About Bracknell Rugby Football Club
formation in 1955 the club moved its permanent home to its present
site in 1972 from Eastern Road Bracknell although it had previously
being playing its matches at Lily Hill. The Club was already famous
locally for its shower block and changing accommodation which stood
to the East of the current second team pitch.
The Club extended
its facilities in 1980 and 1989 and not until 2001 were any further
major works undertaken when the Club committed itself to improve its
spectator facilities and the erection of a stand to become permanent
within a two year period and the construction of a path around the
Both on the field
and off the Club has always been in the forefront of thinking for a
junior Club employing a full time steward in the 70s and in 1991
taking the momentous decision (much to the amusement of its local
rivals) to employ a full time coach (to be renamed the director of
rugby) whilst in the Berks, Dorset and Wilts leagues.
The Club had the
last laugh. Under the tenure of Paul Rendall who as one individual
has probably had the greatest impact at the Club (in playing terms
in any event) in its history the Club rose to the first division.
Few will forget the Club beating Coventry at home and playing other
such distinguished Clubs as Moseley, Exeter, Rugby, Bedford,
Rotherham, Worcester, Otley and London Welsh to name but a few.
Sadly the dream did not continue. The Club had grown up too fast and
was not ready for the rigours that awaited it. For the third time in
the Clubs history it was relegated with close rivals Henley to level
After a year of
consolidation in National Two the club had ambitions to move upwards
and with the appointment of new Director of Rugby Bob Crooks, this
looked possible. However the elusive dream was not in the making
and another frustrating and disappointing period resulted in a tough
fight to the last game of the season to stay in the league. This was
sadly not enough, very much too much effort at a too late a stage.
The following season
saw the Club back in National 3 South. The good that this brought
was the realisation that the Club had gone back to its roots and
appointed local coaches Jamie Turner & Greg Anstead for a locally
sought team. To start the season required recruitment of nearly a
whole new team, and the coaches rose to the challenge. However,
despite their efforts the new team didn’t manage to win as many
matches as required to maintain status at this level.
The club started the
06-07 Season in South West 1, with home grown experience in players
that have come up through the ranks of the club. Unfortunately an
injury crisis unfolded and the opening 6 fixtures were lost. The
members were crying out for a change and the decision was made to
appoint Chris Sheasby, ex England, London Irish and Harlequins as
player coach. Sheaby’s appointment lead to the clubs 1st
win on his first weekend in charge! However the club only went on to
win 1 more match before Christmas.
The new year dawned,
the playing squad was bolstered by the return of several long term
injuries and a few new players were recruited which resulted in
maintaining the League status by winning 8 out of 10 matches in the
second half of the season. Sheasby and his team also picked up the
Berkshire Cup and the 7’s team retained the Berkshire Barrel for the
6th consecutive year. The club’s 3rd team
brought a league title to the club by winning the BBO Division 1
The club also
established an U19’s Academy side sponsored by DHL who swept all
before them, winning the OBB league at U19 level for the first time
in the club’s history, the 28th Tournoi Cance in the
South of France beating such teams as Toulouse and Stade Francais
and finally ended the year as Champions of Berkshire at U19 level.