The story so far.....
At the conclusion of the First World War in 1918, Mr A.Scott Fletcher decided to form a rugby team, to compete with the few re-organised pre-war clubs. Encouraged by his father Mr Richard Fletcher, soon to be souths first Chairman and Mr Tom Crumbie, Hon. Secretary of the Leicester Football Club at the time (The Leicester Tigers now have a stand named after Mr Crumbie). The South Leicester Rugby Club was formed.
The first meeting was called at the Leicester YMCA on the 13th February 1919. Mr A.Scott Fletcher was elected as Hon. Secretary, a position he held for 33 years and he then followed this by becoming Club President for a further 25 years.
South started with only one team, which played on the Victoria Park, where the players carried the goal posts over the main London Road. After the game the players carried them back again and proceeded to have a bath in an old zinc bath in a shed behind the Old Horse pub.
Souths first game was against Aylestone Athletic, unfortunately losing 19-3, the first recorded try going to Mr A.Scott Fletcher.
In the late 1920s & early 1930s south had great success with two teams, which undoubtedly saw them, become the finest club in Leicestershire. At the time the Leicester Tigers had only one team, a guest team, which invited local players to play for them. The records show south had a fair share of invited guests players playing for the Tigers
The 1930s saw the start of the Easter Tours, which included a few from Old Wyggestonians and a few from Newbold on Avon. In 1938 south remained unbeaten until a tour game against Lowestoft were they had to borrow two players to make a side and just lost 12-8
At the outbreak of the Second World War, South formed its own search light unit, and hung up their boots for the duration of the war.
When the club restarted after the war, games continued to be played on Victoria Park, until the present ground was bought at Welford Road in 1960, opened by R.J.Barr, 17th December 1960
In 1973 south formed the Mini/Junior section within the club, this has been extremely successful over the years and has resulted in many lads breaking through into the senior teams.
Perhaps the most notable are Harry Ellis, current scrum half for the Leicester Tigers, England and The Lions and Dan Cole, current prop for Leicester Tigers and England
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