About the Club




Club Honours 






Around 100 playing members per season turn out for the three senior teams and an occasional Veterans Team. The First and Second XVs have competed in the Leagues for several years. The Thirds played in the Leagues in 2003/04 for the first time and finished on top. The Veterans play "friendlies". New and returning players are always welcome. Contact Simon Croft (01629 734604) or Chris Loeber (01629 534460).


Youth Section


The Youth Section boasts over 220 players aged seven to eighteen. Each Sunday they play matches or train at Cromford Meadows, where they learn the skills of the game, understand the value of the team, make new friends at other clubs, and experience the sportsmanship and camaraderie of the game of Rugby.


This Section is one of the strongest in the Three Counties. It supplies County players and a steady stream of Colts who progress to the Matlock Senior Section as well as University and College teams throughout the country. The Section’s contribution to Junior Rugby in Derbyshire was rewarded in 1999/2000 by the award of the Nigel "Tigger" Price Trophy, in recognition of the efforts of all the volunteers who assisted and organised County events in conjunction with the County’s Rugby Youth Development Officer.


If your son or daughter is interested, bring them to the club any Sunday morning at 10am. The mini and junior programme, developed by the Rugby Football Union, allows all levels and abilities to partake of the game. The programme progressively introduces the skills and the laws to suit the ability of the maturing player, starting with non-contact 7-a-side, moving up to 12-a-side and the full 15-a-side contact game.


When your youngsters are on the pitch, you can enjoy a cup of coffee and a bacon cob in the clubhouse while you reminisce about the day you scored that winning try. When nostalgia proves too much, you can put on your boots and lend a hand. Help is always appreciated, no matter how small, and if the urge persists you might want to join our team: we provide Three Counties and RFU Training for coaches, helpers and referees. We have 20 active coaches at present, with twice that number assisting with administration, transport and kitchen duties. If you just want to be a supporter, that’s great; the players love cheers from the touchline!


The Mini/Junior Section players are the lifeblood of Rugby, and Matlock Rugby Club intends to carry the Rugby Tradition far into the new millennium. Contact John Bance (01629 735286).


Facilities at Cromford Meadows


In addition to three rugby pitches and a floodlit training ground set in the beautiful Derwent Valley, we have a Clubhouse with changing rooms and showers, bar/clubroom (capacity over 100) with TV and video, and a kitchen. There is unlimited parking and lots of outdoor space for a wide range of events. To hire the Clubhouse contact Russ Boyack 01629 823111.

Can we quote for your organisation’s Quiz Night, Race Night, Disco, Party, Social or Business Event? Contact Les Davis 01629 583634.


Local Community


Nearly all our players are local lads, having come up through school and junior rugby, and most of our Vice Presidents live and work locally.




We welcome sponsorship by businesses and individuals. We promote our sponsors’ names to our roll call of hundreds (players, their families, Vice Presidents and visitors) through advertising around the pitch, in the Clubhouse, in the match programme, and on the fixture lists. We are always happy to discuss the sponsorship of individual players, teams, and the club as a whole. For further information, contact Peter Stott 01773 853911 or Graham Newberry 01629 582593.


Become a Vice President and/or Non-Playing Member


Support the club and the game of rugby with your Vice President’s donation (suggested minimum £20) and you’ll be invited to two free lunches per year, when you’ll enjoy a good time with like-minded people and see the First XV play a League game. While you’re relishing that prospect, why not become a Non-Playing Member for £5 per year with voting rights and a chance to apply for international tickets? Support us and enjoy all the benefits of membership at Cromford Meadows. Contact John Siddall 01629 734838.




In 1926 Messrs Davis, G Kiddy, Barratt and Holmes along with others obtained a set of rugby posts from the then Riber School and erected them at Spout Farm, Tansley. The pitch was used for ‘training’, and no matches were played on it.


Owing to lack of opposition and transport only a few friendly games were played over the next two years. However in 1928 Dr Sparks, Mr. K Kiddy and a group of enthusiasts inaugurated the Old Baileans RUFC, using the present Cromford Meadows pitch with the permission of the Ernest Bailey Grammar School.


The 1948 season was characterised by atrocious weather and a decline in support, and a meeting was called to disband the Club. Fortunately the meeting never took place, and instead in the following season the Club fielded a second team for the first time.


Success arrived in 1959 and 1960 with the winning of the Derbyshire Sevens Cup followed by the Three Counties Sevens Cup in 1961. The Club were the first winners of the Derbyshire Senior Knock-Out Cup in 1968/69. In 1971/72 and 1973/74 the Three Counties Cup came to Cromford, and the team reached the first round of the National Knock-Out Cup in 1972/73 before losing to Hinckley.


With the closing of the Ernest Bailey Grammar School the Club changed its name to Matlock (Baileans) RUFC for the 1982/83 season.


In 1984/85 the Three Counties Cup was brought home again to Cromford, and in 1985/86 the Club beat Barkers Butts in the First Round of the John Player Cup but lost in the Second Round to Lichfield.  Despite defeat by Newark in the final of the Three Counties Cup in 1987/88, a change in entry qualifications enabled the Club to qualify for the Pilkington Glass Knock-Out Cup (formerly the John Player Cup) in 1988/89.


Further victories in the Derbyshire Cup followed in 1989/90 and 1993/94, and most recently in 2000/01. That success crowned an outstanding season, in which the Club also won Midlands Division 4 East (North) by a convincing margin. In 2001/02, the First XV finished in third place in Midlands 3 East (North), missing the playoffs by a whisker in a hard fought League.  The Second XV won Group 2 of the Security Plus Pennant and have moved up to face the much tougher challengers of Group 1.


A successful Youth Section has grown in strength in recent years, registering an impressive tally of success throughout the nineties and into the new millennium.



Notts., Lincs., Derbys. Cup: 1971-72, 73-74, 84-85

Notts., Lincs., Derbys. Sevens: 1961

Notts., Lincs., Derbys. U19s Cup: 1997-98

Notts., Lincs., Derbys. U19s Sevens: 1998

Notts., Lincs., Derbys. U19s Play off: 1967

Notts., Lincs., Derbys. (West section) U19s League: 1991-92, 92-93, 93-94, 96-97

Notts., Lincs., Derbys. U17s Cup: 2004-05

Notts., Lincs., Derbys. U16 Cup: 1994

Notts., Lincs., Derbys. U16s Sevens: 1998

Notts., Lincs., Derbys. U15s Sevens: 1995-96

Notts., Lincs., Derbys. U13s Sevens: 1994-95

Derbyshire Cup:

1968-69, 69-70, 70-71, 72-73, 73-74, 82-83, 84-85, 89-90, 93-94, 2001-2002, 04-05

Derbyshire 2nd XI Cup:

1975-76, 77-78, 78-79, 80-81, 81-82, 82-83, 83-84, 84-85, 85-86, 93-94

Derbyshire U19s Cup:

1984-85, 91-92, 92-93, 94-95, 96-97, 97-98, 2002-2003

Derbyshire Sevens:

1959, 60, 62, 71, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 87, 92, 94, 97

Derbyshire Colts Sevens: 1971, 84

Newark Sevens: 1984

Loughborough Sevens: 1962, 73

Loughborough Colts Sevens: 1975, 97

Burton U16s Sevens: 1998

Toc H (Manchester) Sevens: 1975

Buxton Sevens: 1982, 83

Pilkington Cup Qualifiers: 

1972-73, 85-86, 88-89

Pernod 'Try Attack': 

1986-87, 87-88

Tigger Price Memorial Plaque: 

1968-69, 71-72, 73-74, 78-79, 82-83, 84-85, 86-87