The Esplanade Hotel – once the headquarters of the nomadic rugby team the Barbarians –  back in the days when Penarth Rugby Club took on the greats.(Photo Ben Salter)

Penarth Rugby Club –  which once upon a time proudly clashed shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the biggest names and most famous players in Wales – has been relegated to the lowly “Division 3 East Central” from the start of next season.

The days when the Penarth Club once boasted fixtures with the fabled Barbarians, Llanelli, Newport and Swansea  are now long gone.

Flashback to 1963 – the heady days when Penarth played their annual Easter fixture with the Barbarians

Penarth only managed to clinch 11th – and next to last – place in the National League fixture list this season.

Admittedly eight of this season’s games were only lost by 3 points or less – but they were still losses – not wins – and it’s the winning that counts. And the last match of the season hardly ended on a high note with Penarth RFC scoring Nil and Cambrian Welfare 73.

Penarth RFC Mike Gooding is confident the team can recapture their former glory (Photo Penarth RFC)

Club chairman Mike Gooding has told Media Wales “We’ve been the architects of our own downfall and we haven’t made the most of opportunities we had to pick up points earlier in the season and then we lost a lot of players to injury.” .

But Mr Gooding is looking on the bright side and is confident the “Seasiders” will fight their way back and recapture their former glory – in the not too distant future.  “Relegation” he says will give us the kick up the backside


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  1. Philip Rapier says:

    Time to run a Rugby League side alongside the very honourable Union tradition at the Penarth Club.Desperately needed in the Cardif Bay area.. Works well in Bridgend, Caerphilly Aberdare etc
    Give the Ely boys a ring at Glamorgan Wanderers who are 2nd in National Leauge 1 East Central.
    and share their home with Cardiff Blue Dragons RLFC

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