Rosslyn Park Football Club – an Overview

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The club today

About Rosslyn Park FC

The club runs five senior men’s sides and a ladies side (the “Slingbacks”) who play on Sundays. Rosslyn Park also have one of the country’s largest mini and youth rugby set-ups with sides at all age groups from Under 6s to U18s (Colts). When English league rugby began in 1987, Park were placed in Division two, which they won. The first team currently play in the third tier of the English league system, National League One.

The club plays at Priory Lane, Roehampton in South-West London on a ground leased from the next-door Roehampton Club. There is one 4G (4th generation synthetic turf) pitch at the main site; additional games are played on grass pitches in nearby Richmond Park. Changing facilities for both sets of pitches are at the main site in Priory Lane. The clubhouse has two bars, which are named after two of the club’s famous players – Andy Ripley and Alexander Obolensky. The first floodlights for the main pitch were famously provided by the hell-raising actor Oliver Reed who was also a member of the club and occasional player. Those lights have now been replaced after storm damage.

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HSBC Rosslyn Park National Schools 7s 2019

Rosslyn Park – Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools 7s


From its humble beginning in 1939, the Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens has evolved into the world’s largest school rugby tournament with some 9,000 boys and girls aged 13 – 18 competing annually. The National Schools Sevens are currently sponsored by HSBC.

Originally it was a knock-out competition for public schools but as interest grew it was extended to include grammar, comprehensive and preparatory schools. The format was also changed into pool groups so that no “junior” school played fewer than three matches and no “senior” school fewer then four.

Almost all the founding 16 schools compete to this day and, although it remains an invitation event, no eligible school would be refused entry upon application. In March 1997, a new competition was introduced for the U16s and it has been the policy during the past few years to invite schools from overseas who may be touring the UK to play in the tournament.

Each year the number of schools applying increases. In 1998 the first girls (U18) competition was inaugurated, and a popular inclusion last year was a sevens match between the Old Boys RFCs of Ampleforth and Millfield, who between them have won the senior tournaments a staggering 16 times.

A significant number of current and recent England internationals tasted competitive rugby for the first time at the tournament, and eight of the England squad who were victorious at the 1993 Rugby World Cup Sevens at Murrayfield had played for their schools at Rosslyn Park. Many senior rugby coaches and captains of industry in the UK have played in the tournament.

Gareth Edwards was a member of the 1966 winning Millfield team. In 1967 Keith Jarrett played for Monmouth School and, just a month later, scored 19 points for Wales against England. More recently Rob Andrew and Rory Underwood played in the same Barnard Castle side.

Will Carling represented his preparatory school for two consecutive years and 1996 saw the Queen’s grandson Peter Phillips play for Gordonstoun. Lawrence Dallaglio, Phil de Glanville (both of them England captains), Tim Rodber, Chris Sheasby, Ade Adebayo and Neil Back are just some England stars who have played in the tournament.

The trophies are presented by current and past international players, along with rugby commentators and the sponsor. In 2000 the tournament was visited by Kate Hoey MP, the Minister of Sport, and Jeffrey Addison, President of the Rugby Football Union, along with, among others, rugby celebrities Martin Bayfield and John Inverdale.

The Rosslyn Park London Floodlit 7s


Held in the first week of May every year since 1975 The Rosslyn Park London Floodlit 7s provides an evening of thrilling Sevens Rugby in a party atmosphere. The London Floodlit 7s is a chance to see Aviva Premiership clubs strutting their stuff with a mixture of up-and-coming talent and well-known Premiership and international stars on show. The London Floodlit 7s is currently sponsored by Deloitte.

The Rosslyn Park London Floodlit 7s tournament has always been considered as a great way for players to end a long 15s season. An evening of high class rugby which is tha past attracted the International teams of England, Samoa, Fiji. More recently sides from the Premiership, Championship, national leagues and top level universities descend on SW London to compete against each other. In past years it’s not just been the team names but the players themselves that have attracted the crowds with the Premiership teams bringing along the likes of England’s Danny Care, Ugo Monye, Chris Robshaw, James Haskell, to name a few.

It’s a date circled on many 7s fans calendars each year, a chance to see some of the big clubs strutting their stuff on the 7s field, such as Harlequins, Saracens, Leicester, Bath and Wasps from the Aviva Premiership. The tournament has often featured not only up-and-coming Premiership players, but also well-known faces from both the Premiership and International field.

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A brief history of Rosslyn Park FC

Founded in 1879 by cricketing friends in north London, at the end of their first season, Charles Hoyer Millar proposed forming a football club to keep the players together during the winter. There was already a Hampstead Football Club (from which both Wasps and Harlequins sprang), so the cricket club’s name was adopted, reflecting the area of Hampstead where the cricketers first played their scratch games in the grounds of Rosslyn House. Their original rugby ground was at South End Green, Hampstead, then Gospel Oak and Acton before a lengthy tenure at Old Deer Park, Richmond until 1956, when Rosslyn Park moved to its current premises in Roehampton. After an initial blue shirt with white Maltese cross, its current red-and-white hoops were adopted in 1881. It still remains a Football Club, without the need for the word Rugby, and so is correctly Rosslyn Park FC, not RFC.

Rosslyn Park History

Early fixtures were generally against second XVs of leading clubs, but in the 1890s Rosslyn Park joined the first rank with fixtures against Oxford University, London Scottish, Richmond and Harlequins. Park’s acceptance into the elite was signalled when venerable Blackheath agreed to play home and away fixtures in 1909. The club became the first English side to play rugby internationally when it beat Stade Français in Paris on 18 April 1892.[2] In 1912, the club played exhibition matches in Prague, Budapest and Vienna – the first rugby matches ever played in those cities – and in 1913 played two games in Hanover, Germany.[2] In 1939, Rosslyn Park inaugurated the annual Rosslyn Park Schools Seven Tournament, which expanded from sixteen schools to 350 in 1996. With some 7,000 players annually, it is the world’s largest rugby tournament.[2] After the Second World war, Park again led the way with a first international fixture in 1945 against traditional rivals Stade Français. In 1951, Park was the first to bring the Ladies’ Cup from the Melrose Sevens south of the border. In 1975 and 1976, the club played in the final of the John Player Cup, narrowly losing on both occasions.

Some 350 Park members served in the Great War, of which 109 died, believed to be the highest number from any club. The story was told in a 2012 book The Final Whistle: the Great War in Fifteen players. The original memorial was lost but was replaced with a new board in 2014 when a Centenary memorial match was played under the Laws prevailing in 1914 and the memorial was unveiled by Bill Beaumont Chairman of the RFU.

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