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The History of Southsea Nomads Rugby Football Club

Club Motto:

RELINQUE NUMQUAM MULSUM ADIACENTEM which, very roughly translates to "never leave your beer loafing"... fair warning!

Nomads RFC was formed in May 1978 by a group of players who were all formerly members of the now defunct Portsmouth Civil Service RFC. That club disbanded at the end of season ‘77-78 and some players not wishing to join other local clubs decided to form one of their own. So with a meeting held at the “Old House at Home” Paulsgrove, Nomads RFC was born.

The name was chosen because we had no home and the logo of a Snail wearing a scrum cap soon followed, as a snail is a Nomad who carries its home on its back.

Some of the original members are still around the club (Barry Bridgman, Colin Few, Ken Walker, Garry Barter, Nicky Cadle, Terry Welsh...).

Nomads have had several temporary homes over the years and we will always be grateful for the use of “The John Barleycorn”, Great Southsea St., which was our first and now sadly has been turned into a private dwelling. The Royal Sailors Home Club, Queen Street from 1981 and Watersedge Park Community Centre which became our clubhouse from 1987.

We have also played at three different grounds, starting at Farlington, being moved by the council to Alexandra Park, then to the Eastern Road Sailing Centre Ground (the best) and then back to Farlington. Our home now is the university ground at the end of Locksway Road, with our Clubhouse being the Old Oyster House pub not far from it before temporarily moving to the Langstone Students Union and then finally "The Old House at Home" on Locksway Road, Southsea.

Over the years we have played Rugby against all and sundry. We were founder members of the then Courage Leagues in 1989, forming part of the Hampshire league set up.

We were the first club in Hampshire to form and run a Women’s team though, sadly, this team disbanded at the end of the 1999-2000 season.

We have run three sides for Men in the past (including a veterans team) but are reduced to two now as there seems to be a general reduction in the numbers of people playing Rugby.

Over the past 33 years we have encouraged talented young players to go the bigger clubs in the area and they have gone on to play some very good rugby, even at County level. Kevin Darnley of Portsmouth started with Nomads, as did Douggie Setchell of Gosport, Robbie Allsopp, Tony Armstrong of Havant and most recently John Brothers of Trojans.

Whilst we have an appetite and commitment to winning as much as possible, a big part of Nomad’s ethos is to remain a friendly, sociable, family club, hopefully one day having a clubhouse of our own.

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