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A Brief History of Selby RUFC

The history of Selby Rugby Club goes back to 1933. In 1934 they moved into their present field and were lucky to have a stand with two dressing rooms underneath.

During the 2nd World War the Club ran a successful side and provided games for many servicemen. The erecting of a clubhouse which had been simmering since 1946, came to the fore at the of the 1949/50 season. Committee man Alan Palmer knew of a hut at Cowick which was available and this was purchased in September 1949 at a cost of £27/10s/0d (approx. £625 in today’s money!). The Nissen Hut was dismantled and re-erected at Sandhill Lane. The last committee meeting at the Londesborough Hotel, which had been the Club’s headquarters since the formation in 1933, was held on 1st November 1950. Undoubtedly, the erection of the Clubhouse was 'the greatest advance, in the history of the Club, since the leasing of the ground in 1934.

The end of the decade saw the Committee make the first move towards replacing the Nissen Hut. Proposals were adopted for a new clubhouse, which, when built, became the springboard for continuing success to the present day. Today five sides are run, three pitches and eight changing rooms are in use, and many people enjoy the much improved facilities in the recently extended clubhouse. 

During the 1960's the playing side steadily improved. In the season 1976 -1977 saw the first full season of mini rugby.

In 1998 -1999 Selby won North East Division 3 gaining promotion to North East Division 2 for 1999-2000. The 1999 -2000 season in North East League Division 2 saw us unable to string together more than two or three wins together, and the losses suffered in between, plus a two point deduction for fielding an ineligible player, ensured that Selby finished outside of the promotion places in fourth position.

Once again Selby has a very respectable run in the Yorkshire Cup, after being given a "walk over" by North Ribblesdale. Selby had an outstanding win away to Old Brodleians before, for the second year in succession to Doncaster at Selby by 14-29 in the Quarter Final.

The 200-01 season saw yet another re-organisation of the league structure, this time to reduce the large amount of travelling some teams had to endure to play teams in the North East of England. As a result, Selby found themselves in Yorkshire League Division 1. Even though promotion was not achieved and no cups were won, this was arguably one of the best seasons Selby had enjoyed for years.

The 2001-02 season started with an unkind cup draw and defeat also the league games left Selby entrenched in the relegation territory until well into the new year. The second half of the season saw Selby go from relegation candidates to a very comfortable top half finish.

We learnt at the end of the season that Richard Selkirk would, be leaving his coaching (position and joining Sheffield Tigers. Our new coach, with an impressive playing pedigree will be Diccon Edwards, this appointment coupled with the appointment of Ray and Steve Cruise as joint Rugby Chairman could be the catalyst for a successful 2003-04 of rugby.

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Club History 1933-1945 CLUB HISTORY 1933-1945 Seiby R.U.F.C. was officially formed at a meeting held in the Museum Hal


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