This coming Saturday we welcome another team from Leicester.
Leicester Lions RFC was formed in the summer of 1999 by the merger of two well established local clubs, Westleigh RFC (1904) and Wigston RFC (1946), both clubs with proud traditions.
The aim of the merger was to provide Leicestershire with a second senior club playing in the national leagues, in addition to Leicester Tigers (before the rise of Loughborough University!). The new club took Westleigh’s position in Midlands One and was soon among the honours, winning the County Cup in 2000, 2001 and 2004. The first XV was performing strongly in the league, finishing fourth in the first season following the merger and runners up the following season. Promotion to National Three North was achieved in 2005 when the club became Midland champions. The new National Two North was formed in 2009 and the gradual improvement has been continued in the new league with 2011’s third place being the club’s highest league finish to date.
The last 4 seasons have seen the Lions maintain their National League status, comfortably holding their own with an array of famous clubs. They hold the proud record of being the club with the longest continual presence in National 2 North.
The club runs three senior sides each Saturday plus a flourishing mini/junior section which attracts hundreds of children to the club each Sunday morning.
There is a smattering of Tigers past and present (on loan) in the pride. Two other clubs, Harlequins and Coventry, have also helped out with loan players.
Our team selection will follow.
Missing from the 1st XV trip to Stourbridge were Tom Davidson, Robbie Davidson and Toms Asejevs, all playing for Latvia in the opening round of the European Rugby Championship against Luxembourg.
Robbie (pictured) scored 11 points – a try and 3 conversions – in a 31-24 victory.
Stourbridge 19 – 8 Wharfedale – The full report is available under the Fixtures tab. The match photographs are available under the Photos tab. Then click on Link to Flikr Album.
Foresters 30 – 14 Blaydon – The match report is available under the Fixtures tab.
North Ribblesdale 10 – 22 Rams – The match report is available under the Fixtures tab.
There is a vacancy for a boundary technician with Hartlington Fencing. More details are available under the Club tab. Follow the Job Bureau link to Job Vacancy – Hartlington Fencing.
The Club now has Fast Broadband installed. So when your device sees the network – just click on “supporters” and you should be online.
There is good coverage in the clubhouse and some coverage outside on both sides of the building and this may get better as there is still some setting-up to do and adjustments to make.
Many, many thanks to one of our main sponsors – OLDFIELDS ELECTRICAL – for making this all happen and of course, thanks to Bernie for introducing yet more cables into the building.
We have one date available for Match Sponsorship – the date is 28th January 2017 – Wharfedale v Luctonians – kicking off at the Avenue at 2pm
It is an opportunity for between 40 and 60 supporters/friends or a Company bringing staff and clients to enjoy a hot buffet lunch and hospitality, in the upstairs suite, prior to watching the First Team game.
Anyone interested in this opportunity and wanting more information, please contact Howard by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 01756 720617
This year’s Wharfedale Beer and Music Festival, which supports the local community, will be held in Grassington Town Hall on Friday 11th and Saturday 12 November.
More details are available by clicking here.
The Festival website is here.
Many of you will have read of Simon Ravens’ great book about our club, Riverball! It’s had plaudits from luminaries such as John Inverdale and Bill Beaumont, but just as importantly it’s had a big thumbs-up from most of us at the club. There are still copies left, and with Christmas on the horizon, we’re reducing the price from £16.99 to £10 – with 2 copies for £15. Every penny of this money goes straight into the club coffers. We’re always keen to introduce our great club to those not ‘in the know’, so by buying copies you’ll be supporting our efforts in more ways than one. The book will be available from the club shop from this Saturday’s home match against South Leicester.
Wharfedale 19-29 Sheffield Tigers – The full match report is now available under the Fixtures tab. The match photographs are available under the Photos tab. Follow the Link to Flikr Album.
Sheffield Tigers 2nd XV 14-36 Foresters – The match report is now available under the Fixtures tab.