Our History

Longton Rugby was first formed at Longton High School under the name of Old Longtonians. The Club’s first games were played in the 1930’s in a field off Cocknage Road, Dresden.

During the War all activity ceased and it was not until 1947 that the club was revived.

In 1952 the club was reformed using the facilities at the school along with the pitches on the Meir Aerodrome. Teas were taken at Caverswall Cricket Club and Weston Coyney Social Club.

As the club grew so did its necessity for a permanent home. Thanks to the hard work by the committee and the club’s members, we were able to open the doors to a new ground and clubhouse at Roughcote Lane just prior to the Christmas of 1975.

It is at Roughcote Lane that the club has continued to flourish and thrive over the years. The main highlights recently have been promotion to the National leagues in 2003/2004 and the formation of a highly successful women’s and junior section.

The next chapter in the Longton story is a tremendously exciting one and sees the club having recently relocated to a multi million pound complex at Trentham Lakes. It is thanks to the professionalism and dedication of the people that run the club that has made it possible for this to happen. The new move provides endless expansion opportunities and will enable Longton Rugby to become a centre of excellence that the whole of the Midlands, and indeed the country, can be proud of.

If you are interested in obtaining any information or photos that were on the old Longton Rugby website, you will be able to find it archived here.

The Phoenix


A Potted History

By David Bourne

A Potted HistoryThe first club was formed at Longton High School under the guidance of one of the teachers, Mr. Hirons and took the name of Old Longtonians. It was in the mid nineteen thirties when the club played its first games in a field off Cocknage Road in Dresden, a suburb of Longton. Not a lot is known of these early years, they played some other Old Boys sides and clubs such as Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford.click for more

An Old Farts Tale

by Brian Groves

Bailes said to me that if he had to have an Old Fart write a piece for the Website he might as well have the oldest Old Fart of all-me! This is not to say that I am the Oldest Old Fart in the club, its just that fifty years ago, I stood on a rugby pitch behind Trentham Hotel and was one of those anxious young men who wished to uphold the honour of Longton against Trentham RUFC. click for more