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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Tuesday 30th August

    It’s with great sadness that the club has learned of the passing away of Jeff Simm. Jeff was a very good friend to Furness and regularly attended our annual dinner, most recently in May this year when he graced the top table. He was a fierce competitor on the field and fought his illness with the same determination. Goodbye old friend.

Tuesday 23rd August

   Just a reminder to all Players, pre-season training is still ongoing, Monday & Wednesday from 6 PM. Let’s get the numbers back up again in preparation for the cup game against Cockermouth.

  Don’t forget Furness Crusaders are hosting a 7 A Side tag Rugby event and social day this Sunday 28th August, Interested? Click here to get more information.   It would be nice to get a few volunteers up there as well, to help out on the day.

Saturday 20th August

  A big thank you must go to Manchester Rugby for making the long trip in atrocious conditions for this pre-season friendly. The wind and rain didn’t start to ease until the last 15 minutes of the game. Manchester ran out winners by 5 tries to 3 (I think). But with a better turnout for the blues than we had last week, the whole game was pretty equal between the sides. The pitch was in excellent condition given the amount of rain that came down today, and allowed a lot of free running by both sides. Even if handling wasn’t the best with the wet ball. We have a week off now before the 1st XV travel to Cockermouth to play their first game in the new League Cup league.

Wednesday 17th August

  We have another pre-season friendly this week. It is a 3 o’clock kick of against Manchester Rugby. If you haven't already Informed Rhys do so as soon as possible.  But with the game split into 4*20 minute sections there will be ample opportunities for everyone to have a run out. Come up and support the lads and have a few refreshing beers at the bar. See you all there.

Sunday 14th August

    The first of the pre-season friendlies went ahead, but unfortunately a few late/no shows left us with a bare 15 to face a very strong Kendal 20. The lads showed their mettle and never gave up against the Kendal squad. I’ve no idea of the score, neither did Ciaran the ref, but I do know we cleared the white wash twice. Lasting the full 80 minutes without subs was a great effort in it self, but when Andy Brannon came off after receiving a hit to the back of the head. Supposedly retired, Arthur Perie from Kendal turned his shirt inside out and did a brilliant job for us.

  Next Saturday we are playing a team from Manchester and after talking to a few of the lads yesterday a lot more should be available for the game. Remember  the thing that did come to light during yesterdays game was match fitness, or a slight lack of it. I know it was hard work for the 15 players on the day, but a few more more on training days would go a long way to alleviate that problem.   

Thursday 11th August

  We are quickly approaching the start of the new season. Leading into that we have a few pre-season friendlies. We kick of this Saturday at 3 pm at home to a Kendal Squad. If you haven't already informed Joe Mallinson of your availability, do so now. There are still quite a few regulars on holiday and  rolling subs will allow everyone to get a run out. Meet time for players is 2 pm for the 3 pm kick off. Hopefully the weather will be good and we will see our true blue supporters out in force to support the lads.

Wednesday 3rd August

   Two more teams have joined the Cumbria 2 leagues, Millom 2 and Moresby. This has caused a total rehash of the fixture list for the 2nds. The proposed list is here, but there could well be a few changes before the start of the season.

Tuesday 2nd August

  The season is about to start and it’s time to pay your Annual Subscription. We have the early bird offer of £5 off the FULL membership fee until the end of September. If you want to pay with your plastic card Click Here or you can catch me at the club to pay by cash or cheque

Wednesday 27th July

   Furness Crusaders are hosting a 7 A Side tag Rugby event and social day on Sunday 28th August, Interested? Click here to get more information.

Monday 25th July

  Further Pre-Season friendlies have now been arranged and because of the imminent withdrawal of Moresby from the league , there could be a few changes to the fixtures, including a “League Cup” competition, keep a check here for any changes

Wednesday 13th July

   Sadly we have to report the passing of a past member, George T. Hartley at the age of 74 on Saturday 9th July.

George was a long time member and committee member at Furness. He Captained the First team in 1966 and continued to captain the Second Team. He was a member of the teams that brought home the Westmoreland and Cumbria Cup twice in 1976 & 1978.

He also had trials for Lancashire and was one of the top goal kickers of his era.

His Funeral will be held at Beacon Hill Church on Wednesday 20th July at 13:00 hours. There will be a private ceremony at the Crematorium, followed by a get together at Barrow Golf Club from about 14:00  

We now have FREE BT WiFi available to all  in the Clubhouse.

Ask the Bar Staff for the current password.

Monday 11th July

   The presentation Night on Saturday was probably one of the best attended for years. It was nice to see a lot of players wives and girlfriends in attendance. We kicked off the evening with a much delayed 200 Club Draw (NatWest weekend and Holidays), but the results can be found by clicking HERE. Then followed the official presentations and the two special awards from Terry Walmsley. I will upload  photos when I get them but  the list of the winners can be found HERE. Then followed the obligatory pies and peas from Del.Ish which was washed down by quite a bit of alcohol.


Saturday 25th June

    The 2nd Team Fixture list have been released and can be found here. The 1st Team fixture list have been published and can be found here.

Tuesday 14th June

  I have a few before and after Pictures from the NatWest Rugby Weekend Here.

Thank You

To Ward Group and Altrad NSG who donated enough paint and supplies to keep all of us busy over the weekend and beyond

 And not forgetting Barton Townley who supplied vehicles and equipment.

Then of course to everyone who turned up for what ever length of time they could to help out.

The list of Jobs we wanted to do was always going to be longer than the time we had to complete them. However

What did we achieve

1. All of the holes in the car park have been filled in.

2. All of the grounds have been strimmed or cut to give that better look..

3. Walls knocked down to allow access to the rear of the clubhouse.

4. All of the wood and branches from the sides and rear of the clubhouse have been     removed or burnt.

5. All of the weeds removed from the front of the clubhouse and everything power     washed.

6. Everything outside that was Blue has been painted again, work started on the white walls.

7. Both Upstairs changing rooms, painted top to bottom.

8. All of the old guttering was removed and a good start on replacing it is still ongoing.

Where do we go from here.

Still to do List

1. Guttering to Complete - Andy Brannon and Joe Mallinson are to continue with this.

2. All of the Downstairs changing areas require doing.

This information is with Rhys & Andy Studt who will organise weekends to complete the rest of the work

until Brenda and myself return from a well earned break

Contacts - Rhys - 07766 937127 Andy - 07876 343253

Happenings over the weekend

1. Alex Brown was proven to be able to do a 20m dash in 2 seconds

2. Stuart Cartmel decided he was the best Smurf on the day.

3. Roy Davies decided to test the showers out 4 times when once should have been enough.

Monday 23rd May

   Click here for Col’s Group photos of the lads who were on tour. There are over 150 shots on the Furness Group site on Facebook if you want to go through them all

Friday 20th May

   The tour bus to Wales left the clubhouse at 13:15, heading to Ulverston to pick up those with late pass outs, taking a total of 27 on the trip. There were enough cans and ice probably to see them as far as Wales and back again. Lets hope they have a great tour, and I’m sure we will hear all of the tales on their return

Tuesday 17th May

  Well another Club dinner passes by, and comments are varied from all, the main one being ”It was a brilliant night”. I think we all appreciate that the clubhouse makes for a “cosy” night, especially seating a 100 people. But the benefits to the club by using our own facilities are enormous. If the clubhouse was bigger I’m sure we would continue to fill it. A big thanks must go to Becky, Kelsey, Jacki, Amie and Faye, who put in full shifts from 6 pm until after 3 am. Without their invaluable help we would struggle to make the event such a success.

   Friday the 20th May sees about 27 members heading off to Pwllheli in North Wales. Meeting in the Clubhouse at 11am, the bar will be open, so you will all be able to start filling up your systems before boarding the coach at 1pm, picking up a few on the way.

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Club Opening Hours

Monday - Thursday:- Closed     Friday: 19:30 - 23:00

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


   A dozen or so of interested parties at Furness have got together and are in the process of kick starting our Junior section back into life.. If you have a child who may be interested or maybe you would like to help out in any small way. Click here and go to the Crusaders page and contact the group to register your interest



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