Knutsford Rugby Club
Whilst we celebrate another year of achievement at Knutsford Rugby Club, it's important to recognise the impact that our sponsors Valley Resource, WPI Group and Gough Associates have had on the club.
Their incredible support over the years has created new platforms and opportunities for the club to grow and develop into a vibrant, friendly and fun place to play rugby, bringing people from all walks of life together.
It's a great success and one we are immensely proud of.
This year we now have Chris Edmonds and Will Cliff (Will is currently a member of the 1st XV team at Sale Sharks having amassed over 150 appearances in two stints at the Premiership Club) and our senior captain,
Sam Bensky, elegantly delivering a true team experience both on and off the field. Our mini and junior section, splendidly chaired by Chris Edmonds, reached new heights once again with a dazzling group of coaches who have shaped and enthused young players from aged 6 upwards.
Chris has played a pivotal role in the club, he has been inspirational in growing the mini and junior section and we are truly thankful for his amazing commitment and drive to make things happen.
I should also take this opportunity to highlight our considerable achievements and recognise our astonishing, motivated and charismatic volunteers. For our junior section we achieved an increase in the number of players to 240 throughout all age groups and our first ever Colts Development team playing with considerable style and flair.
A most impressive result for players who have been together since our first season some 13 years ago.
The end of season junior tours were also quite an achievement with a colossal 180 juniors and parents on tour.
For our senior section we achieved a step change in the numbers of new players joining the club which is great credit to the entire squad as we adapted to the Sales Sharks Leagues winning promotion to Division 4 South.
Finally, it is also important to recognise the amazing support of Knutsford Academy in helping the club grow and create a great space for developing sport in the community.
Neil Loftus | Club Chairman
Club created, having been formed following England's inspirational victory at the 2003 Rugby World Cup. 1st XV play in the Miller Homes League Divsion 5 South.
1st XV Promotion to the RFU league | 2nd XV team formed to play in Miller Homes League.
RFU Presidents XV Award for the Community. 1st XV Promoted to RFU South Cheshire 3.
RFU Seal of Approval Award reflecting the incredible success of the Junior Section. 1st XV Promoted to RFU South Cheshire 3 and 2nd XV Promoted to Miller Homes Division 4 South. Knutsford Rugby Club raise over 60k for the charity Wish Upon a Star (2005-2008). We secure an award from the FSA for sports equipment.
Ted Taylor opens the new Gym at Knutsford Rugby Club. RFU Awards Knutsford Rugby the Whole Club Seal of Approval (1st in Cheshire, 9th in England). Cheshire East Club of the Year. RFU Presidents XV award for the Community. Our first international rugby experience with a fabulous tournament with Knutsford's Twin Town Montmorency, France.
Junior tour to Isle of Man. Silverware for the U10/U11's. Knutsford Kasual's team have a fantastic run in the Raging Bull Cup Competition.
Knutsford Rugby Club achieves a mind boggling 100,000GBP for the childrens charity "When you wish upon a star". Knutsford Rugby Club has hosted a number of events for our nominated charity 'When You Wish Upon A Star' and we are delighted to announce that we have raised over 100,000GBP since the club started in 2004! It is an astonishing achievement.
Knutsford Rugby Club celebrate its 10th anniversary. Following our first friendly game on April 17 2004 against Northwich and our first league fixture in September 2004, we now have a thriving mini and junior section from age 6 up to 16, our senior sides include a first team playing in the RFU South Cheshire Leagues and a Kasual team (and as the name suggests they play on a casual basis).
Colts bring home silverware. Cheshire Cup winners. Colts tour to Serbia (yes, Serbia).
Seniors win the Division 5 league. U14 Cheshire Cup winners.
Seniors win promotion to Division 3 South. U15 Cheshire Cup winners.
Club Man of the Year Award
- 2015 Tony Evans
- 2014 Guy Bartlett
- 2013 Gavin Hewson
- 2012 Steve Mooney
- 2011 Alex Davies
- 2010 Neil Loftus
- 2009 Colin Hurrell
- 2008 Carl Foster
- 2007 Neil Clark
- 2006 Dominic Baldwin
- 2005 Gareth Walton
Lymm Truckstop Trophy
Players Player of the Year
- 2015 Jon Fuller
- 2014 Giles Robertson
- 2013 Howard Dunkerley
- 2012 Dafydd Williams
- 2011 Tom Page
- 2010 Rick Jones
- 2009 Ollie Mooney
- 2008 Chris Dutoy
- 2007 Sam Fishburne
- 2006 Matt Southgate
- 2005 Steve McGuinness
The Royal Bank of Scotland Private Banking Quaich
Most Improved Player of the Year
- 2015 Stefano Spinola
- 2014 Frazer Crawford
- 2013 Edward Cawson
- 2012 Jake Barnes
- 2011 Steven Higgins
- 2010 Callum Hulbert
- 2009 Sam Kemp
- 2008 Sam Dawson
- 2007 Ollie Daniels
- 2006 Wes Oebel
- 2005 Guy Cullen
The Farley Trophy
Kasuals Player of the Year
- 2015 Gregg Sawyer
- 2013 Nick Webb
- 2012 Dave Owen
- 2011 Colin Barrie
- 2010 Whiskey Jim
- 2009 John Parr
- 2008 Steve McGuinness