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Blackpool RUFC

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Blackpool RUFC
File:Blackpool Logo.jpg
Full nameBlackpool Rugby Union Football Club
UnionLancashire RFU
Nickname(s)Seasiders, Badgers
Founded1959; 62 years ago (1959)
LocationBlackpool, Lancashire, Lancashire, England
Ground(s)Mossom Lane (1959-present) (Capacity: Unknown)
ChairmanSean O'Brien
Coach(es)Greg Jones
Captain(s)Chris Parlour
League(s)Raging Bull Division 3
Official website

Blackpool Rugby Union Football Club is a rugby union team from Blackpool in Lancashire.

The club was founded in 1959, at one time playing in the top level of rugby in the North West of England. The club fell on hard times in the 2010s and lack of funding and players, left the club just one game away from folding in 2017, before a revival began accumulating in two promotions in the last two years. As of the 2019–20 season Blackpool will be competing in Raging Bull Division 3 North.



Blackpool RUFC, initially known as St. Josephs College Old Boys RUFC, was founded in 1959. They found their home at Mossom Lane, where they still remain today. In their early years, functioning mainly as a social side they competed with other smaller local teams. Before long Blackpool were progressing and formed local rivalries with clubs such as Fleetwood RUFC, Preston Grasshoppers and Fylde RFC.

1980s, 1990s and early 2000s[edit]

It was in these years Blackpool enjoyed their finest times. Reaching as high as North Premier, the fifth-tier of the English Rugby Union ladder. In these times, some high profile names played for the club, the most famous of which was England and British Lions International, Wade Dooley. In the late 1990s with Blackpool at their height they had some great talent, all of which was steered by David Stephenson acting as Director of Rugby at this time. In late 2003, Paul Dooley, brother of Wade and standout number 8 for the club moved into coaching and had a full year in charge before in November 2004 another significant face in Barrie-Jon Mather, a former dual-code international, took the head coach role at the club while they were playing in North Lancs 1. The following season Barrie-Jon stepped down which allowed his brother Darren to steer the ship and in his first season in tenure he managed to get the previously struggling Blackpool promoted in the 2005/06 season.

Collapse and revival[edit]

File:Blackpool Team Photo.jpg
2018-19 Promotion Winning Side

After a great period in the 1990s and early 2000s, Blackpool fell on hard times and even with Phil Raw and Heath George doing their best to keep it together the club continued to tumble down the leagues. Even the returning David Stephenson accompanied by ex Fylde Prop Forward Steve Ellis into the coaching fold couldn't stop the rot. At the ond of the 2016–17 Season, the club had dwindled down to having only 8 registered players. Then came the revival as Sean O'Brien and Chris Parlour took the reins as Chairman and Captain respectively. In a matter of weeks the club had recruited well and boasted a strong squad of 30 players. Starting the 2017–18 season with a 51-0 victory over local rivals Fleetwood RUFC, before backing it up with a 43-19 win against Preston Grasshoppers. Blackpool finished their first season of their revival in 3rd place. In the 2018–19 season Blackpool went one better by finishing second in the division with only Wigan RUFC in front, who went an entire season unbeaten. This position was good enough to have Blackpool promoted into Division 3 North for the 2019–20 season. As of June 2019, former Blackpool RUFC Captain, Greg Jones was named director of rugby on a permanent basis.

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Chris Parlour (c) Hooker England England
Sean Craven Hooker England England
Richard Parlour Hooker England England
Lucas Antonio Crosbie Prop Italy Italy
Peter Williamson Prop England England
Peter Farrington Prop England England
Matthew Smiley Prop England England
George Hunt Prop England England
Tristan Ainscough Lock England England
Niall Crane Lock England England
Louis Shelton Lock England England
Greg Jones Lock England England
Oliver Twyford Lock England England
Chris Whitworth Lock England England
Dan Lloyd Lock England England
Malcolm Richardson Lock England England
Russell Woodward Back row New Zealand New Zealand
Brady Barcock Back row England England
Will Hunt Back row England England
Joe Dodd Back row England England
Hugh Sweeney Back row Scotland Scotland
Daniel Komosinski Back row Poland Poland
Chris Moore Back row England England
Michael Tamblyn Back row England England
Kevin Porter Back row England England
Player Position Union
Wade Kelly Scrum-half Australia Australia
Riess York Scrum-half Hungary Hungary
Carl Reynolds Scrum-half England England
Leon Mason Fly-half England England
Adam Glover Fly-half England England
Adam Jacobs Centre England England
Ben Kirkman Centre England England
Anthony Clark Centre England England
Andrew Davies Centre England England
Harry Gregory Centre England England
David Meacham Wing England England
Andrew Morgan Wing England England
James Wade Wing England England
David Collett Wing England England
Nathan Bray Wing England England
James Carty Wing Ireland Ireland
Chris Riedel Wing England England
Martin Walls Wing England England
Matty Rowley Fullback England England
Josh Thurston Fullback England England
Chris Finch Fullback England England
Daniel Minnis Fullback England England
Tom Sanderson Fullback England England

Recent league performances[edit]

Season Pld W D L F A +/- Pts Pos

Division 3 North

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A

Division 5 North

18 14 1 3 719 289 430 63 2nd Promoted to Division 3 North

Division 5 North

24 16 1 7 749 436 313 73 3rd

Division 5 North

20 1 0 19 174 829 -655 20 11th

Division 5 North

24 6 1 17 465 710 -245 43 7th

Division 5 North

16 6 2 8 263 359 -96 28 6th

Division 5 North

20 12 1 7 577 329 248 50 3rd


Club honours[edit]

Lancs Division 1 North

  • Champions: 1998/99
  • Runners-Up:1994/95, 1995/96, 1997/98

North Lancs & Cumbria

  • Champions: 1996/97


Tenure Incumbent
1959–1961 E.T.Crossland
1961–1962 A.Dunn
1962–1964 M.Murray
1964–1972 E.T.Crossland
1972–1973 W.Hindle
1973–1974 A.Bradley
1974-1975 D.Brooks
1975-1976 C.Fenney
1976–1978 R.Keam
1978-1980 G.Bagot
1980–1982 P.Manning
1982–1983 N.Jones
1983–1985 D.Bostock
1985–1987 R.Anstead & P.Anstead
1987–1990 F.Bagnall & A.J.R Hopton
1990-1992 C.Eves
1992-1993 P.Swindells
1993–1994 G.Collins
1994-1995 M.Williams
1995-1997 B.Tickle
1997-2000 P.Dooley
2000-2001 G.Jones
2001-2002 S.Cooper
2002–2005 G.Collins
2005-2008 N.Perks
2008-2010 L.Mason
2010-2015 R.Woodward
2015-2016 M.McDaid
2015-2017 M.Harrison
2017–Present C.Parlour


Blackpool seal promotion to Division 3 North - https://www.nowirul.org.uk/nowirul.nsf/URL/TBYE-B2DK8W/

"Blackpool Back With a Bang!" - https://www.pitchero.com/clubs/blackpool/teams/7514/match-centre/1-2847037

BJ Takes Over - https://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/5809804.mather-takes-over-as-coach/

Dave Stephenson Returns - https://www.pitchero.com/clubs/blackpool/news/new-coaching-team-appointed-at-blackpool-rufc-43919.html

External links[edit]

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