Rugby Football Club Est: 1972
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Club Potted History

The Wymondham club was formed in the 1972/73 season following a player advertisement in the local paper, a meeting was held and a team was selected. We borrowed the local high school shirts and pitch and the club was born. We operated, under sufferance, from a number of pubs in the town including The Cross Keys, The Queens Head and finally The Cock (now closed) from which we ran four teams.

In 1980 shortly before his death, local farmer Foster Harrison leased the club enough land for one pitch and a small clubhouse, which was built and opened in 1981. The clubhouse at Tuttles Lane was extended in 1992 and an additional pitch and mini area was acquired from the Barnard family. A few years later, the club acquired the original land from the Foster Harrison family. It is fair to state, without the generosity of both of these families the club would not be where it is today.

Our 1st XV joined the Eastern Counties leagues in the early Eighties starting in Division Four. We worked our way through to the London Divisions after being crowned Eastern Counties unbeaten champions in the 1992/3 season. We played London rugby at division three level from where we then fell back to Eastern Counties One in the 2005/6 season. We then spent a frustrating season missing out on promotion due to a points deduction for an administrative error. In 2008 however, the club shrugged off its frustrations winning the division Unbeaten (emulating the heroics of the 1992/3 season) with one of the best records in the entire country and also winning for the first time in its history, the Norfolk Senior Cup and reaching the Eastern Counties Cup Semi-Final. Not to be outdone, the 2nd XV won the Norfolk Merit League Division 1 and also won the Eastern Counties 2nd XV Shield; the 3rd XV also gained promotion from their league. 2009 saw the 1st XV consolidate its position with the London league but excitingly saw the first Wymondham Ladies team take to the field. With the growing popularity of girls rugby and the establishment of girls teams at U15 and U18 and the return of Vets rugby to Wymondham, the club has extended further its 'rugby for all' mandate.

The challenge now for the Director of Rugby, Andy Lyle is to build on recent successes, ensure the young first team squad maintain their progress with the support of excellent coaching and support from senior players, develop a talent pathway from the thriving youth section into senior rugby and continue to look ahead with the support of the club and its generous sponsors. The mini section was founded by Shay Good in the late eighties and the youth section followed in the early nineties. Wymondham is at the forefront of mini and youth rugby within Norfolk and Eastern Counties. We have accumulated many mini festival trophies and Norfolk cup titles over the years with our U17’s taking the Eastern Counties crown in the 2000/1 season followed by our colts in 2003 and 2005. Numbers are strong at all levels with some age groups able to field 2 sides.

Today the club boasts over one thousand members and is registered as a community sports club. The club's achievements in this area was recognised by the RFU in 2007 when it received the accolade of being the top community sports club in the North London and Eastern Counties region.

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