Northern premier League 2023/2024 Season

Saturday 9th Sept 2023

Harrogate Men's 1st XV


Heath RUFC 1st XV

KO 3pm

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Welcome to Harrogate Rugby Club...

Welcome to the much-anticipated first home game of the season! It is my distinct pleasure and honor to take on the role of chairman once again, and I extend a warm and enthusiastic greeting to our guests from Heath RUFC.

This marks my second season as your Chairman, and I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the unwavering support and dedication of each and every one of you who has played a pivotal role in bringing us to this point.

Over the summer, our club has witnessed countless hours of hard work, both on and off the pitch. The players have been relentless in their training, our coaching staff (new and old) have shown unparalleled commitment, and our volunteers have put their heart and soul into preparing our grounds and facilities.

I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to all of you for your tireless efforts; it’s because of your dedication that we stand here today, ready to face the challenges of the upcoming season. Our in Regional 1 North-East campaign began with a victory away at Driffield, a testament to the dedication, teamwork, and resilience that define Harrogate RUFC. I am therefore filled with cautious optimism and set the tone for what lies ahead.

In Regional 1 North East, we will encounter fierce competition and test our mettle against formidable opponents. However, I am confident that with the spirit of unity that defines our club, we will overcome challenges, celebrate victories, and learn from defeats, moving forward together.

So, let us embrace this season with open hearts and minds, upholding the values of sportsmanship, camaraderie, and respect that make rugby the beautiful game it is. As Chairman, I am honored to lead this club, and I have no doubt that together, we will create another proud chapter in the history of Harrogate RUFC.

Thank you for your unwavering support, and here’s to a thrilling and successful season ahead!

Yours in Rugby,

Mark Garrett
Chairman, Harrogate RUFC

Heath RUFC History

Heath RUFC is located between Halifax and Huddersfield and the club can trace their club history back to 1927 when Heath Grammar School changed from playing Association Football to Rugby Union. The club was then known as Heath Old Boys.
In 1935 the Club Treasurer, Rex Fry, managed to obtain, for the Club, the lease of Corporation-owned land at West Vale. Changing facilities were in a pub, the Bridge Inn. There was a large communal bath built into an outhouse with hot water from an electric water heater.
The Club’s Silver Jubilee was celebrated in 1952 with a Reunion Dinner at the White Swan Hotel. and in the same season, the Club hosted the first local 7-a-side tournament for the Sutcliffe Cup.
In 1955 the Club was disbanded due to lack of support but reformed in 1956.
1963 witnessed the building of the new changing rooms at a cost of £600. The playing results for that season were dire with only 3 victories and two draws from 35 matches.
The 1966/67 Season saw much improved results with 29 wins out of 35 games losing in the semi-final of the Shield and the fourth round of the Cup. The club won the Bramley Sevens and reached the semi-finals of both the Sutcliffe Cup and the Bridlington Sevens.
Work commenced in the summer of 1971 on the long-awaited new Clubhouse at an estimated cost of £2250. The opening game was against Roundhay.
In 1974 Heath fielded three teams and the facilities were becoming too small. Yorkshire Water became the freeholder of the land and a new 28-year lease was negotiated with plans drawn up for additional changing and bar facilities and the creation of a new pitch at a cost of £20,000.
The ‘Old Boys’ part of the club name was dropped in 1975 and in 1976 the new extensions to the facilities were opened by former British Lion, John Spencer.
The Golden Jubilee season, of 1979, culminated with winning the Yorkshire Silver Trophy.
At the end of the 2022/2023 season, Heath finished second in the North East 1 League.

By Brian Forshaw, Club Historian

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Team News...

Harrogate RUFC

15 – Rory Macnab

14 – Orisi Katalau

13 – Euan Miller

12 – Sam Fox

11 – Conor Miller

10 – Tom Steene

9 – Pete Olley

1 – Jacob Percival

2 – Steve Maycock

3 – Josh Peace

4 – Will Pritchard

5 – Sam Brady (capt)

6 – Matthew Leatham

7 – Martin Dodds

8 – Will Hill


16 – Guy Coser
17 – Simon Ridgway

18- Fred Yates

Heath RUFC

15 – Sam Fletcher

14 – Elliott Spiers

13 – Tom Clough

12 – Ezra Hinchcliffe

11 – Callum Harriott-Brown

10 – Chris Johnson

9 – Dom Walsh

1 – Olly Cook

2 – Alex Mcfadden

3 – Chris Moore

4 – Seif Boussaada

5 – Fergus Marsden

6 – Elliot Knight

7 – Harvey Keighley-Payne (capt)

8 – Ben Stringer


16 – Dan Cole
19 – Stephen Hare

18- Josh Hare

Today’s Referee:

Matthew Higgins

Regional 1 North East Table

Today's League Games

Season 2023/24

2nd September (3 pm KO) – Driffield – Away

9th September (3 pm KO) – Heath – Home

16th September (3 pm KO) – Ilkley – Away

23rd September (3 pm KO) – Alnwick – Away

30th September (3 pm KO) – Sandal – Home

14th October (2 pm KO) – Scunthorpe – Away

21st October (2 pm KO) – Pontefract – Home

4th November (2 pm KO) – York – Away

11th November (2 pm KO) – Blaydon – Home

18th November (2 pm KO) – Cleckheaton – Away

2nd Dec (2 pm KO) – Doncaster Phoenix – Home

9th December (2 pm KO) – Heath – Away

16th December – (2 pm KO) – Ilkley – Home

6th January (2 pm KO) – Alnwick – Home

13th January (2 pm KO) – Sandal – Home

27th January (2 pm KO) – Scunthorpe – Away

3rd February (2 pm KO) – Pontefract – Away

17th February (2 pm KO) – York – Home

2nd March (2 pm KO) – Blaydon – Away

16th March (2 pm KO) – Cleckheaton – Home

23rd March (2 pm KO) – Doncaster Pheonix – Away

6th April (3 pm KO) – Driffield – Away

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