Sunday 10th June
Please ignore ALL previous notices regarding what is happening between us and Lancashire, I am reliably informed again that the final meeting that should let us all know what is happening should take place on Monday 11th June
Sunday 3rd June
The June 200 Club Draw was held in the Clubhouse yesterday, the lucky winners can be found HERE
Thursday 31st May
I had a phone call from John Rogers (accompanied by B. Mitchelhill) as they were driving back from a meeting in Preston. Basically they have sorted out the league for the forthcoming season, but this is only a temporary sticking plaster to see us through this forthcoming season.
As we have previously inferred the league WILL consist of only 8 teams, each team will play the other 3 times per season in the league (Cup still to be sorted) this will give us either 10 or 11 home games this season (Depending on the cut). I am assured that the fixture list should be available pretty soon. This site will be updated as soon as I get them.
Saturday 26th May
(The following may taken with a pinch of salt -
Extracted from “The Rugby paper” By JON NEWCOMBE
Faced with a potential player exodus over the amount of travel required under the current format, Level 7, 8 and 9 clubs including Liverpool St Helens, who once graced England’s top division, proposed to cut their losses at a recent meeting in Wigan. A growing realisation that moving up the league ladder is beyond any of their means was another driver for change with longstanding Liverpool St Helens president, the former BBC RL commentator Ray French, admitting a thriving social rugby scene
"We can never again be what the club was with internationals and all that sort of thing,” said French, right. “We’re a good social club with three teams, which is quite something nowadays. There are a lot of local derbies and this will be a nice league for us.”
Initial restructuring talks with neighbouring constituent bodies Cheshire and Cumbria, came to nothing so the red rose rebels decided to go it alone to rid themselves of long and expensive away trips and fixtures against clubs throwing money at players. French reckons coach hire costs alone amount to £3,000 to 4,000 a season.
“If you go up into the league above us (North 1 West), you’ve got five or six clubs who are paying their players and others who are paying a handful of theirs. To be paid in this league is absolutely ridiculous but it makes a big difference.
“At Liverpool St Helens, we win, we lose, and everybody enjoys themselves. For us that’s what it’s about”
While not on the same scale as the Great Schism of 1895 when a dispute over payment of players led to the formation of the Northern Union, the forerunner to the Rugby Football League, this is still a significant development in the community game and one that others will watch with interest.
Crucially County League clubs will retain membership of the RFU and the associate: benefits that come with that including player insurance and access to grant funding. Clubs will also be subject to the same disciplinary regulations as for all clubs in the Union, locally under the jurisdiction of the Lancashire Disciplinary Committee.
With player retention a key area of focus, the RFU reluctantly sanctioned the new independent Lancashire County League, which will come into effect from next season.
“They were disappointed but they understood this move was to make sure the clubs could get teams out on a regular basis,” said Lancashire league spokesman Howard Hughes.
“The key thing is ensuring the Lancashire clubs play week in and week out have a viable competition and are not spending six hours on the road to a game" "Other regions say they will watch with interest because they feel they too may have an issue with travel distances and things like that, particularly down in the South West. There have been some rumblings in that area.”
Five officials drawn from the participating clubs will form the league's management committee.
Promotion and relegation will exist between the two divisions of 12.
The Red Rose rebels:
Sunday 15th April
und Pictured below are the Old Farts who Sponsored the game.
Monday 9th April
This Saturday we have a home game against league leaders Upper Eden -
Sunday 18th March
We now have the winners of the Six nations Forecast with first prize going to Rhys Studt and second to Dai Humphreys. What would you expect with two Welshmen putting England down to lose their games. The Full list can still be downloaded from HERE.
What’s on at the Club this Weekend
In Preparation for next Season the following Sponsorships are available
please contact the relevant person if you are at all interested.
1. Match Sponsor 1st XV Games -
Buffet for up to 20 in Members Bar prior to KO.
Option to provide Mascot for the game.
Selection and presentation of Home Team Man of the Match
Acknowledgement in programme and PA
2. Match Ball Sponsor 1st XV Game -
Free entry to game. Food for 2 and 2 drinks each
Acknowledgement in programme and PA
3. Match Day Programme Advertising -
Full page programme advert £150 for Season
Half page programme advert £85 for season
4. Ground Advertising Boards £250 (First Year) -
8ft x 3ft Board for 1 year -
5. Player Sponsorship £50 – Rhys Studt – 07766 937127
Company Logo and players name placed on notice in Clubhouse and in Program.
6. Team Shirt Sponsor
Sponsor Full Kit Cost or part off £??
Logo on Kit – Price dependant on Location and size
Free Club Membership and mentioned in program
Contact Chris Reid -