Macclesfield Rugby Union Football Club is a totally inclusive organisation which believes in developing its players throughout their journey from Mini to Junior and Youth rugby, and eventually into the senior game where the National Stage beckons to showcase their skills. Situated in 27 acres of Cheshire green belt the Club fields’ four senior sides and a comprehensive, successful range of Youth, Mini and Junior sides. After having a number of different grounds, M.R.U.F.C. came to Priory Park in 1980, which is just a “stone’s throw” away from its first ever site in 1877. Among a number of notable land marks since the move, an extremely significant one involved M.R.U.F.C. being one of only 12 Clubs who took part in the RFU’s first structured pilot league known as the “North West Girobank League”. The success of this trial helped give the RFU the impetus to roll out its league system over the whole country and since that first pilot scheme back in the mid-eighties the Blues have always been involved in the League structure.
Macclesfield RUFC Senior Teams
The playing section is led by the 1st XV, better known as “The Blues”. Numerous promotions over a number of years saw them rise to their highest ever league finish – a creditable 4th in their first season in National Division One in Season 2010/11. Many 1st XV players have represented the County and some have also received national honours with the England Counties XV. Premiership and Championship clubs have also come calling with many former Blues ‘graduating’ to the top two divisions including the likes of Dan Baines, Tom Cruse and the brothers Charlie and Fergus Mulchrone.
The Second Team known as the “Lions” compete in the Bateman BMW Premier League consistently finishing in the top two or three whilst often doing the double of winning both the league and league Cup competition. Over the years the success of this side stems from the policy of introducing the Clubs youth section players into the adult environment alongside experienced senior players with the intention of developing them into 1st team National league players.
Whilst the squad (The Blues and Lions) offer high quality rugby to those wishing to aspire to a more challenging level, the social rugby scene is catered for with the 3rd XV and 4th XV, both playing in a regional League system sponsored by the University of Salford. If your desire is to participate in the game at a less demanding level, then either of these teams would love to hear from you, whatever your age or experience.
Macclesfield RUFC Youth Teams
As the whole of the Sport has suffered from the fall off of young players leaving the game, the Youth section fluctuates between having two Colts sides (Senior and Junior) and just one. Again like the adult teams they play competitive league Rugby every week and are supported by an extensive coaching and medical team.
As one of M.R.U.F.C.’s guiding principles is developing its own players, the Senior Squad coaches continue to look to promote from within the Club and at present there are a number of players involved in the Senior Squad who have come through the Club system. This on-going policy ensures the Club continues its desire to see home grown talent grace the ‘Blues and the Lions’ for years to come.
Macclesfield RUFC Mini and Junior Teams
It was during the early to mid-nineties when the Club capitalised on its strengths with success in both league and cup competitions. This was based around a group of players who had all come through the Mini/Junior age groups together to represent the 1st XV taking Macclesfield through two promotions in three years. The enthusiasm, passion and strength of its Mini/Junior and Youth sections which nurtured and developed that team, still rings true today. With an average of 400 boys and girls registering each season, their success continues to make news locally and regionally. Each season sees success at many age group levels both in the numbers participating and the winning of silverware.
None of this success could be achieved without the hard work of the coaches and the support of the volunteers and parents. The aim of the section is to never turn away a child. This inclusiveness, which is at the centre of the Club’s principles has played its part in creating this section. Each year since 2003 there have been significant increases in young players from the age of five joining the Club. If you are interested in bringing your son or daughter please contact the Club office for more information.
- Members of National Division 1
- 1st XV Champions of National Division 2(N)
- Cheshire Cup Winners
- 2nd XV Champions of Cotton Traders Premier League
- Members of National Division 1
- 1st XV relegated from National Division 1 to National Division 2(N)
- 2nd XV winners of Premier League/Conf. A
- 3rd XV winners of Division 2 (S) and promoted to Division 1
- Members of National Division 2 North.
- 1st XV – Winners of National Division 2 North and promoted back to National Division 1.
- 2nd XV – Winners of LBS Cup.
- U19s Colts – Winners of the Cheshire Plate Final.
- U15s – Winners of the Cheshire Cup.
- U7s/8s/9s & 10s – Winners of the Cheshire Festivals.
- Member of National Division 1.
- 1st XV relegated from National Division 1 to National Division 2 North.
- 2nd XV – Winners of the Premier Division/Conference A.
- U16s – Winners of Cheshire Cup.
- Member of National Division 1, finishing in 6th place in the League.
- 4th XV – Winners of Division 5 South, promoted to Division 4 South.
- 4th XV – Raging Bull Plate winners.
- New Executive Committee formed in June 2012 at the AGM.
- 1st team-Members of National Division 1 finishing 4th position in the league
- 2nd team – Winners of the Bateman BMW Premier League / Conference
- 2nd team – Retained the Raging Bull Cup
- 1st team-Members of National Division 2 North
- 1st team – Winners of National Division 2 North, gaining promotion to National Division 1
- 1st team – Winners of National Division 2 Champions Cup at Twickenham v Barking
- 2nd team – Winners of the Bateman BMW Premier Division
- 2nd team – Winners of the Raging Bull Cup
- 1st team-3rd in National 3 North and regained the Cheshire Cup 2nd team -2nd in Bateman BMW Premier League and won the Halbro Cup.
- 3rd team won promotion to Miller Homes Division 1
- The Club provided the venue for the inaugural Manchester 7 s
- Member of League National 3N
- Cheshire Cup Runners-up
- Member of League National 3N
- Cheshire Cup Winners (Retained)
- Member of League 3N
- Cheshire Cup Winners
- 2nd XV reached final of the Halbro Cup
- Under 17s (Junior Colts) reached divisional play offs
- Member of National 3 North – 2nd in league-lost Play-off game for promotion to League 2 at Redruth
- Runners up in Cheshire Cup
- 2nd team Joint Winners of Premier Division of NW Leagues
- 3rd team 2nd in Division 2 of NW Leagues achieving promotion
- New Astro-Turf facilities opened Oct 2004
- Member of National 3 North.
- 2nd & 3rd XV won their respective Divisions in the Fairclough Homes NW Intermediate League.
- 125 years of rugby in Macclesfield celebrations.
- Promoted to National 3 North after second place play-off. Played 22, Won 17, Lost 5. 645-354.
- Cheshire Cup winners for fourth time.
- 8 Club members in the Cheshire County Championship squad.
- Cheshire Cup Winners for the third time.
- Six members of 1st Team in Cheshire County side, reaching County Championship final at Twickenham.
- Losing semi-finalists in Intermediate Cup.
2001 Under 11s win Cheshire Youth Cup competition.
1996 Co-operative Bank Lounge and new changing rooms opened.
1994/5 North 2 winners – Cheshire Cup winners for second time.
1993/4 Cheshire Plate winners.
1992/3 North West I Courage League winners.
- Cheshire Cup winners for the first time.
- Under 17s win Cheshire Youth Cup competition.
- Founder member of Girobank North West League.
- Colts retain Cheshire Shield.
1984/5 Colts win Cheshire Shield.
1981/2 Cheshire Plate Winners
1980/1 Move to Priory Park on 14 September 1980.
1975/6 Cheshire Colts Shield Winners
1971 Mini/Junior Section formed under George Lewis as Chairman.
1961/2 New grounds and clubhouse at Tytherington opened by President of Cheshire and the Mayor of Macclesfield on 7 September 1961.
1950/1 After lodging at King’s School when the use of the Fallibroome ground ceased, the Club opened its new ground and clubhouse on London Road on 9 September 1950.
1946 Club revived after the War years under the Presidency of T Turnbull and Chairmanship of W E Whiston.
1939/45 12 members lost their lives during War service.
1932 New Ground, Fallibroome (present site?).
1928/9 New ground and headquarters – Cock Inn, Henbury. Played 26, Won 22, Lost 3, Drawn 1. 346 – 95.
- Formation of the present Club with a game against Davenport on 1 January 1927. W J Siggins (Captain).
- Home games at Congleton Road.
1878 Macclesfield affiliated to the Union.
- Macclesfield Rugby Football Club formed playing at the Cricket Club.
- J W H Thorp (Captain) who became President of Cheshire in 1883 for 20 years and President of the RFU in 1898.
1874 Rugby played in Macclesfield under the auspices of the 8th Cheshire Rifle Volunteers.