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The County Championship

Welcome to the relaunched CountyRugby website.


This site is dedicated to the English County Championship. In the old amateur days the County Championship was the main competitive event in the English rugby calendar.  Although it has diminished in importance over the years it continues in the form of the Bill Beaumont Cup.


I first started this site back in 2007 with the object of providing a record of the County Championship. The first stage was a list of all county championship finals from 1896 to the present day with dates, scores and ground where played. It also included a number of historic rugby programmes.

 
On many occasions I had searched the web for information on memorable matches from the Championship but the best I could find was a list of winners from 1960 onwards. No scores of the finals, nor even the names of the runners up. One of the proudest counties, Cornwall, has a number of web sites dedicated to its rugby heritage. Their victorious years of 1908 and 1991 as well as their loss in the final of 1969 are well documented. But I could find no record of their epic and ultimately tragic semi-final struggle with Surrey in 1967 which lasted over three matches. (Tragic for Cornwall as Surrey won!). I still remember the first replay at Richmond as one of the greatest rugby matches I have ever seen, ending in a 14 all draw thanks to a last minute touch-line conversion by the late Roger Hosen.


Having spent many hours researching the results of all County Championship finals from 1896 to the present day and publishing them on this website, I was disappointed when someone copied the whole lot virtually word for word and figure for figure and put it all on Wikipedia.  It was some years before I got round to updating the site.  Now with a new server and a new design countyrugby.com lives again!


Feedback is welcome.  We now have a "Contact" button!  I would like to publish more match programmes, although scanning them is an arduous task.  Personal memories of matches and players as well as old photographs could also find a place on the site.