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BEAR HISTORY

Walsall Rugby Football Club was established in 1922 when a group of “distinguished but moderate boozers” who drank at the Conservative club, decided it was time the town had a rugby club of it’s own. An advertisement for players to meet in the local Stork Hotel was attended by 33 enthusiasts who unanimously resolved to found the club. Training included a run to Barr Beacon and back and during the first season 61 playing members paid 5s for their year's subscription. The first result on 23rd September 1922 was a surprising 13-9 win against long established club Handsworth.
Attempts to lure QMGS away from the round ball game began as early as 1923 when the club made the ground available during the Easter holidays for school boys to practice. It wasn’t until 1932 that rugby became the school’s official winter sport, thus providing the club with a steady stream of old boy talent, which lasted for many years.
The original headquarters of the club was at the Wheatsheaf Inn and was moved to the Old Hart Inn whilst match day switched to Walsall baths. In 1931 the original playing pitch was needed for redevelopment and the club took a lease on its present ground. The stand was purchased from Bloxwich Strollers FC and the bar and changing facilities were provided by the shell of an old wartime building. Despite three subsequent facelifts the original building is still there!
Since that time Walsall RFC have been more than lucky with the number of personalities that have been a part of our Club, on and off the field, which has seen the club prosper over the last 96 years.

The advent of the leagues and cups in the 1980's opened many doors for Walsall. Promotion to national league was won in 1988/89 to be followed in 1994/95 with further promotion as champions of National Division 5 North. The following season Walsall gained promotion to National Division 3. Then disaster struck and Walsall filled the last relegation place after finishing fourth from the bottom. Season 2006/07 saw Walsall relegated to Midlands 2 West after 6 seasons struggling to hold on to Midlands 1 status. At the end of last season Walsall RFC were 7th in Midlands West 2 (North).

Staffordshire Cup winners:- 1976/7, 1977/8, 1979/80, 1980/1, 1981/2, l993/4, 1994/5, 1998/9, 2001/2 and 2002/3
courage League Champions: Midlands Division One - 1988/89
National Division Five North - 1994/95
Midland Junior Cup Champions - 1976 Amsterdam Sevens Tournament Champions:- 1972 and 1973


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