 15 50
4 Taunton Titans 15 49
5 Chinnor 15 46
6 Worthing Raiders 15 45
7 Old Elthamians 15 40
8 Cambridge 15 37
9 Redruth 15 34
10 Clifton 14 33
11 Cornish All Blacks 15 32
12 Canterbury 15 26
13 Lydney 14 25
14 Southend Saxons 15 24
15 Shelford 15 18
16 Dings Crusaders 15 18

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