Southport RFC 140 Timeline

Snort the port to cheer the beer! Follow the history of Southport Rugby Football Club from its foundation in 1872 to the present day.

Timeline created by Graham Ellis & Mike Sweeney.

AINSDALE CRICKET CLUB PLAY AT LIVERPOOL ROAD

Many members of the club have also played cricket for Ainsdale including in recent years father and son Mark and Phil Causey.

SOUTHPORT TRAMS - A BYGONE AGE BEFORE CARS

In days gone by players and spectators would have used Southport Corporation Trams to access the various grounds the club played at.

HILLSIDE DEVELOPS AS RESIDENTIAL AREA

The rugby club is one of the first occupiers in the developing residential of area of Hillside opened up by the building of Waterloo Road and Hillside Station.

SOUTHPORT PIER OPENS

The towns great landmark would often see players decant for post match imbibement when they changed at Victoria Baths over the road.

RFU FOUNDED

The governing body of the game was formed at a meeting in London attended by representatives of 21 of the clubs in existence in London.

WORLD WAR ONE

When Britain joined the First World War, an extraordinary meeting of the club cancelled all fixtures and recommended that all members 'join some military organisation'. Fourteen club members lost their lives in the war, including the 1914 club captain, J.E. Grimshaw.

KUKRI PARTNERSHIP

Southport Rugby Football Club and Kukri announce an enhanced sports merchandising partnership ahead of the club’s 140th anniversary.

FOURTH GROUND (Waterloo Road)

On 26th March under the chairmanship of Dr. A W Limont the First XV played its first game at the new ground celebrating with a 16-0 win over Preston Grasshoppers.

NEW CLUB COLOURS

The club's familiar red, black and amber colours were first mentioned in a game with New Brighton in February 1888.

NEW WEB SITE LAUNCHED

The club's new website goes live.

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