HISTORY

History

1888 to 2013

The Club has one of the most remarkable and distinguished history with the red and white of the Mighty Gate long established in the Midlands and abroad. The highlights are well documented and recounted in books, newsletters, memories and hostelries! and the enduring friendships that have been created last forever. Some of the Soundbites are listed below.
1888 Stoneygate Football Club is founded with 9 Members
1889 Earliest Match report in the Leicester Mercury
1902 Colours changed to cardinal red and white
1903 First International Cap – J H Miles Capped for England vs Wales
1908 Stoneygate supply 8 of the Tigers First XV
1919 First Annual Ball – now the Summer Ball
1926 Move from Victoria Park to our first ground – Aylestone Road
1927 Stoneygate run five XV’s
1929 Stoneygate 7 become the first side to beat Leicester Tigers to win the Cup

1933 Stoneygate and Westleigh first combined tour to the “North”
1934 Move from Aylestone Road to Blackbird Road
1938 Move to Saffron Lane and jubilee Dinner at The Grand Hotel
1966 Move to Covert Lane
1987 Stoneygate run five XV’s and a Colts XV
1988 Centenary Year – Gate 1st VX take on a British Lions select XV
1988 Stoneygate win the County Cup
1992 Stoneygate 7 win the Amsterdam boot
2004 Stoneygate Babaas win the Salcombe Sevens

2013 – Present

September 2013, Stoneygate takes the field at its new home, Uppingham Community College, for what is to become the start of a new chapter in the life of the 131-year old Club.
The 2013/14 season saw a fixture list of friendly matches against teams such as Market Harborough, Coalville, Loughborough. That first season was all about building a new home in Uppingham and to continue the great work that had gone before at Gate, making sure the Club survived the move from Covert Lane to Rutland. It was a successful season, winning the majority of fixtures and recruiting new players from the local area along the way. The 2013/14 season culminated with the 1st XV winning the President’s Cup Final against Shepshed. The next season 2014/15 Stoneygate 1st XV entered Leicestershire Merit League C which gave Gate stability and presence on the Leicestershire rugby scene once again. A consolidation season, establishing the Club in the league system once more. For a second year running, Gate 1st XV won the President’s Cup Final, this time playing against Shepshed at Market Harborough RFC.
A League and Cup double! Since that final in 2015, Stoneygate 1st Team has gone from strength to strength. In Leicestershire Merit B league, Gate has found its feet amongst Clubs such as; Aylestone Athletic, Coalville, Belgrave and Hinckley. Each season the aim is to continue recruiting from the local Uppingham area, improving on the previous season’s results and aiming for silverware in the President’s Cup. At the start of the 2017/18 season Gate 1st XV took a huge step forward in appointing former player, Matt Isherwood as full time 1st Team Coach. Matt’s contribution since then has had a huge impact on the team, bringing structure, an improved skill set and better organisation both at training and during game time. Gate won its third President’s Cup last season and came fourth in the league. The 2018/2019 season Gate has gone one step further by completing the League and Cup double in Leicestershire Merit B, which has seen the team promoted to Leicestershire’s top Merit A League for the 2019/20 season.

Officers

PRESIDENT


2018                     J N WALKER
2013 2018          M R DEARMAN
2004 2013          S G MOUNFIELD
1998 2004          S H CHARLES
1995 1998          R D FOXON
1993 1995          P J MASON
1990 1993          W J HOWARD
1988 1990          M J ASTILL
1986 1988          C R HILTON
1985 1986          B A F SMITH
1983 1985          B L FURBER
1981 1983          B H HERBERT
1979 1981          J F DOLEMAN
1976 1979          D E WOODFORD
1975 1976          N M RAWSON
1973 1975          J I MITCHELL
1972 1973          J J PICKUP
1970 1972          R KEMP
1967 1970          R CREESE
1964 1967          D R CHARLES
1961 1964          J F PAYNE
1959 1961          H J PALFREYMAN
1958 1959          R J PEMBERTON
1957 1958          M R SIMPSON
1953 1957          J R M BROADBENT
1952 1953          F E OLIVER
1951 1952          N S CATLOW
1950 1951          C D OLIVER
1949 1950          T H BRIERS
1948 1949          C W CROSS
1947 1948          C BRAY
1945 1947          H W PALFREYMAN
1939                    E C WYKES
1938 1939          J R GIMSON
1937 1938          D M GIMSON
1902 1937          J PARSONS
1888 1902          T W PETTIFOR

CHAIRMAN


2018                    P BEECH
2013 2018          A B T COOPER
2009 2013          A P DALTON
2007 2009          S L ORCHARD
2004 2007          J A FIELD
2001 2004          B N DRAYCOTT
1999 2001          R W MACKAY
1995 1999          S G MOUNFIELD
1993 1995          D A HOPE
1990 1993          M M GIBSON
1987 1990          R D FOXON
1984 1987          C J CLEAR
1982 1984          B N DRAYCOTT
1979 1982          J T P HURD
1977 1979          R M L KEMP
1975 1977         P K BRUNING
1973 1975          R M HALLAM
1971 1973          P A P ASTILL
1969 1971          C R HILTON
1967 1969          D E WOODFORD
1965 1967          B A F SMITH

HONORARY
SECRETARY

1990                    S M MORRIS
1987 1990          S G MOUNFIELD
1984 1987          J G BLENKIN
1979 1984          J M WAITE
1975 1979          R D FOXON
1973 1975          P K BRUNING
1971 1973          R M HALLAM
1968 1971          P A P ASTILL
1961 1968          C R HILTON
1957 1961          D W J SMITH
1952 1957          J I MITCHELL
1950 1952          E N CARR
1933 1950          H J PALFREYMAN
1930 1933          J R M BROADBENT
1927 1930          N S CATLOW
1921 1927          F E OLIVER
1920 1921          R F CRAVEN
1919 1920          C F BRAY
1912 1914          C F BRAY
1911 1912          F R RICHARDS
1909 1911          A M PEARCE
1908 1909          A R HARRISON
1904 1908          W S FOX
1903 1904          A O HARRIS
1902 1903          A G WRIGHT
1897 1902          J F BAINES
1894 1897          P M BUTLAND
1891 1894          W ARKWRIGHT
1890 1891          E C JOHNSON
1888 1890          F B CRABTREE

HONORARY
TREASURER

1990 2013           J L BERRY
2003 2013          M A WOODS
2000 2003          D A HOPE
1998 2000          W J HOWARD
1989 1998          D A HOPE
1988 1989          N P BROMWICH
1984 1988          G H WALTON
1977 1984          C J CLEAR
1975 1977          S G MOUNFIELD
1973 1975          J D FLINT
1970 1973          G A U SQUIRES
1961 1970          J F DOLEMAN
1951 1961          H J PALFREYMAN
1938 1951          R SYMINGTON
1914 1938          H W PALFREYMAN
1888 1914          F R CHARTERS

Captains

CLUB CAPTAIN

2019                    M SCOTT
2014 2019          C BRUGHA
2012 2014          G M OUGH
2011 2012          L J STURGESS
2009 2011          M CHARLTON
2007 2009          W E KENDRICK
2004 2007          J D HOLDEN

1ST XV CAPTAIN

2016 2020          W CROPPER
2014 2016          C BRUGHA
2012 2014          G M OUGH
2011 2012          L J STURGESS
2009 2011          M CHARLTON
2007 2009          W E KENDRICK
2004 2007          J D HOLDEN

1ST XV CAPTAIN

2000 2004           P R J MURRAY
1999 2000           P BEECH
1997 1999           C W HOWARD
1995 1997           A MASSARELLA
1993 1995           J P ALLMAN
1991 1993           I M BRIDGWOOD
1989 1991           N F BURROWS
1987 1989           D A HOPE
1985 1987           M P MILES
1982 1985           R L SYMMINGTON
1980 1982           G R MILLAR
1979 1980           M R TANNER
1977 1979           M R MORTIMER
1976 1977           B N DRAYCOTT
1974 1976           J N CHEATLE
1972 1974           R T H BERRY
1970 1972           G J F BERKERLEY
1968 1970           P J MASON
1965 1968           M J ASTILL
1962 1965           B A F SMITH
1960 1962           B L FURBER
1959 1960           A C KEENE
1955 1959           J R MILLINGTON
1952 1955           J FORD
1950 1952           J I MITCHELL
1948 1950           L J SMITH
1947 1948           A D BLACK
1946 1947           F L JONES
1946                     A D BLACK

1ST XV CAPTAIN

1938 1939           B J MARRIOT
1937 1938           S F HERBERT
1935 1937           L B BAILLON
1934 1935           F C DRUMMOND
1933 1934           J R M BROADBENT
                             L W BURTON
1932 1933           L W BURTON
1931 1932           W G JEFFREY
1930 1931           C D OLIVER
1928 1930           T H BRIARS
1927 1928           F E OLIVER
1924 1927           T H BRIARS
1922 1924           P W LAWRIE
1920 1922           N A J EWEN
1919 1920           F H RICHARDS
                             C W CROSS
1913 1914           J BAXTER
1912 1913           F H RICHARDS
1910 1912           C W CROSS
1909 1910           H WRIGHT
1908 1909           J C BURDETT
1906 1908           G BOLUS
1903 1906           C J BASSETT
1902 1903           J F BAINES
                             A J PALFREYMAN
1899 1902           J R GIMSON
1897 1899           A L BURTON
1895 1897           E H PICKARD
1894 1895           M E WHITE HEAD
1892 1894           F R CHARTERS
1891 1892           H SIMPSON
1888 1891           C MOORE

honorary Members

All Honorary Members have full Voting Rights   

Mike Astill
Barry Draycott
Ben Cripps
Bruce Cooper
Chris Hilton
Chris Jee
Colin Storry
David Deville
David Hope
David Kinder
David Monk
David Woodford
Dick Cole
Duncan Jefferson
George Walton
Gordon Squires
Graeme Ough
Guy Bibby
Ian Bridgwood
James Sellicks
Jeremy Clear
Jes Dolman
Jim Blenkin
John Waite
Mark Furber
Martin Herbert
Micheil Gibson
Nick Burrows
Nick Cheatle
Nigel Bromwich
Nigel Spooner
Paul Astill
Peter Bruning
Peter Howkins
Peter Kinder

Peter Mason
Philip Herbert
Richard Hallam
Rob Kemp
Rob Mckay
Roger Foxon
Simon Duxbury
Simon Pollard
Steve Charles
Steve Kemp
Steve Mounfield

VICE PRESIDENTs

This Honour is awarded by the President for exceptional services to Stoneygate FC and has NO voting rights  

Jez Allman
Paul Astill
Michael Astill
Phil Beech
Grahame Berkerley
Richard Berry
Jim Blenkin
Jim Bluck
Ian Bridgwood
Cillian Brugha
Peter Bruning
Nick Burrows
Nick Cheatle
Jeremy Clear

Dick Cole
Bruce Cooper
Gordon Culshaw
Barry Draycott
Simon Duxberry
John Field
Roger Foxon
Micheil Gibson
Richard Hallam
Stephen Hammond
Willie Carr
Martin Herbert
Philip Herbert
David Hope

Robert Kemp
Steve Kemp
David Kinder
Peter Kinder
Mike Lewis
Robert Mackay
Mike Miles
David Monk
Steve Morris
Paul Murray
Graeme Ough
Martin Prince
Peter Reichenback
Marcus Roberts

Robert Rowley
Gordon Squires
Robert Symington
John Waite
George Walton
Joff Ward
David Woodford
Mark Woods
Mike Pickering
James Walker
Steve Mounfield
Steve Charles
Peter Mason
Chris Hilton