Our History

 

Senghenydd Rugby Football Club are a Welsh rugby union club based in Senghenydd in South Wales. The club formed during the 1898/99 season built around the immigrant workers coming from port areas around Wales to find employment in the newly sunk Senghenydd coal mines.

 

Early history

1904 saw the great religious revival throughout South Wales led by the lay preacherEvan Roberts. Rugby was seen as a wicked sport leading to violence and drunkenness, and Roberts managed to convert so many to his cause that Senghenydd RFC disbanded due to a lack of players. In 1907 a rugby team reformed under the name Senghenydd Bluebells RFC, before reverting to Senghenydd RFC.

On 14 October 1913 Britain's worst ever mining disaster occurred at Senghenydd Colliery, amongst the 439 victims were five members of Senghenydd RFC.

During the 1914/15 season Senghenydd applied for and was successful in gaining membership of the Welsh Rugby Union. This would allow them to play the larger affiliated clubs and take part in more accepted cup competitions. This new era of rugby did not occur due to the outbreak of World War I causing the cessation of competitive rugby throughout Wales.

 

Post 1945

One of Senghenydd RFC's most successful periods was during the late 1960s and early 1970s. By the time that the senior team won the Glamorgan County Silver Ball Trophy for the first time during the 1970/71 season they had won the Mid-District Championship four times in the previous five seasons. They made that five in six in 1970/71 when they finished the table with a perfect 20 wins out of 20 matches. The only major trophy the team failed to win in the 1970/71 season was the Mid District Cup, beaten by Beddau 17-11 in the final.

After some lean times and ending up in Division 5 in 2009, this was addressed and plans were put in place to re-structure the rugby we have enjoyed some great successes and we have now achieved Division 2 status and also achieved one of the clubs greatest days winning the Swalec Bowl at The Millennium Stadium in May 2011 beating hot favourites maesteg Quins.  The Senior teams have prospered with the backing of our strong youth set up being fed by our ever growing Mini/Junior Section.

 

Club honours

·         1911/12 Cardiff and District League Championship, 2nd Division - Champions

·         1911/12 Lord Ninian Stuart Cup - Champions

·         1923/24 Lord Ninian Stuart Cup - Champions

·         1924/25 Lord Ninian Stuart Cup - Champions

·         1949/50 Ivor Williams Cup - Champions

·         1970/71 Mid-District Championship - Champions

·         1970/71 Glamorgan County Silver Ball Trophy - Winners

·         1971/72 Glamorgan County Silver Ball Trophy - Winners

·         1976/77 Ivor Williams Cup - Champions

·         2010/11 Swalec Bowl

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