U14's Win Sigma Cup
December 6th 2021
Congratulations goes to Gordon Turner and the coaching team, as well as the u14's for winning the inaugural Sigma Cup. The cup received its name from the three participating clubs, Sittingbourne, Gillingham and Maidstone.
The u14's beat Sittingbourne 7-0 in their first game, before going two tries better against Gillingham winning 9-0 in the second game. Despite some individual performances, the team worked together as a unit putting in two outstanding displays. They look forward to defending the trophy next season.
MFC Club Statement on Postponements
December 17th 2021
It is with regret that we have no choice but to postpone the Christmas party this year. Our staff have worked tirelessly on food preparations, music arrangements, a smorgasbord of cheeses, etcetera but the dreaded virus scuppers again. On Monday Bromley were very prompt to advise us of confirmed Covid cases within their camp as we played them that weekend. We thank them for this speedy action and wish their players a swift recovery. Our own players have been lateral flow testing with two confirmed cases on Wednesday. Later that day we received a request from Leigh to postpone the Mustangs game due to their own Covid strikes. In the spirit of rugby, we were happy to rearrange. We had a fantastic lineup for the 1st trip to Dover & were looking forward to travelling down, celebrating their successful refurb and what was sure to be a barnstorming game. By Thursday afternoon we had another two suspected senior squad cases and a further two with chest infections. With Omicron spreading fast nationally, we discussed the situation at the players briefing on Thursday night. With Christmas on the horizon, people’s personal lives could be affected by the continuation of training and games. Reluctantly, the majority requested not to travel to Dover for the game. It was disappointing, but we must respect the decisions of those individuals, especially at this time of year. CMO Chris Witty stated in the government briefing on Wednesday that people need to prioritise their engagements & as much as we love our sport, family and safety must take precedence.
We support our players decision and have therefore requested a postponement of the game with the RFU. On Friday morning, many clubs in our league and others have followed suit. These postponements are likely to be rescheduled to Saturday 5th February with the RFU advising that these are all allowed without penalty or sanction.
The Veterans do not train with the senior squad and all changing rooms will be used to ensure as best distancing as possible for the Memorial game to proceed. The lunch has been cut down by 60%, distancing in place and smaller table numbers in effect.
After the game the bar will remain open for drinks into the evening, but no after party as previously planned.
We send our apologies to Dover and to our members for the late notice. However we firmly believe that we must respect people’s wishes as mandated by the government & thank the RFU for allowing the games to be postponed. The club also must show a duty of care to its members, even if it is not ideal.
We hope to see you at the memorial game and perhaps a drink or two after should you wish. If not, we wish you all a very happy, safe & healthy Christmas as well as a better 2022 for all.
RFU Declares Games Go Ahead
January 5th 2022
The RFU has declared that games can be played this weekend and for the month of January should clubs be clear of Covid.
Government guidelines are to be adhered to and continued Lateral Flow Tests are encouraged for all players and staff. Facemasks are in effect for the clubhouse and when being treated on a Tuesday or Thursday evening.
Youth teams are now requested to come to training / games in their kit until further notice, due to changing room restrictions.
RFU Considering Further Postponements
January 4th 2022
Due to the continued increase in Covid cases around the country, the RFU Covid Task Group will be convening this evening at 6pm. The main item on the agenda is to consider extending the postponement of fixtures by up to three more weeks.
In light of this, the current view is that postponements for this weekends matches will be allowed without sanction and can only proceed if both clubs agree.
The management teams are working with all players on this and any further information will be made available in due course.
Saturday 18th December Update
December 17th 2021
First off it is is with extreme regret that the party has been suspended tomorrow evening. The Executive Committee held a meeting on Friday morning, keeping in mind that they have to weigh up the whole club demographic’s health and safety. Unfortunately, as with all things, this will annoy some, but we trust that they can understand that Christmas with families must take precedence.
This proceeds with a reduced 22 people in a distanced space. Attendees for this and everyone else visiting are requested to do a lateral flow before arriving.
This will go ahead with four changing rooms to be used to assist with distancing. The players will also have their specially prepared Turkey curry for after the game.
Barrel of Booze raffle draw held after the game.
Bar and food.
There will be cheese boards etc and festive music after the game and anyone who has not tested positive for Covid or someone in their household is welcome to come along to the day to eat, drink and (try to) be merry. The bar will close when it’s not viable to keep open due to low numbers when people begin to drift off.
The Carol singers have also been postponed.
Once again we apologise for the changes but we MUST do all we can to ensure that our members remain healthy & can enjoy their Christmas holidays. Additional sanitisers will be available in the club, so please remember to use them. If not for you, then for your friends.
Club Shop Christmas
December 17th 2021
If you are stuck for those last minute Christmas presents the club shop will be open from 9am on Sunday 19th December for you to bag a bargain. Masks to be worn inside.
We have the new club towels in stock in two designs priced at £20 each. We also have refills on shirts, wet tops as well as the wide variety of items and stocking fillers.
To see the some of the range of items, please check out the club shop tab or click here.
Alternatively, there is still a couple of days to order VX3 items for delivery before Christmas. The cut off date for many MFC VX3 items to be delivered to your door by Christmas is Friday 17th December. Check out the store here.
For all other shopping, please consider the support whilst you shop option. It doesn't cost you a penny, but the retailers donate to the club. More on that here.
Chris May Leaves Coaching Team
December 8th 2021
Chris May has left the coaching team at Maidstone this past week after coming on board last year. He was part of the Colts restructure as a coach and also operating as the coaching link to the senior squad, where he was forwards coach.
Chris brought ideas and a driven approach to the senior section, dedicating himself to both sections of the club, as well as keeping stats for the players to work on.
With increasing family commitments and a challenging rugby schedule, Chris now steps away as the forwards coach at Maidstone.
The club thanks Chris for his efforts and dedication for the club.
Christmas Party 2021: Updated
December 13th 2021
The annual Christmas Party will be taking place on Saturday 18th December 2021.
With Christmas around the corner, please note the below points to help keep everyone safe and free to enjoy the festive period with their families.
- Please take a Lateral Flow test if possible before attending.
- Masks are encouraged to be worn within the clubhouse but are not mandatory.
- Please make use of the hand sanitisers on arrival and throughout the club.
- Staff will be periodically cleaning the restrooms.
The Christmas Luncheon will begin the day at Noon. Guests will be treated to the traditional Christmas dinner by an award winning chef and speeches led by club president Paul Ehrhart.
At 2pm the Memorial Cup game kicks off between the Veteran XV & Gravesend Moles, where at halftime there will be port shared to toast absent friends. Leigh could not get a team out this weekend so the Mustangs game has been postponed.
On offer throughout the day will be a selection of mince pies and Christmas beverages to keep you both warm or cool.
As we head into the evening, our chef will fire up the food wagon to provide hot food to keep us all going. At 6pm The Maidstone Singers will be on hand to play some festive Christmas Carols to get keep us in high spirits ready for the cheese boards to come out. The club will proceed to party on into the late night including some Karaoke, as we say goodbye to 2021!
We hope that you can all join us on this special day and don't feel afraid to wear those delightful Christmas jumpers!
May 26th 2021
Join the 30 veterans and club members already signed up to the annual celebration of vet’s rugby from 8am Friday 25th March to 5pm Sunday 27th March 2022.
At £265 per tourist, it includes travel, hotel accommodation and breakfast, tour kit and bus beers (court fines will do the rest).
The tour is open to players and non-players, experienced tourists and tour virgins. To book a place or for more information, contact the Head of Communications Colin Frost at firstname.lastname@example.org
Club Captain Announcement
August 25th 20201
The club has a rich and long history of 141 years in which we have had some fantastic Club Captains.
Traditionally, the role is filled by a player. A leader on and off the pitch that is approachable, a role model and with the club at their heart. As we went through the last few years as part of the rebuild, the club turned to stalwart Shaun Neaves to lead the way. Shaun continues to work tirelessly with the Youth section and the senior squad as a scrummaging coach.
With the new season on the horizon, it was decided that it was time to place the honour onto a player. Over the past year, Will Fox has stepped up without prompting. His leadership, dedication and drive has not gone unnoticed.
Will came through the ranks from the Barbarians, to narrowly missing out on a place within the victorious Twickenham squad. The popular character around the club has also been active engaging the youth section as part of the successful Touch Tournament, as well as driving his fellow teammates to be as good as they can be.
He was announced to the squad as this seasons 1st XV Captain for the 2021/2022 campaign and with this honour, along with his leadership during lockdown, made him the right choice to be the new Club Captain.
We thank Shaun Neaves for his Club Captaincy over the past four years and welcome our new 1st XV skipper & Club Captain Will Fox to the history of this great club.
Tom Hughes Sets Sail
September 26th 2021
Many at the club will remember, Tom Hughes; a former Captain in the 9th/12th Royal Lancers, who received an unlucky tackle towards the end of a game for Maidstone 2nds which resulted in his spinal cord being crushed and paralysis from the chest down.
“The pain was horrendous, the sort I wouldn’t wish on my own enemy,” he said in an interview a few months later.
Tom has now set off on his accessible catamaran Artemis to sail the world, having planned the trip for six years.
Leaving on the tide from Plymouth’s Mayflower Dock seemed appropriate as Tom’s intrepid spirit matches that of the early Pilgrims who set out for the New World. Much of Tom’s trip will, however, see him exploring new worlds under the ocean.
A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, his exploration on land, coast and beneath the sea, sees him well equipped. Qualifying as a technical diver and diving instructor since his injury, he is also trained to use a rebreather, allowing him to dive for longer and without the bubbles to stop him getting up close to marine creatures.
During the pandemic he spent months creating a unique 4 x 4 camper van. Bought on eBay, and designed and kitted out by Tom, it has its own communications system and power. It can pump up its own tyres, lift Tom into bed, stow his Terrain hopper all-terrain wheelchair and power its own kitchen. With souped up suspension, it can go where no ordinary camper van could venture.
It too will travel the world, shipped out to the destinations on Tom’s trip. When Tom is on board or on shore, he will have radio communications from van and Artemis, which was designed and purpose built in Millbrook, Cornwall, by Dazcat Multimarine.
The boat is named after one of the most important Greek deities, the goddess of hunting, and obliquely after Tom’s mother Diane, akin to Diana, the same goddess in Roman mythology.
Sea trials went well earlier this year and Tom spent the summer sailing the west coast of Scotland preparing for the trip.
“I am very happy with how she sails,” he said. “And it’s great to be setting off after years of planning and preparation. I’m heading to Gibraltar, then the east coast of Spain, potentially north Africa and then, in mid November, across to the Caribbean. I’ll be away for a couple of years.”
A client of the RFU Injured Players Foundation ever since he broke his neck in a rugby match as he built towards selection for the Army v Navy game, Tom says the charity is “absolutely fantastic. I can’t speak highly enough of the help they have given to me and all the other clients.”
His list includes helping him buy a home, get specialist physio, purchasing his Terrain hopper, his rebreather and funding his PhD. Since his injury, Tom has completed a Defence Fellowship at Oxford, a Masters Degree via Glasgow and a PhD in International Relations at St Andrews.
Now he’s continuing to conquer the world taking Artemis through the most daunting oceans and to some of the most beautiful and remote outcrops of land. Everyone involved at Maidstone FC and the entire game wishes him well on his remarkable expedition and will be watching his progress as he continues to act as an inspiration to us all.
You can follow Tom’s sailing journey on Instagram at Artemis
Annual Awards Dinner 2021
August 1st 2021
The club held its Annual Awards Dinner for the first time in two years, and it was like we had never been away. With a fantastic three course meal and coffee along with awards, auction and a Q&A session, it really was a packed night.
The club President gave his opening address before noting on the new Vice President awards for the year. Director of Rugby Steve Oram then ran through the Player of the Year awards for each team, whilst also giving those in attendance a brief update on the playing
side, and thanking the players for their commitment despite the stop/start season.
The Team of the Year award was next followed by the Bernard Hinks award, handed out to those who have given up so much of their time to the grounds and other works during the pandemic. The final award was the Harry Green, which is handed out to someone who has given so much to the club over such a long period of time.
Adrian Webster then whipped up a storm and began the auction, as the club raised nearly £1,000 for Five Acre school. Rob Henderson then rounded off the evening with comedy, insight and panache.
Full list of award recipients;
VP's: Stuart Hammond, Tony Murphy, Dave Smith, Dave Catt
1st XV Player: Louis Frost
2nd XV Player: Matt Fairway
Vets XV Player: Gary Whitehead
Bernard Hinks Non-Player / Covid Combatants: Paul Ehrhart, Jerry Sargent, Alan Hayward, Bob Purfitt, Carol McKenzie, Martin Maytum, Richard Gray, Karim Neseyif, Bob Hayton, Eugene Moore, Mickey Back & Keith Newman.
Team of the Year: Veterans XV
Harry Green Award: Dave Charlton
Vice President Awards 2021
July 31st 2021
The club AGM was held on Tuesday 27th July 2021 at the clubhouse. One of the topics discussed and ratified was this years Vice President awards.
The below individuals were approved by those in attendance to join the clubs Vice Presidents list.
Stuart Hammond ~ Joined MFC back in 1977/78 season where he played for the B team and played through to about 2016. He was always willing to play for any of the lower teams, home or away, wherever selected. Great tourist and with his Welsh singing voice a great asset to have in your team.
Dave Catt ~ Joined MFC back in 1978 and played in the first team for over 10 years often stepping in to captain the side on numerous occasions. He finished his playing career playing for the Vets team. Again another great loyal club member.
Dave Smith ~ Dave has been part of the club as youth coach and as a Barbarians and Veterans player for over ten years. Despite his son playing his rugby elsewhere, Dave has remained part of the club. Added to his playing, he has also served as youth pitch coordinator, MGS Liaison and occasional OMMC member for the past five seasons.
Tony Murphy ~ Tony has been involved with the club for about 14 years. Helping out with the youth section, arranging kitchen equipment and advising on any new health and safety rules for the kitchen. He has helped out at various events and last year cooked the ladies lunch. He is always willing to help out whenever needed, a great asset to the club.
6 Nations Tickets
October 6th 2021
The ballot for the 2022 6 Nations is now open until Monday 1st November. Members wishing to apply for tickets should do so through email@example.com. All tickets going forward will be electronic via the Twickenham Stadium App. If you are successful, a member of the team may be in contact with you for information to get your tickets added to your app account.
The Home fixtures are as follows priced at £75 - £155 each;
England v Wales - Saturday 26th February 2022 – KO 16:45
England v Ireland – Saturday 12th March 2022 – KO 16:45
For the Home Internationals, Twickenham will be following the latest COVID guidelines. This means that all attendees, over the age of 18, must have a valid NHS Covid pass to attend each fixture, providing proof of:
- Fully vaccinated with two doses of a vaccine used in the UK
- OR Negative Lateral Flow / PCR test within 48 hours of the event.
- OR Proof of natural immunity shown by a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 within 180 days from the date of the positive test and following completion of the self-isolation period.
Following discussions with the host unions the RFU has confirmed that everyone wishing to travel to the away fixtures will be required to show proof of double vaccination.
England senior men's away matches are as follows with pricing TBA:
Scotland v England - Saturday 5th February 2022 - KO 16:45
Italy v England - Sunday 13th February 2022 - KO 15:00 (GMT)
France v England - Saturday 19th March 2022 - KO 20:00 (GMT).
New laws in Italy state that in order to enter a stadium each spectator must have a ticket with their own name on which matches their ID together with either proof of double vaccination or proof of negativity with a test done within 48hrs (antigenic or PCR). The RFU is still working with the FIR to understand how this will work. At the present time it looks likely that the club will have a link to share with our members to enable those that wish to travel to book directly with Italy on a first come first served basis. We will confirm this as soon as possible.
Biting Incident Statement Updated
October 22nd 2021
The club had been made aware on Sunday through social media of an allegation of biting involving one of our 1st XV players in the game against Vigo on Saturday 16th October. Although it would have served the image of rugby better for this to be brought to the attention of the club through the correct channels, it does not take away the severity of the claim.
The club contacted Vigo RFC to extend both our regret and apologies for the incident and that we would be dealing with the matter formally. We thank Vigo RFC and the player involved for their willingness to work with us through the process. Any incidents such as this is not condoned by anyone at Maidstone FC and handled transparently to serve the betterment of the game.
Maidstone's player in question apologised at the time of the incident and after the game to his team mates for the out of character act. He faced a top level club disciplinary hearing Tuesday 19th October, where he apologised once again for the incident which he knew at the time was an appalling way to conduct himself. He feels great remorse for what he has done, not just for the heavy sanctions the offence carries, but for his conduct which reflects poorly on himself, the club and the game.
After the hearing the panel issued a twelve week ban with 50% mitigation and filed the paperwork with Kent RFU. We hope that everyone can now move forward from this regretful incident.
Maidstone FC, as with all of our fellow clubs at this level are run by volunteers. These people give up so much of their time and energy serving the game and incidents of one individual should not be a reflection on this great club, or the dedicated individuals within it.
Barring any further comment by Kent RFU to the club, we consider the matter closed.
MFC Welcome Back Party
September 8th 2021
As we all know, many clubs have struggled over the pandemic and Maidstone has been no different. However, it has been our members supporting the club even though it has been sporadic that has allowed us to continue. Many of the committee have worked tirelessly, as have the coaches during this difficult period, but your support has been tremendous.
The club has put some money aside to try and repay our members, as we gather for a huge welcome back party. Our 1st XV play at home for the first time this season along with our Veterans on Saturday 25th September, with Kick-Off scheduled for 3pm. We would love for our members to come and support the teams, and join us at the WELCOME BACK PARTY.
The bar will be open from 11am, with the games kicking off at 3pm.
Upon arrival, please go to the bar if you are a member and the staff will give you your meal deal ticket. After the players have been fed, the BBQ will be open for members to come and grab a Burger or Hot Dog, along with their choice of a Lager, Ale, Wine or soft drink. It's the least we can do to say thank-you to our loyal members. Food and drink maybe limited depending on numbers (and what the club can afford!) so come early to avoid disappointment!
Stick around and party the night away as we enjoy one of our favourite bands 'Beats Workin', playing their Blues, Soul & Rock 'n' Roll music that has become a very popular event for everyone at the club.
We're back, we're here and we hope that you are too!
Sad News: Edna Harrisson
July 17th 2021
The club is saddened to learn of the passing of Edna Harrisson on Thursday 15th July 2021.
Edna was the wife of former President John Harrisson and continued to be a loyal supporter of the club, attending VP lunches. Her presence and laugh will be greatly missed by all those that knew her at the club.
There will be a Thanksgiving Service held at St Mildred’s Church, Tenterden on Friday 6th August 2021 at 11.30a.m.
Anyone that would like to attend is asked to wear colour and hats to the service. The family has also requested no flowers, but donations to Cancer research and Alzheimer’s Society would be greatly appreciated.
Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.
Pounds For Pitches Winners: May, June, July
July 27th 2021
The winners of the Pounds For Pitches draws for May, June and July have been selected by the random number generator.
Congratulations to the winners below and don't forget, that you can join, support the pitches and be a winner as well. For more details, click here;
£100 Charlie Mercer
£100 Geoff Burr
£50 James Findlay
£50 Barbara Marchant
£100 Tom Challis
£100 Craig Tuffrey
£50 Jerry Sargent
£50 James Findlay
£100 Ben Court
£100 Barry Topple
£50 Des Diamond
£50 Brenda Fuggle
Senior Fixtures 2021-2022
May 27th 2021
The fixtures have been released for the 1st XV and we kick off next season with an away trip to Aylesford on September 18th. The following week we are at home on Saturday 25th September against Dover.
The league season will end on April 2nd as we started against Aylesford. Due to changes in the league and cup structure next term, the cup games are expected to be played after the league season has finished. Due to this, the Ladies Lunch date will need need to be rescheduled in due course.
A full list of fixtures and tables will be available in the next few days, via the fixtures and results tab.
Mustangs are expected to compete in the Kent Rural leagues and these are currently being agreed by clubs in Kent before the fixtures will be announced.
Veterans XV will run social friendlies and their calendar is also being finalised over the summer break.
On occasions, the club will look to run a Barbarian social side when numbers allow, which will pick up available fixtures on those weekends.
Autumn International Tickets
July 26th 2021
The club is delighted to report that with restrictions lifting across the country, International Tickets for the Autumn Internationals will be available for club members. Due to potential capacity restrictions, it may not be possible to apply for more than two tickets per game. However, should you require a maximum of four tickets, please apply and the club will endeavour to do all it can to secure the extra tickets for you. However, we cannot guarantee success.
This years games are;
Saturday 6 November – England v Tonga - KO: 15:15
Saturday 13 November – England v Australia - KO: 17:30
Saturday 20 November – England v South Africa - KO: 15:15
Prices for the Tonga game start at £42 each up to £77, whilst the South Africa & Australia games will run from £67 up to £132 each.
If you wish to apply for the ticket ballot, please message firstname.lastname@example.org by clicking the email link in the first instance, by Friday 20th August.
Please remember that International Tickets are only available to paid members of at least twelve months.
Grow-19 Join The OMMC
June 28th 2021
The Grow-19 Foundation offers the chance for adults aged 18-25 the opportunity for further education and work placement, to help them on their journey into work life. As part of this, they look to place individuals within the community for work and large scale projects. They have already found success with placing some students with Maidstone Borough Council. As part of being a community club, we are delighted to welcome Will on board as the first member from Grow-19 to join the Friday Grounds crew. In return for Will's services, we hope to be able to allow him some insight and learning on grounds maintenance as well as place him on any RFU courses to further his education.
Will has been getting to grips with the work over the past few weeks, under the watchful eye of aide Jane and our President, Paul Ehrhart. He is already becoming
a great asset and working diligently on a multitude of tasks. As the new academic year begins in September, we hope to grow the grounds crew with more students from Grow-19 to assist with the work already being undertaken by the OMMC.
Grow-19 have also offered their services for any larger scale projects we have going forward, to enable us to ensure plenty of hands are available for the task.
We are delighted to have Will onboard and look forward to more students joining the team, later in the year.
Maidstone Rugby Club Defibrallator
April 19th 2021
In conjunction with the Mote Cricket, the club now has an outdoor 24/7 accessible defibrillator. Hopefully, this will never need to be used, but if so, members can be assured that one is on hand even if the clubhouse is closed. Located on the back steps, the lock box can be opened by dialling 999 or 112 in an emergency. By giving the location an ambulance will be dispatched and the code to open the box handed over. The AED is automated and comes with voice instructions so that anyone will be able to use it.
Annual Awards Dinner: Important Notice
July 28th 2021
The club is looking forward to having its Annual Awards Dinner this Saturday. The highly anticipated night will be witnessed by the large number in attendance representing the entire club, from Youth Coaches to Vice Presidents. We will also be treated to a special Q&A session by Adrian Webster & 2001 Lions Tourist Rob Henderson, after the awards are handed out. Doors open at 6.30pm with the sit down and kick-off from 7.30pm.
There will also be an auction of a signed Lions shirt from Rob Henderson on the night. Proceeds from the auction will go towards Five Acre School, of which Adrian Webster is a patron and Maidstone FC has a partnership with.
In the interest of safety for you, your fellow club members and the staff at The Masonic Lodge, the venue and committee kindly ask that you take a Lateral Flow Test (Covid Anti-Gen Test), at least 24hrs before the evening begins. There is no requirement to provide proof of your test, only that you have one to ensure your own, and other peoples safety.
Anti-Gen tests are free and can also be obtained at your local chemist.
Thank you for your consideration of this request and we look forward to a fun packed and safe night.
MFC Annual Awards Dinner 2021
May 27th 2021
With the Lions Tour due to be in full swing, our Annual Awards Dinner just got bigger!
The club is delighted to announce that we will have guest compere and motivational speaker Adrian Webster, who is also a patron of Five Acre Wood school. Five Acre is of course linked with Grow-19 college. As a motivational speaker, Adrian’s speciality is delivering messages in a humorous and unique style that delegates can relate to and remember.
After the awards we will be treated to a Q&A session with ex-Irish international and Lions 2001 tourist Rob Henderson. The tough centre played for Ireland twenty-nine times between 1996 and 2003, being selected for the Lions Tour of Australia in 2001, starting three games.
A versatile player that was utilised at fly-half, wing and fullback throughout his career, played a combined 53 times for London Irish and Wasps. He eventually moved to Munster with whom he won the Heineken Cup in 2006. He would finish his injury-plagued playing career with Toulon in the south of France.
The awards evening will run through the playing awards for 2020, as well as some special awards for club members who helped the club throughout the pandemic.
At a cost of £25 per head (plus admin fee) for the three-course meal, awards dinner and Q&A session, it is a rare opportunity to celebrate and enjoy in the company of friends for such a low price. Spaces are filling up fast and is open to al club members. To book your spot, you can use the SPOND app or book via our evets page here.
MFC AGM 2021
July 13th 2021
The MFC AGM 2021 will take place on Tuesday 27th July 2021, starting at 8pm at the clubhouse. We will be following the latest guidelines, and may even host the AGM outside on the back steps for fresh, clean air. Please help follow any instructions the bar staff may give you, should any regulations change between now and then.
The full club report for the year has been emailed to members, along with the 2021 AGM agenda and 2020 AGM minutes. No topics were raised by the members to the Honourable Secretary for discussion or voting.
MFC Colts New Structure
April 30th 2021
The club not only strives to provide the most inclusive and enjoyable environment, but one that develops player skills levels. A key focus is the continued development of 17 and 18-year-olds as they prepare for senior rugby. With this in mind, we have been solidifying the structure of the Colts section to provide the best coaching and development to ease the transition into senior rugby.
Due to this season all but being suspended, the RFU have declared that age grade rugby will continue up to and including under 19’s (18-year-olds).
This decision has been made with player safety in mind, as they would have missed an important year of learning. Players of 17 and over will be able to play senior rugby with combined permission from coaches, Kent RFU, RFU & club, but not until February 2022. Also, as a result of this, we will continue to run a separate u17's section for another season, that will be separate from the Colts section.
This gives players and parents peace of mind that they can continue with the current u16 set-up for another year, or request to step up into the Colts section giving the best of both options. There would be RFU regulatory safety checks required for any u17 wanting to join the Colts for the 2021-2022 season however, due to under 19's being involved.
The Colts section will be run by Gary Tynan, along with Senior Forwards Coach Chris May. This group of players will not only receive the tremendous leadership and enthusiasm of Gary, but also the tutelage of a senior coach. Both coaches will continue to be supported by Bob Wilton, Mark Bryan & Andy Petty. Senior Squad Manager Jason Smith and DoR Steve Oram will also be involved in the player progress tracking.
At times and following RFU training guidelines, the players will also join in with senior training nights to get their taste of senior rugby integration and experience, whilst still playing age grade rugby and training on Sundays.
As the months progress and eligibility allows, players will get the opportunity should they wish, to play some senior games. This could be with the Veterans who will provide a world of experience in a friendly environment or with the Mustangs, or even a Barbarian social side. Again, adding to their familiarity in getting to know the culture, social and expectations of senior rugby. They will also be allocated a senior ‘buddy’ so that they have a familiar face on hand.
This bridge between Colts and Senior rugby should dovetail quite well to make the jump as easy as possible bringing both sections of the club closer together.
The club is looking to work with each and everyone of the exciting prospects coming through and will endeavour to keep development, safety and enjoyment at the forefront as we transition our Colts teams into senior rugby.
MFC Touch Tournament Recap
April 10th 2021
The Touch Tournament finals day was greeted by a cold temperature, with rain in the air, but no spirits were about to be dampened. The climax to a fantastic tournament took place on the Top Pitch with minimal spectators due to COVID restrictions. The layout of the flags, gazebo and touch hoardings gave the day a real finals day feel. Before we got underway, all of the teams took to a line on the pitch with the Club President & Chairman in the centre. First to obersve the National Anthem, followed by a minutes applause in honour of HRH Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh.
We were extremely lucky to have RFU referee Tracy Pettingale on hand to officiate all of the finals games, which was her first refereeing outing in a little over a year. The large trophy sat proud awaiting for the captain that was going to be wrapping their hands around the silverware come 3pm.
The first semi-final saw favourites and Colt side To Be Confirmed up against Will Fox's side of PC Simpson & the Criminals. It was an absorbing first game, which was quick, back and forth and a war of attrition pitting speed against experience. They traded scores but with 78 second on the clock, Sam Pearson crossed the line to put the older side 3-2 up. The young bucks came straight back down the pitch, but were halted agonisingly less than a yard out. The favourites, were out. The question was, had Will Fox's team pulled an England and earned an improbable semi-final victory, only to wilt in the final?
The second semi-final had the Slammers up against DC Comicals. This game wasn't as close but entertainment was most certainly on show. Dave Charlton scored with a trademark show and go, and Dave Tugwell even showed some great pace to score in the corner. The younger players had a little more intricacy and speed, as they managed to pull away finishing winners at 8-5.
Eager to crack on and with the weather becoming bitterly cold, the final kicked-off fifteen minutes early. The game was close for a while, but Ian Lee and Alex Clark were beginning to dovetail extremely well, forming the 'Horse and Clark' that put the PC Simpson side 4-0 up. The Slammers responded but seemed to struggle to click in the second half, leaving the final score of the tournament at 5-1 to overall winners PC Simpson & the Criminals.
The official photographer was on hand capturing some cracking moments and providing a keep sake for an overall successful day for the whole club. It was just a shame about the weather. The spirit of rugby and the spirit of MFC was on display throughout the tournament as well as the day. A special well done to Jason Smith for his hard work in getting the tournament set up and played.
Finally, thanks to all of those that played and supported. It may only have been an inner-club thing, but it was certainly anything but just a tin pot event.
MFC AGM 2021
May 18th 2021
The MFC AGM 2021 is set to take place on Tuesday 27th July 2021. With COVID restrictions expected to continue to ease, the AGM will be held at the clubhouse for an 8pm start.
Any members with any questions, or wish to raise any topics for discussion should contact the club secretary Brian McKeon (email@example.com) in writing by Monday 13th July.
The full club report for the year will be published to members via email ahead of the meeting.
Grow-19 Journey Reaches Hong Kong
April 25th 2021
The Grow-19 Round The World Challenge has made some further progress, with the kilometres logged during the Maidstone Touch Tournament added.
We have crossed India and moved into the bustling city of Hong Kong. Find out what we all saw and got up to here.
MFC Teams Up With Veo
March 18th 2021
Maidstone Rugby has teamed up with Veo, to enhance training and player development. The new software allows for an operator-less camera to follow the action for training or games, utilising the intuitive software to time stamp key moments. This will allow coaches an easier point of reference of clips to share with players. The software also allows for screen drawing so that coaches can better illustrate the ideas and constructive feedback, as well as individual player tracking.
Players will also be able to see their own individual moments and work together with the coaches on improving our game.
From a club representation standpoint, it gives us the opportunity to showcase individual highlight packages as well as allow us to restart the matchday highlights on the clubs YouTube Channel MFCTV. Later in the year, Veo is looking at improving the platform to allow for live game streaming, complete with game stats and score overlay. Of course, there is nothing like being there
and the lads need your support. However, if you cannot get to the game or are one of our wider members living away, it gives you the opportunity to watch the game LIVE on a Saturday afternoon.
The coaches are beginning to look ahead to next season and incorporate the new coaching asset into their plans. As the plans develop and the software for the live streaming becomes available, we will keep you up to date.
RugbyTots Looking For New Coaches
March 18th 2021
Rugbytots West Kent are recruiting lead coaches to join their team to help run classes all over Kent and Sussex. They are looking for big personalities with boundless energy and a passion for Rugby but most importantly an ability to ensure the children have loads of fun while learning about our amazing game. As a Rugbytots coach you can't take yourself too seriously and be as happy pretending to be a lion or being chased by an invisible hairy scary chicken as teaching a 2 year old how to pop pass.
Rugbytots has its own set lesson plan but need people with big, fun personalities to bring the classes to life. Think of the villain in a panto crossed with a minis coach and a CBBs presenter!!!
There is plenty of stuff on YouTube and their website to have a look at to give you an idea of what's expected from a Rugbytots Coach so it's worth having a look, as they don't need experience, just personality.
They offer a decent hourly rate starting at £15 per hour after training which is £10 per hour and it takes 3 or 4 weeks depending. The hours are Saturday and/or Sunday mornings from about 8am until Noon. Uniform is supplied along with ongoing training.
Lead coaches must have their own transport and would ideally be able to look after the kit and bring it with them each week. You would have an assistant coach to help set up and clear away and would be responsible for their ongoing training and development. Each coach will require a first aid course and DBS to be completed which Rugbytots would pay for and can all be done online.
If you or anyone you know might be interested, please give them a call and you can have a chat about the role further. Alternatively, check out their website at www.rugbytots.co.uk
Pitch Reparations Underway
May 13th 2021
The pitch reparation is well underway at the club, overseen by Head Groundsman Bob Hayton. The first day saw the pitches vertidrained, with the slightly inclement weather actually proving beneficial. By day two, the team were hard at work with the topdressing, before closing out day three with drag matting & drill seeding.
As you may know, the bulk of our ground maintenance is done by volunteers, which we have a committed group that attend most Friday mornings to work either on the pitches, or has been the case during Covid, to do other work around the facility. Most noticeably the undergrowth around the Training Pitch.
We are looking for further volunteers for mowing. The club will need to keep on top of the cutting of the pitches, and a change of work circumstances for two of our volunteers has meant they don’t quite have the same flexibility they had previously. Currently the bulk of the grass cutting has been done on a volunteer basis by Carol Mckenzie for which the club is extremely grateful. However, we need to look to spread the workload so we are looking for volunteers prepared to spend an hour or so a week to help out. With longer hours of daylight it is quite a pleasant way to spend a sunny evening, and once the Covid restrictions lift and if there’s cricket on, enjoy a drink afterwards.
Pounds For Pitches Winners: February & March 2021
April 6th 2021
The draws have been held for the February & March editions of Pound For Pitches. 50% of funds goes towards the upkeep of the rugby pitches, whilst the other 50% is handed out in cash prizes!
Here's the list of the recent winners;
J. Fuggle £100
B. Fuggle £100
P. Charlton £50
A big thank-you to all in the draws and congratulations to the recent winners. You have to be in it to win it! Find out how to join, here.
Brachers Renew For 2021/2022 Season
March 16th 2021
The club is delighted to announce that Brachers has renewed for next season as a Platinum sponsor.
With COVID hitting grassroots sports hard over the past year, Brachers are dedicated to help rugby bounce back by continuing their support of the club. Maidstone Rugby Club's association with the local solicitor firm dates back in one form or another to 1906. Both entities have been part of the County Town fabric since the late 1800's and the partnership allows for both institutions to support and benefit each other.
The Brachers logo will continue as the lead sponsor on the 1st Team shirts, as well as advertised in all Maidstone Rugby publications and through our social media platforms. As members, you will be kept informed of the latest goings on with Brachers as well as the club. With a long history, Brachers are the local solicitor firm that you can trust should you need help or services with both personal & business law.
On behalf of the club, we'd like to thank Corporate & Commercial Partner Matthew Simmonds and Business & Marketing Manager Morag Welham for their dedication to the community as well as support of Maidstone Rugby.
To learn more about Brachers, please visit their website www.brachers.co.uk, or by clicking their logo at the bottom of our Home page.
MFC VX3 Spring Sale
March 10th 2021
With Rugby return on the horizon as well the reopening of gyms across the country, everyone is looking forward to getting back to normal. The club is having a special Spring Sale with VX3 on kit bundles, for anyone to order if they want a fresh start back to fitness when restrictions are lifted. Or, why not get them now if you are keeping fit at home?!
The RFC bundle contains a sleeveless version of the popular gilet, shorts and gym socks which normally retail together at £85, but has been reduced to just £45.
For the GYM bundle, you can get your hands on shorts, a comfortable MFC vest top and a quality rucksack for £40, which sold individually would cost £55.
To see these and the other fantastic quality MFC VX3 products for all ages, just click here.
MFC Funds For Favours
February 1st 2021
During the lockdown period, members have experienced some home emergencies. What has made matters worse, is that many home repair engineers are not available to make multiple household visits. Leaving some in distress and in need of help.
Recently, a few stories have emerged which has given club VP Dave Charlton an idea. When you are in need, you turn to your friends and at MFC, you have many! There is a plethora of skilled, resourceful and talented members that could help you with your emergency. Some members have already assisted others, but being pals, would not accept payment. Which is where the Funds For Favours idea came about.
If you are in need and a club mate helps you out with the kindness of their heart, you may still feel obliged to do something. So, why not make a small donation to the club instead?
By donating to the club, by even a small amount, you can help keep that place alive which has formed so many friendships over the years. Then you and your mates can enjoy the benefits once more when we are all back to normal.
If you do end up using this idea, please remember HANDS....FACE....SPACE. Ensure that you have masks, gloves and act responsibly when helping each other out. The government has stated that everyone has the right to live in a safe, liveable environment, which makes emergency repair work an allowed activity. Just don't abuse it.
To donate to the club, the account details are;
Maidstone Rugby Football Club Ltd.
Account # 00062872
Sort Code # 30-95-37
MFC On A Journey With Grow-19
April 1st 2021
The Mote Runners are joining Maidstone FC to go on a virtual journey and you can join in too! Our friends at Grow-19 have organised a round the world challenge.
We will be updating them with the miles tracked from our senior squad to help on the journey. If you want to get involved, all you need to do is contact Alexandra Meaders via email at the foundation to let her know how many miles you walked, cycled or ran.
As the miles rack up, their website gets updated with the journey travelled based on the miles received. There are pictures and stories of what we all got up to for a bit of virtual fun.
There is no need to pledge any money, as it's just to provide a little community fun, as well as raise awareness. Donations are of course welcome, as Grow-19 aims to provide additional learning for the ages of 19-25 for those with learning difficulties.
You can see the progress so far by looking at their website here.
The next stop on the trek is Mount Everest!
MFC 6 Nations Fantasy League: Rnd 5
March 27th 2021
An unpredictable 6 Nations came to an end with all of Wales behind Scotland to get an unexpected victory in Paris. A feat not seen for twenty-two years, was duly obliged by the Scots, but not before Les Bleu had already denied Wales of a Grand Slam.
Scotland 52-10 Italy
No less than eight Tries were scooped up by Scotland over a disappointing Italian side. Cherry and van der Merwe both obtained a brace, whilst Hogg racked up twelve points from the boot. The consolation Try for the Azzurri came from Bigi.
Ireland 32-18 England
Ireland were improving as the tournament went on and they put England to the sword. Both sides claimed two Tries a piece, but it was Sexton's boot that was the difference on the scoreboard. Despite the Irish being reduced to 14 men after Aki's red card in the 63rd minute, England just didn't seem to be at the races. When you compare game time minutes between the two sides, it's not a mystery as to why.
France 32-30 Wales
For the neutral, one of the best games to watch for quite sometime. Both sides answering each others scores early on leading the game into the break poised at 17 all. With Wales ahead and Willemse seeing red for the hosts in the 68th minute, there was just twelve minutes left for the visitors to hang on and seal an improbable Grand Slam. Ill discipline cost them and five minutes later they were the ones at a one man disadvantage, as first Faletau and then Williams were sent to the bin. The one man overlap was enough for the French to exploit, as with the last play of the game, Dulin crossed over to break Welsh hearts.
France 23-27 Scotland
In this rescheduled game due to some covid infractions, odds were that France would be pushing for the 6 Nations crown. With Welsh supporters as well as their own behind them, Scotland had other ideas. In an another absorbing game the red card came out once more; this time to Finn Russell. Many years from now someone is going to look at the history books and think that this must have been the most violent 6 Nations ever! Less than two minutes later and Romain Taofifenua saw yellow to even the numbers for the final seven minutes. In fact, there was another eleven to come. Both sides contained each other and then conceded possession. Eventually, after twenty or so phases, a long pass from replacement fly-half Hastings found van der Merwe who sealed Scotland's victory with 84 minutes on the clock.
And the winner is......
Thanks to all for taking part but Charlie was the one who held firm at the top of the table to win themselves some bottles of wine. For the wooden spoon, it would appear Alison was in dire need of one having not completed her team to ensure that she finished last, with that familiar sound at Eurovision for Great Britain...nil points!
Thanks again to all who joined in the fun. Here's to the next one.
March 26th 2021
A lot is happening in preparation for the return of rugby and how we go into the summer, before (hopefully) kicking off a new season in style.
First we start off with the conclusion of the Touch Tournament, beginning on Tuesday 30th March. Please note that even though rugby has returned, only participants, coaches, officials and parents/guardians can attend. Social distancing must be adhered to. Where at all possible, only one parent to u18 should attend.
The tournament will run Tuesday night, Thursday night and Saturday afternoon until the finals day on Saturday 10th April, where RFU referee Tracy Pettingale will be on hand for the final. There will be medals and a trophy presentation. If you are not involved, we are looking at testing a limited live stream for the finals so you can watch if you wish.
The youth section will be back for Sunday training from the 4th as well as weekday evening training. Your age grade coach should be in touch with your timings. Again we would request that visitors to the ground is at a minimum as any non-rugby gatherings still must follow government guidelines.
Senior training will resume from Tuesday 13th April, with strength and conditioning, as well as block training. Everything will cease at the club in May. Throughout June, senior players will be tasked with adhering to their own personal development plans laid out by the S&C coach. Special workshop training sessions will be set up by the senior coaches to work in small focused groups to improve gameplay, such as lineouts, scrums and specialised backs moves. Usual preseason games are being planned with one already being lined up at the club under lights.
When we do begin again, the club will be hosting a welcome back party for its members. Plans are being worked on but we are hoping to provide some free BBQ food and maybe beverages as well. It's our way of saying thank-you and getting everyone together again to put this strange chapter behind us.
MFC Touch Finals Day
April 9th 2021
The Touch Tournament finals day is all set for Saturday 10th April. The Top Pitch is marked and we are pleased to say that the final four teams represent a wide spectrum of the club. The last round of games meant that it went down to the wire, with To Be Confirmed and The Dream Team coming face to face. Alas, the most improved scratch Dream Team from the Colts section just fell short against their counterparts and slipped out of the top four. This meant that DC Comicals made it, leaving the final four being represented by Maidstone youth, senior and veterans rugby!
The games timings are below;
Semi-Final 1: Kick-off 12:05
To Be Confirmed v PC Simpson + The Criminals
Semi-Final 2: Kick-off 12:45
G. Slammers v DC Comicals
Final: Kick-off 2pm
Before the games, the club will hold a minutes applause in honour of the Duke of Edinburgh. An official photographer will be on hand to take photos of the teams and any others. We encourage people to order the photos from the photographer as the club will make a cut of the sales.
RFU referee Tracy Pettingale will referee the final and there will be the trophy and medal presentations.
Please remember that we are still under COVID restrictions. Masks are encouraged and social distancing is still in place. People must NOT gather in groups larger than 6. There is plenty of room around the finals day pitch for parents, players, and officials to watch the game at a safe distance. The clubhouse will be open for the use of the toilet, but no drinks or food.
This should be a great day after a difficult season for the whole of rugby, so please, please be safe and respectful.
MFC Touch Tournament: Rnd 7 & 8
March 31st 2021
The Touch Tournament was back on Tuesday 30th March as friends got their first tastes of normality and interactions, albeit limited, with each other for nearly four months. Everyone was keen to get back and shake off some rust, which thankfully was all that needed shaking off as no significant timber has been added.
The top four has been shaken up as 1st took on 2nd in a double header. The first game was tit-for-tat, with the Slammers coming out victors by just a single score. The second game was just as tight and fiercely contested, which ended in a draw.
PC Simpson + The Criminals had two tricky fixtures against the Dream Team. Will Fox had to scratch his side together due to a lot of work commitments, but fortunately Alex Clarke and Ian 'Horse' Lee were still on hand to show some class. Another tight couple of games, with the youngsters threatening all the time with speedy play from Ollie May, aided by wily set up by 1st XV skipper Lucian Morosan. Alas, experience shone through as PC Simpson's side took the spoils in both games, which needed real grit.
The DC Comicals showed that class is permanent, especially with the trademark show-and-go from Dave Charlton still fooling players both young and senior. A special mention goes to VP Jim Walker, who managed to find himself on the side lines, having been binned for a little exuberance in his touch tackle on Ben Court. A double victory this evening for the experienced troop.
Rounding off the trio of double wins was the The Two Fours as they aim for a second half tournament surge into the top four.
From the standings, it is delicetely poised. To Be Confirmed still hold top spot, but are now equal on points with second and third. PC Simpson + The Criminals moved into second spot, having scored just one more Try than the Slammers. DC Comicals retained fourth spot whilst the Two Fours just nips ahead of the Dream Team into fifth. The Golden Oldies and Ratatouille remain unmoved.
The next two rounds will be back on Saturday from 12pm.
RFU Article: A Nice Touch
January 1st 2021
Maidstone are delighted that the RFU has written a small piece on the Maidstone FC Touch tournament, which featured in their latest information mail out. During the COVID-19 outbreak, the RFU has been keen to see what many clubs have been doing to keep everyone involved.
You can read the article here.
The Great Home Run
February 22nd 2021
Maidstone FC is grateful to the staff and medical teams within the town, working hard on the vaccination programme. In line with this great effort, the Rotary Club along with others are organising 'The Great Home Run', to raise money for several charities within the town. One of which is close to the club, which is the Young Lives Foundation, who you may remember joined us for the last visit of Mike Tindall to the club.
The event is not about running, but about the Maidstone community coming together to hit the Home Run and bounce back together against Covid-19. It's a fun activity, promoting health and well being, as well as being free to enter with prizes up for grabs.
For more details, please visit the Rotary Club's web page here.
MFC Touch Tournament Resumption
March 5th 2021
As the club begins to cement plans for rugby's return over the next few weeks, we need to finish what we started.
The incredibly successful and popular inner-club Touch Tournament now has a schedule for completion. It will be tight, but should ensure that we get a Saturday Finals day in before the official handover to Cricket. More details of the finals day to follow as things become clearer, but for now, the schedule is as follows;
Tuesday 30th March - 7.30pm - 9pm
Saturday 3rd April - 12pm - 2pm
Tuesday 6th April - 7.30pm - 9pm
Thursday 8th April 7.30pm - 9pm
Saturday 10th April
More details will be released in due course and below is how we stood before the break.
MFC 6 Nations Fantasy League: Round 4
March 16th 2021
England finally win, Wales tick another box towards the Grand Slam & Ireland win a thriller.
Italy 7-48 Wales
Wales ran in 7 tries in the Stadio Olimpico to show that the promise of youth in the Welsh side may be here sooner than we could have imagined. Monty Ioane got the sole Try for Italy with a deft kick and chase. An easy day at the office for a side that was expected to finish just above Italy in the final standings.
England 23-20 France
Both sides appeared to throw caution to the wind and turned into a very interesting game. It all looked ominous for the hosts when Dupont crossed the line after sixty seconds and Damien Penaud's score was a move of beauty just thirty minutes later. England held with the French and just a single Farrell penalty separated the sides at the final whistle.
Scotland 24-27 Ireland
If the day before gave us a good game, then these two capped the weekend off in style. The Scots may have scored more tries, but it was the schooled boot of veteran Johnny Sexton that made the difference to the scoreboard in the end.
Only one round left and Charlie still leads the pack. Abi leaps up to second, whilst the biggest slider is Ben Court dropping eight places. A prize is heading the winners way, but can anyone usurp Charlie?
January 28th 2021
It has been a long road, not without its bumps along the way, but we can officially say, the deal is done.
With the lease on the grounds up for renewal, initial negotiations began back in 2009. Many can remember the long emails and diligence sent out from Jon Sargent to the membership on the progress at the start. As with many negotiations, both clubs were tasked with defining what both wanted and try to counter balance that with what was feasible.
Just like Brexit, so many finer details needed to be ironed out and that deal seemed to be an illusive objective.
At the time, President Jim Tinsley took the bull by the horns so to speak driving the process forward, along with former finance officer Rob Lindsay, VP Steve Vincent & the Chairman who was at the time, the Club Secretary. The team spent countless hours in meetings with the Mote Trustees with the expiration date poised over everyone's head like guillotine. With Jim driving the cause on, a deal was finally struck in 2018.
Unfortunately, times had shifted slightly with both clubs not being as successful as they had been. With Detling still very much on the cards, the financial impact within the lease, as well as other points, it was becoming clear that it would not be conducive to both clubs as it stood, sending them back to the negotiating table.
Since 2018 our relationship with The Mote has strengthened as we took a more reflective approach on our co-operations. Being stronger together was becoming more prevalent, and Mote Treasurer and Trustee Paul Heynes has been a bastion of goodwill and optimism. By 2020 a new lease had been agreed which had less financial impact for both clubs, as well as a share of bar profits for games out of season. A sign that things were changing and co-operation was vital more than ever. Both clubs have been building a sports base, welcoming the Mote Runners to the grounds, as well as working closer together on a variety of ideas from grounds-keeping, to business as a whole.
With COVID hitting the sporting world hard, both clubs came together to form a committee ensuring that the clubhouse could be as safe as possible. As well as operate with ever changing restrictions. It also demonstrated that both clubs are indeed stronger together, opening the door for discussions on a joint development of the grounds as an option for the members.
The COVID impact also meant that the finalising of the lease took longer than expected, with delays in paperwork being pushed through as quickly as it normally would.
As of 28th January 2021, we are pleased to report the new lease is final, keeping us here at The Mote for another fifteen years. There are break clauses included, should the development at Detling or indeed the Mote get off the ground.
So many people have dedicated their time and energy on a volunteer basis to achieve the new lease. It is hard to thank all that has been involved over the years. However, we thank Cripps solicitors for their patience and diligence acting on our behalf, as well as Steve Vincent for continuing the dialogue with Cripps as well as the lease extensions whilst negotiations were concluded. the club also thanks the Mote Trustees for their efforts and support as we build for the future.
With a strong relationship, a new lease locked in and the prospect of a joint development, both clubs sit with a bright future once more together. Here's to the brighter days ahead.
Sad News: Victor Hall
February 22nd 2021
The club is saddened to learn of the passing of Victor 'vic' Hall, on February 1st.
Victor played for the Mustang's between 1965 through to 1975 in the second row with players such as Chris Wood, who himself was affectionately named 'Timber'. Victor enjoyed his time at Maidstone both as a player and as a supporter for many years, after his boots had been hung up.
One of his proudest moments was seeing his son Tim taking to the field at The Mote to play for Maidstone wearing his old shirt.
The club sends its thoughts and prayers to the Hall family, at this difficult time.
Victor's funeral will be held at Vinters Park Crematorium on March 11th.
MFC 6 Nations Fantasy League: Round 3
March 1st 2021
With Covid hitting the French camp, some jiggery-pokery on scoring had to be considered. He is the abridged version:
- Scores from the teams that play still count.
- French and Scottish player in your starting XV receive 10pts whilst any on your teams bench receive 5pts.
- Should the game be re-scheduled, no further points will be accrued.
Italy 10-48 Ireland
The team in green have bounced back to winning ways after disappointments against Wales and France. Their 6-Try victory did not gloss over the cracks, but certainly made up for the recent performances. Johnny Sexton (55.6) kicked eighteen points & Will Connors (35.7) crossed for a brace either side of the half. It certainly sets up an intriguing game on Sunday 14th March as they head to Edinburgh.
Wales 40-24 England
Take nothing away from Wales, as they certainly played very well. England at times showed improvement and played some much better attacking Rugby. Apparently there were some questionable decisions from the referee, which is usually the case when a side loses. However, there are not many times when you hear the likes of Jonathan Davies even cringing at something that went in Wales' favour, so maybe there was something to the grievance. What's done is done and congratulations to Wales on their win. If the shoe was on the other foot, many an Englishman would be smirking like Rees-Zammit (56.8) this morning!
The thing that is getting more concerning with sport, more so football than rugby right now, is the use of technology. A dangerous precedent seems to be happening were rules or laws are being adjusted to make decisions easier when reviewed. The concept of TMO's & VAR was to help enforce the laws of the respective games. It appears now, as if the laws are being adjusted to accommodate the technology.
As for our league standings, Charlie maintains his lead on 2,390.8pts, with BBB still close behind on 2,364pts. The biggest climber was Round 1's leader Sully, up to 9th place with 2,073.2pts. The biggest slider was Tuggy, dropping from 7th to 14th with a total of 2,002.6pts.
You cannot read too much into that with only two games played, so here's hoping for a full list of fixtures on March 13th and 14th.
Return To Rugby Update: March 5th
March 5th 2021
We are pleased to be able to publish the RFU's provisional plan for a phased return to full contact rugby. It’s wonderful to see light at the end of the tunnel and will soon be able to resume training and, subject to each step on government’s roadmap being achieved, progress towards contact fixtures and an exciting season of rugby for 2021/22 from September.
Please note the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap has been revised to follow steps on the government roadmap.
You can see the revised roadmap here.
It is hoped that the Youth section will be able to return in some capacity as of Sunday 4th April, as well as training evenings being organised. It is also a desire to complete the popular inner-club Touch Tournament.
The club is due to hand over to Cricket on April 15th, which usually means a cessation of rugby at the club. However, the club will be very much hoping to come to some kind of arrangement with the Mote CC, to allow for some extended rugby activity beyond the regular season.
Plans are for the Club Shop to re-open on Sunday's, albeit with capacity restrictions and mask requirements. The clubhouse is not expected to be open for anything other than toilet facilities upon the initial return. At this point, table service may not be available until May and full service resumed in June.
More as it develops, but the clock is ticking to the first available training session, which would be seniors on March 30th.
RFU School of Ruck for Kids
January 19th 2021
Content for children aged 5-11 to do at home.
Resources are family-friendly, not requiring a teacher or prior subject knowledge. There are fun and diverse activities to do, linking to a multitude of subjects across the National Curriculum. Activities are all loaded as pdfs, accessible at home from mobiles/laptops and most activities won’t even require a printer!
Don’t forget to share your kids’ creations on social and tag @wrugbymuseum and @EnglandRugby.com
Keep fit and healthy and most of all, remember to stay at home.
Take care and enjoy!
Grand Slam Challenge Key Stage 1 5-7 years
Grand Slam Challenge Key Stage 2 7-9 years
Grand Slam Challenge Key Stage 2 9-11 years
The Cabbage Patch Key Stage 1 5-7 years
The Cabbage Patch Key Stage 2 7-9 years
The Cabbage Patch Key Stage 2 9-11 years
The Lost Lucky Boots story - needed for all age groups
The Lost Lucky Boots Key Stage 1 5 -7 years
The Lost Lucky Boots Key Stage 2 7-9 years
The Lost Lucky Boots Key Stage 2 9-11 years
Space Explorers Key Stage 1 5-7 years
Space Explorers Key Stage 2 7-9 years
Space Explorers Key Stage 2 9-11 years
My Marvellous Museum Key Stage 1 5-7 years
My Marvellous Museum Key Stage 2 7-9 years
My Marvellous Museum Key Stage 2 9-11 years
Going for Gold Key Stage 1 5-7 years
Going for Gold Key Stage 2 7-9 years
Going for Gold Key Stage 2 9-11 years
Keep Calm and Turn on the Rugby! Key Stage 1 5-7 years
Keep Calm and Turn on the Rugby! Key Stage 2 7-9 years
Keep Calm and Turn on the Rugby! Key Stage 2 9-11 years
Keep Moving! Key Stage 1 5-7 years
Keep Moving! Key Stage 2 7-9 years
Keep Moving! Key Stage 2 9-11 years
Return to Rugby Update
March 2nd 2021
In anticipation of sports restrictions being lifted at the end of the month, the RFU are now constructing the roadmap for return. It is initially targeted to allow for limited contact training and Ready4Rugby activity from March 29th. Games with adjusted laws are then targeted for April 26th onwards.
The club is working closely with the RFU & Kent RFU as plans begin to take shape.
It is hoped that the Youth section will be able to return in some capacity as of Sunday 4th April, as well as training evenings being organised. It is also a desire to complete the popular inner-club Seven's Tournament.
The club is due to hand over to Cricket on April 15th, which usually means a a cessation of rugby at the club. However, the club will be very much hoping to come to some kind of arrangement with the Mote CC, to allow for some extended rugby activity beyond the regular season.
MFC 6 Nations Fantasy League: Round 2
February 14th 2021
It's Valentine's weekend and the rugby on display was just as enthralling as the first week. Two close contests and some fine individual performances, means that it's all change at the top of our Fantasy League.
England 48 - 18 Italy
Monty Ioane (39.2) needed just two minutes to cross over and punish the hosts. The red roses came back and were a little more adventurous, but still didn't show the kind of form the English had been accustomed too over the past twelve months.
Watson (62.6) got himself a brace, but the highlight ways Jonny May-fly (89.3), diving into the corner to push England further ahead. Our thoughts are with Wasps player Jack Willis (18.1), who bulldozed his way over to score, to only find himself stretchered off not long after due to a nasty knee injury.
Scotland 24 - 25 Wales
Buoyant from their opening day fixture, Scotland looked good for their half time lead, despite Wales still showing signs that they are very much going in the right direction. Wales struck twice after the restart and despite being reduced to 14 men, Scotland managed to restore their lead shortly after thanks to Stuart Hogg's (86.1) 2nd of the game. It was short lived as Rees-Zammit (69.4) impressed once more and hit back just five minutes later with his second, putting Wales a delicate point ahead. For the final eleven minutes, Scotland worked hard, but the Welsh defence matched-up to give the team in red the narrowest of victories in Edinburgh.
Ireland 13 - 15 France
The Irish started brightly and had a Try rightly chalked off before the French woke up. A fine move ended with Charles Ollivon (59.4) scoring for Les Bleus. Burns, Healy and Iain Henderson all departed due to head injuries, which unsettled the hosts allowing France to strike again through Damian Penaud (28.6). Rónan Kelleher (25.1) had just come on and managed to pounce on a loose ball, before breaking the tackle to touch down. It set up another tight finish, but France managed to hold out.
Standings: Week 2
Charlie had a good week moving up into top spot, 60 points clear of BBB, which is very precarious. Whiskey Pete was the biggest climber by 5 places, but conversely, the biggest slider was last weeks leader Sully who drops to 14th. There will be a great prize on behalf of the club for 1st place and a magnificent wooden spoon for the person that finishes last! With so many changes in just two weeks, the competition is far from over.
RFU Turns 150 Years Old
January 19th 2021
On 26 January 1871 at the Pall Mall Restaurant on London’s Regent Street, a meeting took place between representatives from 21 clubs, many of which are still in existence today. The representatives were young men, the average age being 23, many were club captains and together they created the world’s first governing body for rugby football.
At the meeting 20 players were also selected to represent England in the first ever international contest on 27 March 1871 following a challenge of an international fixture issued by Scotland.
Activity to mark the anniversary includes:
The creation of a heritage rose with artwork by renowned artist Chris Wormell taking inspiration from the very first rose featured on the caps of the 1871 team and still features on players’ caps today.
A social media campaign on 26 January inspired by the World Rugby Museum’s RFU at 150 exhibition, charting the evolution of the game in England over a century and a half. A physical version of the exhibition will be available in the World Rugby Museum at Twickenham Stadium at a later date.
A commemorative 150th anniversary book celebrating a century and a half of England Rugby. This coffee table-style hardback will be available to purchase from 21 January at www.englandrugbystore.com priced £30.
In partnership with Harkness roses, England Rugby will launch a commemorative rose on 1 February.
A limited-edition heritage kit, created by official technical kit partner Umbro and England Rugby, that will launch tomorrow.
Official timing partner, Bremont, are also planning something extremely limited, exciting and fitting to tie into the 150th anniversary celebrations, available 150 years on from that illustrious day when it all started.
There will be lots of other exciting anniversary products launching throughout the year. The RFU will also look to celebrate its momentous milestone further with the community game and with supporters back at Twickenham when it is safe to do so.
RFU President, His Honour Jeff Blackett said: “I am immensely proud to be the President of the Rugby Football Union in our 150th anniversary season. The RFU and rugby in England has such a rich history and it is thanks to the vast amount of work put in by people within the rugby community all over the country.
“These are extraordinary times but we are lucky to have such dedicated volunteers. I would like to pay tribute to all who give so much of their time and expend so much emotional energy so that our young men and women can continue to play the game that we all love. We look forward to marking this special anniversary this year in honour of them.”
RFU Chief Executive Bill Sweeney added: “One hundred and fifty years of rugby union in England is a momentous landmark and is taking place during one of the most challenging times in our history. I do not think anybody could have predicted that the RFU would see out its 150th anniversary in the midst of a global pandemic.
“The recent challenges have shone a light on the spirit and strength of rugby union but the community game is more than a game, it’s a network, it’s a family, a way of life and it will continue to thrive across England for the next 150 years and beyond. I look forward to celebrating with the grassroots game and fans at a later date.”
Over the 150 years that followed the formation of the RFU, rugby has seen key events occur: the purchase and development of Twickenham Stadium; the ‘great schism’ which ultimately lead to the breakaway of some northern clubs to form rugby league; two World Wars to which thousands of community game players made the ultimate sacrifice, alongside the 41 full England Internationals who were lost to the two conflicts. The formation of the Women’s Rugby Football Union, the elite game turning professional in 1995, England hosting the second and eighth Rugby World Cup tournaments in 1991 and 2015; England’s senior men winning the world title in Australia in 2003 and the Red Roses becoming World Champions in Scotland in 1994 and France in 2014, as well as Great Britain’s men winning silver in Rio as rugby sevens made its Olympic debut.
Sad News: Paul Davies
January 13th 2021
The club is saddened to announce that Paul Davies has passed away after a long brave fight with cancer.
Paul played for the club way back in the 70's. When he retired from playing he could be seen supporting the club for most home games and occasional away fixtures. He was always very quick with a wise crack and a great story teller.
He was a loyal club supporter, attending club functions, dinners and lunches.
He will be sadly missed by the club and we send our best wishes to his family & friends at this difficult time.
Ian Wilkinson Steps Down
January 13th 2021
One of the Club's Joint Youth Chairs, Ian Wilkinson has decided to step down from the role he took up over two years ago. During his tenure, Ian worked alongside Dave Smith and Head Groundsman Bob Hayton on pitch allocations for the youth. His diligent and meticulous planning ensuring the youth teams had the best possible use from the pitches.
Ian was also integral with the negotiations with MGS for the 4G Pitch usage and helping continue the long standing relationship with the school. 'Wilki's' straight shooting approach and knowledge of playing a high standard rugby was a tremendous asset to the committee. His knowledge was a vital cog in the wider discussions of formulating a club ethos coaching structure, which should hopefully begin to be cemented when things get back to normal.
After his tenure of diligence, challenging ideas and resolute work, he has decided to step down now as the work load has lessened with the season on hold. Ian remains a huge supporter & sponsor of the club, as well as a lead coach with the Under-16's. The club committee would like to unanimously publicly thank Ian for all of his hard work during his time, and very much leave the door open for his contributions in the future.
Alison Slaughter will now head up the Youth Section as sole Youth Chair. If anybody would like to assist with the role, it would be greatly appreciated, such as the RFU Coaching Co-ordinator role. If you have any questions or would like to see how you can support the Youth section, please contact Alison. Details are on the Contacts page..
MFC 6 Nations Fantasy League: Round 1
February 7th 2021
The 2021 6Nations got underway in the untenanted colosseum in Rome as favourites France got off to an impressive start. Here's the run down of what happened on the first weekend and what points for the MFC Fantasy League had been awarded to players in brackets.
Italy 10 - 50 France
A comprehensive victory over hosts Italy saw Dylan Cretin, Gael Fickou, Arthur Vincent, Brice Dulin and Antoine Dupont (91) crossing the white wash for Les Blues in the first half. Teddy Thomas (112.5) claimed a second half brace with outside centre Matthieu Jailbert (141.4) kicking 15 points. It was Italy's 28th consecutive 6Nations defeat.
England 6 - 11 Scotland
With little rugby played by many of the red roses, the rust was there for all to see. On the 150th anniversary of the RFU's founding and in different shirts, they were almost unrecognisable from the Autumn International outfit. Take nothing away from Scotland, as Finn Russell's (32.3) boot was on target and Stuart Hogg (79.1) pummelling the ball up field turned the screw for an historic Scottish victory in England. Their first since 1983.
Wales 21 - 16 Ireland
An upset was always on the cards here at the Principality, should the Irish take their hosts lightly. They didn't and led at half time, despite being reduced to 14 men. George North (73.6) crossed over in the second period alongside Rees-Zammit (47.2) with Halfpenny (48.5) added extras with the boot. Billy Burns (15.3) will be ruing kicking the ball dead during a nail biting finish, whilst MoTM Alun-Wyn Jones (50.2) reminded us all if we needed it, of his quality.
Standings: Week 1
It may only be the end of week one but SULLY leads the way on 789pts, being chased by Charlie on 784pts. Club Secretary Brian McKeon sits in 13th but at least he is ahead of DoR Steve Oram who finished week one in 17th.
All to play for then as we head to the next round on Valentines day weekend.
MFC 6 Nations Fantasy League
January 30th 2020
We may not be able to watch the 6 nations together, but at least we can have some friendly competition together. The Club Secretary Brian McKeon has got the club set-up for the 6Nations Fantasy League.
We'd like you all to join the clubs league and get involved with the friendly fun. It's free to join and usually provides some good social banter along the way.
Follow the link below and sign up with a username, password and a team name. Once you log in, you should be automatically joined to the MFC League, but if not, you can search for it "League no.17988 : Maidstone RFC". The password is ONBXV. You select your team from the players available, but no more than four from each nation. After every game each player is ranked and every week those rankings points accrued by your players makes up your league points total.
The deadline for signing up Is February 6th at 2pm. Please join in the fun as we follow the tournament and fantasy league with updates.
Follow this link to sign up!
Sad News: Ed Meddings
January 1st 2021
The club is saddened to hear that we have just lost one of our oldest former players, Ed Meddings at the age of 97. Ed passed away peacefully at home in Bath. He came to the Club in the early 1950s and was met by Des Payne who was Captain at the time. He played alongside such MFC stalwarts as John Harrison, Ian Milsted, Basher Bills and Charlie Hitchcock. He would always visit the Club when he came to visit his family in Maidstone and even though he hasn’t been for a number of years, he would always keep an eye on the results and discuss the clubs fortune.
A Wellington bomber pilot in WW2 he then flew commercially until he was 65 and upon retirement he dedicated his life to his beloved Hinton Charterhouse CC where he served as Groundsman, committee member, Chairman and President.
The club extends its condolences to the family and friends of Ed, at this sad time.
Training Remains On Hold
January 2nd 2021
With Kent remaining in Tier 4 & the majority of schools delaying their return, the club has taken the reluctant decision to delay returning to all forms of Rugby training. Kent RFU also recommends this approach.
The RFU is working with the government and we hope to have further clarity from them both, in order to bring Rugby back to our members.
The club is disappointed, but we hope our members understand that the welfare of all players, coaches, staff and everyone associated with the club, must remain paramount.
Harvey Beaton Makes U20 Squad
January 1st 2021
During the pandemic Harvey Beaton had been at his old stomping ground of The Mote, keeping his fitness up. The club is delighted to report that he has now been named as part of the England u20 squad for 2021.
The club extends its congratulations & best wishes, as we admire his strong progress since moving from Maidstone FC to Saracens.
A New Way To View Our History
January 1st 2021
As part of the new website, we have streamlined our club milestones of history. On the History page, you can now scroll through our 140 years of history and view a picture that defined that time. The club is also working on adding more content to this, to make it an easy, dynamic and interactive trip down memory lane.
If you have any content that you would like added, please let the club know.
You can see the timeline, which is best viewed on a desktop, here.
Welcome To Maidstonerugby.com
January 1st 2021
After a long period of time under Vivid Associates, the time has come for Maidstone to move on. Vivid has progressed into bigger and better avenues which we could no longer fit into. However, they kept the site ticking over for us, whilst we found a new home. Our thanks goes to Alistair and Michael for their support and dedication supporting the clubs website. We also wish them all the very best in their new endeavours.
Like moving house, it's a sad time but also an exciting one as we move to a new home in maidstonerugby.com.
If anyone has any suggestions on the website, please let the Admin Team know and they can see what is possible to make this the best user interface as possible.