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Waterloo FC

Waterloo
Full name Waterloo Football Club
Union English Rugby Union
Founded 1882 (1882)
Location Blundellsands, Merseyside, England
Ground(s) St Anthony's Road, Blundellsands (Capacity: 9,000 (200 seated))[1]
President Mark Flett
Coach(es) Jan van Deventer
League(s) National League Division 3 North
Official website
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Waterloo lineout at Blundellsands.

Waterloo Football Club is an Waterloo and so the club's name was changed. The club returned to the Blundellsands area in 1892 and has remained there ever since. The team is currently known as Firwood Waterloo after its title sponsor.[2]

They play in myrtle green, white and scarlet hooped shirts, green shorts and green socks. Their badge features a Lancastrian red rose with a black griffin in the centre.

Former players include Dick Greenwood, Ben Kay, Will Greenwood, Andy Titterrell, Nicola Mazzucato, Watcyn Thomas, Kyran Bracken, Austin Healey, and Paul Grayson.[3]

Contents

  • Notes 1
  • Club Honours 2
  • Ground move 3
  • MyWaterlooRugby.com 4
  • Women's Rugby 5
  • Colts 6
  • Internationals 7
  • Other 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Notes

Waterloo ruck Blundellsands.
  • They competed in the top division of English rugby for the first two seasons after the league structure was introduced but were relegated in 1989.
  • In 2005 club president and former England women's rugby union international Gill Burns received an M.B.E. for services to sport.
  • In 2008 the club won the Lancashire Cup for the 7th time in their history.

Club Honours

Ground move

At the 2008 AGM the prospect of selling their Blundellsands ground and relocation to a new purpose built facility was discussed.[4]

MyWaterlooRugby.com

In mid-2009 in an attempt to create extra interest and revenue Waterloo embarked on an internet based fan management scheme allowing rugby enthusiasts to contribute to the running of the club by subscribing to a website and voted on club decisions.[5]

Women's Rugby

The women's team currently play in RFUW Championship North 1, the league below the Premiership. Captained by Bethany Stott the club has current Welsh Internationals Jenny Davies and Elen Evans in their ranks together with ex-England internationals including Harriet Millar-Mills and Eleanor Prescott. The ladies sections also boasts numerous regional and county players not only at senior level but also at U-18 and U-15 levels.

Colts

Waterloo FC has a history of high success at Colts level. The most successful team, captained by Tom Benbow and featuring long serving veterans Tom White Jr, Matt Daley, Sean Miller, Martin Bell, Andrew Riley and Mike Bates won their League in the 2002/03 season, gaining promotion and then winning the Lancashire Cup the following season. The team has now largely disbanded and the majority of the members have moved on from the club. Martin Bell is still first team captain.

The Colts currently compete in the Senior B league of the Lancashire Colts section (a division also featuring Liverpool St Helens, Kirkby Lonsdale and Fylde). They are captained by Jack Weare who is deputising for the injury stricken Carl Nolan. The season started well with the team winning 6 out of 6 games leaving them top of the table but shortly after this injuries and player availability contributed to the team losing the majority of their matches within weeks of the season opening.

Internationals

The full list of Waterloo players to earn international caps is as follows :

England : Alan Ashcroft 1956–59, Jasper Bartlett 1951, Reg Bazley 1952–55, N.O. Bennet 1948, Eric Bole 1946, John Cain 1950, Roy Foulds 1929, Dick Greenwood 1966–69, Dicky Guest 1939–49, Jack Heaton 1935–47, Chris Jennins 1967, Roy Leyland 1935, Humphrey Luya 1948–49, Graham Meikle 1934, Steve Meikle 1929, Joe Periton 1925–30, Sam Perry 1948, Gordon Rimmer 1949–54, Jim Syddall 1982–84, Peter Thompson 1959, Bert 'HB' Toft 1936–39, Dick Uren 1948–52, Harold Uren 1946, Jack Wallens 1927, Bob Weighill 1947–48, Gill Burns, Sonia Harris

Ireland : Robin Godfrey 1954, Fiona Neary, Joleen Morton

Italy : Nicola Mazzucato 2007.

Spain : Pablo Feijóo 2007–08, Jaime Nava 2008.

Scotland : Alastair Fisher 1947, Colin Fisher 1975–76, Jackie McArthur 1932, Sammy McQueen 1923, Allan Roy 1939, J.W. Scott 1928–30, Ally Little 2001.

Wales : Raymond Bark-Jones 1933, Watcyn Thomas 1931–33, Kylie Wilson, Rachel Brown, Jennifer Davies.

USA : Michael Caulder 1984-90 Chad Erskine 2006

Canada : Ander Monro 2006

Malta : James O'Brien 2009–present Tom Holloway 2010–present

Other

  • The club has a long tradition of rivalries with some of the sport's most famous clubs. One such tradition, recently revived, is the game against Wanderers. The winners of this match get to keep the "Percy the Pike" trophy in their clubhouse.[6]

References

  1. ^ http://www.fanzone.co.uk/Team/Waterloo-Rugby-Union-.aspx
  2. ^ "Sponsors". Firwood Waterloo Rugby. Pitcheroo. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Club Details section of Waterloo's website
  4. ^ Waterloo discuss ground move
  5. ^ MyWaterlooRugby.com
  6. ^ Percy The Pike

External links

  • Official website

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