The town of Rugby, Warwickshire was known for creating one sport out of another. William Webb Ellis famously picked up a football, ran across a field and placed the ball on the ground. This led to the birth of rugby, and Webb Ellis’ name went down in sporting history.
Football is honoured alongside the town’s rugby traditions. The Rugby & District Sunday League hosts games at weekends for the locals to enjoy. You will find many pubs and their subsequent teams, as well as a fierce rivalry in what is an otherwise quaint village.
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Royal Oak United
Royal Oak United has been growing from strength to strength since the start of the 2020/21 season. It started off by winning the Rugby & District Hospitals Cup, and it has won its first seven league games to top the table.
The Royal Oak is the pub that supports the team’s name. The pub is a two-minute walk away from Rugby town centre and provides a wide range of food, alcohol and television. It also supports a local cricket team alongside the football club.
Hillmorton FC was formed in Rugby in 1969. It has formed connections with some Europeans grassroots teams and plays international tournaments every year. Its biggest partners are V.R.F. Football Club in Russelheim, Germany and Evreux Athletic Club in Evreux, Normandy, France. In more recent years, players have competed in Belgium and The Netherlands.
The mens senior team has collected ten points in eight games thanks to two wins and four draws. The team plays its home games on Butlin Road, which is close to Rugby Town FC and Rugby’s train station.
The George FC
Some football clubs try to have bragging rights over others, and The George FC is no exception. It claims to be “the best Sunday League team in Daventry” and says that it is going to be a professional sports team.
The club has followed Marcus Rashford’s campaign to end child poverty. It invited music producer and radio host DJ Chunky Bizzle to make packed lunches for school children during the half term break. Many of the players are parents themselves and understand how difficult it can be to provide for children, and they asked any families who were interested to contact the club.
The club’s namesake, The George pub, is located in the Bilton area of Rugby.
The Bell FC
Hillmorton is an old village in Rugby. It has a church, a canal, and an old market cross in the village centre. It has two Rugby and District Sunday League teams: The Bell FC and Hillmorton FC. They form a local rivalry.
The teams met each other in October and drew 3-3. Bell led the game 3-1 for most of the second half, but Hillmorton fought back to ensure that there would be a share of the points. This has not stopped The Bell from finding good form, and it is second in the table with 13 points.
The Bell FC is the football team of The Bell Inn, a popular pub in Rugby. The pub has modern facilities for the game-day experience, as well as a food menu and beer gardens.
Webb Ellis FC
Given that the town of Rugby invented the sport of the same name, it seems only right that a football team pays some homage to rugby union. Webb Ellis FC honours William Webb Ellis, the founder of rugby and the name of the Rugby World Cup trophy.
The football team is fifth in the league table. It has two wins, three draws and three defeats so far this season.