Scarborough’s semi-final opponents Bridgenorth RFC – all you want to know BY DAVE CAMPBELL

18 Mar
BRIDGNORTH ON THE CHARGE AGAINST NORTHAMPTON OLD SCOUTS

BRIDGNORTH ON THE CHARGE AGAINST NORTHAMPTON OLD SCOUTS

Bridgnorth is in Shropshire situated on the Severn Valley; It’s split into High Town and Low Town named on account of their elevations relative to the River Severn which separates the upper town on the right bank from the lower on the left.

On a cold January day in 1962, a motley assortment of young men assembled on the Crown Meadow for the first ever training session for what is now Bridgnorth Rugby Club and there has been a club there since.  It would be another 25 years until the introduction of the Courage Clubs Championship in 1987 and the club would make a slow start to their league history but recent success sees them playing at level 7 in the Midlands 2 West/North league.

Nicknamed the ‘All Blacks’ the club boast on their website that they ‘play for fun but like to win.’ However they have signed Worcester Warriors star Matt Farrington a 24 year old who has also coached at the club. He started as a mini at the club and moved on to Dudley, Stourbridge and Worcester before rejoining the club this year. However he is recovering from a serious knee injury and will play at Twickenham if the club is successful at Scarborough.

MARK FARRINGTON (SECOND LEFT) SIGNS FOR BRIDGNORTH

MATT FARRINGTON (SECOND LEFT) SIGNS FOR BRIDGNORTH

The ‘All Blacks’ struggled last season and finished at the lower end of Midlands 2 West/North. This season has seen a complete transformation with the club unbeaten so far having racked up over 1000 points whilst only conceding 113; an amazing turnaround!

BRIDGENORTH RFC's GROUND UNDER WATER

BRIDGNORTH RFC’s GROUND UNDER WATER

The club is looking to move to ensure their future and the following story was carried in the SHROPSHIRE STAR last year. ‘Bridgenorth RUFC has been offered favourable terms on the Swancote Country Club – about a mile from the town on the A454. Under its plans, large parts of the 28-acre site would be demolished to make way for a new ground, clubhouse and leisure facilities. Leaders of the 52-year-old rugby club said the move would secure its long-term survival. They  say they are acting out of frustration after a two-year battle with the town council over parking, constant worries about floods and a lack of space to build on the thriving junior section. The plans, which have been drawn up by Wolverhampton-based architects Tweedale, include eight pitches, changing  rooms, a bar, function room, swimming pool, sauna, steam room, beauty therapy rooms, a soft play area and a 500 capacity spectators stand overlooking the main pitch. Club chairman Peter Parkes told a meeting of more than 260 members this week that after months of discussions and investigative work, the preferred option was the development of a new ground at Swancote. Work could begin by the end of the year if members back the plans. He added: For this plan to come to fruition, everybody at the club needs to be on side.’   Flooded pitches at the Edgar Davies Ground are among the reasons Bridgnorth Rugby Club is looking to make a move

As yet I don’t know what progress has been made on the move but the club is still playing at the Edgar Davies Ground.

BRIDGNORTH CELEBRATE!

BRIDGNORTH CELEBRATE!

And finally, I was stationed near the town in the Royal Air Force in 1960 so I pre-date the club!!

2015-03-19 BRIDGNORTH BADGE

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