Thursday 22 August - Foresters v North Ribblesdale (H) KO 7.00pm ----    Saturday 24 August - 1st XV v Blaydon (A) KO 2.30pm ----

Another summer break has come and gone so we are back to a new Wharfedale rugby season with the first of our two pre-season warm up games (not friendlies!!) for the first team squad. Holidays and cricketing commitments, coupled with a handful of long standing injuries which are responding well to treatment, see the Greens, and no doubt our opposite numbers at Blaydon, going in to Saturdays game with fringe players eager to make a favourable impression with the respective coaching staffs. Blaydon will begin their second season in North Premier after missing out on promotion back to National Two North with a defeat in last seasons play off game at Luctonians. Also up for grabs this weekend is the Andrew Baggett Cup. This trophy is competed for on an annual basis and is currently held by Wharfedale who retained the silverware following last seasons 21 all draw at the Avenue. Andrew was a stalwart for both clubs and is still heavily involved in rugby in the North East as coach at Middlesborough. Kick off is at 2.30pm and for those intending to make the journey up the A1(M) on Saturday the address for Blaydon Rugby Club is Crow Trees, Hexham Road, Swalwell, NE16 3BN. The squad will be from the following: – M Beesley, T Asejevs, J Hirst, J Jackson, S Booker, D Stockdale, M Speres, M Hunting, J Mason, G Hedgley, M Houghton, C Walker, J Taylor, R Baldwin, E Stockton, S Gaudie, W Lawn, H MacNab, R MacNab, T Mann, W Edwards, O Cicognini, O Bullock, R Wellock, A Williamson, B Blackwell and R Hodgson.

Well, the new season is now almost upon us. It will kick off for us at the Avenue at 7.00pm on Thursday when the Foresters have a preseason friendly match against our old friends from North Ribblesdale. Last season the two teams met twice, the first time away in August when the Foresters suffered a 15-24 loss followed by a 35-22 home win on Boxing Day. So, please come along to support the team and do not forget to see Stephen Brake about your membership for the season. The squad is as follows: – Forwards – (1) J Altham, (2) M Hunting, (3) S Booker, (4) J Myers, (5) B Leacock, (6) J Metcalfe, (7) J Fawcett, (8) T Whyte, G Altham, J Wells, A Stubbs, B Patchett, S Dickinson, T Jackson, W Smith, J Pinder and O Snowdon. Backs – (9) H MacNab, (10) R MacNab, (11) O Bullock, (12) M Bell, (13) J Prell, (14) T Doherty, (15) S Mason, A Rhodes and B Viner.

Have a great day out at the Avenue and dine with friends, colleagues or family on match day. £25 per head (or £15 per head for Cavalry Club members and Season ticket holders) which includes: – 2 course lunch (Numbers limited to 25). Free ground entry. Sponsorship acknowledgement in complimentary match day programme. Recognition on website pre-match preview. Pre-match mention on PA system. Prices per head include VAT. E-mail Claire Gains at wharfedalecommercial@gmail.com for availability.

The new season will soon be here and the membership handbooks and membership cards are at the printers! These will be available to collect at the preseason friendly and early league matches at the club as follows: – Thursday evening 22nd August-Foresters friendly against North Ribblesdale Friday evening 30th August -Foresters friendly against Old Brodleians Saturday afternoon 31st August – 1st XV friendly against Rotherham Saturday afternoon 7th September – 1st XV league against Otley Saturday afternoon 14th September – Foresters league against Hull Ionians Saturday afternoon 21st September – 1st XV league against Fylde. This season the entrance gate fee to 1st XV league matches will remain as £10 per person, free to Season Ticket Holders. All Season Ticket Holders will receive two complimentary 1st XV league game entrance tickets to bring along guests and introduce them to the club and hopefully encourage them to join our membership! The membership fee will be £40 per year applicable to everyone including senior players but excluding Season Ticket Holders. If you pay by direct debit you do not need to take any action unless you want to upgrade your membership, if so please let me know and I will sort it out. The Membership Brochure is available here. The Cavalry Club application form is available here. The Season Ticket/Membership application form is here. The senior players membership form is here. The direct debit mandate is available here. Membership details for the Mini and Juniors section (both players and parents) are available under the Minis and Juniors tab. Best Regards Stephen Brake Wharfedale RUFC Subscriptions Tel – O7738 887813 E-mail – wharfedalesubscriptions@gmail.com.

The Mini and Junior Section membership / registration forms for the upcoming season are now available on this web-site – click on the “Minis and Juniors” link near the top of this page and then the link to “Minis/Juniors Membership 2019/20”. Registration sessions will be held upstairs in the clubhouse from 10.00 am to mid-day on the first three Sundays in September (i.e. 1st, 8th and 15th). We would very much appreciate it if as many young players as possible are registered on these days. Registration is a very important issue since unless a player is formally registered with the club then he/she is not permitted by the RFU to play in a match.