The first league game of the new season sees Dale at home against fellow Northern rivals Preston Grasshoppers. Kick off is at 3.00pm. Grasshoppers date back to 1869 but troubled times led to the club being reformed in 1900 as the team we now know. An illustrious past has seen them near the top in English Rugby.
The 1996/7 season saw a record attendance of 3000 at Lightfoot Green as Hoppers progressed for the first time to the fifth round of the Pilkington Cup and a meeting with first division Northampton.
Their most famous son being a certain Wade Anthony Dooley who was gradually persuaded that rugby union was a game he could take to. The early eighties produced exceptional playing records and representative appearances for Wade Dooley leading in 1985 to the first of his 55 England caps.
After losing their way a little Hoppers returned to Level 4 in September 2005 and have stayed at that level ever since. Head coach, Gareth Dew, played his rugby for Sale Sharks, Manchester and Sedgley Park before finding his way up the M6 to Lightfoot Green.
Preston finished in 9th place in National 2 North last season securing twelve wins and three draws. This will be our first meeting with Preston Grasshoppers since season 2001/02. Overall we have played them 8 times. Winning 5 and losing 3. At the Avenue it’s played 4 and won 4. Hopefully we can maintain that record on Saturday.
On a more general note, this coming season we will be meeting 9 teams for the first time in league rugby – Caldy, Chester, Hinckley, Leicester Lions, Luctonians, Sale FC, Scunthorpe, Sheffield Tigers and South Leicester. To date we have met 96 different clubs, so our game against Sheffield Tigers on October 15th will be the 100th club we have played a league fixture against.
Would those senior players who have not as yet collected their membership handbooks and cards please note that they will be available as follows: –
Training on Tuesday 30 August
Training on Thursday 1 September – until 7.15pm
Before and after the home matches on Saturday 3 September
The Players Membership application form is available here.
The associated direct debit mandate is available here.
The new season will soon be here with the first friendly at home on Friday 12th August so it is time for the new handbooks and membership cards. The cost of membership and the gate prices have remained the same as last season including the allocation of RFU Grand Draw Tickets.
If you paid by direct debit last season and wish to continue with the same level of membership then you do not need to do anything except collect your handbook and membership card.
Handbooks and membership cards will be available for collection at the games listed below but if you are unable to come to these then just email me and I will post them to you.
Saturday 20th August – Hull Ionians 15:00 KO – First XV Friendly
Saturday 3rd September – Preston Grasshoppers 15:00 KO – First XV League
Saturday 17th September – Hinckley 15:00 KO – First XV League
The membership application for is available here and the direct debit mandate is here.
Please ensure that you let me know if your address, telephone number or e-mail address has changed.
Thank you for your past and future support. Our club will not be here without you!
Here is looking forward to an exciting new season
Wharfedale RUFC Subscriptions Secretary
E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel – 07738 887813
Training for all senior players both old and new has started and will continue at 7.00pm each Tuesday and Thursday from now on.
New players are always welcome. They may either contact Mike Harrison, Chairman of Rugby (tel 07833 231236) or James Doherty, Head Coach (tel 07580 309427) or just turn up on the night.
If you or your company are considering placing an advert in the matchday programmes, having a pitch-side advertising board or becoming a matchday ball sponsor details are available here.
A note for your diaries: –
The 1st XV match away to Otley on Saturday 10 September will now kick of at 2.00pm and not 3.00pm as shown in the Club Handbook due to there being a clubhouse booking later that day.
The match report and a selection of photographs are available under the Fixtures and Photos tabs respectively.
Tom Barrett (Rotherham) – Flyhalf
Mike Bradshaw (Bay of Plenty, Southern Districts and Northern Suburbs) – Prop
Sam Gaudie (Middlesbrough) – Scrumhalf
Scott Jordan (Preston Grasshoppers) – Wing/fullback
James Tincknell (Coventry) – Centre
Departing with our best wishes: –
Matt Beesley (Northampton)
Ricky Cano (Chinnor)
Cameron Hudson (Rotherham)
Alex Powell (Sedgley Park)
Ali Wade (Seven Sisters-Wales)
Simon Willett (Otley)
The match report is available under the Fixtures tab near the top of this page.