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27TH JANUARY, 2024
George Ounsley (Ref), Paul Fincken (AF) & Fraser Gill (AF)


  1. Joe Spoors
  2. Ed Graham
  3. Kieran Clark
  4. Ben Walton
  5. Mike Whinn
  6. Dan Burns
  7. Nathan Myers
  8. Anth Jackson
  9. Sam Heron
  10. Peter Evans
  11. Louie Groark
  12. Luke Armstrong
  13. Peter Youll
  14. Joe Ross
  15. Elliott Husband (c)

  16. Sean Wallace
  17. Dan Dixon
  18. Connor Witton
  19. Tom Campbell
  20. Ryan Foreman


  1. Thomas Baxter
  2. Ryan Gibson
  3. Jason Moss
  4. Adam Malthouse
  5. Christopher Jackson
  6. Daniel Preston-Routledge
  7. Samuel Hodge
  8. Sam Waddington
  9. Rory Gaffney
  10. Charlie Metcalf
  11. Jacob Holmes
  12. Edward Crossland (C)
  13. Gavin Stead
  14. Samuel Taylor
  15. Ben Dinsdale

  16. John Morris
  17. Leon Mudd
  18. Alex Johnson
  19. George Bowen
  20. Joe Rowntree

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We are thrilled to extend a warm welcome to Altrad and their contract partners and clients, who will be joining us as Match Day sponsors today.

At Billingham Rugby Club, we take immense pride in hosting such distinguished guests, and we look forward to an exciting day filled with fun, sportsmanship, and the thrilling spirit of rugby.

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Last update: 26th January, 2024

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 Otley 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






Say something positive and you’ll see something positive.

It’s a nice saying but not 100% true. Things haven’t been rosy as of late. Not beating around the bush, at times it hasn’t been up to the standard. Frustratingly for me it hasn’t been effort, more so small detail. We can fix that but time is ticking.

Last week we lost to 4th in the league without really swinging a punch, we weren’t dominated and we were well in the game. We ended up with 17 players due to injuries and illness on the day and we never really got into any flow. That said the boys put in a shift and stuck at it but it wasn’t to be. We have worked on some real small details this week, something to help get us over the line. Otley are one of the 4 teams we have beat this year and they will no doubt be looking for revenge for a very close game at their patch.

It isn’t an Otley of old, if anyone hasn’t seen them play recently they really move the ball well and will test us around the park. The AGP will suit their game.

I haven’t said this much this season but it is a must win and we have to get going early. We can expect a few senior players back in the mix but our injury list is pretty extensive. No excuses as this is a great test for us all and will make us stronger in the long run.

No Lions game this week but hopefully the 3TM have pulled off a big win on Friday night.

Hopefully some big support this week, the boys need it.

Lastly a massive congrats the u16s on winning the County Cup last Sunday. A fantastic age group with great coaching and support.



Presenting your County U16 champions

Congratulations to Billingham U16s who came our deserved winners against Durham City RFC 14-8 last weekend.

We couldn't be prouder lads.
Well done from everyone at the club.

Congratulations, Paul!

Today, Assistant Referee Paul Fincken will take part in his 300th game since joining the National League.

Since 2013 he has worked with 79 referees and 69 assistant referees covering 117 different teams at 45 venues. He has worked with several referees and assistant referees that have since moved onto Championship and Premiership.

He has also been involved in an England Counties game, and stepped out at Twickenham for a County Championship Final.

Today he walks out at Billingham. Here’s to many more!

Colts Continue Their Winning Ways

It’s been a slow start to the second half of the season with U18 County Games at the start of the month with no less than 8 players selected for this years campaign.

From the County fixtures the Colts have been fortunate to have 4 players selected for North of England trials this weekend at Woodhouse Grove. We’d like to wish Tom Fawcett, Isaac Burke, Louie Plews and Ben Hyndman all the best.

Over the last couple of weeks we have played both Upper Eden/Penrith and Redcar at home securing maximum points in both games and being able to rotate the squad well giving some players a rest and others an opportunity to shine. We pride ourselves on the squad size and ensuring game time for all concerned.

This weekends fixture against Horden and Peterlee has been postponed to be played later in the season so no game this weekend.

We have a busy month ahead in February with top of the table clashes, county cup games and we continue to look at plying up opportunities to senior rugby for our senior colts.

Finally a massive congratulations to Billingham U16’s who lifted the County Cup against a strong Durham City team. The futures bright!


German Night


"Verpassen Sie nicht diese tolle Partynacht!"

Don't miss out on this great party night!

German beer festival, fancy dress & oompah band:
Music, Fun, Games PLUS a bratwurst too!


The biggest event Billingham has seen in decades returns!

Keep an eye out for more info coming soon!

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For the first time since 2016 we are bringing ladies day. It’s always been a huge occasion and we want to bring back the good times.



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