Barnes Rugby Football Club

Summary

Barnes
Barnes rfc rose.png
Full nameBarnes Rugby Football Club
UnionMiddlesex RFU, Surrey RFU
Foundedc. 1920 (as Harrodians RFC)[1]
LocationBarnes, Richmond upon Thames, London, England
Ground(s)Barn Elms (Capacity: 500)
ChairmanMichael Whitfield
League(s)National League 2 South
2019–2011th
1st kit
2nd kit
3rd kit
Official website
www.barnesrfc.org

Barnes Rugby Football Club (formerly Harrodians Rugby Football Club) is a rugby union club based in Barnes, London. The club currently play in the fourth tier of the English league system, National League 2 South, following their promotion as champions of London & South East Premier.

History

The club's website states that it was established in Barnes in the 1920s.[1] For many years the club played at the Harrodian Club before moving to its Barn Elms location in 1987 when the grounds were sold to form a school.[1] Barnes RFC first XV has been promoted eight times since being positioned in Surrey Division Three in 1987. The club changed its name from Harrodians to Barnes at the beginning of the 1992–93 season.

Claim of continuity with Barnes Football Club

In 2002, the club's website claimed continuity with Barnes Football Club, stating that "[o]ur earliest recorded match was November 1862 versus Richmond, played at Barn Elms. We won that match and the replay that followed. For many years we played as Harrodians RFC before moving to our Barn Elms location in 1987."[2] In 2005, this claim was amplified in The Daily Telegraph by BBC sports presenter John Inverdale. Inverdale, who stated that he was "[f]or reasons that I'm not altogether clear about, ... one of a number of vice-presidents" of Barnes RFC, wrote that "in 1839, according to the club records, Barnes RFC were born, playing fixtures against a whole mish-mash of teams of which no match results have been kept."[3]

In 2008, the rugby club's website weakened this claim, stating only that "Barnes Rugby Club is a club with a rich history and was established in Barnes in the 1920s. Although there are indeed possibilities that our earliest recorded match was in November 1862 versus Richmond and played at Barn Elms, it is from the 1920s that our true history is clear."[4] As of 2018, similar wording remains on the current version of the rugby club's website.[1]

Honours

Current standings

2021–22 National League 2 South Table watch · edit · discuss
Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Losing bonus Points
1 Clifton 17 13 0 4 658 366 292 10 2 64
2 Esher 15 12 1 2 557 311 246 12 1 63
3 Redruth 16 12 1 3 443 250 193 8 1 59
4 Worthing Raiders 16 11 0 5 458 338 120 11 3 58
5 Henley Hawks 16 10 2 4 431 338 93 8 3 55
6 Leicester Lions 15 10 0 5 396 320 76 7 2 49
7 Old Albanian 16 9 0 7 488 342 146 8 4 48
8 Guernsey Raiders 14 9 0 5 357 317 40 5 1 42
9 Barnes 16 6 4 6 394 421 –27 6 2 40
10 Bury St Edmunds 15 7 0 8 410 371 39 5 4 37
11 Dings Crusaders 17 5 1 11 416 482 −66 10 5 37
12 Hinckley 15 6 0 9 421 398 23 7 5 36
13 Canterbury 16 5 1 10 317 347 −30 4 3 29
14 Rochford Hundred 16 4 0 12 263 427 −164 3 5 24
15 Barnstaple 16 2 0 14 231 544 −313 0 2 10
16 Westcliff 16 0 0 16 184 852 −668 0 1 1
  • If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points for and against
  3. Total number of points for
  4. Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams
  5. Number of matches won excluding the first match, then the second and so on until the tie is settled
Green background is the promotion place. Blue background is the play-off place. Pink background are relegation places.
Updated: 15 January 2022
Source: "National League 2 South". NCA Rugby.


Notes

  1. ^ Won when club was known as Harrodians RFC.
  2. ^ Both titles won when club was known as Harrodians RFC - 1988–89 title was for Surrey 2A.

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Barnes RFC History".
  2. ^ "About BRFC". Archived from the original on 10 August 2002. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  3. ^ Inverdale, John (2 November 2005). "My assumptions about 'oldest' were confounded by Barnes". The Daily Telegraph.
  4. ^ "Barnes RFC - a club going places!". Archived from the original on 15 February 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2021.

External links

  • Official site


Coordinates: 51°28′30.28″N 0°14′13.03″W / 51.4750778°N 0.2369528°W / 51.4750778; -0.2369528