Fri 20 Apr 2018 12:49

About Essington RUFC

Essington Rugby Club was established in 1998, based in the Essington village following the merger of 3 local rugby clubs – Rubery Owen (est.1954), Old Oaks and Wulfrun.

We currently run three senior mens teams and a senior ladies team.
The first mens team complete in Midlands West (North) Division 5, plus also compete in the Staffordshire cups. The second team compete in the Merit table.
Our Thirds team is a returning player, senior players/vets players, team.
The Ladies complete in the Development League.

Recent history
2017: We perform well. Our 2nd team are the only team in Staffordshire to attend all their games in the season. Our 3rd team plays 11 games in the season!
2016 : We won both leagues for the first and second team – Both are promoted.
2015 : We won the Rubery Owen Cup!
May 2014 we hosted a Ladies County game and 6 Essington players were in the Staffordshire Ladies team.
2012/13 season we started a ladies team, who won their first game!
In 2011/12 We were unfortunately relegated to Midlands West (North) Division 5 for the 2011/12 season, but we won the Owen Cup.
2009/10 and 2010/11 seasons we played in the Midlands 4 West (North) league for two seasons, following promotion and the league restructure.
In 2008/09 season we played in the Midlands 6 West (north) league, which we won in 2008/09 with 14 games and No defeats.
In 2008 we were runners up in Owen Cup Final.
Our 2nd team started, for the 2010 – 2011 season, to play in the Staffordshire Merit table.
In 2007 we set up a junior ladies team and in 2008 set up a junior boys (u16) team.

The club is a centre for the community, not only providing a home for rugby, but also the club house is used by a local dog club, by a local karate club and also used for events such as birthdays and engagements. We also hold charity events, such as Sport Relief.

The signing of the lease in early 2008 has taken years of work, but means that the club has secured its future at the site and can now make solid plans to upgrade the grounds, club house and facilities. In addition, the lease means we can apply for support from the RFU and develop the facility into a greater resource for rugby and the community.

An amateur club since its inception, recently became a community amateur sports club (CASC).
The club was registered at companies house, to become a limited company in 2008. The club has currently 2 pitches directly outside of the club house.

Membership of the club consists of honorary life members, playing members and Social members. Social Membership is available without discrimination, upon payment of subscription. The Vice Presidents membership has been running for 2 seasons and has been very successful in encouraging ex players and ex members back to the club.

Pre-Essington history

Essington was formed from a merger of 3 teams:

– Rubery Owen RFC was formed as a works team in 1954 and continued in this form until the factory closed in the 1980’s. For the next few years it has a nomadic existance, playing on various school pitches with a local Community Association as it’s social base.
In the late 1980’s the club rented premises and built its own clubhouse and bar for the first time, while continuing to play on school pitches. This was very successful: an Under 19’s team was formed and was in profit after a few years.
In 1993 the club decided to look for premises with pitches, changing facilities and a training area on one site, which resulted in agreement with Essignton Council to take a short term lease on High Hill site.

– Old Oaks RFC was formed in the 1990’s and successfully ran their own club and bar of around 10 years, until the merger with Rubery Owen.

– Wulfrun RFC was formed at Wulfrun College (now City of Wolverhampton College) in the 1970’s and was a very successful team, Three years after the merger of Rubery Owen and Old Oaks, Wulfrun were asked to merge, which prompted the change of name to Essignton RUFC.

Club logo
The club logo contains a bird, which is a Shitehawk. A scavenging bird of prey, this was a name given to various avian species encountered in India by British troops from the 18th century.