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Aylestone Athletic Rugby Union Football Club

Aylestone Athletic RFC
Full name Aylestone Athletic Rugby Football Club
Founded 1919
Location Leicester, England
Ground(s) Victoria Park (Capacity: 100+)
President Richard Annis
Coach(es) Bungle
Captain(s) Jon Hunt
League(s) Midlands 4 East (South)
Official website

Aylestone Athletic RFC (nicknamed The Mighty Ath) is an English rugby union club that plays in the Midlands 4 East (South).


The club was founded in 1919. The founding members were mainly members of St.James' Church in Lansdowne Road, Leicester. The minister of the Church, B.E.Owen, was the first Club President. The new club's headquarters were established at the Aylestone Baths in Knighton Fields Road West, with the pitch on nearby Saffron Lane Recreation Ground, close to where the Aylestonians Club now play. The season of 1922-23 was a good one for the club with the winning of the Junior Cup and the Junior Combination Cup, during an unbeaten season of 26 wins and 2 draws. The seasons 1935-36 and 36-37 were particularly impressive with not one single defeat. In 1971 the headquarters were transferred to the rear of the Old Horse public house, London Road, with the pitch being on Victoria Park opposite the pub. After the pub was refurbished in the mid-1980s, the club lost the use of the changing and bar facilities at the rear of the pub, and subsequently used the changing facilities at the Park pavilion.

Home Ground

The club plays its home games at Victoria Park.


1st XV

The club fielded the first team play competitive league rugby to a high standard in the Midlands 4 East (South) division.

In 2007 the club gained promotion from Midlands 6 East (South).

In 2006 and 2008 the club made the local County Shield final, and had good runs in the EDF Junior Vase in 2007 and 2008, beating many local sides, and some from further afield.

2nd XV 'The Thunderbolts'

Playing merit league rugby to a high standard. For the 2012/13 season, 'The Thunderbolts' will compete in Division 4 of the Leicestershire Merit Leagues.

First Team Captains

  • 2000 - 2002 = Pat Magriel
  • 2002 - 2003 = Mark Flanaghan
  • 2003 - 2006 = Neil Weston
  • 2006 - 2007 = Mark Corley
  • 2007 - 2008 = Darren Watson
  • 2008 - 2009 = Mark Flanaghan
  • 2009 - 2010 = Ken Vernon
  • 2010 - 2012 = Kyle Sargent
  • 2012 - 2013 = Nathanael Holden
  • 2013 - Now = Jon Hunt


Current Players

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under IRB eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-IRB nationality.

Player Position Union
Darren Watson Hooker India India
Paul Akroyd Prop England England
Tom McCormick Prop England England
Huw Dann Prop Wales Wales
Matt Swarbrick Prop England England
Dan Hapgood Lock Wales Wales
Adrian Martindale Lock England England
Nathanael Holden Lock Switzerland Switzerland
Matt Gunnell Flanker England England
Matt Allen Flanker England England
Mark Flanaghan Flanker England England
Karl De-Haven Number 8 England England
Player Position Union
James Bennett Scrum-half England England
Mark Corley Fly-half Ireland Ireland
Steve Gillard Fly-half Wales Wales
Abdi Chachi Centre England England
Ty Watson Centre Australia Australia
Neil Weston Centre England England
Guillame Altmeyer Centre France France
Paul Warman Wing England England
Joe Harris Wing England England
Pete Weston Wing England England
Phil Edwards Fullback England England
Sam Janes Fullback England England


  • 2001 - Southport, England
  • 2002 - Marmsbury, England
  • 2003 - Southend, England
  • 2004 - Swansea, Wales
  • 2005 - Galway, Ireland
  • 2006 - Zaragoza, Spain
  • 2007 - Amsterdam, Holland
  • 2008 - Brighton, England
  • 2011 - Exeter, England
  • 2013 - Skegness, England

Club honours

  • Junior Cup: 1922-23
  • Junior Combination Cup: 1922-23

Boxing Day Challenge Cup 2001, Tied 2002 & 2003

External links

  • Aylestone Athletic Homepage
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