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The 'Phil Parkin Memorial' Game

Michael Harris (R), Paul Fincken (AR) & Graham Bentley (AR)


  1. Adam Brown
  2. Jordan Foulds
  3. Kieran Clark
  4. Ben Walton
  5. Michael Whinn
  6. Dan Burns
  7. Anth Jackson
  8. Mike Walton
  9. Conner Foley
  10. Peter Evans
  11. Jonny Horner
  12. Peter Youll
  13. Elliott Husband (c)
  14. Jobe Roxby
  15. Joe Ross

  16. Sean Wallace
  17. Dan Dixon
  18. John Padley
  19. Sam Heron
  20. Luke Armstrong


  1. Chris Morton
  2. Ally Forth
  3. Euan Walker
  4. Joe Makin
  5. Cal Sanderson
  6. Allan Hudson
  7. James Sanderson (c)
  8. George Mewburn
  9. Sam Poklington
  10. Charlie Kirk
  11. Will Yates
  12. Will Stowe
  13. Lewis Minikin
  14. Nathan Hill
  15. Sam Wilson

  16. Scott Westwood
  17. Sam Edwards
  18. Lucas Powell
  19. James Thompson
  20. Kieron Smith



Last update: 4th October, 2023

National League 2 North






In welcoming our visitors in this, our Centenary season, whether you are a player, committee representative or loyal fan, we shall endeavour to make sure that you are treated well, both on and off the pitch, whatever the ultimate result. First of all I would like to apprise you of a few things. As a club we have taken another step (perhaps more of a giant leap) upwards into the higher echelons of English rugby union.

Our rugby club was born out of the Synthetic and Nitrates Company which eventually became ICI. Originally we were the rugby section of the Synthonia Sports Club and for many years simply regarded as a 'factory' team. Although our date of inauguration is 1924, during the autumn of 1923, players were recruited, training started and coaching commenced in earnest. The very first game was against West Hartlepool Secondary School when Billingham Synthonia Rugby Football Club won by 8 points to 6. Our first dinner was held in April 1928 and the following year saw us achieve Senior Club status. Although

"… the pavilion was a wooden but and tin basins with cold water did service in place of showers"

We have come on a bit since those days, however, and since the turn of this century we have opened the new clubhouse on a new ground at Greenwood Road, courtesy of lottery funding. Then in August 2017 we added the Artificial Grass Pitch thanks to RFU, but this year, following our league and Durham County Senior cup wins of last season we start life in National 2 North. Not content with promotion, we have added to our facilities in extra special ways, which everyone can enjoy this afternoon.

Annually I put into print my appreciation and thanks to the strong leadership of our hardworking Executive Committee and, of course our very many volunteers, without whom we would struggle. I realise that most sports clubs rely heavily on voluntary help but I think our various groups are a match for any club in the country. I believe it is also important to acknowledge the many parents who bring their children to join the minis then stay involved to become coaches, team managers, fund raisers and even - referees.

It is difficult in a one-off piece which remains in the programme for the whole season to react to weekly events but the contributions from Chairman, Mark Armstrong and Director of Rugby, Peter Evans do change game by game.

So a special thanks to both.

John Ker





Welcome Hull Ionians RUFC...

Welcome to all of our wonderful members and supporters, enjoy the match, remember where you are, who we are and respect players, officials and each other. Rugby is always the winner.

I have achieved many things in my life that I am proud of (my family being top of the list), I have been to many places, seen many things, met many people and overall, I see myself as being very fortunate. I also know that fortune favours the brave, hard work delivers results and being part of a team, a successful team is a wonderful place to be.

The above sums up this club for me. I have been fortunate to be part of this club for 35 years of it’s 100 year history and to be it’s Chairman for over 20 of those. A centenary is a milestone in any sport and in life in general and those of us who are members today, including myself, are fortunate to be part of a club that has been built on the back of many generations of players, members and supporters. We may have started out as a works team but back in the day we were a force to be reckoned with and despite the end of the industrial giant that was ICI, Billingham RUFC has gone from strength to strength.

Of course, we have had challenges along the way, including becoming homeless in the 90s, then nearly going out of business in the 00s, but we have come through to where we are today. Many people have contributed to our survival and our growth and the honours board of Presidents, Chairs and Club Captains are a great example of this, but there are many that don’t have their name on boards who have been instrumental in ensuring we can stand here today, with a soft smile on our faces. We have a plan for them too!

If I look at the last 25 years, from the time before we had our clubhouse to where we stand today, many of the people who have helped with our success, are still here today, every day, every game. This club to many, is a big part of their life. Our club is our community and over time our club has become an important part of the community.

When you have a great team, great things happen, and this year, our centenary year, to be playing in the National Leagues, Level 4 of rugby, in the top 60 teams in the country, in our new clubhouse, yes it is a dream come true, but one that was never in doubt.

We have a great rugby leadership team, we have a great rugby operations team, we have a great rugby development team and we are supported by many volunteers. Not only are we playing in Level 4, but we boast teams from U6 to Colts, 4 senior teams and 3 girls teams, a total of 19 teams. You have heard me say time and time again, if you stand still you go backwards and we have never accepted anything for granted and looked to improve every year.

We look at every part of what we do; coaching, kit, health and well-being support, playing surfaces, changing facilities, club, food, even the beer, and we look to make improvements along the way. Today we stand in a new extended and refurbished clubhouse. We used the have the ‘If Carlsberg made toilets…’ moment (we still do) but now we have the ‘If Carlsberg made members bars’ experience. Yes, I am excited about this, of course I am, and why not, who would not want a private bar, with a private balcony with the best view of the match?

But we are not finished, we want to continue to improve and the next phase is the players, including girls changing and physio facilities. Some might ask how you can afford it and the answer is simple, we invest all of our profits back into rugby but we do not pay players, repeat we do not pay players. They, like every playing member, pay their monthly membership subscription. Some say this will restrict our potential, I say, this is what has got us to where we are, this is the ethos that defines our culture and this is what will ensure our success.

It was John F Kennedy that gave the famous speech in Berlin in 1963, and said that “2,000 years ago the proudest boast was to say you were a citizen of Rome”, and went on to say, “that today the proudest boast is ‘ich bin ein Berliner”.

Today I say to you, the proudest boast is to say, “I am a member of Billingham Rugby Club”.

Mark Armstrong






If you had told me several months ago that we would have 3 wins form our first 5 games I would of snapped your hands off. Everyone would have.

The most pleasing aspect has been the manor of which we have collected those wins, all by less than 3 points and never playing our fluent best. It shows we can compete at the level and we belong here, regardless of what people say. We all had a doubt entering the season. It's perfectly normal to self doubt from time to time, especially when doing something new. Last week was the point I realised we can really give this a go.

We tend to struggle in the wet and away form home but last week we showed a level of maturity and ton of heart to bring home 4 points. We can be really proud of the start we have made but now it's time to kick on, injuries creep in, we can become complacent and lose that focus we have started with and it can really spiral.

It certainly gets no easier as we welcome Hull Ionians this week. Seasoned at this level and National 1, they look very organised and will be very, very efficient. A top 4 regular with bags of experience at Yorkshire County and England Counties level. It is a huge ask but why not. I said we would shock some teams and given how we perform at home, with the crowds we have been getting, it is shaping up to be a great game.

No Lions game today but they are 4/4 so far. A week off will do us all well in the long run. The 3TM have been competitive and have had huge squads, it's great to see so many returning and new faces.

Get down to the school fields and support our young colts as they travel to Stockton who have a very good colts side on Sunday 1pm in the National Cup.

Another huge task but another exciting weekend ahead.



Winning ways continue!

Our Colts have continued their strong start to the season with a hard fought win over Bishop Auckland last weekend away from home. A strong defensive display from Bishop made it difficult for us to get the ball moving and we didn’t capitalise on early opportunities.

With only 15 mins to go there was only a handful of points in it and our fitness and strong bench allowed us to run in three tries to seal the win.

Great to see our skipper Henry Stonehouse return from a long term injury to get some much needed game time. Welcome back Skipper!

This weekend we head into round two of the National Colts Cup for a much anticipated local derby against Stockton Colts.

The boys have trained well this week and are relishing the opportunity against a strong Stockton squad.

We would love your support as always. The games kicks off at 1pm on Sunday over at Stockton on the main pitch.

Let’s do this lads…




We’re always looking for players In all 3 age groups, so if you want to give Billingham rugby a try get in touch.
Call Steve Gordon:
+44 7525 122543
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A great start to their new season.

Our girls section have enjoyed a busy start to the season, with teams out at u12, u14 and u16 level with new recruits across the board giving us huge numbers at training, which are regularly between 35 and 45 and growing quickly. After a demanding pre season, with a focus to be the fittest team on the pitch and the hardest workers all 3 teams are finding their stride, with fitness already showing to be a difference maker. A few tweaks in our u14 and u12 teams and they’ll find huge value in the work they put in during pre-season.

The pick of the first few games of the season is the u16s vs Stockton at Bede. Having lost to Stockton a few weeks before, scoring 4 tries each but Stockton kicking all but one of their conversions the girls were ready for another crack at them. Winning 47-0 was a great response. Our line speed pressure, strong scrummaging and backs adding pace in the wide channels made the difference with Jess Wallace, Freya McCallum looking dangerous every time they got the ball. When it had to go narrow, fly half Evie Hendry and centres Lucy Brown and Lola Torrison punched holes in the defence with strong carries and Millie Crangle kept the tempo high at 9.

In defence we were solid across the park but particularly strong performances in terms of tackle completion and work rate from captain Lilly Stephenson, who was back to her very best at the weekend, and tight head Amy Steel who also made a huge impact at scrum time. With tries from Millie Crangle, Lucy Brown, Lola Torrison and new signing Alanah Drummond, plus Alanah’s excellent kicking converting 5 of our 7 tries we got a convincing win, ready push hard for the rest of the season.



The newly refurbished clubhouse is an ideal choice for any special celebration, live entertainment, conferences, meetings and sporting events:

  • - Flexible events and meeting space
  • - Can accommodate up to 150 banquet style
  • - Can accommodate up to 200 conference or standing
  • - Can host up to 12 tables of 10 with a dance floor
  • - Host up to 20 exhibition stalls
  • - Newly installed balcony can host up to 80 standing guests
  • - The balcony can also cater for tables and seated guests too
  • - Onsite AV systems available
  • - Large car park available

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Ex-Players Day this year is on the 4th November.

The game, Leeds Tykes, an ex-premiership team at Greenwood road. How often can we say that!

Change from previous years where it was a ticket event for entry and food. This year as it’s just going to be a turn up on the day and pay the entry fee on the gate.

We want as many ex-players, members, etc, to be there on the day and keep the tradition going, so there's a lot of expectations on us all to pass the word around to our circle of rugby friends and fix the date in our calendar’s.

Let’s keep this tradition going fellas and gather a big squad for a get together and support the lads in NATIONAL LEAGUE RUGBY.



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