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Olly Viney slips the ball to Andy Barnett

Preston Grasshoppers

Profile on Preston Grasshoppers - one of the oldest clubs in the country. It was founded in 1869, two years prior to the Rugby Football Union.

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Contact details

Lightfoot Green
Lightfoot Lane
Fulwood
Preston
PR4 0AP

Tel: 01772 863546
Fax: 01772 861605
e-mail: info@pgrfc.co.uk

White Shirts with narrow navy hoops or emerald green with red and blue piping.

Club Honours:

First XV: Powergen National 1 Champions 2005
Jewson National 2 North Champions 1999
Thwaites Lancashire Cup Winners 2003, 2006
(U.19): Lancashire Cup Winners 1984,1988,1995,1996,1997,2004.
Winners National Plate Final 2000

Personnel:

First Team Manager: Bill Johnston
Head Coach: Alex Keay
Assistant Coaches: Paul Manley, Graham Murphy
Physio: Joanne Steel

Famous ex-players:

Wade Dooley - 55 caps for England and 3 for the British & Irish Lions (almost all gained while he was at Hoppers)
Other Internationals who started their rugby careers at PGRFC:
Paul Grayson England and now coach at Northampton
Pat Sanderson England and now captain of Worcester
Alex Sanderson England, Sale and Saracens
Iain Balshaw England, Bath and Leeds
Steve Borthwick England and Bath
Will Greenwood England, British Lions, Leicester and Harlequins. Will's father, Dick, England captain and coach also finished his career at Hoppers as player and coach.

Current famous players:

Oliver Viney – England Counties XV

Post match celebrations/commiserations?

The Club has 800 members and is very social and family orientated - characters abound!
Post Match celebrations occur in the bar which is open 7 days a week.
Players, officials and spectators all mingle in the bar after games and the atmosphere must be experienced!

Main sponsors:

Thwaites Brewery are the Main Sponsors along with regular support many from local and national companies.

Other Teams:

Hoppers have thriving mini/youth section with well over 400 boys and girls registered under the age of 18. The Club runs 12 mini/junior sides 7 senior sides and a Ladies team.

Other sports:

The club also hosts:
Rugby, Squash (North West Counties Division 1), Cricket (Boddingtons Midweek Village Cricket League), rifle shooting and archery - indoor and out.

And also:

Former Sports Minister Sir Robert Atkins MEP is a Vice President.

last updated: 20/12/06
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