St Francis Rugby Club

Why St Francis Rugby Club

An Atmosphere of Respect
Rugby for over 55 years
Loyalty and Affiliations
St Francis Rugby Club Default location
The Emerald Club, Southgate Park, Southgate Avenue
Crawley West Sussex RH10 6HG
United Kingdom
West Sussex GB

About us:

St Francis RFC was founded in 1960 by St. Wilfrid's School old boys who attended a youth club attached to the Friary Church of St. Francis and St. Anthony, hence the name St. Francis Rugby Football Club. In its infancy the first president was the parish priest Father Malachy. The central administrator was the late Jack O'Neil who was secretary, chairman and treasurer, later he became the second president of the club and was patron until his death.

The club has had a nomadic existence, playing in Northgate, Ifield, Langley Green, Bewbush and Broadfield before moving to its present ground at Southgate playing field. The club's first clubhouse was the Jet Line Club. It later moved to Goffs Park Pavilion where it resided for 25 years. At the beginning of the 1998/1999 season, the club joined forces with the Crawley Irish Centre to form the Emerald Sports & Social Club at Southgate Pavilion.

In October 2010 it was organised so that Crawley and East Grinstead Ladies rugby teams would join Saint Francis RFC to create our first Ladies team. Ever since then Ladies have been welcomed to our club where we have attracted some very talented and skilled players. The Ladies team even boasts players who have represented international teams such as Wales, as well as rugby union teams including Saracens Woman’s.

Club Honours:

• Sussex Plate Winners – 1989
• Sussex Plate Runners Up - 1994
• Sussex Plate Winners – 2006
• Sussex Plate Runners Up – 2015
• Sussex 3 Winners - 2004
• Sussex Ladies 3 - 2011
• Sussex Ladies NE/South 2 - 2016
• Sussex Walrus Trophy – 1989
• Sussex Walrus Trophy - 2013

Club information

Club Type: 
Sussex 2 and London SE2
Club Colours: 
Black and Blue
Number of Pitches: 
1 - 2
Membership size: 
100 - 250
Average weekly attendance: 
0 - 50


Number of Players: 
100 - 500
Senior (3)
Age Band: 
All Working Age Adults
Social demographics: 
B - Middle class
C1 - Lower middle class
C2 - Skilled working class
D - Working class
E - Those at lowest level of subsistence


Car Park
Changing Rooms - Male
Changing Rooms - Officials
Connectivity (wifi)
Disabled access
Own Ground - Leasehold
Players Room
Venue Hire