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 20 81
2 Dorking 19 73
3 Taunton Titans 20 68
4 Worthing Raiders 20 64
5 Bishops Stortford 20 64
6 Chinnor 20 60
7 Cambridge 20 53
8 Old Elthamians 20 49
9 Clifton 19 48
10 Cornish All Blacks 20 46
11 Redruth 20 45
12 Canterbury 20 39
13 Southend Saxons 19 36
14 Lydney 19 29
15 Shelford 20 24
16 Dings Crusaders 20 20

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