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 24 100
2 Dorking 24 88
3 Bishops Stortford 24 84
4 Taunton Titans 24 80
5 Worthing Raiders 24 75
6 Chinnor 24 72
7 Cambridge 24 68
8 Redruth 24 58
9 Old Elthamians 24 57
10 Clifton 24 54
11 Cornish All Blacks 24 51
12 Southend Saxons 24 46
13 Canterbury 24 46
14 Lydney 24 44
15 Shelford 24 28
16 Dings Crusaders 24 21

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