Huddersfield Rugby Union Football Club
|Full name||Huddersfield Rugby Union Football Club|
(Capacity 1,500 (500 seated))
|Key people||Gareth Lewis (Coach)
Nick Sharpe (Captain)
|League||National League 2 North|
Huddersfield Rugby Union Football Club is an English rugby union team situated in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England. The club plays in the domestic National League 2 North. The club also competes in the Yorkshire Cup competition and play its home matches at Lockwood Park, which has a capacity of 1,500 with seating for 500. HRUFC also has an academy squad, feeding the senior team with new players.
Rugby football was first played in Huddersfield in 1869 and the club established in 1870.
Matches were initially played at the Rifle Field in Trinity Street and then, with the amalgamation of the St John's Cricket Club, at Fartown from 1879.
Huddersfield was playing in the top ranks of English clubs when, in August 1895, the town hosted a meeting at the George Hotel and was one of the 20 clubs that resigned from the Rugby Union to set up The Northern Rugby Football Union, which allowed players to be compensated for 'Broken Time.' This meant they could claim for wages lost by playing on Saturdays. They were not allowed to make a living from the game - they were not 'professional.' A new club was re-formed and named Huddersfield Old Boys in 1909.
The club's first ground was at the United Cricket Club in Luck Lane with changing facilities at the Croppers Arms.
World War I blew the whistle on the sport and games were not restarted until 1919 on a ground at Salendine Nook initially before the club took a lease on land at Waterloo. It was here that the club established their current colours of white, claret and gold.
A stand was built and changing rooms completed for exclusive rugby use a luxury in those days. But the ground was plagued with drainage problems and another move was contemplated. In the event it was decided to buy the ground outright for £700 and invest in drainage. In 1935 £370 was invested in a new pavilion and bar and ladies were welcomed to a hitherto male bastion and they themselves began the tradition of aftermatch tea making. By 1964 the original pavilion was falling to bits and a new one, costing £11,000, was officially opened by Huddersfield's then MP J P W Mallalieu, himself a former Oxford Blue.
In 1946 the club changed their name to Huddersfield Rugby Union Football Club.
The club sold part of its Waterloo property for £1.4 million to W Morrison's to help fund the purchase of the 26-acre (110,000 m2) former brewery estate at Lockwood Park from Bass in 1996 to create a major sports complex backed by a £1.84 million Sport Council lottery grant.
The club won the Yorkshire Cup in 2011 for the first time in its history, beating Hull RUFC 25-18 at York RUFC. The Huddersfield team which won the cup in 1890 was the direct antecedent of the Huddersfield Giants and is unconnected to the current Huddersfield RUFC.
|Club||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Points For||Points Against||Points Difference||Try Bonus||Losing Bonus||Points|
|1||Hull Ionians (C)||30||27||0||3||976||407||569||25||1||134|
|14||Birmingham & Solihull (R)||30||9||2||18||724||809||–85||8||10||58|
|Green background is the promotion place. Blue background is the play-off place. Pink background are relegation places.
Updated: 2 May 2015
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As well as being a rugby club Huddersfield RUFC also has clubs based at Lockwood Park catering for hockey, squash, road running, Aussie rules football and a bowling club that boasts arguably the finest green in Yorkshire. Tucked away within the huge clubhouse is the Borough Club for the town's serious snooker players.
Lockwood Park is the home of Huddersfield RUFC and is a multi sports complex with a capacity of 1,500 (with seating for 500). It is also the home of Huddersfield Dragons Hockey Club, Huddersfield Road Runners AC, HRUFC Bowling Club, Malcolm Pickup Academy Squash and the Borough Club which offers snooker facilities in the town.
The following players have appeared in a Yorkshire Cup (T'owd Tin Pot) final, or are county, or international representatives before/during/after their time at Huddersfield RUFC
- Luther Burrell
- Chris Johnson circa-2011
- Kearnan Myall
- Lee Paxman circa-2011
- Frank Sykes
- James Wood circa-2011
- James Lockwood