CLUB HISTORY


Ballyclare Rugby Football Club was formed on 20th May 1949 although the game was played in the early years of the century - in the twenties, a team existed when jerseys cost a half-crown each! A small group of men helped form Ballyclare R.F.C. known then as Ballyclarians. In those early days there was no clubhouse so the meeting place became Staffy Carmichael’s pub in Ballyeaston and it was there that the emblem of the White Hare was decided upon.

The growth of the club has been quite remarkable culminating with excellent grounds and clubhouse (provided by the Old Ballyclarians Association) which rates as one of the best in Ulster.

The development of the complex at the Cloughan has taken many years and great efforts by members who want to see the very best for Ballyclare RFC both on and off the pitch.

The club currently operates with four Senior teams, a Youth section and a very strong Mini rugby section. The shop-window has to be the 1st XV which has been in the top section (Qualifying League 1) of Ulster rugby along with Coleraine RFC longer than any other club. While much of the Nineties may not have seen the success of the Seventies and early Eighties, the noughtieshas shown that Ballyclare can compete with the very best.

Our senior teams have competed at the highest levels within their leagues with notable performances from our 4th XV unbeaten in 2011/12 and winners of both the Ravenhill and McCambley Cups with a seasons points difference making Irish rugby history. 2012/13 saw our 1st XV finishing second in a very strongly fought league to Bangor and Ulster Towns Cup joint winners with City of Derry, a feat only ever repeated by Bessbrook v Dungannon on 1886! 2013/14 continued our success with the 1st XV beaten Junior Cup finalists against a strong Ballynahinch team.

The 1st XV continue to compete in Ulster Rugby Qualifying League 1 while the other club teams strive for success in their respective leagues and cup competitions.

CLUB HONOURS

1955 Junior Cup Final
1969 McCambley Cup (3rd XV)
1973 Towns Cup Final
1974 McCambley Cup Final (3rd XV)
1976 Towns Cup
1977 All-Ireland Junior Championship
1978 Towns Cup
All-Ireland Junior Championship
1980 Forster Cup Final (3rd XV)
Towns Cup
Crawford Cup Final (2nd XV)
1986 Towns Cup
1989 Junior Cup
Wells Knutty Crust Floodlit Trophy
1991 Forster Cup Final (4th XV)
1992 Towns Cup Final
1993 Forster Cup
Harden Cup (4th XV)
1994 Towns Cup Final
1997 Holland Trophy (U18)
1998 Bank of Ireland Trophy Final
1999 Crawford Cup (2nd XV)
McCambley Cup Final (5th XV)
2000 Crawford Cup (2nd XV)
All-Ireland Junior Championship semi-final (2nd XV)
Crawford Cup Final (3rd XV)
2001 Crawford Cup (2nd XV)
All-Ireland Junior Championship quarter-final (2nd XV)
2002 Junior Cup
Crawford Cup (2nd XV)
2004 Towns Cup
2006 Knutty Crust Floodlit Trophy
2007 Ulster U18 Bowman Cup
Ravenhill Cup (4th XV)
2012 McCambley Cup (4th XV)
Ravenhill Cup (4th XV)
2013 Towns Cup (Shared) City of Derry 2nd XV
2014 Junior Cup Final (1st XV)
Qual 2 League Winners


PAST PRESIDENTS & CAPTAINS


PRESIDENTS
1949 - 56 RE Russell B Sc
1956 - 57 T Curry
1957 - 58 B Millar
1958 - 59 J Todd
1959 - 60 SB Michael
1960 - 61 TG Lindsay
1961 - 62 S Anderson BSc
1962 - 63 JD Moore BSc
1963 - 64 SM Bell BSc
1964 - 65 NDW Moore
1965 - 67 HK McMeekin
1967 - 70 HRC Catherwood
1970 - 80 RM Armour MBE BSc
1980 - 81 TG Lindsay
1981 - 82 JD Moore BSc
1982 - 83 WL Caldwell
1983 - 84 PDL Wood
1984 - 85 AW Adams
1985 - 86 E Mercer
1986 - 87 J Smith
1987 - 88 SJ Bingham
1988 - 89 WR Shaw
1989 - 90 JM White
1990 - 91 AC Powers BEd
1991 - 92 PB McCudden
1992 - 93 EW Laird MSc BA
1993 - 94 T Patton
1994 - 95 PA Caldwell
1995 - 96 J Purdy
1996 - 97 CV Lea FIAT
1997 - 98 F Holcroft
1998 - 99 PI Carson MSc FRICS
1999 - 00 G McClure
2000 - 01 JHM Kennedy
2001 - 02 E Simms
2002 - 03 M McCorry
2003 - 04 I Quigley
2004 - 05 P McClean
2005 - 06 S Quinn
2006 - 07 M Alexander
2007 - 10 P McCudden
2010 - 11 I Morrow
2011 - 13 W Shaw
2013 - 14 G Johnston
2014 - 15 DK Wylie
2015 - 17 A Lindsay
2017 - RJ Byers


CAPTAINS
1949 - 51 H McRoberts
1951 - 52 B Beggs
1952 - 53 NDW Moore
1953 - 54 K Beare
1954 - 55 S Geary
1955 - 56 T Lindsay
1956 - 57 WH Rowney
1957 - 58 S Anderson
1958 - 59 J Leathem
1959 - 60 W McConnell
1960 - 61 S Rowney
1961 - 63 C Hunter
1963 - 64 W Gamble
1964 - 65 T Bill
1965 - 66 C Hunter
1966 - 67 S Anderson
1967 - 69 C Bunce
1969 - 71 TJ Kane
1971 - 72 E Bell
1972 - 73 M Hunter
1973 - 74 D French
1974 - 76 AW Adams
1976 - 77 M Weatherup
1977 - 79 AW Adams
1979 - 80 D Brady
1980 - 81 M Weatherup
1981 - 82 D Kane
1982 - 84 W Hutchinson
1984 - 85 N Simpson
1985 - 86 G McClure
1986 - 88 R Todd
1988 - 89 G Lenaghan
1989 - 91 H Knipe
1991 - 92 G McClure
1992 - 93 RC Brady
1993 - 94 D Purdy
1994 - 95 G Johnston
1995 - 96 P McClean
1996 - 97 A Simpson
1997 - 98 J McKinstry
1998 - 99 D Wallace
1999 - 00 N Lamont
2000 - 01 J Luke
2001 - 02 N Kennedy
2002 - 03 H Gaston
2003 - 04 T Moore
2004 - 05 C Morrow
2005 - 07 P Morrow
2007 - 09 C Coburn
2009 - 10 C Morrow
2010 - 12 W Logan
2012 - 13 MJ Finlay
2013 - 15 R Boyd
2015 - 17 G Weatherup
2017 - G Bartley

Old Ballyclarians Association
The Old Ballyclarians Association has been in existence since 1935 with the general aims of maintaining the bonds and friendships which are built up by pupils during their school years. In November 1991 the Association gained a 'home' with the opening of its new clubhouse in Cloughan Lane, Doagh Road. The building is owned by the Association and managed by the rugby club, to be used for all the activities of the Association and its affiliated clubs. Since the opening of this building, a further rugby pitch has been added, a cricket square has been laid down, and a new all weather hockey pitch has also been completed.

Membership in the past has mainly been achieved through the Association's affiliated clubs - rugby, hockey, bowling, and more recently cricket and archery, and by way of regular events such as golf outings, dinner dances, summer barbecues etc.

The declared aim is to expand the membership both sporting and social, and to strengthen the bonds with Ballyclare High School. To this end, we would be very pleased to hear from former pupils, who as always, will be most welcome to join in any of the Association's functions. www.oldballyclarians.co.uk
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