Chester Gladiators Rugby League Football Club was formed in April 2008 by a group of Rugby League enthusiasts who shared a belief that the sport could prosper in the area.
Chester is less than 45 minutes drive from Warrington, Widnes, Wigan and St Helens but Rugby League has traditionally failed to capture the imagination of locals and the sport struggled to maintain a place in the city's sporting calendar.
Chester Gladiators are wholly committed to developing long-term strategies that will ensure Rugby League flourishes in the city for many years to come.
The 2009 season saw the launch of a new junior section and a second open age team as the the club continued to develop.
Our first team enjoyed a hugely successful season in the Kukri RL Merit League, winning ten of their twelve matches and securing a play-off berth for the first time. The newly formed A team also took part in two matches, ensuring that the club was able to provide all of its members with the chance to experience Rugby League.
The senior sections efforts were rewarded when Alec Read was named as the Kukri RL Merit League Young Player of the Year while the club received an award for their work with the media.
At junior level a number of taster days were staged and an under 12s team played five matches, securing two impressive victories.
The club operated an open age side in the Impact Sports RL Merit League and received significant praise for their efforts both on and off the field. We played a total of seven matches and secured two victories, a memorable 36-28 at North Derbyshire Chargers and an impressive 66-14 hammering of Wolverhampton Warlords.
At the end of our debut season we were named as the RL Merit League Club of the Year and our chairman Jim Green received the RL Merit League Pioneer of the Year award whilst two of our players were named in the RL Merit League Dream Team.