Furness Rugby Union Football Club

Furness Rugby Union Football Club

Founded 1902

Founded 1902

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

Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, LA13 9LA

                                  Tel:- 01229 825226  Email:-    

Sunday 24th August

   A message from Barney Clegg of Aspatria

"The very nearly famous Aspatria Prediction League will be re-opening for business on 25th August.
     The league is contained within a weekly forum article throughout the season and concentrates on all the fixtures, outcomes and news from the North Lancs and Cumbria League
    All are welcome to add comments on the state of rugby at your own club, within the league or  indeed as wide as you want to make it. However, I am told any further articles on the canals of Manchester will be subject to editing.
    Entry to the actual prediction league itself will only remain open for a limited period. So get cracking if you want to enter. In past years there has been a wide spread of opinion from the four corners of the NL&C plus some excellent guest contributors from further afield. Representatives from club’s new to the league are particularly welcome".

Find the league at :

Saturday 23rd August

  Whilst browsing through a few sites I notice that there was a cup draw for the Cumbria 2 league (2nd Team) on the 6th August. Does no one get official notification of these nowadays??

The draw was as below and the ties to be played on the 27th September.

Whitehaven 2 v Millom 2
Kirkby Lonsdale 2 v Carlisle 3
Greengarth v Furness 2
Workington 2 v Aspatria 2
Ambleside v St Benedicts 2
Egremont 2 v Hawcoat Park 2
Upper Eden 2 v Keswick 2
Penrith 3 - bye

Friday 22nd August

  Squad Friendly at Millom tomorrow. The squad so far can be found here.

Sunday 17th August

  Click here to view a few of Col Brannon’s photos from yesterdays game.

Friday 15th August

   As you can see Gaz has been busy organising the friendlies, tomorrow Kendal at Home, next week Millom Away.

  Followed on the Monday 25th August (Bank Holiday Monday) All the Coaches will be at the club, there will be a Players Meeting then Election of Club Captains. Get there and make yourself heard and pick the best man for the job.

Thursday 14th August

  Our first pre-season friendly is on Saturday, Click here to see the squad.Contact Gaz ASAP if you are not on the list but want a game. Time for all our supporters to come along and cheer on the blues.

 Just a word to all old farts reading this. The appeal to sponsor shorts has now reached it’s total and a big thank you to everyone who gave whatever they did to the cause.

Sunday 3rd August

   Hot on the heels of the boxing quite a few of our pugilists attended the second of our Boot Camps at Furness. Click here to see a few photographs that were taken on the day. Thanks must go to Martin Ostler for his attendance and input, as well as that from RFU men Gary Holmes and Liam Nichols. There are also a selection of photos from the Furness Facebook page, Click here to have a look

*** Fundraiser & Charity Event at Chequers ***

   Chequers was packed to the rafters, and I believe the opinion from everyone that attended the event was “Brilliant”. Even the floods on the A590, which delayed the arrival of the boxing ring didn’t hinder the event. Biggest thanks must go to the 18 players who became boxers for the night. Everyone who stepped into the ring showed a commitment to the cause, and every bout entertained the crowds in their own way, and the event lived up to the hype. A massive thank you to Karl of Chequers for his organisation, all of the other organisers and volunteers from both Roose Pioneers and Furness who put some hard graft into the lead up to the event and on the night. Not forgetting CH2MHILL who sponsored the event. I have no figures as to what was raised on the night but you can guarantee it was well worth it.

Tuesday 22nd July

  For those who have been up to the club in the past few day, would have noticed that there is now a new drainage trench that runs from the Dugout on the centre line down to clubhouse corner, then across the pitch behind the dead ball line. Hopefully this will prevent the build up of water that we had in the clubhouse corner last season. Further work is to be done on the clubhouse guttering and drainage to further assist the work. Big thanks to Corne, Gaz, Mike Lamb and any other helpers for all of the effort. Plus Simon Luscombe for the equipment and pipes, then there’s Stainton Quarry for the gravel at that very special price.

Thursday 17th July

   Earlier this month we asked for donations from any of the Old/Young Farts to pay for a set of shorts for the first team (With the “Old Farts” Logo). Money has trickled in and if you look at the thermometer on the Old Farts page we are now up to £325. The target is £500 so if you haven't already donated  but are thinking of doing so. Now is the time, lets get it sorted as soon as possible. I have adjusted the Paypal donation button so you can now donate any amount you want. Thank you all in advance.

Tuesday 8th July

   We are now trying to pre plan for the early games of the new season. The1st teams first home game is against Tarleton and John Mally who looks after these things has asked if the Old Farts would like to sponsor this game. Please contact Roy Cullen ASAP with your thoughts. More info on the OLD Farts page Here.

** Increase in Annual Subscriptions **

  At the AGM held in the Clubhouse on the 4th July it was unanimously agreed by the member present that the Annual Subscriptions would be increased. (They had been at their present levels for 10+ years). The new rates are as follows:-

Full Member - Player      £45

Sponsor - U18               £25

Student - Unemployed  £10

Social                             £10

Juniors <16                   £5

 It was also agreed that the Full Member - Player amount would be Discounted by £5 to £40 for any one who paid before the 1st September.. As usual you can pay with your Plastic Card (for a slight charge) or with cheque or cash at the clubhouse. For any more information just email the club. If you want to pay now just Click Here to go to the Membership page.

Monday 23rd June

   The “Clash of the Codes” (Boxing Challenge) between Furness and Rouse is to take place on the 1st August at Chequers, it incorporates the Coulston Fundraising event and the price per ticket is £10. Tickets are available at the Club, check with bar staff, and from Karl Benn And Steve Perry.

Saturday 21st June

  The 200 Club Draw took place in the Clubhouse this afternoon - The Winners can be found here.

Tuesday 17th June

  Special request for “Old Farts” or anyone interest - Please click here to read.

Thursday 12th June

  A few of the Committee made the long trip to Rochdale last night to be officially presented with the Cumbria 1 League winners award.

   Seen here on the right is Rhys accepting the award on behalf of Furness from John Owen.

  On the left you will also recognise Derek Asbury and Dave Maguire who were also there on the night.

Monday 9th June

  We now have version 2 of the 1st team fixture list, as I said before take nothing as true till I give the word. But the new list is here.  We have already agreed to swap the Aspatria games at their request and they are shown as such on the list.

Saturday 7th June

 Just back from the Cumbria awards and we were totally surprised when we were called up to receive the Cumbria RFU team of the year award for the squad,  a brilliant honour for everyone involved and a fitting end to what has been a great season..

Friday 6th June

  The North Lancs/Cumbria fixture list has been released today and can be viewed here. It throws up a few interesting games and may have caused problems with the Hawcoat Park New years Day fixture. Heard that they may be a few changes because of referee availability so don’t take them all as gospel yet.

Tuesday 27th May

Cumbria Cup Draw

    This year there are 11 teams entered in the Cumbria Cup, so there will be a preliminary round of 3 ties with 5 clubs receiving byes.

The preliminary rounds will be played on Saturday 30th August between

St. Benedicts v Whitehaven

Kendal v Hawcoat Park

Penrith v Aspatria

Kirkby lonsdale, Wigton, Carlisle, Upper Eden and ourselves will go into the first round proper on a date to be decided when the structured season is known.

Tuesday 20th May

  **  Feedback from the Club Dinner  **

Email for Mally to Steve Lloyd (Speaker):-

  “Lloydy, just a short note to say many thanks for your efforts on Friday night – everyone I’ve spoken to thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Apologies for stealing some of the ‘victims’ from you but it didn’t detract from what you did and it simply gave you another angle to attack me which I have to say you did very enthusiastically. The younger lads particularly enjoyed the time you spent having a crack with them after the meal. The evening was a great financial success for the club as well – the final figures are to be confirmed but it looks as though the profit could be in the region of £x000.

Thanks once again and thanks to you as well Broomy”

Reply from “Lloydy”

  “You beat me to the punch. I was going to email you with thanks for a great night on Friday. I had a top time and hope the boys enjoyed the chat.

At some point I will remember that I am not 20 and if it has a colour not normally found in nature then don't drink it!!!

You have a fantastic club there in Furness and I wish you all the best for next season in the new league. I am sure you will have a successful year. Please pass on my good wishes to Reidy and the boys. Once my liver is better and my piss clear I am sure it wont be long before I am back up for a visit.”

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This site was updated on  28 August 2014 @   18:26

        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 a bungalow down a narrow driveway. This is the entrance to The Strawberry Grounds.

  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 1st September will be the final day to get your Annual Subscription at the lower cost. I will be at training that night to collect any subs from those who want to pay on the day.

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