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5th Dec 2014 - Obituary - Bernard Hallam (1934 - 2014)

It is with deep regret that we announce the death of one of our former Chairman, and one of the early members of Old Longtonian RUFC, Bernard “Bunny” Hallam, who died peacefully at his home in Dalton, Lancashire on November 18th.

Bernard will be remembered as a tough, nuggety character who stood no nonsense, ruling Committee meetings with a rod of iron. He brought his business acumen as a senior executive with the Mercantile Credit Company to the Club. Nevertheless, he had a wicked sense of humour. Bernard’s wife, Iris, was a founder member of the Ladies’ Committee and together they were a combined tower of strength with never a thought of failure. Bernard’s name still lives on today with the annual awarding of the trophy in his name to the Clubman of the Year.
Older members recall some of the stories from those early years:

Bill Phillips:
“I did a debt collecting task for the AA and a member who had an AA vehicle engineer’s inspection did not pay the fee. He first tried to sell me an expensive camera and then asked if the AA would lend him money to buy an estate car so that he could then get a job. I recommended he go to Mercantile Credit Co. for a loan. A few weeks later I was in a bar with Bernard and he mentioned loans and debtors at which point I asked him if he had heard from a guy in Leek. Bernard recalled him immediately and said, “Bloody hell, it was you who sent him to us then”. Apparently, the guy had been in and weaved such a tale that one of Bernard’s senior staff had been taken in by him and they gave him money for a car without carrying out any security checks on the bloke’s history. Panic ensued because the fella had a list of County Court summonses a yard long; he was a serial con-man.”

Mick Wheat:
“On an Easter Tour to Llanelli, South Wales, we duly arrived at our hotel whereupon Bernard, as Chairman, said that he would go and introduce himself to the landlord. As Bernard walked up the few steps to the hotel’s front entrance the hotelier strode out to meet him. Before Bernard could speak the man said “Tell your boys I want no peeing in the beds.” Visibly taken aback Bernard gave an indignant look to the landlord as if to say “how dare you suggest such a thing of our boys.”

Alan Lockett:
“On the same Easter Tour the Club had played a game against New Dock Stars and after the game we went for a meal and, of course, a few drinks. Around midnight six of us arrived back at the hotel where we found a few more of the boys. At the top of the stairs was a balcony overlooking the foyer and there stood Bernard in vest and trousers trying to reassure the manager, who was in the foyer, that we were all responsible, mature adults and that his concern for the safety of his hotel was unfounded and there was no risk from a bunch of drunken idiots. We were all greatly impressed by the way Bernard had defended us but, at that moment, the door burst open and Mick Morgan entered, tripped and went sprawling across the floor in front of everyone. The place erupted in laughter at which point Bernard turned smartly round and went to bed.”

John Till:
“My main memory is of Bernard as an effective Chairman who brought his business experience to a Committee which had previously been largely dominated by teachers. Meetings became more structured and at least one member, who went on to become a very major figure in the Club, will still remember being reprimanded by Bernard for making an off-the-subject aside. Committee meetings moved from being held in a pub after training to more formal affairs held on a rota basis at member’s homes. The after-meeting food got better and better as our ladies were all determined to maintain or improve on the food standard provided at the previous meeting. Bernard had a big influence in moving the Club forward and we were very disappointed when he moved out of the area following a major promotion at work.”

20th Aug 2014 - Annual Membership

Annual membership are now due. Full membership is now £85.00, upon payment you will recieve £10 credit on your membership card to spend over the bar. Also you will receive FREE admission to 1st team home games on production of your card and a season calandar.To pay your subs and to update your card please see Jez.

20th Aug 2014 - Why not become a Phoenix Gold Member!!

For Just £350 you get-

Membership fee

Admission to all home games

2 places at pre-match lunches

2 places at awards dinner

2 passes to all pre-match hospitality 

Priority access to International Tickets

£50 credit on your membership card.


See Jez for further info 






19th Aug 2014 - 200 Club Winners

June 2014

S. Bentley  £100.00

G.Turner    £50.00

A.Miller      £30.00

N. Carrick   £20.00


July 2014.

R. Bailey    £100.00

M. Hamer   £50.00

M. Wheat   £30.00

A. Lockett  £20.00 

24th Feb 2014 - Longton 1st XV v Bournville 1st XV

7th Feb 2014 - Broadstreet v Longton

Longton hope to finally resume their season following 2 postponements and face a stern test against leaders Broadstreet.

The two clubs have contested a number of memorable battles over the years with honours reasonably even.

However, Broadstreet emerged with a comprehensive 37-14 victory although there were only 4 points in it after three quarters of the game. That they did so is testimony to their fitness and determination and as recently as their last game, an impressive 37-9 victory at Hinckley, the majority of points were scored in the final quarter.

Longton will be looking to stay in the game for the full 80 minutes, but know that they will have to maintain their focus and hopefully benefit from the couple of weeks enforced rest that they’ve had.

They will also seek to banish the memory of last seasons humiliating 68-7 defeat at the Ivor Preece Fields, which ultimately had a galvanising effect on the squad, but at the time was simply not an acceptable performance.

Broadstreet possess a very solid squad, strengthened by the signings of Lee Chapman, Geoff Gregson and Stuart Pearl. Their pack are strong in both the loose and tight and the recent improvement in Longton’s pack will be tested to the full.

Behind the scrum, the experienced Nick Thatcher is always dangerous and Gregson is a dangerous finisher.

Longton will be itching to get back on the field following the frustrations of the last few weeks and are able to field a strong pack. Prop, Matt Davies comes back in on the tight head with Joe Newton Taylor reverting to the bench this week.

In the backs, Grant Hallam continues at fly half with skipper Luke Fowles restored to midfield following his suspension. Brother Josh features at full back against one of his former clubs and Fijian flyer Taz Wara returns from international duty with England Colleges.

Longton team:

15. Josh Fowles
14. Taz Wara
13. Liam Price
12. Luke Fowles ©
11. Chris Prince
10. Grant Hallam
9. Lee Brogan
8. Gaz Rawlings
7. Max Smith
6. Joel Booth
5. Jack Corr
4. Rich Thompson
3. Matt Davies
2. Craig Wilson
1. Tim Wareham

16. Joe Newton Taylor
17. Pete Wilshaw
18. Tom Scragg

24th Jan 2014 - Longton v Bournville

Longton welcome Birmingham University based, Bournville RFC to Trentham Fields for an important mid table clash.

‘The Chocolate Men’ are currently one place and 2 points better off than Longton, but a home win see us overtake them in the increasingly tight National 3 Midlands table.

Bournville enjoyed an excellent start to the season, being one of the early pace setter with some notable victories over the likes of Hinckley and Broadstreet, but more recently things have tailed off and they have suffered 9 defeats in their last 11 outings.

They will no doubt be looking to turn things around today and hold an impressive record against Longton, winning all 3 games between the teams over the past 2 seasons, including

The Bournville side are known for their open rugby, usually led by perennial top try scorer Robin Eatough , although his participation for this game may be in some doubt due to injury. Other dangerous backs include fly half Alex Warner, whose accurate goal kicking is always a weapon and centre Paul Cox.

In the forwards, skipper Rob Griffin is a fierce competitor and the Coles brothers Ian and Paul are always formidable opponents.

Longton will be looking to build on a solid victory over basement dwellers Bedford Athletic last week, avoiding what was a potential banana skin. It was a win based around a dominant pack performance and the half time score of 19-3 remained until full time. The only disappointment was missing out on the 4th try for the bonus point in the second half, but wins are the main thing between now and the end of the season.

For the home side, the pack remains unchanged again after producing a number of dominant performances recently. Open side Max Smith and second row Jack Corr go from strength to strength and Joe Newton Taylor will be looking to build on an impressive showing last week. Matt Davies returns to the bench having been unavailable last week.

In the backs, skipper Luke Fowles has had to be suspended by the club under the new RFU guidelines having received 2 yellow cards last week. The referees report has apparently not yet arrived and therefore Luke will have to miss a week, even though 2 yellow cards may not have lead to a suspension, which is a rather unsatisfactory situation. Liam Price returns from being unavailable last week to slot I as a direct replacement and Chris Prince continues to show his versatility by taking his place on the wing again.

Longton Team:

15 Josh Fowles
14 Chris Prince
13 Liam Price
12 Hendry Vaka
11 Tom Scaragg
10 Grant Hallam
9 Lee Brogan
8 Gaz Rawlings
7 Max Smith
6 Joel Booth
5 Jack Corr
4 Rich Thompson
3 Joe Newton Taylor
2 Craig Wilson
1 Tim Wareham

16 Matt Davies
17 Pete Wilshaw
18 Adam Watkins

10th Jan 2014 - Longton v Sutton Coldfield

Sutton Coldfield are the first visitors of 2014 to Trentham Fields for what promises to be a challenging afternoon for Longton.

Currently 5 points off the top of the table, Sutton are again poised for a shot at promotion, having narrowly missed out last year, losing the playoff to Harrogate having finished second to champions, Ampthill. Sutton had a somewhat mixed start to the season by their standards, but have won 8 of their last 9 fixtures to get back into the promotion mix.

They are an extremely well organised, mobile and pacy side, who seek to play with rhythm and their support play and offload game is second to none. Although last years captain Mark Evans departed for the new ‘challenge’ at Old Halesonians, Sutton still boast a strong pack with a mobile front row and former prop and skipper Brook Davies now established in the back row along side Rugby Lions old boy, Fraser Tait.

The visitors possess no shortage of class behind the scrum with scrum half Mark Rayner, centre Alex White and back 3 speedsters Nathan Burchell and Dave Edwards among their star men.

Unlike Longton, Sutton were able to get their 2014 going last week with an impressive 25-0 victory over Hinckley last weekend.  They also won their home fixture against us by 32-8 although Longton were disappointed with the final margin having been well in the game for three quarters. Credit to Sutton though who clinically put the game away in the final quarter.

Longton will face the added problem of shaking off the rust having not played for a month, but hopefully, a few aching bodies will be recovered and the side can look to push on up the table in the second half of the season.

The Longton pack looks to be at full strength for this week, with Gaz Rawlings now being fully recovered from his injury. Max Smith and Jack Corr feature in a back 5 of the scrum that combines power, with pace and guile.

In the backs, Eddy Askew features at scrum half and his tenacious skills will be very welcome behind the big Longton pack. Lee Brogan slots in at fly half and Ethan Clowes starts on the wing for the unavailable Taz Wara.

The bench features recent signing and Staffordshire County Cricket Club star, Pete Wilshaw.

Longton team

15 Grant Hallam
14 Ethan Clowes
13 Liam Price
12 Luke Fowles
11 Josh Fowles
10 Lee Brogan
9 Eddy Askew
8 Gaz Rawlings
7 Max Smith
6 Joel Booth
5 Jack Corr
4 Rich Thompson
3 Matt Davies
2 Craig Wilson
1 Tim Wareham

16 Joe Newton Taylor
17 Christian Prince
18 Pete Wilshaw

13th Dec 2013 - Longton 1st XV v Scunthorpe 1st XV

Longton welcome Scunthorpe to Trentham Fields for the last fixture of 2013. The game marks the beginning of the second half of the league season as each team has now played 13 games, and Longton will be looking to improve after a mixed first half of the season.

Scunthorpe are familiar opponents to Longton over the years and earlier this season secured a 27-22 triumph over us at Heslam Park. The performance that day was symptomatic of some of the early season performances as the new structures and systems installed over the summer were bedding in.

Although the last two games against Nuneaton and Old Halesonians have resulted in defeats, the performances have been solid, with the odd lapse resulting in soft scores which is the difference at this level. Prior to those games, 3 victories and a draw in the previous 4 fixtures saw Longton climb to a more respectable mid table position, but this league is so tight that a victory today is important to ensure a comfortable position going into the Christmas break.

Craig Wilson - Director of Rugby, LongtonScunthorpe are always a dangerous side, with Rewiti Vaimoso and Tom Foster posing their usual threat, complemented by some up and coming young players who seem to be finding their feet at this level. Experienced number 8 Dave Garbutt has returned to the squad recently having recovered from the bad leg injury suffered against us a couple of years ago. We are glad to see he has recovered and welcome him back to Trentham Fields with his team mates and supporters.

Joel, LongtonLongton welcome back a couple of key men today and also make a few alterations to the make up of the back line. Director of Rugby Craig Wilson returns to the front row, having been unavailable last week and Forwards Coach Gaz Rawlings is now fully fit and resumes at number 8. The reintroduction of these key players and organisers is a major boost to the Longton cause. Joel Booth returns from illness to take the blind side flanker berth, with Kieran Healey and Joe Newton Taylor on the bench for the pack, with Chris Tennuci as the backs replacement.

Gareth Rawlings, LongtonIn the backs, regular centre Hendry Vaka moves to fly half to utilise his ball playing and play making ability. Liam Price comes into the centre to take Vaka’s place with Grant Hallam moving to fullback. The backs have a pacy, dynamic look, so will be hoping for plenty of good quality ball.

Don’t forget, after the game it’s the Christmas Party, so get your Christmas jumpers out!

Longton team:
15. Grant Hallam
14. Josh Fowles
13. Luke Fowles
12. Liam Price
11. Taz Wara
10. Hendry Vaka
9. Lee Brogan
8. Gareth Rawlings
7. Max Smith
6. Joel Booth
5. Jack Corr
4. Rich Thompson
3. Matt Davies
2. Craig Wilson
1. Tim Wareham

16. Joe Newton Taylor
17. Kieran Healey
18. Chris Tennuci

6th Dec 2013 - Old Halesonians 1st XV v Longton 1st XV

Longton will be paying a visit to Old Halesonians this Saturday for the first time in a number of years to complete the first half of this season in National 3 Midlands.

The home side has enjoyed an excellent start to rugby at this level, setting the early pace at the top of the division and are still contending for promotion. Largely an unknown quantity to Longton, the one recognisable face is skipper and former Moseley and Sutton Coldfield number 8, Mark Evans. The England Counties back rower is an excellent player and leader and has brought out the best in his newly promoted squad this year.

Reports suggest a well balanced team who are clinical and well organised, so Longton will have to be on top of their game if they are to come back from the West Midlands with the points.

Longton have named a squad for this weekends game, as a number of key players are still carrying knocks.

Director of Rugby, Craig Wilson is unavailable this weekend and backs coach Scott Rawlings is still nursing the knee injury that has kept him out of the last 2 games. Forwards coach Gareth Rawlings is almost fully recovered from his injury and is named in the squad. Scrum half Chris Moors is still out with an ankle problem, so Lee Brogan will continue in that role. Flying winger Chris Tennuci returns to the squad following a back problem.

Longton squad:

Tim Wareham
Christian Prince
Matt Davies
Joe Newton Taylor
Rich Thompson
Jack Corr
Max Smith
Francis Nock
Joel Booth
Kieran Healey
Gareth Rawlings
Lee Brogan
Grant Hallam
Chris Tennuci
Luke Fowles
Hendry Vaka
Taz Wara
Josh Fowles
Liam Price.

15th Nov 2013 - Stoke 1st XV v Longton 1st XV

Staffordshire Cup Quarter Final

Longton v LymmAfter 5 years with no fixtures between the old rivals, Longton and Stoke finally meet in the Staffordshire Cup at Hartwell Lane on Saturday (2.15pm).

In recent seasons Stoke have stabilised and come back from Level 7, winning a cup competition at Twickenham and achieving a perfect season 2 years ago. Last season they enjoyed a successful return to Level 6 with a top half finish, and so far this season they have developed well after a rocky start with 6 wins from their last 7 starts, moving up to 4th in Midlands West 1.

Despite not playing against each other for a number of years, the 2 teams players are fairly familiar as there are a number of players who have played for both clubs.

Former Longton skipper Tom Hughes now coaches at Stoke, as does Simon Price and Longton will have to watch them carefully as they both possess the skills to unlock any defence. Other former Longton players in the Stoke squad include Wayne Dicken, Glenn Joss and Rob Glenn, so there will be a good degree of familiarity, particularly as former Stoke second row Pete Wilshaw has recently joined Longton.

It appears that Stoke’s key scrum half Chris Rowley will miss the game with a knee injury, but Longton must not make the make the mistake of underestimating  a team that has been used to winning over the past few seasons, a habit that is not to be underestimated.

Thankfully, winning has been back on the agenda lately for Longton, with back to back bonus point victories over Syston and Lymm, along with a creditable draw at high flying Lymm giving the side renewed confidence after a shaky start to the season. A slightly more pragmatic approach aligned to a solid set piece and strong carrying pack has yielded the improved results.

Longton v LymmThat is not to say that the backs haven’t looked sharp, as 6 of the 7 backs scored last week and young Fijian winger Taz Wara put on a master class of power, pace and open field running. Centres Luke Fowles and Hendry Vaka are improving week by week as a pair, fly half Scott Rawlings is controlling play well in his own inimitable style and back three members Chris Tennuci and Grant Hallam are a constant threat with their pace and elusiveness. Add the likes of Lee Brogan, Chris Moors, Josh Fowles and Liam Price into the equation and the Longton back line should pose a considerable threat.

Longton are waiting on a couple of fitness tests before naming the final side, but its fair to say that whoever makes the final 18 will not be short of motivation for a match that stirs the emotions of all involved.

There is no doubt that Longton are favourites, but Stoke have a good home record and will no doubt have vociferous support, so a close, hard fought contest is anticipated.

Lets try and get a big contingent of Longton fans to the game and if you can wear something black and amber we can show a big presence on the touchline as well as hopefully on the field.

8th Nov 2013 - Longton 1st XV v Lymm 1st XV

After a morale boosting bonus point victory over Syston last weekend, Longton will be looking to push on against Cheshire side, Lymm RUFC.

Grant HallamThis is Lymm’s first competitive visit to Trentham Fields having been level transferred from National 3 North this season. The clubs have played a couple of pre season fixtures, most recently last season but have never locked horns with anything more than pride at stake before.

Lymm are well known as being a fantastic, traditional rugby club, with a great setup, a strong junior section and a long standing link with Lymm High School that has provided the club with a steady flow of excellent young talent.

They have had a mixed start to the season, with a couple of excellent home wins against Sutton Coldfield and Bournville mixed in with a couple of heavy defeats at South Leicester and Broadstreet, as well as last weeks home defeat against Hinckley.

Lymm are believed to be suffering from an injury crisis at the moment, particularly amongst their forwards, but still possess a number of class players in their side. Brothers Adam and Tom Bray (number 8 and centre) are proven high quality performers, as are flyhalf Joe Knowles, winger Dave Williamson and full back Andy Rowley. Lymm have proven that on their day they can be as good as anyone, so Longton will have to maintain and improve on the better performances of the previous two weeks if they are to claim the points.

Taz WaraLast weeks bonus point win against Syston, aligned to the battling draw at Hinckley suggest that Longton have begun to put aside the early season inconsistencies.

The coaching staff all acknowledge that there is still a way to go before they are happy with the performances, but the squad are in positive mood following another good weeks training. Competition for places is high with a couple of excellent new signings (Pete Wilshaw and Max Smith), the return from a month away of Liam Price, and the likely return from injury in the next week or so of deadly winger Josh Fowles, adding to the mix.

The Development XV are playing some excellent rugby and have some exciting young talent who are also pushing for selection.

Longton make one change to the starting line-up this week as scrum half Chris Moors hasn’t shrugged off a knock from last weekend. Lee Brogan moves to scrum half, a position he has filled many times both for Longton and Sale FC, with Grant Hallam moving to his more familiar full back spot and the exciting young Fijian winger from Hartpury College, Taz Wara starting after impressing from the bench last week. Ethan Clowes returns to the bench after his shoulder injury sustained at Scunthorpe has healed, following a couple of impressive showings for the Development XV.

Kickoff is at 2.15pm, and as its Remembrance Sunday this weekend, don’t forget to buy a poppy and wear it with pride at Trentham Lakes when you are cheering the lads on!

Longton team:

15 Grant Hallam
14 Taz Wara
13 Hendry Vaka
12 Luke Fowles
11 Chris Tennuci
10 Scott Rawlings
 9 Lee Brogan
 8 Joel Booth
 7 Gareth Rawlings
 6 Francis Nock
 5 Jack Corr
 4 Rich Thompson
 3 Matt Davies
 2 Craig Wilson
 1 Tim Wareham

16 Joe Newton Taylor
17 Kieran Healey
18 Ethan Clowes

Longton’s Development XV are away at Willenhall as they seek to continue their recent good form, scoring 121 points in the last 2 games and only conceding 3.

25th Oct 2013 - Hinckley 1st XV v Longton 1st XV

Longton will be looking to put the last 20 minutes of last weeks defeat to Broadstreet behind them when they visit one of the leagues top sides, Hinckley, this week. The preceeding 60 minutes had seen a close, hard fought game that looked like going to the last few minutes, but a combination of good Broadstreet play and some Longton errors led to a defeat that looked worse on the score board than it actually was. The fact remains however, it was another defeat and Longton need to respond with a performance and a result.

Hinckley have started strongly and although they had a wobble for a couple of weeks against Bournville and Broadstreet, recovered well against Syston last week.

Gareth Rawlings - Longton 1st XVThey are a largely settled side, who know each other well and always present a formidable challenge. They possess 2 of the leagues real danger men in winger Devon Constant, one of the leagues best finishers, and points machine Joe Glover who has a deadly boot and also an eye for a try, so Longton’s defences and discipline will have to be top notch. In addition they possess a strong pack that always scrummages well and competes fiercely at the breakdown. It promises to be a physical battle and Longton have selected their side accordingly.

Gareth Rawlings returns to the starting line-up at 7, combining with Joel Booth and Kieran Healey to make up a ‘super sized’ back row which will be strong, physical and dynamic. Matt Davies comes back into the side at tight head to add some experience to the scrimmage, with Joe Newton Taylor reverting to the bench.

Scott Rawling - Longton 1st XVIn the backs, Scott Rawlings moves to fly half, with Hendry Vaka moving from the wing to his regular position of outside centre. Lee Brogan moves to fullback with Grant Hallam completing a pacy back three with Chris Tennuci on the other wing.

The bench is completed by Francis Nock and Zack Heath.

Longton team:

15 Lee Brogan
14 Grant Hallam
13 Hendry Vaka
12 Luke Fowles
11 Chris Tennuci
10 Scott Rawlings
 9 Chris Moors
 8 Joel Booth
 7 Gareth Rawlings
 6 Kieran Healey
 5 Jack Corr
 4 Rich Thompson
 3 Matt Davies
 2 Craig Wilson
 1 Tim Wareham

16 Joe Newton Taylor
17 Zack Heath
18 Francis Nock.

Longton’s Development XV face local rivals Newcastle at Trentham Fields, so if you aren’t going to Hinckley, get down and support the lads.

18th Oct 2013 - Longton 1st XV v Broadstreet 1st XV

Hendry Vaika Longton RugbyLongton took a lot of positives from last weeks much improved performance at Bournville, but ultimately came away with nothing as indiscipline and a last minute try meant a fruitless trip points wise.

This week, Longton welcome old foes Broadstreet to Trentham Fields, for what on the face of it should be an absolute belter. Although the results haven’t gone Longton’s way so far, the league is unbelievably tight and competitive, and a couple of positive results can lead to a significant boost in league position.

Broadstreet have enjoyed a strong start to the season, winning 4 of their 6 matches to be sat in 4th place, only 6 points from the top spot. They are one of the most consistent performers at this level of rugby, and are always a tough opponent.

Their 4 wins have all come at home, the impressive Ivor Preece Fields, and include last weeks impressive 30-11 victory against Hinckley. Away from home however, things haven’t been as positive as both trips have ended in defeats, albeit at tough venues Sutton Coldfield and Bournville. No doubt Street will be looking to put that right and bring their home form to Trentham Fields.

The Broadstreet squad includes a number of familiar faces, who have graced their colours for a number of seasons. Scrum half Nick Thatcher is an excellent player and must be carefully watched, and full back Danny Richards has always been a quality performer. In the pack, Simon Morris has been around at this level for a number of years and is highly influential, along with experienced hooker Stuart Pearl who is now at Street as a player/coach. New signings this season include fly half Lee Chapman and explosive winger Jeff Gregson, so Street are not short of firepower.

The games between the 2 sides were split 1 a piece last year, with Street thrashing Longton 68-7 this time last year, before revenge was had at Trentham Fields with the home side winning 44-26 in a roller coaster of a game.

The Longton squad shows a couple of changes from last week with good news and bad. Winger and ex Broadstreet player, Josh Fowles injured a knee at Bournville and will likely miss a few weeks, so Hendry Vaka returns to the squad following his one week suspension. Vaka scored 20 tries in both of the last 2 seasons, so is not a bad replacement!

Gareth RawlingsThe starting forward pack remains the same as last week, but influential player/coach Gareth Rawlings returns to the bench and will no doubt be making an appearance at some stage.

Longton team:

15 Grant Hallam
14 Hendry Vaka
13 Luke Fowles
12 Scott Rawlings
11 Chris Tennuci
10 Lee Brogan
 9 Chris Moors
 8 Joel Booth
 7 Francis Nock
 6 Kieran Healey
 5 Jack Corr
 4 Rich Thompson
 3 Joe Newton Taylor
 2 Craig Wilson
 1 Tim Wareham

16 James Staley
17 Zack Heath
18 Gareth Rawlings

11th Oct 2013 - Bournville 1st XV v Longton 1st XV

Jack Corr and Craig Wilson, Longton 1st XVLongton will be looking to follow up last week’s entertaining 7 try performance against Bedford Athletic, with a victory at in form Bournville. This will be a tough task as the chocolate men are one of the divisions in form teams after defeating previously unbeaten Hinckley last weekend, and have won four on the bounce after a narrow opening day defeat against Sutton Coldfield.

Longton’s performance last weekend was a combination of some superb continuity and ball handling, and some infuriating lapses in concentration and intensity that allowed the visitors to cling on until the final 20 minutes. The focus of the players and coaches this week has been on focusing at all times and ensuring that the work rate and intensity is maintained consistently. If this is done, there is no doubt that this team has the potential to be right up there in what is shaping up to be an extremely tight league.

Bournville have enjoyed an excellent start to the season, scoring freely and winning 4 out of their 5 games. Their only defeat came on the opening day when, despite a valiant comeback, they were pipped by Sutton Coldfield 42-34. Since then they have enjoyed victories over Bedford Athletic, Syston, Broadstreet and perhaps most impressively last weekend’s 27-25 victory at Hinckley.

Despite losing a couple of excellent players in scrum half Rod Petty and number 8 Nick Southern, Bournville appear to have strengthened their squad with a number of new faces to complement the talents of star centre, Robin Eatough. The dynamic Eatough already has 8 tries to his name this season, including a number of long range specials, and he must be carefully watched if Longton are to get a positive result.

Bournville are no one man team though, as they have a number of excellent players including prolific goal kicking fly half Alex Warner, centre Paul Cox, skipper Rob Griffin and a powerful front row.

Playing on one of the best pitches in the league at Birmingham University gives Bournville the opportunity to play an expansive game, although this should suit Longton’s style this season. The home side have had no trouble scoring points this season, but have had a tendency to leak points as well, so the score board operator may be in for a busy afternoon!

Player coach Gareth Rawlings remains on the sideline this week as he needs another week to allow his head injury to recover. However, second row Jack Corr returned to the side last week following his summer break at home from University and added some excellent go forward with his dynamic ball carrying as well as some ballast to the scrum that put in its best display of the season so far. His return allowed Joel Booth to return to his preferred back row position to cover for Gareth Rawlings absence, and this combination will again take to the field this weekend.

Hendry Vaka has received a 1 week ban for his straight red card for a high tackle last weekend. The tackle was instinctive rather than malicious and the significant height difference between Vaka and the Bedford Athletic fullback didn’t help! A red card seemed harsh under those circumstances, but he will return next week following his enforced absence.

Skipper, Luke Fowles moves up from fullback to centre this week, a position he has occupied many times before, and Grant Hallam returns to the starting lineup at fullback after scoring an excellent try following his introduction to the game from the bench last weekend.

James ‘Bullet’ Staley comes onto the bench to provide front row cover after an excellent display for the Development XV as does Tom Scragg who scored a hat trick in the same game.

The Development team will be looking to follow up last weeks 69-12 victory over Handsworth with another big performance at home to Tamworth this weekend. Kickoff is 3pm, and if you aren’t going to Bournville the Development XV are ell worth a watch as they produced some scintillating running rugby last weekend. Young guns like Suli Waqinavere, Tas Wara and Curtis Greene, along with the returning Joe Hall and Wayne Longshaw gave the side a really solid look. In addition, some new recruits from both Staffs and Keele University will give the side real depth and quality this season.

Longton team:

15 Grant Hallam
14 Josh Fowles
13 Luke Fowles
12 Scott Rawlings
11 Chris Tennuci
10 Lee Brogan
 9 Chris Moors
 8 Joel Booth
 7 Francis Nock
 6 Kieran Healey
 5 Jack Corr
 4 Rich Thompson
 3 Joe Newton Taylor
 2 Craig Wilson
 1 Tim Wareham

16 James Staley
17 Zack Heath
18 Tom Scragg

4th Oct 2013 - Longton 1st XV v Bedford Athletic 1st XV

Longton return to Trentham Fields for an important battle against fellow early season strugglers Bedford Athletic. Despite a much improved performance that wasn’t reflected in the final score line, Longton slipped to a third successive reverse at Sutton Coldfield and will be looking to turn things around against the newly promoted Ath.

Longton v Sutton ColdfieldThe visitors were promoted as champions from Midlands 1 East last season but have endured a difficult start, losing all 4 games. However, they ran promotion contenders Hinckley close last week and appear to be settling into the pace and intensity of this level. 3 of their 4 defeats have been at home, with their only away fixture so far being a comprehensive 56-10 reverse at Broadstreet, which is never the easiest place to go as our own drubbing there last year highlights.

Looking over the Ath squad there appear to be a few familiar names from their last appearance at this level 3 years ago. Number 8 Ben Beagent has always been a strong, competitive player and second row Liam Lancaster, once also of Luton is another fine player. In the backs, Paul Ryder has faced off against Longton before but beyond that they will be largely an unknown quantity that mustn’t be taken lightly as they seek to open their account for the season.

Last weeks defeat at Sutton was disappointing but a strong first half performance and an outstanding try after ten minutes of the second left Longton only 13-8 in arrears. However, 2 quick tries from Sutton took the game away from the visitors who ultimately didn’t take their opportunities as well as the home side.

Unforced errors in bad areas of the pitch are still issues that need addressing but Longton are still confident to maintain the high tempo, ball in hand approach that has looked dangerous when well executed this season. The trick is to recognise when it’s on to play and when to put the opposition under pressure territorially. This will undoubtedly come as the season progresses.

Longton v Sutton ColdfieldNumber 8 and pack leader Gaz Rawlings suffered a head injury last weekend and will not play this week as a precaution. That disappointing news is mitigated by the return to the side of Keele University student Jack Corr, who made such a big impression when he joined the club towards the end of last season. His ball carrying, mobility and physicality will be a welcome addition to the pack. Blind side flanker Joel Booth returns to his preferred position of number 8, and regular blind side Kieran Healey slots back in at 6 having manfully covered the absence of Jack Corr and Oli Green in the 2nd row in recent weeks. The pack has a big, physical look to it, with a number of strong ball carriers.

In the backs, last seasons top try scorer, Fijian flyer Hendry Vaka returns to the starting line-up having missed the first couple of games due to work commitments. His partnership with Scott Rawlings has to be amongst the biggest and most physical at any level of rugby. Skipper Luke Fowles moves to full back with Grant Hallam on the bench.

Longton are due to produce a performance to match the undoubted potential that has been shown in patches over the opening 4 games but must ensure that the hard work and graft is done first, as Bedford Athletic will undoubtedly be up for the challenge.

Don’t forget its Ladies Day at the club and everyone is encouraged to wear something pink, so have a look in your wardrobes and support the Dougie Mac with a £1 donation. Admission is free for ladies wearing pink, so get yourselves to Trentham Fields for a great afternoon’s entertainment!

Longton team:

15 Luke Fowles
14 Josh Fowles
13 Hendry Vaka
12 Scott Rawlings
11 Chris Tennuci
10 Lee Brogan
 9 Chris Moors
 8 Joel Booth
 7 Francis Nock
 6 Kieran Healey
 5 Jack Corr
 4 Rich Thompson
 3 Joe Newton Taylor
 2 Craig Wilson
 1 Tim Wareham

16 Christian Prince
17 Zack Heath
18 Grant Hallam

27th Sep 2013 - Sutton Coldfield 1st XV v Longton 1st XV

Chris Moors making a break with support from Gareth RawlingsLongton will attempt to bounce back from the disappointment of last weeks defeat against South Leicester this weekend with a visit to Sutton Coldfield this weekend.

The home side are in their second season in National 3 Midlands and pushed Ampthill all the way for the title last year before losing the playoff game at home to Harrogate. Sutton are an excellent all round team with a combative, mobile pack aligned to some extremely dangerous backs.

Sutton were victorious in both encounters last season, with their first half performance at Trentham Fields being as good a 40 minutes of rugby as you could wish to see anywhere.

Although skipper Mark Evans has departed to Old Halesonians, the Sutton pack is strong, led by Brook Davies and bolstered by the experienced Dave Merlin, who is well known to Longton from his time at Walsall. The Sutton backs are extremely lively with strength across the park, particularly elusive winger Nathan Burchell and strong running centre Alex White. Skipper Dave Edwards also has plenty of pace, and the Longton backs will have to be on top form to keep them in check.

There were some positives in Longton’s play last week, as the backs look particularly dangerous with ball in hand and the counter attack from kicks yielded a second long range try in 3 games. However, the second half was a major disappointment as Longton put themselves under pressure by playing ball in hand from everywhere. This ambitious tactic is very positive and should be applauded, but on occasions the pressure needs to be relieved, which hopefully will be a lesson learned this week.

Rich Thompson, Longton RugbyThe Longton side is boosted by the return of key second row Rich Thompson who has been away for the last fortnight. His presence should not be under estimated as he selflessly carries out many of the less glamorous ‘dark arts’ that are often overlooked, but are vital to the cohesion of the team. His return allows Joel Booth to return to blind side flanker, giving the Longton pack a formidable look. Prop Joe Newton Taylor returns to the starting lineup and flanker Zack Heath moves to the bench.

The backs are unchanged and will hope to have the opportunity to test their opposites.

Longton team:

15 Grant Hallam
14 Josh Fowles
13 Luke Fowles
12 Scott Rawlings
11 Chris Tennuci
10 Lee Brogan
 9 Chris Moors
 8 Gareth Rawlings
 7 Francis Nock
 6 Joel Booth
 5 Kieran Healey
 4 Rich Thompson
 3 Joe Newton Taylor
 2 Craig Wilson
 1 Tim Wareham

16 Christian Prince
17 Zack Heath
18 Hendry Vaka

19th Sep 2013 - Longton 1st XV v South Leicester 1st XV

Longton welcome old friends South Leicester to Trentham Fields on Saturday, and will be looking to bounce back from last weekends disappointing performance in defeat at Scunthorpe.

Despite a bright start and an early try from Gareth Rawlings, Longton struggled to find any fluency in their game and in the end left with just a losing bonus point.

Director of Rugby Craig Wilson and coaches Gareth and Scott Rawlings will be looking for significant improvements in all aspects of the game, but will have to be on top form against a South Leicester side that will be desperate to open their account in 2013/14 after 2 defeats in their opening fixtures.

Last weeks narrow defeat to local rivals Hinckley, left South Leicester in the wrong end of the table, however as a note of caution they lost their opening 2 fixtures last season before winning the third by 62-8 against Broadstreet. There is no doubt that South are a far better side than the 2 early defeats suggest and Longton will certainly not be underestimating them today.

The visitors made a number of signings during the off season, with the most notable being ex Leicester Tigers and Bristol winger Lee Robinson. The powerful finisher has scored in both games so far and must be kept in check if Longton are to succeed today. Other signings include brothers Jack and Harry Owens from Barking RUFC, who have obviously played a high standard of rugby in the National Leagues.

Luke Fowles, Longton RugbyFor the home side 3 key backs return to the fold after injury and unavailability. Skipper Luke Fowles has now recovered from his groin strain and marked his return in the Development XV with a classy try last weekend. The same can be said for flying winger Chris Tennuci who scorched over after missing the previous week due to a wedding. Fijian centre and last seasons top scorer Hendry Vaka also returns to the match day squad following work commitments.

Zack Heath comes into the back row and his energy and dynamism will boost the pack, with the hard scrummaging Matt Davies coming into the side at tight head prop.

Welsh centre Liam Price, who has made an excellent impression so far is unavailable due to work commitments; second row Rich Thompson is away and fellow second row Ollie Green has returned to university, meaning Kieran Healey and Joel Booth will be in the engine room.

Longton team:

15 Grant Hallam
14 Josh Fowles
13 Luke Fowles
12 Scott Rawlings
11 Chris Tennuci
10 Lee Brogan
 9 Chris Moors
 8 Gareth Rawlings
 7 Francis Nock
 6 Zack Heath
 5 Joel Booth
 4 Kieran Healey
 3 Matt Davies
 2 Craig Wilson
 1 Tim Wareham

16 Christian Prince
17 Joe Newton Taylor
18 Hendry Vaka

13th Sep 2013 - Scunthorpe 1st XV v Longton 1st XV Match Preview

Longton RUFC Match Preview

National 3 Midlands, Saturday 14th September 2013.

Scunthorpe 1st XV v Longton 1st XV

Longton Rugby 1st TeamFollowing last weeks opening day derby victory over Sandbach, Longton head to old friends Scunthorpe for what is sure to be a very testing game in National 3 Midlands.

Longton have played league fixtures against Scunthorpe off and on for a number of seasons and the games are always hard fought, competitive and usually quite high scoring.

The Heslam Park boys looked doomed to relegation last season but won their last 5 games, some in scintillating style to eventually finish clear of the drop zone. Ironically, they didn’t actually need to worry as only 2 teams were relegated, meaning that Syston were somewhat fortuitously spared. However, the confidence and self belief gained from that run of victories will have stood them in good stead, and coach Tim Robinson will be looking for his young squad to take further steps forward this season.

Scunthorpe’s 2 key men have remained the same for a number of seasons. Fly half and skipper Tom Foster and kiwi winger Rewiti ‘Woody’ Vaimoso are amongst the leagues most dangerous runners with ball in hand and often make space for others around them. They are complemented now by some excellent up and coming players including number 8 Jake Barron, who is on the books at Nottingham and a young but maturing tight 5.

Sadly, they will be missing one of these up and coming forwards, Matthew Probert who was the victim of a shocking assault in Lincoln a couple of weeks ago. We believe that Matthew is now at home and on the road to recovery and so everyone at Longton RUFC wishes him all the very best and hope to see him back on the field soon.

Longton were largely happy with last weeks opening day victory, but acknowledge that there is still some rust to knock off.  New signings Lee Brogan, Josh Fowles, Gareth Rawlings and Liam Price all made significant contributions, giving the side a very strong look which bodes well for the season.

One of the most pleasing aspects of last week’s performance was the intensity and organisation of the defence. Sandbach toiled for most of the day against the wall of black jerseys and registered their only score when Longton were down to 13 men. That defence will need to be every bit as organised as last week because games between the 2 sides at Heslam Park are notoriously high scoring, with Scunthorpe prevailing 36-33 last year thanks to a last minute penalty try.

The Lincolnshire men also scored 31 points, including a 4 try bonus in defeat at Hinckley, although the 51 points conceded suggests that they need to tighten their game up defensively.

Longton’s squad again has a familiar look to it this week, with just the one change to the starting lineup. Second row Rich Thompson has work commitments, so Kieran Healey steps up from the bench into the second row, with Zack Heath coming in on the bench. Other than that it is the same squad as last week as the coaches look to reward strong training and match day performances.

Skipper Luke Fowles and flying winger Chris Tennuci are both ready for their 2013/14 season bows and take their place in a strong Development XV that takes on Stafford 2nds.

Josh Fowles
Josh Fowles who scored an excellent try and was dangerous all day on his debut last week.

Longton team:

15 Grant Hallam
14 Josh Fowles
13 Liam Price
12 Scott Rawlings
11 Ethan Clowes
10 Lee Brogan
 9 Chris Moors
 8 Gareth Rawlings
 7 Francis Nock
 6 Joel Booth
 5 Oli Green
 4 Kieran Healey
 3 Joe Newton Taylor
 2 Craig Wilson
 1 Tim Wareham

16 Christian Prince
17 Zack Heath
18 Tom Scragg

13th Sep 2013 - Scunthorpe 1st XV v Longton 1st XV Match Preview

Longton RUFC Match Preview

National 3 Midlands, Saturday 14th September 2013.

Scunthorpe 1st XV v Longton 1st XV

Following last weeks opening day derby victory over Sandbach, Longton head to old friends Scunthorpe for what is sure to be a very testing game in National 3 Midlands.

Longton have played league fixtures against Scunthorpe off and on for a number of seasons and the games are always hard fought, competitive and usually quite high scoring.

The Heslam Park boys looked doomed to relegation last season but won their last 5 games, some in scintillating style to eventually finish clear of the drop zone. Ironically, they didn’t actually need to worry as only 2 teams were relegated, meaning that Syston were somewhat fortuitously spared. However, the confidence and self belief gained from that run of victories will have stood them in good stead, and coach Tim Robinson will be looking for his young squad to take further steps forward this season.

Scunthorpe’s 2 key men have remained the same for a number of seasons. Fly half and skipper Tom Foster and kiwi winger Rewiti ‘Woody’ Vaimoso are amongst the leagues most dangerous runners with ball in hand and often make space for others around them. They are complemented now by some excellent up and coming players including number 8 Jake Barron, who is on the books at Nottingham and a young but maturing tight 5.

Sadly, they will be missing one of these up and coming forwards, Matthew Probert who was the victim of a shocking assault in Lincoln a couple of weeks ago. We believe that Matthew is now at home and on the road to recovery and so everyone at Longton RUFC wishes him all the very best and hope to see him back on the field soon.

Longton were largely happy with last weeks opening day victory, but acknowledge that there is still some rust to knock off.  New signings Lee Brogan, Josh Fowles, Gareth Rawlings and Liam Price all made significant contributions, giving the side a very strong look which bodes well for the season.\r\n

One of the most pleasing aspects of last week’s performance was the intensity and organisation of the defence. Sandbach toiled for most of the day against the wall of black jerseys and registered their only score when Longton were down to 13 men. That defence will need to be every bit as organised as last week because games between the 2 sides at Heslam Park are notoriously high scoring, with Scunthorpe prevailing 36-33 last year thanks to a last minute penalty try.

The Lincolnshire men also scored 31 points, including a 4 try bonus in defeat at Hinckley, although the 51 points conceded suggests that they need to tighten their game up defensively.

Longton’s squad again has a familiar look to it this week, with just the one change to the starting lineup. Second row Rich Thompson has work commitments, so Kieran Healey steps up from the bench into the second row, with Zack Heath coming in on the bench. Other than that it is the same squad as last week as the coaches look to reward strong training and match day performances.

Skipper Luke Fowles and flying winger Chris Tennuci are both ready for their 2013/14 season bows and take their place in a strong Development XV that takes on Stafford 2nds.\r\n

Longton team:\r\n

15 Grant Hallam
14 Josh Fowles
13 Liam Price
12 Scott Rawlings
11 Ethan Clowes
10 Lee Brogan
9 Chris Moors
8 Gareth Rawlings
7 Francis Nock
6 Joel Booth
5 Oli Green
4 Kieran Healey
3 Joe Newton Taylor
2 Craig Wilson
1 Tim Wareham\r\n

16 Christian Prince
17 Zack Heath
18 Tom Scragg\r\n

6th Sep 2013 - Longton v Sandbach match preview

Longton RUFC Match Preview

National 3 Midlands, Saturday 7th September 2013
Longton 1st XV .v. Sandbach 1st XV

Longton RUFC begin their National 3 Midlands campaign with a mouth-watering home derby against Sandbach, at Trentham Fields tomorrow at 3pm.

Despite technically being in the Northern Division, Sandbach are geographically our nearest opponents and were Level Transferred last season, remaining in the Midlands this season.

They enjoyed an excellent debut season last year, finishing 2 places above us in 6th place with 13 wins and 13 defeats. However, Longton were victorious in both league meetings, winning 23-13 at home and 25-15 away. Both games were extremely closely fought affairs and could easily have gone the other way, so we are expecting a difficult game this weekend. 

Player coach Simon Verbickas leads a generally young team who are known for their open, attacking style of play, combining a tough, dynamic and combative pack with a set of pacey backs. 

Longton welcome a number of new and returning faces to the squad for this game.
Gareth Rawlings The talismanic Gareth Rawlings returns from 2 years at Fylde, during which time he represented England Counties and the Barbarians. His experience and contribution both on and off the field has already been felt and he will make a huge difference to the club.
 Josh Fowles Josh Fowles is also set to make his debut having joined the club from Macclesfield Blues this summer. Josh has also represented Sale Sharks in the recent JP Morgan 7s series and his 2 tries against Sale FC were an example of the clinical finishing and pace that he brings to the team.
 Liam Price Another debutant is Welsh centre, Liam Price who has recently moved to the area. Liam has represented Swansea in the Welsh Premiership and potentially will form a devastating midfield combination with Scott Rawlings. His performances in the 2 pre-season games have already shown his class and he is another huge addition to the squad.
 Lee Brogan The final debutant today, although technically not making his debut for the club is Lee Brogan who returns from Sale FC. Lee played for the club for 3 seasons before moving to Sale FC and during that time showed what an outstanding footballer he is, with outstanding hands, pace and a tenacious defensive ability.

In the back row, Joel Booth returns, having rarely featured last season due to work commitments. The former 1st team captain has a huge engine and his ball carrying and work in some of the darker areas will be most welcome.

The remainder of the team has a fairly settled look to it, with player/coach Craig Wilson and British Police flanker Francis Nock returning from injuries that kept them out of the last couple of months of last season. Former Sandbach lad and 2012/13 Player of the Year Chris Moors will be hoping to get one over on some of his friends!

The side has a strong look to it and will be boosted in the coming weeks with the return from injury of skipper Luke Fowles, flying winger Chris Tennuci, centre Henry Vaka and second row Jack Corr.

Longton team:

15 Grant Hallam

14 Josh Fowles

13 Liam Price

12 Scott Rawlings

11 Ethan Clowes

10 Lee Brogan

 9 Chris Moors

 8 Gareth Rawlings

 7 Francis Nock

 6 Joel Booth

 5 Oli Green

 4 Rich Thompson

 3 Joe Newton Taylor

 2 Craig Wilson

 1 Tim Wareham

16 Christian Prince

17 Kieran Healey

18 Tom Scragg 

1st Sep 2013 - Longton Rugby Newsletter

Click here to view the new Longton Rugby Newsletter. 

If you have any items to include in the next Newsletter, please email us, or give us a call at the Club on 01782 594016.

1st Jun 2013 - AGM Elections

At our 2013 Annual General Meeting, held on Tuesday 28/05/13, the following posts were elected:



President: Tbc

Chairman: Phil Myatt

Treasurer: Janet Clay

Secretary: Jez Moss

Fixture Secretary: Cameron Lacey

Junior Chairman: Doug Finney

Junior Sec/Treasurer: Helen Wallani

Commercial Manager: Tony Mountford

Director of Rugby: Craig Wilson


4th Jan 2013 - RFU Touch Rugby Centre

Longton Rugby Club has the opportunity to become a 'RFU Touch Rugby Center.' This is a regional base where the non-contact version of Rugby is played and coached. The Touch Rugby sessions will be open to all members of the public, the hope is that it will bring new people to the club, offer a new opportunity of activity to the community, and introduce, or re-introduce people to Rugby without the concern of contact.
In order for us to be able to operate this new activity, we need volunteers to deliver/coach/referee these sessions, these volunteers would also be able to participate. The first role is for an administrator, Cameron will cover all of these duties from the office, but we need a handful of people to help to run the actual sessions. These volunteers will be given full free training in touch rugby, official kit, and there is a fund to cover expenses if required.
Without the help of volunteers, the club will pass on this opportunity to be a part of this development. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Cameron Lacey on 01782 594016
If you don't wish to be part of the team leading the activity but maybe interested in participating, please also send an email so that we can gauge the level of interest and notify you of dates and times if we do proceed with the activity.
Longton Rugby Club

1st Dec 2012 - Junior News Update

Update from Steve Lodey:

As the weather is now changing for the worse can you please ensure everyone comes to training/game in appropriate winter clothing.

Again because of the weather if you feel training/games may be off please check your email and/or the website as I will let you know via these as soon as I know of any cancellations.

There will be a Christmas party at the club for the whole club on 15th December starting at 7.30pm - everyone is welcome. Entrance is £2 pay on the door and is bring your own nibbles. Under 12's are free.

We will be having a shut down over the festive period. The last day of training/games will be 16th December and we will recommence on 6th January.

The RFU raffle is currently running again this year and I would urge you to support this if you can.

There are details in the club but tickets are £1 each and the club get £0.90 of this at no cost to us and the top prize is £10000.

I have not sent a book of tickets to everyone this year but  there are a number of people who have had multiple books and will be looking for people to buy.

Could those people please contact me to let me know how many books they have sold and how many they still have.

If anybody wants to help and can't find any books please let me know and I will sort it out.

7th Sep 2012 - Programme NEWS

·       Most people will, by now, have learned about the sad demise of Rugby Lions, the champions of National League 3 Midlands last season. All their big plans fell apart when the expected financial backing failed to materialise. Rugby Lions will not be taking their place in National League 2 South, leaving this division one team short for the season. All of their former players have moved on to other clubs with Head Coach, Neil Back, going to Edinburgh. We are hopeful that one of their players, and an ex-Longton player, James Daniel, may be back with us in about a month’s time.

·         Some interesting results from last Saturday’s opening games in our league. Good wins for Ampthill, Sandbach, Newport, Broadstreet, Sutton Coldfield and Scunthorpe. Our loss at home to Nuneaton was disappointing but it was always going to be a difficult task without skipper, Luke Fowles, backs coach, Scott Rawlings and former skipper, Joel Booth. Joel is back this week but it is likely to be another week or two before Luke has recovered from his ankle injury. Scott, with a broken scaphoid, is going to take longer to recover and may be a further 4 weeks yet. The good news is that Hendry Vaka is still with us and his presence will make a tremendous difference in the midfield. We await the arrival of our Ugandan centre who is studying at Keele University.

·         We will be looking to organise a 60th. Anniversary Dinner in November and so keep your eyes on the web-site for further details.

·         As the season progresses we hope to develop more and more links with Staffordshire University. Our new jerseys from Samurai should be here for the Sandbach game on September 22nd. when we hope to have Simon Harrison, owner of Gemini Controls, our front of jersey sponsor, present. In addition, the Staffordshire University name will be on the back of the shirts.

·         We hope to be able to field three teams once again this season with players from both Keele University and Staffs. University augmenting our numbers.

·         It was great to see the Ladies playing before the 1st. XV game last week and a 70 point victory will do wonders for their morale. Try to get along on a Sunday afternoon when they are playing at home.

·         Also, don’t forget the Juniors on Sunday mornings. We will have six junior teams turning out this season and so there will be plenty of action to see. Kick offs are usually at 11.00am.

13th Aug 2012 - Junior Fundraising

We raised £170.00 at the bag pack last Saturday which I thought was a tremendous effort. This will go towards the cost of the replacement minibus that we will need this year to replace the unreliable one we have at present. The main club is financing half of the cost but we still need to raise £2000.00 from the Mini/Junior section and this will have to come from fundraising as subscriptions will not cover this.

So thanks to the following players, and their parents obviously for all your help on Saturday (if I forget anyone I apologise but please feel free to let me know). We will be doing this again at some stage so I will be asking for more volunteers nearer the time. It only needs to be one hour but the more we have the less hours other people have to do. Thanks also to the people who let me know that they could not make because of holidays.

o Rhys Gregory Under 15
o Lewis Russell Under 12
o Ana Russell Under 9
o Mitchell Johnson Under 12
o Marcus Brindley Under 12
o Lewis Hurst Under 14
o Josh Mercer Under 12
o Alex Mercer Under 9
o Ewan Robertson & his Sister Under 10
o Patrick Lafford-Lucas Under 15
o Sam Williams & her Sister Under 12

13th Aug 2012 - Junior Subscriptions

An early reminder that subscriptions fall due on September 1st although don't be shy, you can pay me as soon as you want to :o). All subscriptions should be paid by no later than October 31st but you can pay by standing order over the season or by instalments if you wish, just come and see me in confidence and we can sort that out.

The subscriptions have been held at £35 which is much, much less than other local clubs and sports.

18th Mar 2012 - Victory at Newcastle 10s

Congratulations to the 3rd. XV in winning the Newcastle 10’s competition last Friday evening. They beat Leek and Trentham in the qualifying rounds and then triumphed over hosts Newcastle in the final.

18th Mar 2012 - U17s Cup Semi-Final

Congratulations also to the U17 team in reaching the final of the Staffordshire U17 Plate competition. They travelled down to Birmingham and came back with a victory despite some rather indifferent refereeing.

18th Mar 2012 - Longton Trucks

We are monitoring with interest developments on the announcement of a vehicle assembly plant coming to Longton in the next 12 months. Longton Truck will be making a mid-range commercial vehicle under the name of “Longton”, a perfect match for a partnership with the County’s leading rugby club Longton RUFC.

15th Mar 2012 - New Players

We are currently recruiting players for next season to strengthen our squad.

Keele University backs Scott Eaves, Will Greenwell and Alfie Karekaho are already signed up with Longton Rugby, alongside flanker Jonathan Hughes.

Alfie is a Ugandan who has represented his country in the IRB Sevens and plays for the top club in his country.

In addition, young winger, Ethan Clowes, made his full 1st XV debut for Longton against Broadstreet recently.

We also await news of a former Munster fly-half who has just moved to Blurton.   

4th Mar 2012 - 200 Club Winners Feb 2012

200 Club Winners drawn this month:

Jan T Derrington £100

M Gadd £50

S Williams £30

B Sherratt £20

17th Feb 2012 - Congratulations to Dan

Dan Robson has been selected as first choice scrum half in this season’s England U20 team and we send him our warmest congratulations. Dan is one of a handful of players from last season’s squad still eligible at this age group. He has recently signed a one year extension on his Gloucester contract and will, no doubt, be hoping to play in some Premiership games this season. 

17th Feb 2012 - Well Done Sam

With the unfortunate injury to our young scrum half, Jordi Shuttleworth, his team mate, Sam Moores, has come into the first team and has made an immediate impression, scoring his first 1st.XV try recently against high flying Rugby Lions. Sam normally plays at stand off half for the U18 team which makes his success at scrum half in National League 3 Midlands all the more remarkable. If we can get Jordi fit again, who knows, we may see Jordi and Sam as the half backs for part of a game before the end of the season.

17th Feb 2012 - Farewell to Hendry

This Saturday is scheduled to be the last game for our star Fijian, Hendry Vaka, who is joining the army shortly. Hendry goes to Catterick for his basic training as an infantry soldier before being posted to a UK base initially. In his short time with us Hendry has made a superb contribution to our team, showing strength, class and an abundance of skill. Good luck, Hendry, we shall certainly miss you.

17th Feb 2012 - Winter Blues

The recent spell of cold, snowy weather is beginning to play havoc with our fixtures, the South Leicester game having been called off twice now. Remarkably Newport were able to play their home game against Malvern last week, the only fixture that survived the freezing weather. We now have two games in hand over both Newport and Malvern and one game in hand over everyone else. Let’s hope Saturday's game against Dudley Kingswinford is able to go ahead.

15th Feb 2012 - Former Players Association

Many former players come to the Club on a fairly regular basis, others appear occasionally but many others have lost touch completely.





Those that do attend invariably have a good time meeting up with old friends and several make long journeys to be with us.


The Club is keen to make contact with as many former players as possible to attract them back to the Club on at least an occasional basis.


Therefore, if you have played for Old Longtonians or Longton Rugby Club at any time in the past 60 years we would love to hear from you.


Please send your name and contact details to and we will get back to you.


We intend to organize reunions and pre-match lunches at which you will be able to meet old friends and playing colleagues.


17th Dec 2011 - Longton v South Leicester

Todays home game is off

26th Oct 2011 - Longton Ladies Fundraising Raffle

The Ladies team are running a fund raising raffle to win a Limited Edition Longton shirt framed and signed by the 2011 World Cup Squad, please see Laura Brown for tickets or behind the bar!! Support your teams!!

The draw will take place on Saturday 19th November at the club at 4pm!!

Thanks for your support, Laura. 



6th Sep 2011 - Watch The World Cup At The Club

This Saturday 10th September

England v Argentina k.o. 9.30am

Breakfast Available

2nd Jun 2011 - Committee Meeting - 9 June 2011 - 7:30pm

23rd May 2011 - AGM Notice 2012 Tue 26th June 7:30

Come along to the AGM, have your say on issues that affect you

13th May 2011 - FA Cup Final

Club open Saturday for the FA Cup Final, come and watch Stoke win

11th May 2011 - 200 Club Winners


£100- B. Sherratt

£50- M.Wheat

£30- T. Derrington

£20- N. Carrick

11th May 2011 - 200 Club Winners


£100- B. Hadley

£50- R. Benson

£30- N. Carrick

£20- B. Amor

11th May 2011 - 200 Club Winners


£100- J. Beckett

£50- B. Amor

£30- R. Bailey

£20- D. Finney

11th May 2011 - 200 Club Winners


£100- M. Hamer

£50- D. Davies

£30- Wc Print

£20- D. Banks

6th May 2011 - Committee Meeting - 12th May 2011 7:30

30th Mar 2011 - Mini/Junior Presentation Night 16th April

We will be starting the night at 7pm with presentations to the mini section. Everyone is obviously welcome to stay for the juniors presentations which will start immediately following from about 7.30pm. For any minis who can't make the 16th we will be holding a small presentation after training on the 17th.

We have decided that the format of the presentation evening will be casual so there will be music through the clubs sound system and you are welcome to bring along your own food. The bar will obviously be open and you are welcome to enjoy the clubhouse after the presentations.

We hope that as many of you as possible will come along to what is the culmination of a very successful season for the Longton Mini/Junior section 

26th Mar 2011 - Committee Meeting - 14th April 2011

If you have items for the agenda please contact Neil Pickering Hon Sec

2nd Mar 2011 - Committee Meeting - 11 Mar 2010

Next Committee meeting is on Thursday 11th March, 7:30 prompt. 

1st Feb 2011 - Six Nations

Wales v England this friday 4th Feb 7.45 k.o £2 a pint

7th Nov 2010 - Staffordshire Cup

Last week, unfortunately, we had to withdraw from the Staffordshire Cup at the semi-final stage having won the trophy for the last five years. The nine leagues games and two warm up games in the last eleven weeks have taken their toll on many of our players, several of whom are currently carrying knocks from match to match. The opportunity of a week off before we tackle six more league games in the next six weeks had to be taken.


Regrettably, the County Cup has to take second place to our league ambitions these days as there is no financial or national reward for winning it. Naturally, we would have liked to have had the opportunity of retaining the Staffordshire Cup once again but Staffordshire as a County stands a better chance of retaining its single county status if Longton are promoted to National League 2.


The penalty for pulling out of the Cup this year is that we shall be banned from next year’s competition, although the whole future of all county cups, especially in Staffordshire, is in doubt in its present format.

7th Nov 2010 - Sports Club of the Year

This week at the Palace Hotel, Manchester, Longton RUFC was one of five finalists in “Club” magazine’s “Sports Club of the Year” awards competition. We were featured in an article a couple of months ago. Broadcaster, Steve Rider, is hosting the black tie dinner and Mick Wheat and Ed Horton will be attending on behalf of the Club; news of the outcome will be posted on the web-site.

27th May 2010 - Derek (Joe) Holmes

Derek (Joe) Holmes


With much regret, we report the death of “Joe” Holmes a very popular member of Old Longtonians in the late 50’s and much of the 60’s.


Derek Holmes gained the nickname Joe during his first year at Longton High School in 1952 due to his similarity to a famous Beano character Big Fat Joe.

It was a name that stuck with him for life and he was known as Joe to all his many friends in North Staffordshire.


At school Joe, despite his bulky frame, soon demonstrated a natural aptitude for all ball games. He was in the school sides for rugby, cricket and basketball. He went on to captain the school first XI at cricket and played for Staffordshire Schools at both rugby and cricket.


On leaving school in 1959, Joe joined Old Longtonians and immediately became a first team regular. He was a powerful forward and a front of the lineout expert, where his timing and ability to catch a fast low throw regularly defeated taller men. Joe’s natural talent also made him an excellent goal kicker. His politeness to referees, who he always called “Sir” sometimes allowed him to get away with “sins” for which others would be punished.


While Joe was a good rugby player, who you always wanted on your side he was an even better cricketer. He opened the batting for Caverswall for many years and could bowl either left arm medium fast seamers or left arm spin frequently off the same run-up and in the same over.


Joe was a big guy with a big personality who was great on the pitch and fun in the bar. He will be fondly remembered by his many friends still associated with Longton Rugby Club.


Our condolences go out to all his family.

3rd Feb 2010 - Help for Heroes

Longton Rugby Club held a pre-match lunch before their last home game against Peterborough to raise funds for the "Help for Heroes" appeal, attended by several soldiers recently returned from Afghanistan, which raised £868. The sum is being matched by BAe, making a total of £1,736.
Many thanks,
Mick Wheat, Chairman. 

3rd Feb 2010 - Staffs U20s Fixture at Longton 7/2/10


Staffordshire Under 20s v North Midlands Under 20s at Longton RFC
Sunday 7th February 2010
KO 2.00pm

4th Jan 2010 - New Year News Round-up

Great Stuff Dan

In an earlier news item we congratulated Dan Robson on being selected for the England U18 squad to face Australian Schools at Sale. Well, Dan made the starting line up at scrum half and made the first try in a narrow England win. Although Dan was listed as a Gloucester player on the team sheet, he is still currently registered for Longton and we hope he will be able to return to our squad in the New Year.

Brother Ben’s Return

While on the subject of a member of the Robson family we are delighted to welcome back Dan’s elder brother, Ben, who has signed for us on loan from Loughborough Students. Ben has been really unlucky with a series of shoulder injuries which have hampered his progress. Just as he had made first choice scrum half in the Loughborough team he injured his shoulder once again. However, he is now fully fit again and maybe we will have a half back pairing of Ben and Dan Robson sometime this season.

Praise for Hard Work

It is time we acknowledged the hard work done at lower team level where we find some of the young emerging talent and some of the heroes of yesteryear. Gareth Edwards, Gaz Humphries, Simon “Fester” Redford and Alan Christian have been doing yeoman work in the 2nd, 3rd. and Vets. XV’s. Our biggest struggle this season has been at 2nd.XV level where we have been regularly let down by opponents who fear a drubbing. The problem stems from the fact that our team is generally far too strong for other club’s second teams in the Staffordshire Merit Table A. Consequently, they would rather cry off and concede the points than play the game and risk taking a beating. Naturally, our boys want to play rugby. Next season we may need to assess whether we can enter a higher quality merit table outside Staffordshire.

Coaching in Schools

We are embarking on a big push into junior and senior schools aided by the new directive for schools to have at least 2 hours of physical activity outside normal curriculum hours. Craig Wilson, George Glenn, Gareth Rawlings and Liz Fletcher will all be involved in coaching in schools, colleges and universities and in the drive to attract as many as possible to Longton. We need a really big push to attract more coaches at Club level for our mini and junior sections.

Welcome to Another Cornishman

Following Frazer Kellythorne from Cornwall we have welcomed another man from the South West in James Daniel (not Simpson Daniel ) who is currently working at JCB in Rocester. James has played for Moseley’s midweek team and has represented North Midlands; he can play in the second row or back row and is a fit, strong and powerful 6ft. 4ins. He has really impressed in training and but for the weather and Christmas holiday interruptions would have made his first team debut by now. Our second and back row strengths are looking very good at present and let’s hope that it helps to bring us success in the New Year. Good to have you on board James !

8th Dec 2009 - Longton Ladies news update

Longton Ladies' great start to the season faultered away at Buckingham a few weeks ago, one of those days that you wished you hadn't got off the bus! Although we have a good squad, as usual work commitments & injuries have led to us yet being able to put out a full strength team.

Oxford failed to turn up for our home fixture last weekend, having broken down near Banbury. Despite offering to wait for them and play the game under floodlights they decided not to travel and as a result we are claiming the game, and we are just waiting for the RFUW to confirm that.

Our fixture away at Whitney on the 13th Dec is to be re-arranged as they have half of their team away at a wedding so our next game will be Eccleshall at home. We hope to move this game to 5pm on the Sat (9th Jan) and play after the men's 1st team league fixture and create a bit of club day and get people to watch both games, we are just waiting for Eccleshall to confirm they can make it.

Full back Kayleigh Balchin has been selected for the Welsh U20s squad, unfortunately she picked up a knee injury at the trials and is due to be out for a few months. Three of the girls played for the county side in a triangular tournment involving teams from NLD & Leicestershire last month. The West Midlands trials are the first weekend after xmas, we are aiming to have a few girls selected for this squad.

8th Dec 2009 - Girls' Rugby update

A Y7 & Y8 girls' tag tournament is being run by the RFU CRCs at Fenton Manor on the 20th Jan 2010.  This involves schools from North and South Stoke, Newcastle and Staffs Moorlands.


Information will be given out at this event to girls/parents linking them into the North Staffs Sirens. The RFUW are happy for any girls outside the u15 age range to be involved in the Sirens' training as initially there will not be contact involved.


For further info contact Liz Fletcher or Doug finney.

8th Dec 2009 - 1st XV Mid-Season Playing Report

The 1st XV have reached the halfway point in the National 3 Midlands League and have a record of P13/W6/L7 and currently lie in 8th place, out of 14 teams.


After last years fortunate escape from relegation, the new Playing Committee set a 3 year plan in place to return Longton to the position of being one of the premier sides in the league. The aim for this season was to consolidate our position in the league and aim for a top half finish, to give us a position to build on next season. At the half way point we are just below half way, however, the position could be so much better and prospects for the second half of the season look positive with the return of key players.


Apart from a thrashing at Ampthill, where we went with a considerably weakened side, we have been consistently competitive in every game and my feeling is that we are now one of the stronger teams in the league. Of the 7 defeats, 4 have been by a score, and 2 of those can genuinely be described as games we should have won (the Bromsgrove last play shocker and the disallowed try in the last minute at Hinckley).


Every team has games they feel they should have won, but those 2 were real sickeners. Thankfully, the team responded in the best possible way by winning the following week and with a little more luck we could have won 5 on the bounce. However, I don’t want to rely on luck and I think with a little more precision and patience we can put a lot of sides away without needing to rely on last minute dramas. That is the challenge from me in the 2nd half of the season. We have a very good side now and I would like to see us improve our game management, which, if we can achieve it, will make us very tough to beat. The players are good enough but we have to apply ourselves, both in matches and on training nights, to get the best results.


Ampthill appear to be in full command at the top of the league and Luton appear to be able to turn it on at any time but seem to lack consistency. Other than that, I think that all the other teams are of a similar standard (Bedford Athletic excepted) with the results very much dependant upon the performance on the day and other factors such as injury and unavailability.


I strongly believe that we are in a very good position to enjoy a good second half of the season and climb into the top half of the table. Compared to last year, we have been relatively lucky with injuries (although we do have a number of players such as George Glenn and James Britton still on the sideline) and, although we have lost a couple of important players since the start of the season, we have more than made up for that with the signings of Gareth and Scott Rawlings and Mark Brandon since the season commenced, and a couple more new signings may be imminent.


Tony Wheat
Director of Rugby

30th Nov 2009 - Player Departures

In the last few weeks we have said farewell to three of our first team squad.


Ollie Pointon has secured a job in Singapore and has gone for an initial period of 12 months. He will be able to continue playing rugby in Singapore as there is a very active rugby union set up over there. We wish him luck and hope to see him back some time in the future.


Ollie Greatholder has decided to return to his old club, Stafford, who continue to struggle in Midlands 2 West. Ollie’s studies at university, plus the return of Rich Kelly and Gareth Rawlings would have inevitably led to fewer first team appearances for him.


Andy Green, who had become a fringe member of the first team squad, has signed for Leek who play in Midlands 3 West. Again, Andy felt that his chances of first team action at Longton were very limited and he believes that he can still do a good job for another first team at a lower level. It has become fairly common practice nowadays for players to skip from club to club seeking a “greener pasture” (and not always finding it). So many players today have no club loyalty and often have more clubs than Jack Nicklaus or Lee Bowyer.


On the plus side we have seen the return of a number of our Fijian players who have been working in the London area in recent months. Naz Narewa, Rex Karati, Ulli Uvascu and John Rabebe have all come back. John Tavakece (Smith) is making a real name for himself at loose head prop in the first team and Laka Waqanaviere (the “Godfather” of the local Fijian community) has made some telling contributions from the bench.

30th Nov 2009 - National League 3 Midlands News

The top four teams in the division have opened up a gap of 10 points on the 5th. placed team with Ampthill looking particularly strong.


Our two injury time defeats away to Bromsgrove and Hinckley have clearly helped those two clubs to remain right up there in the top four. Had we won those two matches we would be up around 5th. or 6th. We must remain optimistic that with our current squad we can climb up the table in the New Year.


Bedford Athletic continue to struggle and are already beginning to look doomed. Kettering and Newport who have both performed poorly of late pulled off away wins last week. Kettering at Kenilworth, a real surprise this one, and Newport at Bedford Athletic.


We have two home games to come in the next two weeks with today’s game against Kenilworth and next week against South Leicester. We must hope for two victories.

30th Nov 2009 - Injury Blow

We suffered a major blow against Hereford when Scott Rawlings picked up a nasty leg injury after he had put in a clearance kick. Bone and ligament damage has been diagnosed and we await further news as to how long Scott is likely to be out of action. Scott, himself, is determined to be back in action in the shortest possible time but he may be out until the New Year.

11th Nov 2009 - Ladies update:

The Ladies have had a great start to the season and remain unbeaten.


Bonus point wins against Worcester and Loughborough have seen Longton Ladies rise to second place in the league, one point behind leaders Oxford and with a game in hand.


The Ladies have two tough games coming up, 3rd placed Buckingham away on the 22nd Nov and top of the league Oxford at home on the 29th Nov.

10th Nov 2009 - Latest Club News

County Recognition
Our superb facilities are being recognised by Staffordshire RFU who have allocated two senior county games ( one warm up, one championship ) and an U20 County match to our ground. The warm up game and the U20 match will be on Wednesday evenings under floodlights. In addition, both the Senior side and the U20’s will be using TF for their training sessions. The coaches for the two teams are Tosh Askew and Simon Robson.


Congratulations to Dan
We all give our warmest congratulations to Dan Robson who has been selected for the England U18 squad at fly half. Dan, of course, has been playing at scrum half for us and doing a splendid job. We wish him every success over the coming weeks with England. The downside is that we shall sorely miss him in our team for a number of games.


Fillip from the Rawlings boys
What a tremendous boost the return of Gareth and Scott has given to our first team squad. There is a new belief and confidence in the side as shown by the performance against Bedford Athletic and in the travesty of the two point defeat at Bromsgrove last week.


Welcome to “Irish”
With all the glare of publicity from the return of the Rawlings brothers, our new scrum half, Mark Brandon, has slipped in under the radar. Mark is a mature student at Staffordshire University and hails from Ireland (hence the nickname), where he was a member of the Connaught Academy. When he was not offered a full time contract there, or at Leinster (stiff competition, hey !), he decided to get himself an education and where better than Stoke-on-Trent – the Academy of Real Life?! Mark has played two games for the first team and has fitted in superbly well. We welcome him warmly to Longton.


Travelling Drummer
Captain, Chris Buck, currently away in Eastern Europe with his band, is being kept up to date with text messages from the boys. He is expected back by the end of this month when, injuries permitting, we should have a real scrap for places.


Injury to Tom
Former Club Captain, Tom Hughes, whose job forced him to sign for Lymm at a level below us, is currently nursing a badly twisted ankle. First fears were that he had broken the ankle but, fortunately, it was not and we hope Tom will be back in action again shortly for table-topping Lymm.


National League 3 Midlands
The top teams continue to prosper with Ampthill, Hinckley, Luton and Bromsgrove  (all promoted this season) heading the table and beginning to open up a gap on the rest. At the other end of the table Bedford Athletic are still struggling, although improving a little on their results. Newport, after a reasonable start, have hit the buffers big time whilst the Herefordshire/Worcestershire teams of Luctonians and Malvern are gradually improving after starting badly. The Longton performance at Bromsgrove suggests that better times are ahead with Kenilworth, Peterbrough, Hereford and South Leicester in their sights. In the league below Burton are having a great season but fellow Staffordshire teams Walsall and Stoke are struggling.

4th Nov 2009 - RFU Grand Prize Draw

Once again Longton Rugby Club will be taking part in the Rugby Football Union's Annual Grand Prize Draw. For the last six years the RFU have been running their Grand Draw which raises money for participating Rugby Clubs.

With each ticket sold our club will receive 90% of the sales. Tickets are £1 each and are in books of 5 so for every ticket sold the club gets £0.90 and for every book sold the club gets £4.50 – FOR NOTHING. All the prizes and tickets etc are provided by the RFU. 

So this a great opportunity for the club raise to funds. In today's economic climate, finance is an increasing problem in many clubs and running costs, let alone improvements are increasingly difficult to fund.This year any funds you raise by selling tickets can be allocated to your team or section of the club if you wish. There can’t be a better way of raising the money required to fund the running of all sections of the club.  For your chance to win any of the 40 prizes all you have to do is purchase a ticket at £1 each or a book or even better sell some books. Tickets are available from Club Officials or contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to arrange payment and collection or for additional details.  


1st Prize  £10000

2nd Prize Two business class air tickets to Dubai

3rd & 4th Prize £1000

5th Prize London weekend break for two at an INVESTEC match in November 2010 incl. two nights’ accommodation and tickets

6th Prize England rugby squad 2009/10 signed jersey

7th Prize British Lions 2009 squad signed rugby ball

8th Prize RWC 2003 rugby ball signed by Martin Johnson

9th & 10th Prize Hospitality package for two at an INVESTEC match in November 2010           

Plus 30 other tremendous prizes ranging from tickets to games to weekend breaks 


The top 9 clubs raising the most money will receive prizes ranging from Hospitality packages to cash sums.

So support your team and your club and your sport by taking part in this draw, you just never know it could be YOU going to an RBS 6 Nations game or even receiving a tidy CASH SUM!

Tickets are on sale NOW and will remain so until 20th February 2010


30th Oct 2009 - Club Shop open saturday Oct 31st 1:30pm to 2:45pm Then post match till 5pm, Order now for Xmas!

27th Oct 2009 - Welcome back Gareth and Scott

The big news this week has been the signing of the Rawlings brothers, Gareth and Scott, who have joined us from Caldy in National League 2 North.


The loss of a major sponsor at Caldy has seen them having to retract some of their initial contracts and greatly reduce payments to players. Gareth and Scott had to travel over 450 miles a week, with training and playing, and this puts an awful strain on players and their families, not to mention the wear and tear on cars. Naturally, we are absolutely delighted to welcome Gareth and Scott “back home”.


They both bring a wealth of experience and ability with them.  Gareth played for Sale Academy and Manchester and then had a two year spell in France at Limoges, facing the likes of Victor Matfield and George Gregan. He also represented Lancashire in the County Championship Final at Twickenham.
Scott also played Division 1 rugby for Manchester and represented England Counties XV on tours to Russia and the United States.


Welcom home boys ! We look forward to you both making a considerable impact in our team.

27th Oct 2009 - Girls' Rugby in North Staffs

The North Staffs Sirens is a new girls' rugby team for the under 15 age group and is run as part of a joint project involving four community rugby clubs in North Staffordshire, Longton, Leek, Trentham and Stoke.

The aim of this cluster team is to develop and provide opportunities for girls in North Staffordshire to access rugby activities in a club environment and to offer an exit route for those already involved at the under 12 age group, as well as those who are new to the sport.


Eligible girls are invited to attend an open day of the North Staffs Sirens at Trentham Rugby Club, New Inn Lane, Trentham, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 8BE. 


The event will be on Sunday 15th November and will start at 1pm.  It will provide girls an opportunity to meet a women's England Rugby star and to take part in a training session and some fun rugby games delivered by qualified and experienced coaches.

No experience is required and girls must be aged 12, 13 or 14 to be eligible to take part at the under 15 age group.


3rd Oct 2009 - Staffs RU Cup Semi-final Draws

The draws for the Staffordshire RU Cup semi-finals (dates to be arranged) are:




    INTERMEDIATE CUP 2009 - 2010 (The Lewis Taylor Cup)



    OWEN CUP 2009- 2010

  • 2nd Oct 2009 - 1st Team v Newport 3rd October 09

     1 J Staley. 2 C Wilson. 3 M Davies. 4 O Greatholder. 5 R Kelly. 6 J Smith. 7 L Miles. 8 J Booth. 9 D Robson. 10 C Buck. 11 G Hallam. 12 T Hughes (c). 13 O Pointon. 14 L Brogan. 15 P Green. 16. G Glenn. 17 K Healey. 18 A Edwards

    28th Sep 2009 - Rugby Round-up

    Despite playing three of our first four league games away from home we have got off to a flying start this season.

    A narrow defeat in the first game at Kettering, which could so easily have been a win, and victories at South Leicester and Malvern, plus a good home success over Luctonians has set us up nicely for the bigger challenges ahead.

    One real bonus has been our excellent defensive record to date; we have conceded just 23 points in our four games, the best defensive record in the country. The next best in National League 3 Midlands is the 52 points conceded by Ampthill. Bedford Athletic have already leaked 205 points in their opening games.

    October is going to be a very tough month, however, with games against Peterbrough and Ampthill away and Luton at home following this Saturday's home match against Newport (Salop). 

    To date, Hinckley have made an excellent an excellent start winning all four games. On Saturday they have a tough home fixture against newly promoted and high flying Ampthill. 

    Talking to other clubs as we travel around to their grounds it is clear that many are feeling the financial pinch. South Leicester and Malvern, both of whom paid players last season, cannot afford payments this year. Luctonians have lost most of last season’s back division and will be hoping the imminent arrival of three southern hemisphere players will galvanise their team in the coming months. The promotion of Hereford into our league means that both they and Luctonians are competing for a relatively small pool of players who are good enough to play at this level; the entire population of the area is only 170,000; Malvern is also not so far away, although they don’t believe that Hereford’s promotion has adversely affected them. Despite this they have evidently lost seven of last season’s team (no longer playing !).  


    Bedford Athletic have begun the season where they left off last year. To date, they have lost all four games and it would seem that although they grabbed a couple of wins to stave off relegation last season, they are in for a tough time.  Judging by the first four games the league title is going to be a very close fought contest with as many as six or seven teams competing for the top spot – let’s hope we are in the mix !. 

    It was good to see us turning out a Vets team last week and an excellent win over Ashbourne 4ths was a great start. Old stalwarts Dave Wilshaw and Graeme Wilson evidently gave a good account of themselves. More fixtures are planned for these guys during the season.  


    The Junior and Mini Seal of Approval presentation went very well with a good attendance of parents and juniors. The award was presented to Liz Fletcher, who did the bulk of the work, by Staffordshire President, Barry Tilston, with RFU Committee Member, Andy Campbell, and Staffordshire Rugby Development Officer, Tom Bartram, also in attendance. Congratulations to all concerned. Over the next year or so we must now work towards whole Club SOA.

    28th Sep 2009 - Disability Football League

    On September 27th Longton Rugby proudly hosted the first Staffordshire Football Association Disability League of the new season. These leagues operate on a monthly basis, and the fantastic facility here at Trentham Fields has become the regular home of the event. The League is the first of its kind in the county, and caters for both adult and junior players.   

    The league provides Footballers with a disability or impairment the opportunity to play competitive football locally. The emphasis of the league is to have fun and to show that sport is inclusive to all.

    This activity, along with other regular usage from various training providers and social inclusion groups, shows just what a positive impact Longton Rugby is having on the local community by creating new opportunities at Trentham Fields.

    22nd Sep 2009 - New Signings


    This summer has seen an influx of many new signings, most of whom should be competing for first team places. Craig Wilson has returned from Manchester as Head Coach and hooker, giving us a powerful hooking duo with George Glenn, particularly as both can also play at prop. Tom Hughes has returned from Lymm and takes over the captaincy from Joel Booth who remains a key figure in the pack. Tom is also joint backs coach with ex-Manchester and Caldy fly half, Chris Buck. Ant Edwards, a centre/wing, has joined from Newcastle along with props James Staley and Stuart Tait.

     Rich Kelly has returned from Stoke bringing his tremendous line out ability to complement Rich Thompson and Ollie Greatholder.

    Dan Robson, who made a few appearances at the end of last season, is available regularly this year and his electric pace and prodigious boot will give us an extra dimension in attacking from scrum half.

    James Britton, who missed the whole of last season with neck and should problems, is back fully fit and will provide a real cutting edge out wide with his blistering turn of speed and elusive running.

    Paul Green and Ben Grocott have, thankfully, made full recoveries from leg and shoulder injuries respectively and both should make telling contributions.

    We await the return of some of our Fijian contingent, many of whom work on the railway maintenance gangs carrying out track repairs in the south; they are expected back at the beginning of October, with two more of their compatriots expected to sign this week.

    The second team, with a good deal of youth, are looking like a very powerful outfit and will surely top the Staffordshire Merit Table A. Similarly, the third team, who have a blend of youth and experience, should have an excellent season.

    This year we shall also be fielding an occasional Vets team on some weekends - new and former players all welcome!

    31st Aug 2009 - Girls' Rugby in North Staffs

    Girls' rugby in North Staffordshire has been given a boost with the formation of a girls' cluster league, which will get underway in September.


    The cluster league is being established to address the problem of minimal girls' rugby for players in the under 15s age group in that region.


    "The objective of a cluster project is to ensure that when girls reach the age in which they have to split off from the boys they have a route in which they can continue to play rugby at this level," said Liz Fletcher, who has been instrumental in organising the league. "The risk at the moment is that we will lose these girls to other sports as there is no where for them to go once they reach a certain age."


    Four clubs in North Staffordshire (Longton, Stoke, Trentham and Leek) are working together to develop the cluster team where girls in the under 15 age group can come together to develop their rugby skills through advanced tag and contact sessions and suitable competitions and tournaments. These sessions will be on a Sunday and will start on September 6th at Trentham Rugby Club.


    "Long term we hope to split up the cluster to create more under 15 girls teams who will feed into a cluster under 18s team that will work in the same format. From there they can go on to senior ladies rugby at Longton or one of the other nearby teams at Eccleshall and Stafford."

    RFU community coaches George Glenn and Simon Jones will be going into schools in September to deliver rugby to Year 7, 8 and 9, and any girls who are interested in taking rugby up will be signposted to the North Staffs Sirens Team.


    The North Staffs Sirens team have been assisted in setting up this cluster league through funding secured through the RFUW's club toolkit fund.

    24th Jul 2009 - Seal of Approval

    Longton Rugby are extremely proud to announce that we have now secured Seal of Approval for Junior and Mini Rugby from the RFU.
    This is an extremely prestigious Award and recognises the good practices that we have at the Club.
    On behalf of everyone at Longton Rugby, a tremendous vote of thanks goes out to Liz Fletcher and Doug Finney for their magnificent and tireless work in helping the Club to attain this much valued accreditation.
    Over the next 12 months we shall endeavour to obtain the Whole Club Seal of Approval - which would further demonstrate the commitment that we have to professionalism and total quality in all that we do at Longton Rugby. 

    26th Jun 2009 - Stoke City Gifted and Talented Day

    The final Lions match is on July 4th and we will be screening it at the club.
    On this day, though, we have a huge sporting event at the Club.  We are hosting a Stoke City FC 'Gifted and Talented Day'. 
    This event is organised in partnership with the Schools of Stoke and Staffordshire. It's predominantly a feel good event in which youngsters identified as talented by their Schools get a free Coaching session by Stoke's Academy coaches, with the possibility of being picked up by the club.
    It's the first event of its kind and should receive good media coverage. On the day in 4 time slots throughout the day over 500 youngsters will participate, this will create a footfall of around 2000 people at Longton Rugby.
    Because of the event, it has been agreed that Members coming to the club to watch the Lions will be asked to park on the grass in a designated area.  And the Lions Match will only be screened in the Hamer Lounge.

    1st Apr 2009 - Team news v Kettering

    Longton are boosted by the return of skipper Joel Booth after a six week injury layoff, forming a strong back row with workhorse Ben Grocott and the big hitting Fijian John Smith. Loose head prop Mark Baker makes a timely return from University to play at loose head with Kieran Johnson returning from a week off in the hooker spot.

    In the backs the prodigious talent of Dan Robson has returned from Hartpury College to take the full backs jersey. Dan is the son of Longton coaching consultant and former England scrum half Simon, and the younger brother of former Longton, now Loughborough Students scrum half Ben and his pace will add a new dimension to the back line. Lee Brogan returns at fly half after missing last weeks trip to South Leicester and scrum half James Askew, son of Longton coaching consultant and former England ‘A’ coach Tosh Askew is back from Durham University to take over the number 9 jersey.

    The pack has a very solid look about it this week and will hopefully produce enough quality ball for the pacy backline, led by recent returnee from Manchester, England Counties centre, Scott Rawlings, to use the wide open spaces of Trentham Fields.

    A win will guarantee Longton’s status in Midlands 1 after a troublesome season that has seen an unprecedented injury list leading to a record number of nearly 50 players being used by the 1st XV. Motivation is extremely high in the Longton camp for this must win game and the mood has been significantly boosted by the return of a number of key players. A large crowd is anticipated at Trentham Fields and Director of Rugby Tony Wheat is willing them to get behind the team “This is a vital game for the club and the crowd can play a massive part by creating a great atmosphere for the players. We have a number of key players back this week and they will make a big difference to the team. Kettering have a pretty good away record this season including a great win at Newport in their last game so even though there is nothing significant at stake for them to play for, there is no pressure on them, so we are prepared to face a tough challenge. I am confident that we can win the game and if we do it will be a huge relief after what has been the most testing season that I can ever remember. We have ambitious plans for next season and are already well under way with our preparations but we need to ensure our position in this league as our first priority. We don’t want to rely on Bedford Athletic losing their last 2 games for our survival, far better to have it in our own hands, at home in our final game of the season at Trentham Fields.”


    15 Dan Robson 14 Christian Wainwright 13 Oli Pointon 12 Scott Rawlings 11 Grant Hallam

    10 Lee Brogan 9 James Askew 8 Joel Booth © 7 Ben Grocott 6 John Smith  5 Oli Greatholder

     4 Rich Thompson 3 Matt Davies 2 Kieran Johnson 1 Mark Baker  16 Neil Smith 17 Chris Ainsworth

    18 Tony Wheat


    20th Mar 2009 - Broadstreet v Longton 21 March 2009

    Longton visit champions elect Broadstreet in a tough Midlands 1 game this weekend.


    Longton bring in Joe Hall at scrum half after a series of impressive outings for the 2nds.  Frazer Kellythorn has an injured shoulder so Rob Wheat moves to wing with brother Tony reverting to fullback.


    In the pack big Fijian flanker John Smith is in at blindside and recent injury victims Sam Winchcombe and Liam Miles make a welcome return to the bench.


    The Longton team for Saturday is:
    15T Wheat 14A Green 13O Pointon 12S Rawlings 11R Wheat 10L Brogan 9J Hall 8K Healey 7B Grocott 6J Smith 5O Greatholder 4R Thompson 3M Davies 2G Glenn 1K Johnson.  16S Winchcombe 17L Miles 18T Smith.

    19th Mar 2009 - Junior Section Fundraising

    A big "Thank You" goes to Gaz Edwards and Fester for raising £80 in aid of the Junior Section during last night's (18/03/09) 3rd team home game against Leek 3rds.  The money will be spent on some junior tackle shields.


    And well done to the 3rd team on a great 33-0 win!

    11th Mar 2009 - Floodlit Match for the Thirds

    At 7pm on Wednesday 18th March our 3rd team will be playing a league match at home versus Leek 3rds.


    It is sure to be a competitive fixture, and a feast for those watching.


    The team would welcome as many spectators as possible, and will be raising funds on the night to support our Junior Section at the Club.


    Please come along and lend them your support.

    6th Mar 2009 - Longton V Kenilworth Team News

    Longton return to Midlands 1 action this weekend and the task of retaining their status, with a tough encounter against playoff chasing Kenilworth. The visitors from Glasshouse Lane have enjoyed an excellent second season in Midlands 1 defeating top sides including Luctonians and Chester, so Longton have it all to do this Saturday.


    Earlier in the season Longton were overwhelmed 51-0 at Kenilworth so a major turn around is required if the home side are to pull off the victory that would go some way to ensuring their survival in Midlands 1.

    Longton will be hoping to continue the good form shown in last weekend’s comprehensive 41-14 Staffs Cup Semi Final victory at Walsall where returning England Counties centre Scott Rawlings added some much needed fire power to the backline who as a result looked like a completely different outfit. Rawlings is paired with another returning player in Oli Pointon who has rejoined from Macclesfield giving the midfield a very creative and dangerous look. Fly half Lee Brogan had an outstanding game last week and struck up an immediate rapport with Rawlings, both constantly crossing the gain line with probing bursts. The rest of the backs remain the same as last week and should all benefit from the confidence of each scoring at least one try last weekend.

    In the pack skipper Joel Booth remains absent with his broken jaw leaving flanker Ben Grocott to captain the side from the flank. The 2nd row pair of Rich Thompson and Oli Greatholder worked well in the lineout last week and the front row of Johnson, Glenn and Davies has a solid look to it. The back row is led by skipper Grocott and also includes powerful number 8 Kieran Healey who is returning to his best form after a season disrupted by injuries, and open side Tom Bebbington who has shown up well in a number of 1st team games this year.

    Director of Rugby Tony Wheat said “This is a massive game for us and we would encourage all supporters to get right behind the team as we seek to gain a vital 2 points. It will be very tough as Kenilworth are a good side and thrashed us earlier in the season. However the last couple of weeks have seen a fairly major shift in our attitude and approach to the game and with the new personnel I think we are a much more dangerous proposition. The pack have generally done well this season but we have struggled in the backs, for a number of reasons, however the additions of Scott Rawlings and Oli Pointon have added some spark to the three quarters which was evidenced last week by the backs running in 5 out of our 6 tries at Walsall. We go into the game as under dogs but if we can produce the same level of continuity and support play aligned with solid defence and discipline then we have a good chance”.

    The team for Saturday is:

    15 Rob Wheat, 14 Andy Green, 13 Oli Pointon, 12 Scott Rawlings, 11 Frazer Kellythorn, 10 Lee Brogan, 9 Tony Wheat, 8 Kieran Healey, 7 Tom Bebbington, 6 Ben Grocott (C), 5 Oli Greatholder, 4 Rich Thompson, 3 Matt Davies, 2 George Glenn, 1 Kieran Johnson.  16 Sam Winchcombe, 17 John Smith, 18 Joe Hall

    28th Feb 2009 - Longton win Staffs Cup Semi-Final

    28/02/09 19:37 Message posted on the Longton Rugby Forum by Doug Finney:


    I watched a rejuvenated Longton side win the Staffs Cup semi-final comfortably , away at Walsall. And before the cynics say ' but it was only Walsall', they are a better side than several I've seen in Mids 1. They were always prepared to run the ball and often had Longton's defence under pressure. However, we held out and scored the tries when the opportunities came. Let's not get carried away with this but it is a big step on the road to recovery. It was good to see players wanting the ball and having the confidence to take on the opposition.It was also great to see a few of the younger, 2nds players getting a run and doing very well.

    Well done to everyone. Now lets take that attitude into our remaining league games and finish the season on the front foot.


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    26th Feb 2009 - Team News For Walsall Cup Match

    The team for Saturday's Staffordshire Cup tie away against Walsall is:


    15 R Wheat, 14 A Green, 13 P Green, 12 F Kellythorn, 11 T Jones, 10 L Brogan, 9 T Wheat, 8 R Karati, 7 B Grocott, 6 K Healey, 5 O Greatholder, 4 R Thompson, 3 M Davies, 2 G Glenn, 1 K Johnson.


    16 S Winchcombe, 17 J Smith, 18 A Birse, 19 T Bebbington, 20 T Smith, 21 J Hall, 22 AN Other.


    Longton have decided to field as strong a team as we can this week even though we are conscious of the league games in the next few weeks.


    Unfortunately Oli Pointon is unavailable as he has a BUSA Knockout match for Nottingham University but Paul Green returns to the side after missing last weeks game.


    We are expecting a very tough game from Walsall who have definitely turned a corner over the last few weeks and will fancy their chances at home.


    Losing skipper Joel Booth for the rest of the season is a big blow to us as he has been one of our standout players but Rex Karati is a strong runner and a punishing defender.


    Longton have got a number of young lads on the bench who have done well in a successful 2nd team this season so we hope to give them some game time to enable them to continue their development up to 1st team rugby.

    23rd Feb 2009 - Longton v Walsall 28/02/09 - Staffs Cup Semi-Final

    Longton v Walsall 28/02/09 - Staffs Cup Semi-Final.


    It will be good to meet up with our friends and rivals from Walsall again and they appear to be enjoying a resurgence over the last few weeks with an excellent win against Burton being followed up by a 40 odd point victory this weekend. They always play the game in the right way, taking every opportunity to keep the ball in hand and we are expecting a very tough match, particularly given our current horrendous injury crisis.  Skipper Joel Booth is definitely lost for the season and there are major doubts hanging over several key backs before the game.

    We are also faced with the decision of what is our priority for the season and it is clearly retaining our Midlands 1 position. With this in mind we must decide whether to risk a number of players who are struggling with injuries this week, or rest them for the crucial league games that lie ahead. We are certainly not safe yet this season so the league must be the priority.  

    Clearly we still value the Staffs Cup highly having won it for the previous 3 seasons but given the choice between another Staffs Cup win and Midlands 1 survival we will undoubtedly take retaining our league status. Training this week is likely to be fairly light given our injuries and we will make a decision as to the side that we put out this weekend.  We have Kenilworth at home the following week which promises to be a very tough game so we need our key players for that game, therefore we will look at the squad and select accordingly.

    23rd Feb 2009 - Charity Barn Dance

    The Dragon Square Children's Respite Centre in Chesterton are holding a barn dance at Longton Rugby Club on Satrday 20th March.  The Centre provides care for youngsters with physical disabilities and other needs.    Although funded by the NHS, the Centre needs additional funds to provide special treats for the youngsters.


    The barn dance starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £10.


    Everyone attending is asked to wear an item of denim clothing. There will be three 20 minutes sessions of line dancing led by the Groove Academy team of professional dance instructors. Jacket potatoes will be served and all the proceeds will go to the respite centre.


    For more information or to book tickets call Diane Brassington on 07887 481926 or Andrea Leake on 07778 805542.

    13th Feb 2009 - Free use of Phoenix Suite

    The facilities at the Phoenix Suite (Longton Rugby's Clubhouse) can be hired for free by paid-up Club Members - for birthday parties, charity discos, and other events - on any day or night from Sundays to Fridays.


    Contact Mike Robinson, Club Manager, on 01782 594016 for details.

    1st Feb 2009 - Stoke City FC v Bolton 4th March 2009



    Longton Rugby will be open for the Stoke City v Bolton match on Wednesday 4th March.  Kick off is 7.45 pm.


    26th Jan 2009 - Pre-match Lunches 2009


    Our next pre-match lunch will be on March 7th before the first team home game against Kenilworth and the next after that will be a Sponsor's Lunch on April 4th before the first team home game against Kettering.

    Contact Mike Robinson or Jez Moss at the Club on 01782 594016 for more details.

    26th Jan 2009 - Beer Festival at Longton Rugby


    March 7th sees Longton Rugby host its annual Beer Festival.  With many guest beers from around the globe, this is an occasion not to be missed. 

    Further details can be obtained from the Club on 01782 594016.

    26th Jan 2009 - Lions Lunches


    Longton Rugby will be showing all the British Lions Test Matches in South Africa.

    See the Lions on the big screen on Saturday 20th and 27th June and Saturday 4th July at the Club.

    21st Jan 2009 - Sponsorship Packages



    Longton Rugby has just unveiled a number of sponsorship packages including perimeter advertising around the main pitch for 2 years for just £350. 


    Further details can be found on the Sponsorship Page of our website. 


    If you, or anyone that you know, would be interested in sponsoring Longton Rugby, please get in touch through our Contact Us page.   

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