Welcome to Westcliff Rugby Football Club
– formerly Old Westcliffians Rugby Football Club incorporated 1922 –
Westcliff RFC is a Level 4 rugby club that is a non-profit Community Amateur Sports Club whose members come from across Essex and further afield. The members are from various backgrounds and are welcomed into an inclusive club environment where the key principles of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline, and Sportsmanship are developed out in the fresh air.
Westcliff RFC Senior Teams compete in:
Mens 1st XV National 2 EAST (Nat 2 East)
Ladies 1st XV National Championship 2 South East – East
Mens 2nd XV Shepherd Neame Essex Mens Merit League Division 1 (SNEML D1)
Mens 3rd XV Shepherd Neame Essex Merit League Division 4 (SNEML D4)
We run Youth and Mini Teams for girls and boys from our Academy of Under 18’s and 17’s to our Under-6’s, and a girls Youth section called the Wildcats. We also run an expanding and increasingly popular Lion Cub section for children aged 2-5 on a Saturday morning.
The Club benefits from a brand new purpose-built facilities that matchs our progressive ambitions and goals for the years to come. We take great pride in developing players from within we are also an open and inclusive club that invites players of all levels of experience and ability to join us. If that sounds like you, we would very much like to hear from you and welcome you to The Gables.
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Winners drawn Sept 2023
£500 Adrian Hastie
£250 Gareth Evans
£100 John Wilkins
£50 Steve Cann
£25 Nick Stuart
Winners drawn May 2023
1st Prize of £500: Nigel Roskams
2nd Prize of £250: Marcus Peters
3rd Prize of £100: Mick Gillman
4th Prize of £50: Ty Harris
5th Prize of £25: Tony Fayers
Passing of John McConnell
We are sorry to announce the death of John McConnell at the age of eighty-six, after a long illness. John was a more than useful rugby player at the club from the late fifties until the early seventies, playing mainly at Lions level but also representing the 1st XV on a significant number of occasions. John was also an active member of OWCC, for whom he spent several seasons as 2nd XI captain. As well as being a fine ball player, John was a popular and engaging club member who was well-liked by his large circle of friends, prior to his move away from the area. He was also renowned as a marathon walker, and he and many of the elder club brethren enjoyed many rambling and walking tours across the whole of England and abroad.
Our condolences are extended to Jenny and to John’s daughters and grandchildren
A celebration of John’s life will take place on Tuesday 21 November at the Silvester Horne Institute, 60 High Street, Church Stretton SY6 6BY from 1130am, adjourning afterwards to the Kings Arms, 53 High Street, Church Stretton SY6 6BY. It is appreciated that the journey will be a long one, and it would be appreciated if any potential attendees could indicate accordingly to John Wilkins [email protected]
Passing of John Shingleton
The club is deeply saddened to learn of the death of John Shingleton after an accident last Thursday. John was a larger than life character whose commitment to the club was immense, both on and off the field. John played either in the 1st XV or the Lions for nearly twenty years, starting life in the second row and then switching to prop. John was never concerned too much with such niceties as the offside law but he was a formidable opponent – a man of enormous strength and no little skill, whose determination on the field served as an example to others. The 1985-86 season was a traumatic one for the club – several established players simultaneously either retired or left the club for whatever reason, leaving the 1st XV without a captain and with a marked lack of star performers. Typically, John assumed the reins as skipper and, in spite of a season which inevitably saw some very chastening defeats, the spirit which he engendered amongst the faithful remainers set the scene for several vastly improved seasons coinciding with the onset of the leagues.
John was a man of great wit with an incredibly positive approach to life. This enabled him to brush off, for many years, the crippling illnesses which were to beset him as he moved into later life. John was at the clubhouse as recently as last month, together with wheelchair and oxygen mask, but as remarkably unconcerned as ever, and still able to partake in some mischievous banter in the car park. He was a giant of a man, who will never be forgotten by those who were fortunate enough to know him. Our sympathies are extended to Jackie, Danny, Ben and John junior at this sad time.
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