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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Monday - Thursday:- Closed     Friday: 19:30 - 22:00

Saturday:-  13:00 - 23:00        Sunday:- 14:00 - 22:00

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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 - More accurate information should filter through by next week)

Extracted from  “The Rugby paper” By JON NEWCOMBE

TWENTY-FOUR clubs in Lancashire have voted to break away from the RFU League structure to form their own separate competition.

    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:

Aidwinians. Ashton-under-Lyne, Birchfield, Bury, Burnley, Clitheroe, Didsbury Toe H, Eagle, Eccles, Garstang, Heaton Moor, Littieborough, Liverpool Collegiate, Liverpool St. Helens, Manchester Medics, North Manchester, Oldham, Ormskirk, Thornton Cleveleys*, Trafford MV, Tyldesley, West Park St. Helens, Widnes. Wigan. *Joining from the NW Intermediate Leagues

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 - KO 15:00. The game is sponsored by the Old Farts. Can the Old Farts meet from 12:30 from then proceedings will get under way, with a meal a few words from our President John Mallinson. Followed by the league game. After all of this there is also the Club Presentation night, hopefully starting around the 19:00 mark.

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.

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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 - £300 John Mallinson 07958 334607

 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 - £50– Rhys Studt – 07766 937127

 Free entry to game. Food for 2 and 2 drinks each

 Acknowledgement in programme and PA

3. Match Day Programme Advertising - Brian Mitchell 07861 299161

 Full page programme advert £150 for Season

 Half page programme advert £85 for season

4. Ground Advertising Boards £250 (First Year) - John Mallinson 07958 334607

 8ft x 3ft Board for 1 year -  (Renewal every year £150)

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 - 07932 172433 or Rhys Studt – 07766 937127

Founded 1902 Furness Rugby Union Football Club The Strawberry Grounds Croslands Park Road, Off Abbey Road Barrow in Furness Cumbria, LA13 9LA Tel:- 01229 825226 Email:-