Below, we take a look at the history of one of our biggest clubs, Sutton and Epsom RFC…
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As one of our most historic clubs, Sutton and Epsom Rugby Football Club started life in the autumn of 1880 as an off-shoot of the famous Sutton Bicycle Club – hence the iconic penny-farthing logo which still adorns the club’s black and white hooped strip.
Their early years took them to the cusp of first-class status, playing before crowds of up to 3,000 – beating the likes of Wasps and Saracens along the way. In fact, the club once managed to defeat the famous Stade Français in Paris.
The Sutton and Epsom club of today is one of the largest in the country, capable of putting up to 25 sides in the field.
This has not been achieved by chance. The club is supported by 3,000 members – 1,200 of them past and present players as well as 1,800 social members.
Indeed, the club’s social scene is second to none, with themed festivities and parties, along with the prestigious, season ending ‘Black and White Ball’.
Over the years, a number of international players have graced the club’s ranks, most recently the former England scrum-half, Paul Hodgson.
He began his career at Rugby Lane as a mini, before progressing through the junior ranks and eventually ending in the first team.
Hodgson then embarked on a 15 year professional career which saw him play Premiership rugby with Bristol, London Irish and Worcester, before his honours with the England national team.
That said, his roots at Sutton run deep. Last season, Hodgson returned to the club of his boyhood, playing a pivotal role in the side that stormed to the London One South title.
Sutton certainly drew great strength from Hodgson, who has now taken on a major coaching role at London Irish. However, their success was underpinned by a team of genuine talent and an intelligent coaching staff – headed by Lee Cholewa and Jeff Parsons.
Head Coach Lee Cholewa was a fine fly-half who represented Yorkshire and the England Counties. Cholewa broke just about every club scoring record in his years with Harrogate, also playing for Rotherham, Wakefield and London Welsh during his long career.
Jeff Parsons is a doyen of Sutton rugby. An indomitable prop forward who played alongside the above mentioned Hodgson at the turn of the millennium.
During the Spring, when it became clear that Hodgson could no longer be as closely involved with the club because of his new duties at London Irish, Sutton & Epsom had the immense good fortune of welcoming Mike Schmid into their coaching staff.
Schmid won 24 caps for Canada and enjoyed a splendid career with Rotherham, playing more than a hundred games for the Yorkshire club. On coming south, he was recruited by Esher, and as Director of Rugby, he helped pilot the Surrey side into the Championship.
“We are trying to learn from every game and improve each week. The boys are honest, work hard and want to improve, so the credit lies with their efforts really. It is a pleasure working with the team and the other coaches.” He added.
Despite returning to the National League, there is not a hint of complacency and the club is well aware of the great challenges ahead.
Challenges are meat and drink to Sutton rugby and the atmosphere at Rugby Lane today is charged with pride and passion.
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