Saturday 27 January - 1st XV v Chester (H) KO 2.00pm -- Foresters v Yarnbury (H) KO 2.00pm -- Dev XV v Yarnbury (A) KO 2.00pm -- Rams v North Ribblesdale (A) KO 2.00pm ----

Saturday 27 January – Wharfedale v Chester

January 22nd, 2018 Comments off

This Saturday sees us welcome to our fortress the guys from the walled city of Chester.

A run of 3 victories at the Avenue has seen Wharfedale folk breathing a little easier, but every game is a cup final and this weekend will be no different. Our victory against Sheffield on Saturday not only saw us move off the bottom of the table, but was our first double in a season since 2014/15 when we beat Hartpury College and Darlington Mowden Park home and away.

Our previous meetings against Chester has seen us win once, last season’s home game 27-21, and lose twice at Hare Lane 22-15 last season and 10-3 earlier this campaign.

11th November last year was of course Armistice Day but also memorable because it was Wharfedale’s last defeat at the Avenue. The ramparts of Fortress Wharfedale are indeed being restored and your help is needed on Saturday to carry on the work and man the battlements in order to repel the legions approaching from the Welsh Borders. We need to send them bootyless home. River!

Kick off on Saturday will be at 2.00pm.

The team selection will follow shortly.

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Results Saturday 20 January (Revised)

January 20th, 2018 Comments off

Wharfedale 16-10 Sheffield The full match report is now available under the Fixtures tab. A selection of photographs are available under the Photos tab – follow the Link to Flickr Album.

Sheffield 2nd XV 14-15 Foresters The match report is now available under the Fixtures tab.

Ilkley 2nd XV 7-29 Wharfedale Dev XV

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Work on the 1st Team Pitch

January 20th, 2018 Comments off

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those volunteers that helped today to prepare the pitch for the match against Sheffield. Without you all (and in particular Dan Stockdale plus his quad bike and chain-harrow) the match would not have been able to go ahead. Well done!

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NCA Play for the Week

January 19th, 2018 Comments off

An extract from our match at Stourbridge is available here.

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Haggis March Appeal

January 16th, 2018 Comments off

You may already know Doddie Weir as one of rugby’s most recognisable personalities. He earned 61 caps for Scotland, represented the British and Irish Lions on their successful tour to South Africa in 1997, and won championships with his two club sides, Melrose and Newcastle Falcons. Peely was fortunate enough to play alongside (on and off the pitch) this good humoured and kind gentle giant- he really is one of the best.

In June last year, Doddie revealed he was suffering from Motor Neurone Disease, his biggest challenge yet. From the outset, Doddie has been driven to help fellow sufferers and seek ways to further research into this, as yet, incurable disease.

On the 24th January, Peely, along with fellow past team mates including; Stuart Grimes, James Cartmell, Garath Archer, Jim Naylor, Pete Massey, Michael Stephenson, Simon Best and Gary Armstrong (and more TBC) are marching a Haggis from the Scottish Border to Kingston Park for a Burns Supper on the 25th!

Gary Armstrong will deliver the finest Haggis (made in Jedburgh) to the boys at the Carter Bar, they will then carry it for over 50 miles in order to deliver it to Doddie on the top table at the Burns Supper at Kingston Park on 25th January.

If you would like to support Peely and the boys complete their mission by raising awareness of this cruel disease, and making as much money as possible for his foundation ‘My Name’5 Doddie’ you can do so by clicking here

All money raised goes to Doddie’s Foundation which aims to:

Raise funds to aid research into the causes of Motor Neurone Disease and investigate potential cures.
Make grants to individuals suffering from MND, to enable them to live as fulfilled a life as possible.

Please also follow and support the boys on twitter @Hike4Doddie, I think they’ll need it!

Thank you so much for your support.

Pippa and Peely

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Rugby Writers Special Award for Michael Harrison

January 11th, 2018 Comments off

On Monday night, at the Marriott Hotel in London’s Grosvenor Square, a star-studded audience of rugby people gave Michael Harrison a standing ovation as he was presented with a tankard by the Rugby Union Writers’ Club for his outstanding contribution to the game. Michael’s achievements and contribution are greatly cherished here at Wharfedale and it is fitting that he should be recognised on such a stage. The citation for the award read: _

“A true one-club man who started out playing in 1962 at the age of just 16, Michael went onto become the captain of Wharfedale RFC for eight out of his 22 seasons in which he played an incredible 665 1st XV games.

He became head coach in 1983 up to 2006, during which the club gained four league promotions and ended up in Level 3. For his sins, he’s been the fixtures secretary for nearly 40 years. Committed to breeding the next generation of players, his family links with the club extend to his father, three uncles, brother, two sons, four nephews and two great-nephews…so far!”

As we know, this barely scratches the surface of Michael’s contribution and we extend our warmest congratulations to him on this award. The photograph (from Getty Images), shows Michael on stage with Schalk Brits (Saracens), Tony Rowe (Exeter Chiefs) and Rob Howley (Wales RU).

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Wharfedale RUFC – The Presidents Special Draw

January 3rd, 2018 Comments off

Dear Member,

As you will be aware each year Wharfedale sells RFU Grand Draw Raffle Tickets through the membership and at the club.

This year the RFU Grand Draw Raffle will take place on 24th March at the Wharfedale RUFC home match against Sale drawn by the President of the RFU, our President John Spencer.

The sale of RFU Grand Draw raffle tickets provides a valuable revenue source for Wharfedale RUFC, £4.50 from each £5.00 book of 5 tickets purchased automatically goes to Wharfedale RUFC funds. The main RFU Grand Draw prize is £10,000.00 with many other prizes. Club members receive some tickets through membership, season ticket holders 10 tickets and members 5 tickets.

This year because of the unique circumstances it is proposed to also hold an additional draw – The Presidents Special Draw – such that all £5.00 books of tickets purchased from Wharfedale RUFC will have their name entered into this special draw and have a chance of winning a prize from both draws! So this year somebody will win a prize from a ticket that was purchased at our club!

The Presidents Special Draw prizes will be: –

1. 4 tickets for Twickenham – England v Barbarians
2. Luxury weekend for four in the Cotswolds
3. Midweek Dinner, B&B at Grassington House Hotel
4. A practice day at the British Grand Prix MotoGP at Silverstone
5. Dinner, B&B at The Gamekeeper with use of leisure facilities.

Click here for more details. Please use this unique opportunity to purchase additional RFU Grand Draw tickets to win one of these fabulous prizes.

Ticket books will be on sale at our club during all home 1st XV matches, i.e. 6th January, 20th January,27th January,10th February & 3rd March 2018.

If you are unable to visit the club during the period and would like to purchase some raffle tickets then please send a cheque made payable to WRUFC in multiples of £5 (ie 5, 10, 15, 20 etc.) Your ticket numbers will be posted on the website and we will notify you of any prizes that you win or enclose a stamped address envelope for them, to the address below.

Best Regards

Stephen Brake
Subscription Secretary
Wharfeside Avenue
North Yorkshire
BD23 5BS

Tel – 07738 887813

E-mail –

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