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SEVENOAKS RUGBY PAST

We'll soon be posting some features here about Sevenoaks Rugby Club teams and players from the past and also news of our alumni, as well as dates and times for alumni lunches and events.

SEVENOAKS ROLL OF HONOUR

Past Presidents

  • The Late Major-General The Lord Sackville, K.B.E., C.B., C.M.G.
  • The Late Sir Norman Warwick, K.C.V.O., O.B.E.
  • The Late H.E.Page
  • The Late Major F.K.Norman, M.C.
  • The Late H.W.E.Crum-Ewing
  • The Late G.W.Mann
  • The Late A.W.H.Haward, E.R.D.
  • The Late B.H.Edwards, T.D.
  • The Late A.P.Hunt, M.B.E.
  • A.E.J.Butterworth
  • A.N.Finlay
  • The Late R.H.Curtis
  • R.A.Shirtcliff
  • H.N.Lavers
  • P.A.Hunt
  • C.D.Birch
  • H.G.Pearl
  • The Late P.J.Bradshaw

President

M.R.G.Wooldridge

Vice Presidents

  • L.S.Adamson
  • A.R.Alger
  • R.J.Barber
  • R.W.Bastard
  • A.Belither
  • A.J.Bowman
  • A.W.Bumstead
  • P.J.Churchill
  • L.N.Coleman
  • S.R.K.Cooper
  • C.Crang
  • N.J.Drake
  • S.J.England
  • Ms.H.L.Everitt
  • M.C.Fallon
  • P.J.Fermor
  • P.G.M.Fielding
  • S.Fitzmaurice
  • J.A.French
  • S.Fuller
  • M.A.V.Gibbons
  • P.F.Groves
  • R.W.Horner
  • J.A.A.Hughes
  • R.J.Hunt
  • A.G.Jennings
  • D.M.Lockey
  • P.McLaughlin
  • S.B.Manley
  • J.L.Maslin
  • W.E.Matthews
  • Mrs B.M.S.Mauduit
  • B.M.S.Mauduit
  • R.T.McKerlie
  • S.W.Middleton
  • J.D.Muchmore
  • T.D.Munn
  • A.S. Nicholls
  • T.J.Nicholson
  • E.H.Oatley, MBE
  • W.T.Pickance
  • M.J.Ridout
  • G.H.G.Roffey
  • A.M.Shirtcliff
  • P.N.Shirtcliff
  • F.P.Thompson
  • S.E.Thresher
  • P.Vizard
  • N.G.N.Wagstaff
  • J.F.Wilkinson
  • D.A.R.Williams
  • P.Williams
  • I.G.Wood
  • M.R.G.Wooldridge

Honorary Life Members

  • C.D.Birch
  • A.E.J.Butterworth
  • L.N. Coleman
  • A.N.Finlay
  • D.Flatman
  • R.W.Horner
  • P.A.Hunt
  • H.N.Lavers
  • S.B.Manley
  • T.A.May
  • H.G.Pearl
  • D.P.Rogers, OBE
  • R.A.Shirtcliff
  • A.Titterrell
  • P.Williams
  • I.G.Wood

ACHIEVEMENTS

International honours
Sevenoaks is justifiably proud of its international roll of honour. Below is a list of our players who have gone on to achieve international honours. There have also been literally dozens of players who have also achieved County caps for Kent as well as divisional caps at various age groups.

  • Stuart Thresher, England 'A' 1988, Barbarians 1988
  • Stefan Brutti, England U18 (A) 1993
  • Richard Langhorn, England 'A' 1993
  • Anthony Campbell, England U16 1995
  • Philip Ogilvie, England U18 1995, U19 1996, U21 1998
  • Barry Irving, England U16(A) 1996, Scotland U18 1998, U21 2000, 'A' 2002
  • Jeremy Mavor, Scotland U18 1996
  • Mike McCarrick, England U16 1996, U18 1997, U19 1999
  • James Bull, England U16 1997, U18 1999
  • Simon Brocklehurst, England U19 1997
  • David Flatman, England U18 1997 + 1998, U21 1998, 'A' 2000, Full England International 2000
  • Tom May, England U18 1997, U19 1998, U21 2000, 'A' 2002, Full England International 2009
  • Andrew Titterrell, England U16 1997, U18 1999, U19 2000, 'A' 2002, Full England International 2004, British and Irish Lions 2005
  • Martin Purdy, England U16 1998, U18 1999, 2000
  • Tom Fielding, England U16 1998
  • Nick Eagle, England U18 1999
  • Matthew Styles, England U18 2000
  • Cameron Dott, England U21 2004
  • Tom Warren, England U21 2004
  • Tristan Roberts, England Counties 2007
  • Ian Collins, England Deaf XV 2007
  • James Short, England U16(A) 2006
  • Elliot Carter, USA U 17 2009
  • Josh Pettet, England U18 2011 / England Counties Under 20 2013
  • Matt Blandford, England U17 2012
  • Ben Earl, England U18 2016, U20 2017
  • Jack Nay, England U20 2017
     

200 1st XV League Appearances

  • Mark Ridout 252

100 1st XV League Appearances

  • Damian Manning 169
  • George Roffey 153
  • Robbie Unwin 143
  • Guy McLaughlin 131
  • Simon Gandon 127
  • Malcolm McCulloch 125
  • James Garcia 117
  • Tom Hunt 110
  • Chris Crang 109
  • Alex Barber 108
  • Kenny Pihema 105
  • Jon Pollock 102
  • Matt Dodd (still currently playing)
  • Stuart Coleman (still currently playing)
  • Simon Tree (still currently playing)

Sevenoaks Rugby Football Club – historical notes

Founded 1925

  • October 1925 first match, against Lensbury (won)
  • First home pitch – Hitchen Hatch Lane
  • First changing rooms - Sennocke Hotel, Tub’s Hill, subsequently renamed the Farmers
  • Soon moved into Knole Paddock; council granted the club the use of the rugby pitch in perpetuity
  • 1930s - golden period for the club in playing terms; players in London Division, Kent, England trials
  • In 1947 the club arranged with the Vine Cricket Club the use of its pavilion for changing and post-match hospitality
  • 1952 - official opening of first club house on a piece of land between Knole Paddock and Raleys Field
  • 1958/59 season - U21 side was established followed a year or two later by an U18 side
  • From the mid-sixties the club was regularly fielding six sides, as it continues to do today
  • 1966 - first tour to Pontoise – twinned with Sevenoaks

Recent history

  • 1978/79 season - mini rugby started; existing clubhouse opened
  • 1984/85 - first club coach appointed; floodlights installed
  • 1987 - first ever League fixture beat Old Shootershillians 4-3 at home (Kent 1)
  • 1988 - relegated from Kent 1 to Kent
  • 1989 - champions of Kent 2 with 100% record played 10 won 10
  • 1990 - Kent County Sevens runners up
  • 1995 - beat Old Elthamians 134-13 and to clinch Kent 1 title with another perfect record played 12 won 12. Also won the Kent 2nd XV Championship with a won 11 lost 1 record
  • 1997 - beat Canterbury 41-3 to clinch promotion from London 3 South East, and beat Canterbury 28-24 to win the Kent Cup for the first (and only) time. Beat Old Brockleians 163-0 to record our highest ever win. At the time this was the highest win recorded in the RFU Championships. 
  • 1999 - lost to Dudley Kingswinford 8-10 in quarter final of the RFU Intermediate Cup. Finished 2nd in London 2 South, our highest ever final League position. Lost to Westcombe Park in Kent Cup Final. Beat Blackheath 1st XV 41-40 in 3rd Round of the Tetley National KO Cup. Lost to Thurrock 23-24 in Round 4
  • 2000 - 75th anniversary Dinner in the Rose Room at Twickenham
  • 2000 - Dave Flatman becomes first former player to win full England cap
  • 2002 - Chris Crang and Malcolm McCulloch first players to make 100 League appearances
  • 2003 - Relegated to London 3 South East. Sevenoaks RFC member Robert Horner elected President of the RFU
  • 2004 - Andy Titterrell becomes second former player to win full England cap. Damian Manning made his 100th League appearance during the season
  • 2004 - hosted Kent Cup final
  • 2005 - Andy Titterrell wins selection for British Lions tour
  • 2005 - won promotion back to London 2 South. Mark Ridout made 100th League appearance
  • 2006 - hosted Kent Cup final
  • 2007 - Simon Gandon made 100th League appearance
  • 2008 - relegated from London 2 South. George Roffey made his 100th League appearance
  • 2010 - U17s become first side at SRFC and in Kent to win a National title by winning the National Plate at Northampton Saints
  • 2013 - U17s London & SE Champions, 1st XV - Kent Plate Winners and Bournemouth 7's Winners.
  • 2014 - U17s London & SE Champions and National Cup Runners-up
  • 2015 - U17s London & SE Champions and National Cup Runners-up. Senior team wins Maxinutrition 10s at Twickenham, Junior section breaks Guinness World Record for the biggest ever rugby tour, as around 1,000 players, parents and coaches take Barnstaple RFC West Coast Festival by storm.