How to find us.

Furness Rugby Union Football Club was founded in 1902 and is one of only two Rugby Union Teams in Barrow in Furness. Even though we have a large ground it is not one of the easiest to find:-

       Follow the A590 to Barrow, after passing the Golf Course on the right, take the first left on the roundabout and follow the sign for Furness Abbey, take the second exit on the next mini roundabout, follow the road past the Hospital, which is on the right, continue for a further half a mile (you are now on Abbey Road). Look for a standard Post box on the left (Ostley House on the right) and turn there into Croslands Park Road, continue for a further 200 yards and turn right along side the first bungalow down a very narrow driveway. This is the entrance to The Strawberry Grounds. The access is NOT large enough for buses so they will have to remain parked on Croslands Park Road.

  The Club itself is entirely self supporting and depends on the Income from its members over the Clubhouse bar and sponsors to keep our Teams operating.

    If you wish to become a member of the club, either a player supporter or Social member do not hesitate to turn up or contact any of the telephone numbers or email address on this web site.

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Saturday 28th November

   The Cumbria League Tables have been updated, but looking at the league tables it looks like Carlisle have been deducted 5 points and Penrith 10 ??. The 2nds Cup match at Carlisle ended up an unusual 0 - 0 Draw.

    Just received word back from Craig Hine after forwarding the score and it goes down as an away win, well done the 16  lads who travelled and played in such atrocious conditions not forgetting Les running the line.

Friday 27th November

    As you can see the 1st teams Cup Game has been postponed until 6th Feb 2016 (Our next blank Saturday in the fixture list) The game was postponed because Windermere had to play their postponed league game from last week against Creighton. The rules state that League comes before cup, hence our cup game was postponed.

Sunday 22nd November

  The Cumbria results and updated league fixtures can be found here. The Cumbria 2 results and league tables are here.

Monday 16th November

  After numerous IT problems Ian has now managed to get me his match report for the windermere game, it’s here.

Sunday 15th November

A big thank you to all of the “Old Farts” who made it to the club yesterday, sponsoring the game against Windermere. As usual you helped the club with your donations over the bar, and we did our best supplying a Cask ale at a reasonable price.

Thanks go to Roy Cullen for organising everyone and John Mally and Steve Trainer in the Kitchen.

 I believe Roy is looking into you all sponsoring and “A” team game some time next year, a great boost for our very youthful “A” team squad.

Saturday 14th November

   The Cumbria 1 results and league tables are Here. Most of the Cumbria 2 results are in and the updated tables can be found here.   A few really dirty photos from the 2nds game at St Benedicts are here.

Sunday 8th November

  Ian’s match report for the Kendal game can be found here. The draw for the 2nd round of the 2nd team cup took place the other day and we have pulled the long trip up to Carlisle on the 28th November

Sunday 25th October

   Mally’s match report for the Penrith game is here.

Friday 23rd October

   A good away day tomorrow for both teams, A 53 seater bus to Wigton for the 2nds calling in at Penrith to drop the 1st team off. Lets see then both bring home the points.

 Sunday 18th October

The Carlisle match report by Ian can be found here along with a few photos from Chris

Thursday 15th October

   Leagues News - We have just been informed in a round about way, of changes in the 2 leagues we play in. Wigton Wanderers have resigned from the Cumbria League - making that now a 12 team league, they have moved to the Cumbria 2 league and taken over the fixtures of Millom 2 who have also resigned.

Because of the lack of communication we only found out of the changes today (from Wigton) so we were unable to turn around the postponed game with Millom 2 this week and play there replacements, Wigton Wanderers.

  Friday 2nd October

   As you can see from above  the 2nds away game against Whitehaven has been cancelled as Whitehaven are unable to raise enough players. Lets all look forward to the 2nds Home against Keswick next Saturday.

   But for all those that were going to travel we still have the 1st teams game against Keswick Saturday. Come along and support the lads on the field. Then enjoy the RWC on the Big Screen in the Clubhouse with the SA v Scotland game (4.45) followed by the England v Australia game (8 pm).

 Monday 21st September

This is where they were all at on Saturday

  This is the missing players, they turned out for Malta Marauders in the Smallest Rugby Club World Cup.

Looking at this I can spot Craig McKinnon, Corne Els, Joe Mallinson, Steve Perry, Andy McClure and Paul Dean.

I believe they finished in 3rd place after being beaten by the eventual winners.

Saturday 19th September

   The 2nd Team game away to Egremont was called off Thursday evening when, unfortunately, it became apparent we did not have enough players to travel.

The 200 club draw was done in the clubhouse this afternoon the winners can be found here, cheque's will be available in the clubhouse next weekend and postal cheque's will be sent ASAP

Sunday 6th September

Paul Coulston

Arrangements (From Evening Mail) Friends please meet for a service and celebration of Paul’s life on Monday September 7th at 12 Noon at St. Matthew’s Church Barrow. No flowers by family request. Donations in lieu for Motor Neuron Disease may be left at the service.

2nd Team Info

  Information on what happened at the 2nds game at Cockermouth will appear as I get them. I am led to believe the match was abandoned after Adam Armstrong sustained a neck injury. Adam by the way was taken to Carlisle Hospital by Ambulance and put through all the checks and thankfully came through them with flying colours, then followed a long taxi ride back to Barrow. Big thanks go to Captain Dave “Nesquik” Nicholas for sticking with Adam throughout this, organising transport, and keeping the Club updated as to what was going on. Not the best of things to happen on your first time as Captain for the 2nds. But as the saying goes “Things can only get better”

Thursday 3d September

The Cup Draws were held at the General Committee meeting tonight, games to be played on 28th November KO 2.15pm:

Cumbria Cup

Aspatria v Kirkby Lonsdale

Silloth v Hawcoat Park

Whitehaven v Kendal

St Benedicts v Carlisle

League Cup

Moresby v Cockermouth

Egremont v Creighton

Keswick v Workington

Furness v Windermere

Sunday 30th August

Paul Coulston

It was with great sadness that the Club heard the news of Paul’s untimely death yesterday evening. He will be remembered as a talented stand off or centre, who’s wicked side step and pace mesmerised many an opponent. He entertained the Furness faithful, who admired his skills and athleticism at the Strawberry Grounds.

  Despite bravely battling the evils of motor neuron disease, Pauls dry whit and sense of humour shone through. He will be missed by his family and friends.

    The thoughts of all at Furness Rugby Club are with his wife Clare and children Finlay and Evelyn

Friday 28th August

Only a few days left to take advantage of the reduced FULL Player Membership, catch me or leave your payment in an envelope for me and of course you can still play by plastic over the Internet by clicking the membership button.

Thursday 20th August

Training will revert back to Tuesday & Thursday from next week - 6pm meet.

Next Thursday - 27th August there is a Roose Pioneers A team fixture and Steve Perry suggests as many lads make themselves available as possible. With no friendlies in place many of you will need a hit out to be ready for the 5th September league start.

Sunday 16th August

   Looks as if I missed a brilliant night last night at Furness. Over 70 turned up to the Comedy night that was organised by Hal Armstrong and and involved billed comedians Sam Kissajukian (Aus) and Kyle Legacy (UK), helped along by a few of our own including Oliver Kershaw and Phil Hayward. Big thanks to all who organised and supported the event  in aid of the club.

What were you doing Saturday 1st August at Furness

                    Chris and Miss Cumbria                        Chris with Barrow Dignitaries                               Singer Tiffany Southward

        Jordan-Louise Smith

Saturday 25th July

The AGM was held last night, with a few surprises, we saw Dave Maguire (President since 2006) hand over the reigns to John Mallinson, we wish him all the best in this new role, as well as the one as Social Sec. Joe Mallinson was elected as 1st Team Captain. Rhys Studt took over the vacant slot as Chairman of Rugby. The full list of members and their roles can be found HERE.  Welcome any  new committee members see you Monday 3rd August for your first meeting.

A lot of the players at the AGM took up the option of the reduced Membership fee, and all seemed pleased with the free “Barton Townley” Rugby Top. The offer is still on, so don’t miss out.

Thursday 23rd July

   It’s that time of the year - AGM tomorrow and your Annual Memberships are now due. Once again we have the £5 off special offer for Full Memberships until the 1st September, when the offer will cease. As a further incentive we have about 40 Barton Townley tops that can be used for training or even as casual wear, one of these will be available to the first 40 (Ish) PLAYERS who sign up with a FULL membership. You can play via Plastic Card from here or you catch me (Brian) on a training night and pay by cash or cheque.

As the saying goes when they’re gone they’re gone.

Monday 13th July

The 1st Round of the Cumbria 2 Cup takes place on 31st October 2015


Egremont 2 v Hawcoat Park 2

Aspatria 2 v Workington 2

Millom 2 v Carlisle 3

Whitehaven 2 v St Benedicts 2


Furness 2
Cockermouth 2
Keswick 2

Sunday 31st May

   The presentation night went down well last night, click here to see some of Col Brannon’s photographs, there are more on the Furness facebook page.

26th May 2015

The Adult Review as we know it was due to start next year but read below and it has gone back another year - maybe someone at Twickenham is listening to what grass root clubs have to say

League structure changes - RFU announcement (17 April 2015)

    Further to the RFU Council meeting today, where the Adult Competition Review was discussed, we would like to update you on the following outcome.

    While the Adult Competition Review and all its recommendations were passed by Council in June 2014, it was thought prudent to take into account recent feedback. This predominantly concerns 1st XV league and RFU Cup rugby. The Adult Competition Review also made recommendations, which were approved, regarding the organisation of rugby for 2nd and lower XVs, as well as for student competitions and other forms of the game, namely touch and sevens.

    As a result of the above, a resolution was passed to delay the implementation of the recommendations of the Adult Competition Review concerning 1st XV league and RFU Cup rugby by 12 months to undertake further consultation, including a detailed club and player survey. With this in mind the revised structured season for 2015/2016, with full details, will be forthcoming shortly.

    The RFU Council reiterated their commitment to recommendations concerning 2nd and lower XV rugby, student competitions, sevens and touch to continue to be implemented in accordance with the agreed original timetable.

Sunday 29th March

    As you all are aware our Forecast Draw has been won, but we must give thanks to all who sold tickets for it, special mention to those who sold more than the average tickets, in Spain (Terry), BAE (Brocky and the Studt’s) Centrica (Les) and locally (Eddie), plus anyone else who I have failed to mention and helped in making this another eventful draw.

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Saturday 28th  November

Carlisle 3rds 0  Furness 2nds 0   (Cumbria Cup)

Goes down as a Win to Furness



The Strawberry Grounds, Croslands Park Road, Off Abbey Road,

Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, LA13 9LA

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