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

Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, LA13 9LA

                                  Tel:- 01229 825226  Email:-    

Furness Rugby Union Football Club Founded 1902 This site was updated on  30 August 2015 @  19:14

        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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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

The new seasons Cumbria 2 Fixtures and league table can be found here.

Tuesday 16th June

    The draw for the Cumbria League Cup for 2015/16 took place yesterday, shown below

To be played weekend of 29 August 3pm kick off
Egremont vs Millom
Penrith vs Cockermouth
Wigton vs Workington
Keswick vs Carlisle
Kendal vs Moresby

Bye's -

Tuesday 9th June

   I have now received the full 1st team fixture list for the 2015-16 season and it can be found Here. It will probably take a few weeks to produce the 2nds fixtures, but rumours have it that the North and South are to be combined again.

Saturday 6th June

  The 200 Club Draw was held in the Clubhouse this afternoon, click here to see if you are one of the lucky winners. Cheque's will be sent or left in the clubhouse as soon as I can get a 2nd signature on them.


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 17th May

    I am now starting to put together next seasons program, I would welcome any new advertisers that we can get hold of. If you work for someone who you think may want to advertise, be it in the program or a pitch side board,  give me a ring with any contact details and I will do the rest.


We are now looking towards the 2015/16 Season

Do you fancy joining or even leading our coaching team.

Email us on frufc@frufc.net  to show your interest.

Or Contact Chris on 07932 172433


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.

Monday 23rd March

  The old Farts Logo has been redesigned and added to a Polo shirt, if you want to get hold of one get in touch with the “Grand” “Old Fart” Roy Cullen.  

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