Barnstaple RFC
01st Oct 2016
Todays match sponsors
  • Vice Presidents Lunch
  • Slee Blackwell solicitors

League table

Team Pld W D L F A +/- B Pts
Bishop's Stortford 28 23 0 5 965 521 444 27 119
Old Elthamians 28 23 0 5 948 500 448 20 112
Chinnor 28 22 2 4 1040 495 545 20 112
Taunton RFC 28 18 3 7 839 665 174 21 99
Redruth 28 19 1 8 777 555 222 20 98
Cinderford 28 16 2 10 704 637 67 19 82
Redingensians 28 15 1 12 681 558 123 18 80
Canterbury 28 13 0 15 673 689 -16 17 69
Clifton 28 14 0 14 634 763 -129 12 68
Henley Hawks 28 11 1 16 691 787 -96 19 65
Bury St Edmunds 28 10 1 17 629 774 -145 16 58
Barnstaple 28 9 1 18 484 766 -282 12 50
Worthing 28 8 0 20 580 890 -310 15 47
London Irish Wild Geese 28 7 0 21 620 906 -286 18 46
Barnes 28 5 3 20 531 770 -239 19 45
Exmouth 28 3 1 24 542 1062 -520 15 29

Upcoming home fixtures

Date Event
2nd October 2016 Junior Rugby 11am ko
8th October 2016 Colts V Honiton 230pm ko
9th October 2016 Junior Rugby 11am ko
15th October 2016 1st V Bishops Stortford 230pm ko
Sunday 23rd October David Butt Cup Final 230pm KO More information coming soon

Welcome to Pottington Road

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another National Two South home fixture where the Chiefs will be taking on Bristol's very own Clifton, we extend a warm welcome to Clifton and trust their players, coaches, Committee members and supporters who have travelled down to North Devon will have a great day with us today and enjoy some excellenty rugby

We would also like to thank our sponsors for today’s game Slee Blackwell Solicitors. Your continued support for this club has been massive and of huge importance in helping us reach the heights we have and long may it continue.

Well it was a tough weekend last week for the Chiefs down at Chinnor. Missing Captain Winston James, Matt Gohl, Bry Jenkins, James Starkey and Jordan Petherbridge, it was always going to be a tough ask to get anything from the game and so it proved as Chinnor, one of the favourites to win the league this season, ran riot at home and walked away with a comfortable win.

Today's opponents have also had a tough start to the season losing their first 3 games. However with a number of seasons under their belt at this level that was not going to last and last weekend they beat Canterbury at home 25-20.

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As a bonus for today Barnstaple Chiefs and Clifton are also playing for the John Budd Cup, in memory of John Budd who played for both clubs. John began his playing career here at Barnstaple during the early 1960's when he was working here. Visiting Barnstaple rugby club one day and having never played rugby before he struck a deal with the lads that if they taught him how to to play rugby he would teach them how to play spoof a drinking game, darts and bar billiards. John then went on to play for the Seconds and then the 1st Team before being transferred to Bristol where he played for Clifton 1st XV and captained their Seconds.

Barnstaple and Clifton played a number of times for the John Budd Cup before they started playing in different leagues when the Seconds of both teams took over the challenge. The last known match was in 1993 where it is alleged that Barnstaple 2nds won it. So its up to the Chiefs today to retain the John Budd Cup and i expect everyone here today to make their voices heard as we roar Barnstaple to success. Good luck to both teams today and we will lift a glass at the bar to remember a larger than life character who is fondly remembered by those who knew him.



Devon Merit Table 1

Team Pld W D L F A +/- B Pts
Okehampton 19 18 0 1 672 191 481 55
Exmouth 19 16 1 2 600 182 418 52
Barnstaple 19 15 0 4 640 265 375 45
Newton Abbot 21 10 2 9 544 415 129 43
Cullompton 21 11 0 10 425 425 0 43
Tiverton 21 10 0 11 418 510 -92 41
Ivybridge 20 14 0 6 619 295 324 40
Crediton 21 9 1 11 394 471 -77 40
Brixham 20 9 0 11 265 476 -211 34
Devonport Services 22 8 0 14 330 481 -151 30
Paignton 20 4 1 15 255 835 -580 29
Bideford 21 3 1 17 283 629 -346 23
Sidmouth 20 2 0 18 187 457 -270 11

Upcoming Events


Saturday 1st ­ - Real Ale Day
A selection of Beers & Ales will be on offer throughout the day!

Friday 14th ­ - Ladies Night
Starts at 7.30pm £15 entry.

Saturday 29th ­ - Ladies Lunch                                                                                                            We will be hosting our loverly ladies for the the day with an amazing meal followed by a great game of rugby, for mor information please speak to Sandra or Lesley from Two cooks catering.

Sunday 30th - ­ Halloween!!
Get the children dressed up and ready for a spooktastic afternoon with face painting!
1pm to 5pm, £3.00 entry.


Sunday 13th - Remembrance Sunday
Supporting and paying our respects. A glass of Rum for all service personnel.
Starts at 1pm.


Sunday 11th ­- Children's Christmas Party
5pm to 8pm, £5 entry

Saturday 17th ­ - Casio Royale
Have you got a license to thrill??!!
Starts at 7.30pm, entry £20 (Adults Only).

Saturday 31st - Family New Year’s Eve Party!
Starts at 7.30pm. Entry £5 for adults, £2 for children

To book into any of the above events please contact Lisa on 07725145781 /

Todays team

1. Mark BERRY
2. Ashlee CROUCH
Oliver MASON
4. Oli MASON
Ben Hilton
Ben Hilton
Matt Hague
8. Matt HAGUE
12. Ryan CARTER
Jake Murphy
13. Jake MURPHY
Linford BROCK
14. Linford BROCK
15. Will TOPPS


  • Kevin ANGELL (16)
    Pearce Construction Ltd
  • James STARKEY (17)
    Newbridge Pharma Ltd
  • Adam LLOYD (18)
    Mike Brend Ground Force
  • James BATH (19)
    Slee and Blackwell Solicitors
  • James BATH (20)
    Slee and Blackwell Solicitors
Rob Dugard
Nathaniel BAYET
7. Nathaniel BAYET
11. Luke BERRY


  • 1. Elliot BOOLEY
  • 2. Jack WILLIAMS
  • 3. Alex GILTROW
  • 4. John HAWKINS
  • 5. Andy CANNOCK
  • 6. Hamish RENWICK
  • 7. Max WOODWARD
  • 8. Andy CHESTERS
  • 9. George THOMAS
  • 10. Brad BARNES
  • 11. Ian CLARK
  • 12. Dan WELLS
  • 13. Sam HARRISON
  • 14. James NEAL
  • 15. Tom FRANCIS


  • 16. Jean Louis BARTLETT
  • 17. Dave WHEELER
  • 18. Rhys LUCKWELL
  • 19. Jack WATTERS
  • 20. Mitch SPENCER


  • Referee: Mr. Daniel PARROTT
  • AR1: Mr. Ian PENGELLY
  • AR2: Mr. Philip HALLSWORTH

Club News

Membership Subscription Reminder

Can I remind those that have not renewed their Membership Subscriptions for this season to do so at their earliest convenience please and to welcome applications from any newcomers who may want to join us. Application forms are available from behind the bar, our website under "our club" then "documents" and in the main program on page 60. To make the process seem less painful, payments can be made by bank card at the bar.

Matchday Draw

Hopefully by the time you read this you will have been "invited" by our gate entry volunteers to take part in the Matchday Draw. The new ticket format replaces the old cloakroom type that has caused some confusion at times in deciding if you have a yellow one or a buff one! 

Thanks to the sponsorship of Carb Cycles you can now buy a ticket that clearly states your number making it easier for you and the sellers.The cost is the same at £1 and you can buy as many as you like. The draw will take place at half time with the cash prizes available immediately from the bar.

Best of luck and remember, if you aint in you cant win!

Thanks for your support.

Pez's Ponderings

Welcome all,
Steven PERRYEvery Saturday this year we are confronted by a quality outfit. This is a motivating factor as only a good performance from every individual in our team will produce results.
Promotion was and is a wonderful achievement well deserved and celebrated. Promotion has thrown up many questions: Can we do it? Should we do it?  Is it a risk? But the quotes below remind me that challenge is hugely difficult but rewarding in equal measures.

"There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing and be nothing." Aristotle

"The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live" Leo F. Buscaglia

Looking forward to the game and performance we produce and as always your wonderful support. Feel the Barum Spirit!


The colts have had a really good start to the season with winning all their games so far beating Exeter Sar 36-10 and then Sidmouth could not raise a side so they had an away walk over, to follow up with beating Exmouth last week 7-14. This week they have gone down to play Crediton so we wish them the best of luck.

Next week they were meant to be playing Honiton but they have had to pull out of the league due to being unable to raise a side,

On the 15th October they will make the small trip to Okehampton and then they will be Home on the 22nd when they host South Molton  Core Values (standard image)








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The Juniors have a large number of children join us again this year, which is great for the future of the  club.

U16's so far have drawn against Exeter Sar 29 all and lost to both Ivybridge and Torquay in the 1st part of the league, they now have a few weeks of friendly games starting with Okehampton tomorrow moring at home with a 11.45 KO, 

U15's and U14's were both meant to start their pathway to the Junior Devon cup last week, but both Bideford U15's and Teignmouth U14's pulled out as they could not raise a team. Which puts them in to the next round. Which will mean the U14's will be going to Topsham and the 15's will host Okehampton both on the 6th November.




01st Oct 2016

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