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Welcome to Rochdale Rugby Union Football Club

Seniors and Juniors rugby union football for all…

A proud history of Rugby Union football in Rochdale

Formed in 1921, RRUFC inherits a proud tradition…

A first class venue for business and family events!

Function rooms for hire, ideal for business events and family occasions…

Welcome to Rochdale Rugby Union Football Club

Seniors and Juniors rugby union football for all…

RRUFC - A proud history of Rugby Union football

Formed in 1921, RRUFC maintains a proud tradition

RRUFC - A great venue for business and family hire!

Function rooms for hire, ideal for business and family events…

This week’s message from our Chairman, Iain Coates…

The club has obtained 4 Complimentary tickets for Sale Sharks home matches. First come first served basis, based on 1 game only unless no one wishes to take up the tickets. 2 week’s notice required prior to date of fixture.

To apply:
Contact Jon Rhodes Vice Chairman Mobile 07977 569976



As many of you know myself and members of our committee spent weeks preparing an application for an improvement grant for our facility.  We got through at Local Level, Northern Level and failed at National Level as our facilities needed it less than others – Arrrrgh!!!!!

So we carried on, as we always do, trying to think of ways of improving the experience of visiting and playing here.
I know, we all thought, we will raise funds and extend our Balcony area.

How hard can that be? In our case, for some reason, extremely. Please click on the tab below for further details on this issue……

Chairman's Rant, continued...

The ‘Friends of Broadhalgh’ (their name not mine) swung into action, organising protest letters, meetings, getting support to lobby against us etc.
Our local councillors attended in support.

This prompted me to contact them to seek clarification. Councillor Jane Howard responded with Patricia Sullivan and Ian Duckworth cc’d for information.

This is her response:

“Dear Mr Coates

Thank you for your email and our telephone conversation. As requested here is a brief email explaining our work around your planning application last year.

Bamford Councillors were approached by the local Broadhalgh friends group co-ordinator on behalf of local residents concerned about the proposed balcony extension last year. They asked me and Councillor Sullivan to attend a meeting of around 40 residents on Broadhalgh to advise what they could do. Cllr Sullivan is on the planning committee so couldn’t comment as this would prejudice her position but we advised residents to log evidence of any noise nuisance and that they could attend the planning meeting to speak for five minutes which they did. They also asked me to speak in support which I also did. Both the residents and I fully endorsed the sporting facilities offered by the club but the residents were concerned about the possible increased noise nuisance and extra traffic. The application for the balcony extension was purely for a viewing platform during games, which everyone was happy with, hence the curfew so it wouldn’t get abused as an extra balcony for club social events.

At no point were we approached by the club but we spoke to licensing officers and planning officers to liaise with the club and explain resident concerns to see if these could be alleviated. As Bamford Councillors, we are obliged to help and support any local resident who contacts us. We act on their behalf and not our own.

Hope this clarifies.

My surgery times are Thurs 3 August 1030-1130am at Bamford Chapel and Mon 7 August 630-730pm Bamford Bowling Club should you wish to discuss.

Kind regards

I’m not political in any way and have no fondness for the Labour Party, however I would suggest to our Conservative Councillors their slogan ‘For the Many Not the Few’ could have been implemented here.

You decide.

Moving on we then thought, for the 3rd year, let’s have a Beer Festival to raise some much needed funds.  On the Friday afternoon prior to the festival starting Saturday morning I received a call from the Council informing me that they had been made aware of our intentions and we did not hold the correct licence which would take ten working days to obtain.

Once again we carried on.

What did all this result in I can hear you asking (Hopefully?)

I will tell you.

For our extended Balcony, after along and protracted application we received planning permission.  Hooray I hear you cheer.  Not quite, it has a condition to leave the new extension at 7pm and stand or sit on the existing balcony!!!!

OK.  But what happened at your Beer Festival I hear you cry.

Well here goes….

People arrived and purchased tokens from behind our function room bar in the Clubhouse.  They then had to leave the inside bar, walk downstairs and outside to the Beer Tent.  When an ale was chosen they then went back inside, upstairs to the function room bar and informed a member of staff of their choice.  The member of staff then had to leave the function room bar, walk downstairs, and outside to the beer tent and pour the chosen drink, (Hope your still with me).

The member of staff then had to return inside and upstairs to the function room bar and hand the drink over to the customers who could then go downstairs, outside and drink it in, yes you’ve guessed it, The Beer Tent!!!!!

Oh and as for the music we played it inside with the doors open so as to be enjoyed by those outside at the Beer Festival!!!!

At this point I would like to thank everybody, including many near local neighbours, who support us in any way possible to keep going.

However to those who by their own admission, including ‘Friends of Broadhalgh’ and Jane, Patricia and Ian, fully support and endorse the sporting facilities we offer I have one question.

How do you think we pay for them?

Last week the Ladies held a very successful luncheon which once again raised much needed funds and called it ‘The Mad Hatters Tea party’, perhaps next year you would all like to attend as my guests!!!

Rant over, Roll on Local Council Elections.

Enjoy your day.

P.S. These are the thoughts of Iain Coates, and not shared by the Club as a whole.

Iain R Coates

Chairman Rochdale RUFC

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Subscriptions 2017-2018

Annual subscriptions are now due. Details can be found on the Memberships Page. Membership Forms can be downloaded from the Memberships Page and are also available from behind the bar at the Club. If you have already paid, many thanks.

Steve Helliwell – Subscriptions Secretary.

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On the playing side…

Seniors Rugby


We run 4 senior teams enabling players of varying standards, to play every Saturday, giving as many players as possible a game…

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Juniors Rugby


Junior’s rugby is very active at our club. We run several junior’s teams from mini U12’s to U7’s through to Senior Colts…

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Ladies Rugby


Ladies rugby is a new venture we are launching at RRUFC this season. If you are interested in getting involved….

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Introducing Family Touch Rugby

Every Friday from 5th May, starting 7.30p.m. Ages 7-77, Girls, Boys, Women & Men. FREE TO PLAY, bar open with pies afterwards.


Our online shop…

Here are some examples of the products you can buy. Click the product image to view it in the the shop:

There are lots more RRUFC products to view and buy in our online shop, click here to visit the shop.

On the commercial side …

We have a number of sponsorship and advertising packages for Businesses to take advantage of:

On the commercial side:

We have a number of sponsorship and advertising packages for Businesses to take advantage of:



Pitch side advertising

Matchday programme advertising

Pre-match hospitality

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Main club sponsorship

Kit sponsorship

Matchday sponsorship

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Club Hire


Business meetings

Corporate events

Family occasions & celebrations

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“RRUFC – More than just a rugby club”

Contact Us:

Rochdale RUFC Clubhouse
Moorgate Avenue, off Bury Road
OL11 5LU

Tel: 01706 646863

Email: club@rrufc.org

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From the M62 junction 20 follow signs for Rochdale along the A627M. At the end of the slip road take the 1st exit off the roundabout then under the railway bridge along the A664. At the traffic lights go straight ahead onto the B6452 follow the road to the end, then at the traffic lights, at the Cemetery Hotel, turn left along the B6222 towards Bury. Moorgate Avenue is the 3rd road on your right, the club entrance is at the end of the road.