• Maidstone Rugby: Are you looking for a new club? We run 6 senior sides so can cater for whatever level you play at. So why not join us at the county town's senior rugby club.
  • Matchball Sponsorship: Opportunities still available for home league & cup fixtures this season (Ashford, Medway (RFU Cup), Thanet, Sevenoaks & Crowborough still available). Contact Bob Hayton
  • New Players: Maidstone Rugby welcomes new players of all ages and abilities, see New Players page for contact information. Free membership for members of HM Forces.
  • Maidstone Rugby 500 Club: Join now and be part of the Xmas Draw numbers on 20th Dec. You've got to be in it, to win it!!! See Bob Beney for more details

26 Nov 14: Pre-Match Lunches - New Date Added

Due to the popularity of this season's pre-match lunches and thanks to the kind offer of our Primary Sponsor, Pankhurst Contracting, an additional date has been added to the diary for this season.

Previouslyly there was no pre-match lunch scheduled for January and it has now been decided that the home league fixture v Thanet Wdrs RFC on Sat 17th Jan will be preceded by a lunch.

Details of all the pre-match lunch dates can be found on the Events page of the website and further details of this addition to the diary will be circulated in due course.

26 Nov 14: Saturday 29th Nov, England v Australia. Club & Bar Open

Despite the lack of fixtures this coming Saturday, with the Veterans XV at home to Bexley Veterans XV and the Barbarains XV searching for their passports for a trip to deepest Sheppey; the clubhouse will be open all afternoon for members to watch the England v Australia match (KO 2:30pm).

So don't suffer withdrawal symptoms and go 'cold turkey'. Get on down to the club and watch the match with your mates and a beer.  Win, Lose or Draw it's always better that way.

 

25 Nov 14: **IMPORTANT- Training Thursday 27th Nov - IMPORTANT**

Senior squad (1st/2nd XV) training this Thursday will take place between 7:30 - 9:00pm in the Sports Hall at Maidstone Grammar School so training shoes will be required. Physio will also be available at the Sports Hall from 7:00pm.

Access to the Grammar School is via the Barton Rd main entrance, there is no access via the green gates adjacent to the club.

The upper tier training area under the new floodlights is still available for Veterans/5th XV training.

24 Nov 14: Club Creates New Supporters Group

In order to help the club progress, both on and off the field, the Club has agreed to create an informal Supporters Group to support the activities of the club and those of the President in particular. The objective is to pull people together to make us a better club and potentially to assist with any ad hoc jobs that need to be done.

A first consideration is to try to assist with the travel arrangements for first team supporters to away games and to coordinate some form of car sharing. Clearly, this will be more efficient for car drivers and a lot more fun all round.  In order to get the project off the ground, club VP Graham Norton has agreed to lead the project, initial steps are to assemble a database of interested parties, those members interested in being involved are requested to contact him via email (grahamnorton@wealdenhomes.co.uk

Let’s get a good crowd of supporters down to Ferryfields, Aylesford on the 6th December - there can be no greater incentive to get involved!

Subject to the response we get ,Graham will set up an informal meeting in the club in January to explore any ideas club members may have.

23 Nov 14: Ex-Presidents Fly the Flag

Former Maidstone Rugby President, Bob Beney and his Mote CC counterpart Mickey Back, who is also a VP at Maidstone Rugby,  have been instrumental in a number of projects around the clubhouse in recent seasons.  One of their projects was the replacement of the old flagpole on the clubhouse.  However, this in turn created a new quandary in that the old Maidstone FC flag was too big to be effectively flown.  With both being vice presidents of the club, Bob & Mickey stepped forward with significant donations to ensure both club flags were renewed, with the new club flag taking on a much more recogniseable and easily identified design.  Whilst the flag has flown since the start of the season, this Saturday’s pre-match lunch was the first opportunity for the two Ex-Presidents to formerly present the flag to the club.

23 Nov 14: Around the Grounds

National 1:  A convincing 56-15 win for leaders Ealing over Fylde keeps them clear at the top of the table, with the result seeing Fylde drop to fourth spot, Rosslyn Pk stay second after a 10-31 win at Hartpury with Coventry moving into third place following their 21-53 win at Tynedale.  In a day of 50+ scores, Blackheath were on the receiving end of one, as they lost out 50-10 on the road at Darlington MP, whilst bottom club Macclesfield were also on the receiving end of a thrashing, losing out 17-51 to fellow strugglers O Albanians who still lie three off the bottom of the table.  Cinderford remain in the bottom two despite a 27-17 win over Wharfedale.  In mid table both Richmond and Esher narrowly came out on top in what were the tightest results in the division, with Richmond beating Blaydon 29-28 and Esher coming out on top 19-17 against Loughborough St.

National 2(S):  Canterbury stay in the relegation zone as we approach the season’s halfway stage, going down 24-11 to fellow strugglers Lydney.  Elsewhere O Elthamians just lost out 29-26 at Southend but still sit comfortably in mid-table in their first season at this level.   Henley continue to lead the way following a 17-3 win against Redruth, with Dorking still hard on their heels after they just edged Bishop’s Stortford 23-22 in a tight encounter.  Taunton remains in third place despite a 30-26 reversal at in form Chinnor. At the foot of the table the bottom two clashed, but a 43-20 win for Dings over Shelford can’t lift them off bottom spot.  Elsewhere, Cambridge lost out 14-28 at home to Worthing, whilst Launceston were 23-16 winners against visiting Clifton.

National 3(SE):  The lead changes at the top with Ldn Irish (Am) taking the top spot after they just had too much for TJs, running out 16-8winners in a tight encounter.  BSE & Westcombe Pk both slipped up as the Suffolk club lost out 7-18 to fourth placed East Grinstead, and Combe went down 18-13 at strugglers Westcliff, a result that lifts the Essex club clear of the bottom two.  Guernsey stay at the foot of the table after a 21-14 loss at CS Rugby, whilst Tring went down by the odd point, 18-17 at Gravesend.  Elsewhere Chichester brought their poor run to an end with a 16-18 win at A&C, whilst Hertford were convincing 32-10 winners against Barnes.

London 1 (S):  Wimbledon stay top, despite a 39-17 reversal at S&E, a result that sees the Surrey club move into second place in the table despite Guildford’s 48-3 hammering of struggling Hove.  Sidcup remain in the mix in fourth spot despite losing out 33-18 at Chobham who now lie in fifth place.  At the bottom of the table, Cobham still prop up the division despite a 26-13 win over Charlton Pk, Basingstoke sit third from bottom after a tight 29-28 win at home to Twickenham.  In mid-table a 13-5 win for Dover against Havant keep them just above the danger area whilst G&F fought out a 17-17 draw against Brighton.

London 2 (SE):  The day had a lot of potential to see the pecking order established as we enter the mid-season period, with all of the top four in action against each other.  Leaders Maidstone hosted second placed Tunbridge Wells at The Mote, running out 18-12 winners to open up and 8 point gap at the head of the table.   In the other top four clash third placed Medway travelled to face Sevenoaks with the winner knowing they could close the gap on the top two, and the visitors took the honours 34-23.   Elsewhere, the mid-table clash between D&B and Ashford convincingly went the way of Deal 30-0, who are now beginning to turn results in their favour and they now move above their mid Kent opposition in the table.  A 19-13 defeat for Colfeians at Thanet sees the East Kent side also move above Ashford and leaves Colfes in the bottom two.  At the foot of the table Aylesford travelled to face an in form Crowborough and a solid 32-6 defeat leaves them still without a point and falling further adrift at the foot of the table.

London 3 (SE):  Horsham stay at the head of the table on points difference after a 47-0 thrashing of struggling Anchorians, whilst Dartfordians were equally convincing, running out 8-56 winners at H&B.  Bromley lost ground following a 15-15 draw at H&W.  Whilst Anchorians loss sees them still in the danger area, the drop zone is firmly occupied by Lewes, who went down 7-38 to Folkestone, with Park Hse just being beaten 13-12 by Dunstonians.  In the last of the fixtures, Pulborough were 22-8 winners over Uckfield

Kent 1:  All change at the top of the table in what looks like being a tight battle for promotion, as Vigo go top after a 17-24 win at OGs, with second placed Beccs losing out 15-14 at fourth placed Sheppey.   Cranbrook also dropped points as they could only manage a 17-17 draw at HSBC.  At the foot of the table Bexley moved off the bottom after posting their first win of the season, a 29-33 win at Sittingbourne.  In mid-table O Wills were resounding 52-10 winners at home to HSBC, whilst Southwark lost out 11-13 at home to Lordswood.

Kent 2:  NAG move back to the top after they beat rivals Brockleians 10-19, third placed Foos Cray had no fixture and Askean move into fourth spot following a 21-15 result over Greenwich.  Elsewhere Shooters Hill beat Orpington 19-14 and Whitstable beat Edenbridge 31-19; at the bottom Dartford Valley just lost out 18-19 to Faversham.

15 Nov 14: Situations Vacant - Hon Treasurer

A change in work circumstances has meant that current Hon Treasurer Ben Court will have to stand down from his role as Hon Treasurer at Maidstone Rugby.

This is a critical role to ensure the sound running of the club; currently Ben is investigating how to break the role down into a series of clearly defined areas in order to best meet the club’s needs as it continues to progress.  However, a copy of the role description for the Hon Treasurer as it is currently defined can be found on the club’s policy page (click here).

If any member of the club is interested in taking on this critical role, either in full, or in part, please contact either Ben or a member of the committee in the first instance.

 

News archive

 

SSE English Clubs Championship

London & South East Division 2 (SE)

 Next 1st XV Fixture

Saturday 6th December 2014

Maidstone FC 1st XV v Aylesford Bulls RFC, Away, KO 2:15pm

 


Other Senior Fixtures

Saturday 29th November

Mustangs XV No Fixture

3rd XV  No Fixture

Development XV  No Fixture

Barbarians XV v  Sheppey RFC 3rd XV, Away, KO 2:30pm

Veterans XV v  Bexley Veterans XV, Home, KO 2:30pm

Sunday 30th November

Maidstone FC Late Red, Black & White XV v Aylesford Bulls RFC Veterans XV, Away, KO 1:00pm

(See weekly round-up for all this week's fixtures)

Notices

Club End of Season Tour
posted: October 24 2014

Club Captain Ben Williams is organising a toyr to Gloucester at the end of the current season, the tour is open to all senior players (Over 18) and non players alike.  Ben currently has a rough idea of outline costs and times but with a better idea of the numbers interested a more precise cost can be worked out.  If you want to tour, there is a list behind the bar to put your name on. This is you committing to coming and a £30 deposit will be required by 15th November.

Outline Itinerary

Venue - Gloucester...
Dates - Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th May 2015
Opposition - Gordon League RFC
Cost - depending on numbers £80-£150 for coach travel, accommodation and breakfast.

Rough itinerary
Friday: 9:00 am depart Maidstone (from club)
Arrive in Gloucester approx 12-1pm
Activity, open to suggestions but I can organise Bubble Football (google it!)
Out in Cheltenham Friday night


Saturday:  Arrive at club for an early KO about 2pm
Enjoy the hospitality of the club and head into Gloucester


Sunday:  Depart Gloucester about 10-12
Arrive back in Maidstone 2-4pm

 



Matchball Sponsorship Opportunities (updated 24th Nov)
posted: July 29 2014

Matchball sponsorship opportunities for next season are still available; these are inexpensive options that small companies and individuals can afford.  If any other club members wish to support the club, or feels that their company might be interested then please contact Bob Hayton.

The following home league fixtures remain available  (the immediate priority is the early season fixtures up to Christmas):

28 Nov v Harrow (RFU Intermediate Cup) - Taken by Gordon Diment

13 Dec v Deal & Betteshanger - Taken by Gordon Diment

20 Dec v Ashford

03 Jan v Medway (RFU Intermediate Cup)

17 Jan v Thanet Wdrs

07 Feb v Sevenoaks

11 Apr v Crowborough

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Perimeter Advertising - Pitchside Boards: Limited vacancies remaining.
posted: September 12 2014

There are still a few places available for pitchside boards, could your company be interested? Have you asked them? The worst they can say is No!! So why not find out.

If your company are or may be interested the please pass details to Bob Hayton and the club will take it from there.



Volunteers Required – Pitchside Board Sales
posted: May 24 2014

 

This season’s Sponsorship & Advertising campaign is progressing well but assistance is required to maximise pitchside advertising sales. The success of the club in being able to generate board sales in recent seasons has meant that the Sponsorship Officers role has become greater than can be fulfilled by one person. As a consequence the club is looking for a volunteer, or team of volunteers to take on the responsibility for pitchside board sales as a standalone role.

The role could be fulfilled by either a single person, or ideally a small team of volunteers. Whilst the period of the closed season is the busiest period as the club targets funding for the new season and looks to generate sales accordingly. However; this is a year round role with no defined deadline for achieving sales. Those interested in what is an extremely rewarding role should be proactive in generating leads and display a degree of dynamism and tenacity in pursuing potential leads.

Volunteers are requested to contact Bob Hayton via the Contacts page of the website

For a full description of the role click here.



**IMPORTANT** MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS **IMPORTANT**
posted: September 04 2014

Stipulations to Membership from 01 September 2014:
 
•  Members owing subs from 2014/15 have until 30th September to sign up for DD or pay for the coming season in full – if not they will  owe for the previous season + the coming season before they can play again.

 • Existing players must have a DD in place or paid in full before taking part in any pre-season training.

 • New players joining can attend pre-season training but must have signed up to the DD or paid in full prior to first match.

 • New players joining during the season must sign up before their second match.

 • We acknowledge that particularly in the lower sides that on occasion non-member players may to be drafted in at late notice on an ad hoc basis. In doing so, they will be subject to a match tax of £10. Those fitting this category will be allowed to play on 3 occasions by which point, full membership will be required to be considered for further selection.

 • Failure to meet any of the requirements will render a player unavailable for selection until any accrued debts are paid.

 • If you are not a member, then you will forfeit all membership rights including Club representation, use of club house facilities, access to physiotherapy services provided and entitlement to apply for international tickets.

In addition you should also be aware that your entitlement to vote at any Annual General Meeting (AGM) or Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) is dependent on your eligibility as a paid up member of the club.  The bottom line is that, to have a say in the way in which the club is run you have to actually be a current member.



Club Promotional Video - Spread the Word.
posted: July 04 2014

The 14/15 season is already shaping up to be exciting, both on and off the playing surface and as part of that process the club has produced a promotional video, so take a look and pass the word to yor friends and associates via your electronic and social media contacts.

Click here to view: PROMOVID



1st XV Kit Order Forms
posted: August 24 2014

1st XV kit order forms for non playing kit can now be downloaded from here for submission either direct to Kevin Bailey or via the 1st XV Coaching & Management Staff (according to the instructions issued).  Click here to download the form for completion and submission as appropriate.



SHOP NEWS
posted: July 04 2014

 

Training smock tops:  Black with Grey trim (note this is a change in colour from last season)


They are available in all sizes from Extra Small Boys (30") to 3XL (50") - see shop page for full details of sizes

The tops will come complete with Maidstone Rugby Crest to the front, Maidstone Rugby ball logo to the back with players name in white below.

These tops are £30 each (complete with all embroidery name etc) and delivery is anticipated to be two weeks from the order being placed by the Club - we anticipate that the order will be placed (subject to demand) so that the tops will be available from the start of the season

Please e-mail Kevin Bailey with your details (see contact page) - £15 deposit is required when placing your order - payment options will be advised when ordering.

CLOSING DATE FOR ORDERS IS END OF 4th AUGUST 2014

Club Hoodies:  The price remains for this season @ £40 including embroidered name / nickname for Adult sizes with Junior hoodies up to LB's ( 36" chest) @ £33.50.


Please note that there is a limited number and sizes of plain hoodies in stock which are available now, which for a small additional charge can be returned to Samurai to have a name/nickname added if required

The order will be placed by Mid-September for delivery in November, subject to the minimum order number required by Samurai being achieved

Please e-mail Kevin Bailey with your details (see contact page) - £20 deposit is required when placing your order - payment options will be advised when ordering.

CLOSING DATE FOR ORDERS END OF AUGUST 2014

AND finally.................

If anybody requires a new kit bag {£30} or back pack {£27.50} for the new season - prices inclusive of name / initials please contact Kevin Bailey for further details (deposit required)





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Man of the Match

Man of the Match - 22 Nov 14:

For what ended up a tight battle that was a tough forward encounter, for his 'lead from the front' display today's Biddenden Vineyards  MoM award goes to Club Captain Ben Williams.

2014-15
London Division 2 South East  (top 6)

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1 Maidstone 8 39
2 Tunbridge Wells 8 31
3 Medway 8 30
4 Sevenoaks 8 25
5 Beckenham 8 24
6 Deal & Betteshanger 8 18

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