Our History

Clwb Rygbi Abergele was formed December 1975. An idea of Terry Morris, a former Colwyn Bay player and teacher, who gathered friends and colleagues from Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan to form a team. Who then later played the first ever match at home, against then two-year old Caernarfon Rugby Club.

This was followed by an inaugural general meeting at the Hesketh Arms from which the club was formally founded, a committee was formed and Edward Lyons, formerly involved with the committee of Lancashire R.U.F.C, an ophthalmic surgeon, was invited to become President, a position he held until 2005.

Mr C. Burch (Chairman), Mr N. Owen (Treasurer), Mr D. G. Rees (Secretary) Mr G. L. Hughes (Fixture Sec.), Mr C. W. Davies (Membership Sec.) were among the founding committee.

With a committee established and full time officials appointed Terry Morris was elected as Club Captain. Massive interest from the town followed and fixtures began pouring in.

It was soon the aim of the club to improve the standards of rugby in as many ways as possible, and their contact with Emrys ap Iwan proved especially useful. With Matches being played on a Saturday, Abergele began to train Wednesday evenings using the school's sportshall and gym under the watchful eye of new Club Trainer Mr Dave Ratcliffe.

Now boasting a playing staff of 35, and two teams regularly playing and improving all the time. It was decided that Abergele would soon move to their new ground and changing facilities, which they would share with Abergele Soccer Club at Pentre Mawr Parc.

Pentre Mawr Parc has remained the Home of Abergele Rugby Club since 1977. As a North Wales District Club Abergele have won the Clwyd League twice, the first in 1987, the year the Clwyd League was formed, and the Clwyd League division 2.

In recent years Abergele has seen its sides grow stronger and stronger, its 1st XV have been promoted season after season and are currently the newly formed Division 4 North Champions. Winning the title in its first season, then retaining it in 2009/10, along with the NW Junior Cup & Intermediate Cup. They can proudly claim to be the best Junior club in North Wales.

Following this success in the 2009/10 season, the club was rewarded with a leap-frog promotion. Abergele will now play in the WRU Swalec Division Two North from the season 2010/11.

We are occasionally known as the swordsmen, taken from the emblem we use on our shirts. The sword was chosen from the name Abergele which translates as "mouth of the river shaped like a sword' This is believed to be the name given by the first settlers who thought that the river looked like the blade of a sword from the hills above the town.