City of Derry R.F.C.

City of Derry
Full name City of Derry Rugby Club
Nickname(s) Cod or City or Derry
Founded 1881
Location Ulster
Ground(s) Craig Thompson Stadium,
Stradreagh More,
Derry
County Londonderry,
BT47 3SD
Northern Ireland
President Les Allen
Coach(es) Terry McMaster
League(s) AIB Division 2C
Winners Ulster Qualifying League and All Ireland junior Cup 2009 2010
Team kit

The City of Derry Rugby Football Club is a rugby club, formed in 1881 in Derry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. They currently play in Division 2C of the All-Ireland League.

The club's purpose-built facility is at Craig Thompson Stadium, situated just outside Strathfoyle. The stadium itself is named after the YouTuber of the same name, known as Mini Ladd, who sponsored the club in November 2017.[1]

History

The club was established in 1881, winning the Irish Provincial Towns Cup in the following season.[2]

In December 2001, the club was involved in a controversial appeal, involving a £4,000 fine and the deduction of 8 points after fielding an ineligible player.[3] This resulted in the club being relegated from the AIB Division Two. In March 2007 the club hosted a youth project that saw 13 different primary schools compete.[4] Following relegation, the club appointed new Zealander Bevan Lynch in June 2008 as Head coach. He set about improving the club's fortunes and has introduced a number of new faces. The club were unbeaten in all competitions in the 2008 – 2009 season. In the following 2009 – 2010 season they won the All Ireland junior Cup, the Ulster Qualifying League and were promoted back into the All Ireland League. The club also has under 19, under 17, under 15 and under 13 teams, a thriving mini and ladies sections[5]

Honours

Notable players

Ireland

The following City of Derry players have represented Ireland at full international level.

British and Irish Lions

The following City of Derry players have also represented the British and Irish Lions.

AIB Junior Cup

In January 2010, City of Derry beat Armagh by 2 points to win their first ever AIB Junior Cup title.[6]

References and Footnotes

  1. Ferry, Gary. "'Mini Ladd' becomes Mega City of Derry Rugby Club sponsor". Derry Now. Derry Now. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  2. "History of City of Derry Rugby Football Club". www.cityofderryrfc.com. Retrieved 6 February 2010.
  3. "City of Derry to lodge appeal" retrieved 15 June 2007
  4. City of Derry RFC Hosts Area Tag Blitz retrieved 15 June 2007 Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. "Major changes at City of Derry R.F.C." retrieved 15 June 2007 Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. "City of Derry Seal Dramatic AIB Junior Cup Win". www.irishrugby.ie. 30 January 2010. Archived from the original on 2 February 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2010.
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