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 12 54
2 Dorking 12 49
3 Taunton Titans 12 40
4 Chinnor 12 36
5 Bishops Stortford 12 36
6 Worthing Raiders 12 33
7 Old Elthamians 12 32
8 Redruth 12 29
9 Clifton 11 27
10 Cambridge 12 26
11 Southend Saxons 12 25
12 Cornish All Blacks 12 23
13 Lydney 11 22
14 Canterbury 12 21
15 Shelford 12 17
16 Dings Crusaders 12 14

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