Our History
Teddington can trace it's club history back to 1966.

The club's origins can be found at the White Hart pub at Hampton Wick, where the club's forebears were the Old Masonians RFC, the pitches being in Home Park.

In 1966 the Old Masonians RFC joined forces with a break-away group from the Decca RFC, and formed a new club, which they called the Antlers RFC. The name was changed in 1981 to Antlers-Teddington RFC, and it was only in 1998 that the club decided that it would be best to formally change the name to the club that we now know as Teddington RFC.

The club moved out of the White Hart in 1969, when an opportunity came to become tenants of the Teddington Town Cricket Club in Bushy Park. This arrangement was rudely interrupted in 1972 when the club house was destroyed by fire. However the club house was rebuilt under the auspices of the newly formed Teddington Town Sports Club, of which the cricket and rugby clubs were equal partners. The club slowly progressed and eventually managed to acquire two pitches adjacent to the club house.

The club had some very successful years in the 1970's, the highpoint being a run to the Middlesex Cup quarter-finals, where they met Wasps, not something that is likely to be repeated! A new era was reached in 1987 with the formation of league rugby, which found us in the Middlesex League 2. In 1992 we were promoted to the Herts-Middlesex League 1. In 1997 we took the opportunity of transferring to the Surrey Leagues, where we remained until 2010. In that year we not only were promoted to The London leagues for the first time.

In 1987 a milestone for the club was reached with the formation of the Ladies section, who have been an important and integral asset for the club ever since. The Ladies had a sustained period of success throughout the 1990's where they played league rugby in the RFUW National Division 3, making them one of the top 24 teams in the country. In 1997 they reached the last 16 of the National Cup. In that season we had 3 International players pulling on an Antlers shirt every week; Elaine CROSS (nee BLACK) - Scotland, Giselle MATHER (nee PRAGNELL) - England and Susan JOHNSTON (nee GIBBARD-JONES) - Wales. Giselle having just returned from her missionary work at Wasps WRFC where she was capped 39 times for England. In this golden era of womens rugby at Teddington we nutured and developed several other quality players who had to leave us to play premiership rugby in order to catch the eye of the international selectors. They were:

Linda UTTLEY - Wasps WRFC and England; Charlie BRONKS - Richmond WRFC and England; Sarah ESCOTT Richmond WRFC and England. Linda, Giselle and Sarah all retuning to us to play their final seasons before retirement. They all remain active members of Teddington Rugby Club. Unfortunately Linda passed away in November 2009, but her legacy will live on. After a period of rebuilding our ladies are once again on the up. They reached the National Junior Cup final in 2014 and in season 2014/15 are unbeaten and top their league.

The last major change in the club's history being in 1996 when we welcomed Mini Rugby to Bushy Park, with the formation of the Teddington RFC Mini section. In the intervening years the Minis have grown to approx 450 players and many have gone on to play for our Junior and senior sections. The end of the 2005/6 season saw probably the most important milestone of all reached when one of the original Minis played for the first team, establishing the precedent and realizing the vision established when the Minis were first formed. This player was Ross SWANSON and in the following season he went on to be capped by England at U18 level and provided the club with the first ever home produced male International.

Seasons 2009/10 and 2010/11 have been to date the most succesful in the clubs history. The 1st XV coached by Giselle MATHER not only completed two unblemished seasons by winning a total of 62 games on the trot, but in doing so were crowned the unbeaten champions of Surrey 1 in 2010 and London 3 in 2011. We also won the prestigeous RFU Junior Vase at Twickenham Stadium in 2010 (v Bramley Phoenix RUFC)and the RFU Senior Vase in 2011 (v Littleborough RUFC). Add to these the Rugby World Magazine British and European Team of the Year award in 2010. This 1st XV success was backed up by Surrey merit league titles from our much improved 2nd XV and barnstorming 3rd XV. All in all twp seasons to break the record books and to remember for many years to come. The club reached it's highest ever league level in 2011 when we were promoted to London 2 (SW). A league we remained in until 2014 when we were relagated. London 3(SW) is where we currently ply our trade and once again stabilised we hope to once again push for promotion in the years to come.

The next step in the Antlers story was the total re development of our rather tired but much loved old clubhouse, lovingly nicknamed 'The Shed'. After over 10 years of planning, preparation and fundraising the all new 21st Century Clubhouse was completed and opened for the start of the 2014/15 season. This was a huge effort by everyone at the club, but especially Simon Cartmell (Youth Chairman and Build project Chairman)who drove everything foreward. In total the club raised £750,000 to build the new clubhouse. This was from personal donations, an RFF grant, an RFU loan and a Sport England grant. Next we turn our attention to our two rather moth eaten pitches.

Whilst remembering and honouring those that came before us the club continues to grow, to improve and to to be at the forefront of grassroots community rugby.


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