Saturday 28 April - 1st XV v Macclesfield (H) KO 3.00pm - Foresters v Morley (H) KO 2.30pm -- Rams v Skipton (A) KO 3.00pm ----

Match Highlights – Tynedale v Wharfedale

April 26th, 2018 Comments off

Highlights of our away match at Tynedale are available at Pro Sport Analysis. Click here to view.

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Match Preview – Wharfedale v Macclesfield

April 26th, 2018 Comments off

The roar from the massed Wharfedale faithful, as Woody sniped over for a last play of the game try, could have almost been heard back in Threshfield. An amazing performance, and victory, at Tynedale gives the Greens renewed hope of maintaining their level 4 status.

This coming Saturday sees us welcome Macclesfield to the Avenue in our final league game of the season. The Blues are currently lying in 8th position with 13 wins and 68 points from their 28 games. Previous encounters between the two clubs see the Priory Park side just holding sway with 5 wins from the 9 meetings. At the Avenue Dale have the edge with 3 victories from the 4 games played. The previous fixture this season, back at the start of September, saw the home side have a convincing 41-15 victory.

Macclesfield are a proud and accomplished side who will be looking to finish this season’s campaign on a high in their final two fixtures. It will be a proper humdinger with no quarter asked for, or given, on either side. The boys need to go one more time and show the passion and fervour that was in plentiful abundance at Corbridge last Saturday.

It will be another nervous, nail biting, 80 minutes, but then again it’s only what we have come to expect as Wharfedale supporters. Whatever happens this weekend we’ll all be back next September to get behind the club we love and hold close to our hearts.

One notable aspect for the coming weekend will be the retirement of Michael Harrison from the position of Chairman/Director of Rugby at Wharfedale Rugby Club. ‘Clarty’ has been in charge of rugby matters for 35 years and during that time has been instrumental in establishing the club in the higher echelons of national league rugby. As a club we thank him for his efforts and immeasurable contribution to the success on, and off, the field during that period.

Kick off for this vitally important game is 3.00 but an early arrival is advised as we expect a very large and vociferous crowd. In addition, the Fellsman’s Hike will be taking place. As a result it will not be possible to park at Upper Wharfedale School and parking in The Avenue will be restricted. However, additional parking will be available at the Roman Catholic church. It would greatly help if those familiar with the area could park there.

Wharfedale name the same starting line up that took the field last week away at Tynedale. There is one change on the bench with Stevie Graham taking a seat to provide front row cover.

The team selection is as follows: – Robbie Davidson; Joel Gill, Rhys Lovegrove, Tom Davidson, Oliver Cicognini; Tom Barrett, Phil Woodhead (c); Toms Asejevs, Dan Stockdale, Reece Ward, Kieran Frost, George Hedgley, Matty Houghton, James Tyson, Rob Baldwin.

Replacements: – Stevie Graham, Joe Altham, Josh Burridge, Richard Rhodes, Will Lawn.

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Top of the Shops – BBC iPlayer

April 25th, 2018 Comments off

Last September the Under 9’s took part in the filming of the new BBC food programme called ‘Top of the Shops’ which is currently being aired on BBC 2 on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 8pm. The programme is about artisan food producers who try to sell their food at the Farm Shop at Airton so there are lots of local people and scenery featured!

Tom Kerridge visited the club and chatted with the boys after their training session when they sampled a curry sauce!

Filming in the Clubhouse

The team was featured in last night’s programme which is now available on BBC iPlayer and by clicking here.

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Fixtures Sunday 29 April

April 25th, 2018 Comments off

U7s to U10s v Bradford Salem (H)
U11s – Harrogate Festival
U12s – Training
U13s to U15s – Day off
U16s v Ripon (A)
U17s & Colts – Day off

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RFU First Aid Courses

April 24th, 2018 Comments off

An RFU organised First Aid course will be held in the clubhouse on Sunday 20 May from 9.30am to about 5.30pm. This course is aimed at all those involved in the coaching and management of players as well as the players themselves and will result in the gaining of an RFU recognised qualification.

Would all those interested please contact Hedley Verity a.s.a.p on 07811 456430 or by e-mail at

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Parents of Mini/Junior Players – Special Offer

April 22nd, 2018 Comments off

Any parent of a registered Wharfedale mini/junior player who turns up next Saturday with their young player wearing their Wharfedale rugby shirt/training top will be able to gain access to the final league match of the season against Macclesfield at a reduced cost of £5.00. This is a 50% saving on the normal entrance cost.

If the game is only half as exciting as yesterday’s at Tynedale, where we won with the last play of the game, we (and you) are in for a treat! So do not miss out.

The match is due to kick off at 3.00pm.

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NCA – In Focus – Dan Stockdale

April 22nd, 2018 Comments off

The NCA web-site has an article on our very own Dan Stockdale. It is available to view here.

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Results Saturday 21 April

April 21st, 2018 Comments off

Tynedale 22-24 Wharfedale The full report is now available under the Fixtures tab. The match photographs are available under the Photos tab – follow the Link to Flickr Album.

Tynedale 2nd XV 12-25 Foresters

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Honorary Secretary Needed!

April 20th, 2018 Comments off

The Club’s Honorary Secretary, Howard Whiteley, has given notice that, due to work commitments, he will be standing down at the AGM in July. We urgently need to identify a successor for this important role in order to achieve a smooth transition and we encourage all members to consider if this is something they could step up to do – or maybe you know someone who would be interested.

You will need to be organised, efficient, reasonably computer literate and able to spare 6-8 hours per week including attending monthly committee meetings. You will work closely with the main club committee and key officers – an opportunity to be involved at the very core of the club as we shape the strategy through to the club’s centenary in 2023.

A number of other vacancies will also arise at the AGM including roles involving commercial activities, sponsorship liaison and Health and Safety Officer. As a Club we are very dependent on our 50 strong volunteer base – it is part of what makes our Club special. Please consider if you can contribute some time to this effort by joining our ‘back room’ team.

If you are interested in any of these positions, please chat to Howard (07712 182806) or e-mail for further details

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Players’ Dinner – Friday 4 May

April 19th, 2018 Comments off

The players’ dinner this year is to be held on Friday 4 May. Full details including cost and how to apply are available by clicking here.

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1st Team Shirt Sponsorship 2018/19

April 18th, 2018 Comments off

In the past the current players have been sponsored in the match day programmes for home fixtures by past players. We would like to continue this initiative but sponsor the shirt numbers 1 to 20 as the game is now about the squad and not the 15 on the pitch at kick off.

This sponsorship is open to all comers/businesses at a cost of £150 +VAT and include their name/logo against the shirt number in all fifteen home match day programmes on a bespoke page.

The deadline for applications is mid-July as this is when we will go to press with 2018/19 programmes and subject to all 20 places being taken up.

For further details please contact John Utley by e-mail at or by telephone on 01535 631631.

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Minis & Juniors – Preparation for Next Season

March 30th, 2018 Comments off

As you may well already appreciate, there is a great deal of work to carry out at the start of each new season associated with player registration and membership etc.

To go some way to reduce this work load in September, we would appreciate your help by providing now an up to date photograph (head and shoulders) of all players who will be in the U10s, U13s and U16s next season (i.e. those currently in the U9s, U12s and U15s) for RFU passport purposes.

Would you please forward a suitable photograph in jpg format to me at as soon as possible. Please include the name of the player and his/her current age group. If you do not have access to the internet, would you please pass a copy of the photograph to the appropriate coach with the players’ name and age group marked on the back.

Thank you in anticipation of your help in this.

Adrian Parry
Youth Registrar & WRUFC GMS Data Officer

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