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Harlequin Amateurs

Harlequin Amateurs
File:Quins Amateurs Logo.gif
Full name Harlequin Amateurs Rugby Football Club
Union RFU
Nickname(s) Quin's
Founded 2007 (1920 Lockside)
Location Teddington, England
Ground(s) St. Mary's University College, Waldegrave Road
Coach(es) England Karl Booth
Captain(s) Scotland Dave Struth
League(s) Herts Middlesex 1
Official website
www.harlequinrugby.co.uk/

Harlequin Amateurs Rugby Football Club are a Teddington based English rugby union team who currently play their rugby in Herts/Middlesex 1. They train and play at St Mary's University College just outside of Twickenham.[1]

The club formed as a result of 2007 merger between the historic Lockside RFC, formerly Lemsbury RFC and Harlequin Amateurs, a modern non-professional version of their namesake.

The club runs 2 Senior teams, a Vet's team and a full mini programme. Numerous local rivalries are shared, most notably with Teddington Antlers.

History

Harlequin Amateurs in their current guise were formed in the summer of 2007, following a friendly merger between Lockside RFC of Teddington and Harlequin Amateurs based in Roehampton. The new club is now based in Teddington, Middlesex.

Lockside began life as Lensbury RFC (founded 1920), the rugby club being associated with Shell Oil's social club Lensbury. In 1998 Royal Dutch Shell decided that field sports and its social club were not compatible with each other, financial support for the rugby, football, hockey and cricket clubs was subsequently removed.

The rugby club rose from the ashes and was reborn as Lockside RFC. Homeless, and without a clubhouse, a relationship was formed with St Mary's University College for playing pitches and along with the footballers of Weirside AFC (formerly Lensbury AFC) a slightly tired clubhouse was found overlooking the famous Teddington Lock, the club soon began to grow again.

However, across the river Harlequin Amateurs had been born, forming in approx 2000 as a result of the Harlequin FC going professional. The club started at the bottom and worked their way into Hert's Middx Division 1, where they regularly traded blows with Lockside! The club attracted players drawn by the allure of wearing one of the most iconic club rugby shirt in the world. Nonetheless, club didn't progress as quickly as had been hoped and in 2006 began to struggle.

A mystery phone call in spring 2007 led to a less than by chance encounter in the King's Head, Teddington. Following an evening spent drinking, eating and discussing all things rugby, but particularly the 2 clubs, a plan was hatched for their mutual benefit and prosperity - the clubs agreed to merge.

The new club was officially formed on 1 August 2007, but retained it 87 years of Lensbury heritage and 140 years of Harlequins brand.

Quins start the 2010/11 season in Herts/Middlesex 1.[2]

Club honours

  • Herts/Middlesex 2 - League Champions 2007/08

References

External links

  • Harlequin Amateurs Rugby Football Club
  • Rugby Football Union
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