3rd October 2018, 16:20 | university

University of Manchester RL to celebrate 50th anniversary

University of Manchester RL to celebrate 50th anniversary

This coming season at the University of Manchester Rugby League (UMRLFC) sees the club's 50th anniversary, founded in 1968 by the students David Woolf and Alan Pinder.

Despite initially struggling to be recognised by the Athletics Union at the university, the club has grown and established itself in the years since.

The club is making great strides on and off the field, narrowly missing out on promotion last year, as well as winning their Varsity match against Salford University 42-6 in front of over 400 people.

They also won their cup competition and came second in the National RL University 9s tournament.

This year they are starting a second team, and there are also plans to start a women's Rugby League team at the university later this year.

To mark this significant occasion in the history of Rugby League at the University of Manchester, the club are hosting an Old Boys v Current Students XIII match on October 20 at the Armitage Centre in Manchester from 1pm, followed by a celebratory meal at the Rampant Lion restaurant complex from 5:30pm, where one of the founders of the club will be the guest of honour.

Featued Image Credit: Dave Calverley