Finals Action for Royal Town Clubs

Last Updated: Apr 20, 2016 09:21pm
Sutton New Hall, Birmingham
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Two of the Town’s rugby clubs are in finals action this year. Warwickshire Rugby Football Union holds several club completions and this year, Spartans and Sutton Coldfield have both won through to the Shield and Cup finals respectively.

Both teams have a good pedigree in the competitions with Spartans having won the Shield previously and Sutton having won the cup on several occasions.

The restructuring off the competitions this year has kept the teams apart after previous clashes at semi-final and a great town day at a final in recent years. 

Craig Stanley, Chairman of Spartans said, “It’s great to see the two Town clubs flying the flag for local rugby and we hope it will be a good advert for our respective clubs.  I’m sure both sides will wish each other well in the contests that await”. 

Jim Haywood, Chairman at Sutton Coldfield RFC remarked, “We’ve enjoyed some great games in the cups over the yeas against our friends and local rivals Spartans, none more so than the trip out to the final a few years ago when both teams went head to head. It was a really great atmosphere to be with friends from across the town, all supporting their own team with real passion.”

Both finals this year take place on the same day, Sunday April 24th. Those with shared allegiance have to decide which to go. Sutton Coldfield travel to the Coventry Butts Arena to take on Newbold in the Cup final while Spartans take on Barkers Butts RFC with a shorter trip down to Sutton Coldfield’s Roger Smoldon Ground where the County Shield Final is held this year.

“We’ve had some great highs and some deep lows this season. From the massive honour of being a Rugby World Cup base to having to labour hard with a new and learning team has meant a real strange year for us. The final is our chance to get something for the on field efforts this year. This year it’s great to see Spartans in the Shield final.

The investment we made in the club infrastructure was instead of going out and buying a new team. We had the chance to go to market but instead stuck to our aims to bringing on home grown talent and developing our offering. This part of this plan is now bearing fruit as we’ve had a couple of district games played on the new pitch and now in its first year secured a county final. It’s made even better by the fact our friends from Coppice Lane will be ere enjoying it. It would be nice at the end of the evening to have a beer with them as we look at a double win for the town” said Jim Haywood

Craig Stanley added “It will be a huge honour to play on a pitch that was laid for a World Cup team against the Warwickshire Club who have produced more England international players than any other.  We are a small family rugby club who are working really hard in everything we do, both on and off the pitch, to maintain and improve our standards.  As the junior club we will be delighted to accept a shandy or two from our hosts”.

Both finals start at 3pm. Warwickshire RFU charge a small gate fee on each event to cover their costs. All are welcome to attend and the game at the Roger Smoldon Ground has free parking.


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