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#141 Northern Sol

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 12:04 PM

I'm guessing the pre-cursors of Elmbridge (Surrey Heath Squirrels) go back to the late 80s

BJW would probably be the man for that


#142 Exiled Townie

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 12:10 PM

Out of interest in the London area what is the history-longitivity of local clubs. Fulham-Broncos-Quins the longest entity with Hemel and Skolars in pursuit? Does news of London Storm re-forming form a sort of precedent. Does anyone think that having a cluster of clubs nearby assist in keeping the game more in the spotlight and strengthens the development base.

Not exactly London, but the first rugby league club in St Albans was launched in 1970 by the landlord of The Beehive pub, St Albans Beehive RLFC lasted four seasons and were followed by St Albans Waverley.  I believe they folded end of the 70's.  The St Albans Centurions was established in 1996.


Hemel were founded around 1980/81 I believe.

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#143 Mister C

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 12:21 PM


thanks for that. many happy memories!

#144 Hemel Rugby League

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 01:14 PM

One of the players of  St Albans Beehive RLFC was A P Deamer whose company was contracted by Heme lStags to lay the concrete foundations of their current social club at Pennine Way in 1991. Deamer had fond memories of  playing rugby league and also of the landlady of The Beehive.

#145 bowes

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 05:13 PM

Hemel go back to the early 80s IIRC, Skolars to the early 90s. Relatively speaking they are both ancient but I'm pretty sure that Hemel are older.

Skolars is 1995, Hemel think it's 1981. Meant Elmbridge, although the above suggests that at junior level at least they predate Hemel.

#146 BJW

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 04:54 PM

IIRC Elmbridge (in the guise of Wokingham) predate Hemel (formed 1978, entered league 1979) but only by year or so. Skolars date from early 1990s. Both Hemel and Elmbridge are from before Fulham  TGG has been played in London long before Fulham entered the pro game. Gordon Anderton used to tell stories of well known Z Cars actor playing but BBC not liking him appearing for filming with bruised face or black eye & this was early 1970s

BTW - It was Surrey Heath - The Squirrels (squirrel being the badge of the country park at Lightwater) with logo 'adapted' from Ottawa Beavers version with suitable amendments. Still have paper tape for embroidery in the garage and some of the club clothing from over the years (Rohan Olfios/Hippo polo shirts/Patrick jackets etc).

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#147 bowes

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 05:34 PM

Fulham founded 1980 predate Hemel (think it was 1981?) but the amateur game in London has a continuous existence since 1965 and a very occasional one before that

#148 Hemel Rugby League

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Posted 20 April 2014 - 02:10 PM

Hemel played their first game on  5 April 1981 v McEntee (Walthamstow) at Pennine Way (Lost 38-0)


They have played all their home games at Pennine Way since then with the exception of three:

  May 1983 v Les Ulis (Paris) at Chaulden Meadow, Hemel as Pennine Way was being used for Hurling

  Feb 1999 v Featherstone Lions at WASPS RFC Sudbury - RL Challenge Cup

  Aug 2002 v Bedford Tigers (RLC) at Hemel RUFC - Pennine Way unplayable


They have always been called Hemel although the name Hemel Stags emerged in the late 90's in place of the cumbersome HHARLFC.


HHARLFC own the ground at Pennine Way where Hemel Stags Rugby League Club Ltd now play in Championship 1.


The club's original logo featured Henry XIII (don't ask -  Hemel FC are nicknamed 'The Tudors') and the first Stag logo appeared when the club joined the Rugby League Alliance in 1991

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