3rd July 2019, 11:52 | masters

World’s Oldest Rugby League club host Masters

World’s Oldest Rugby League club host Masters

Masters Rugby League was played for the first time at Millom R.L.F.C. in Cumbria which is the oldest amateur Rugby League club in the world, having been founded in 1873.

Three Masters teams were hosted by Millom as Masters Rugby League continues to grow and visit new venues.

Discussion between Barrow Masters organiser, Shaun McPoland, Arlecdon Masters and York Lokos Masters organiser and Masters Vice Chairman, Simon Moat, led to Lokos two scheduled games with Arlecdon and Barrow being rolled into a three team mini festival.

This allowed Masters Rugby League to be showcased at Millom.

Although Millom does not currenly have a Masters team, there were plenty of potential Masters watching and afterwards in the bar was full of chat about Masters and how Millom should get a team together.

Indeed, the first former Millom player to play Masters was James Butcher, who played as a guest for Lokos and enjoyed a memorable afternoon trying (to no avail) to marshall the York players around the park from acting half position. James finished the day full of praise and enthusiasm for Masters.

The Millom club were excellent hosts and welcomed all the Masters and there supporters. All the money raised on an excellent Masters was split between a charity of choice of Arlecdon and a Cancer Charity chosen by the Millom committee.

"t was a tremendous honour to be part of the first ever Masters match to be played at Britain's oldest club. The Millom commitee and supporters were exemplary hosts on what turned out to be a fun filled day."

Lokos Simon Moat commented: "Barrow and Arlecdon provided great opposition with each of the three matches being played in superb sportsmanship and high spirits."