RFL Chairman, Brian Barwick has congratulated Sheffield Eagles, as the club prepares to play its 1,000th game this weekend, a Kingstone Press Championship fixture against Featherstone Rovers.
“One thousand matches is a significant milestone,” said Barwick. “I would like to congratulate all those involved with Sheffield Eagles on this outstanding achievement.”
“It is not easy starting any club from scratch, and the story of Sheffield Eagles continues to serve as an inspiration to the newest members of the sport’s growing family.
“Sheffield have made a valuable contribution to both Rugby League, and sport in the city of Sheffield over the last three decades. We wish them well for the future,” he said.
A victory on Sunday [at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, KO 4.15 pm] will see the Eagles secure a top-four finish and secure a Super 8s place in the Qualifiers, giving them the first opportunity since 1999, to stake their claim on a return to Super League.
Founded in 1984, the Sheffield Eagles have experienced some notable wins during their first 999 matches, most notably their 17-8 victory over Wigan in the 1998 Challenge Cup final, at Wembley Stadium.
As part of their celebrations this weekend, the club has invited 1,000 local schoolchildren to attend the game.
“Inviting the children is a great way for the club to mark this historic day,” added Barwick. “It shows that the club is at the heart of their community.”