Our Club History

Established in 1957, Bexley Rugby Club has grown and expanded to become the club that we know and love today

1958 - We became "The Hermits Rugby Football Club"

The first few games were played away, due to the lack of a ground so it was decided to name the club "The Hermits Rugby Football Club", after the Hermit crab, which spends most of its life using other creature’s shells as its home. The Hermit crab therefore became the emblem of the club.

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Bexley Rugby
is born in 1957

A few members of the 5th year of St. Joseph's Academy, Blackheath, headed by Lawrence Sullivan and Ronald Munro, decided to form a rugby team, "The Hermits Rugby Football Club". Although they asked the Headmaster to become an official Old Boy’s team, this was refused due to previous links with other clubs. Not discouraged, they decided to form a team independently of the Old Boy's Association.

1957

1958

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1959 - We become Official!

The Club was registered with the Rugby Football Union and Kent Society of Rugby Football Union Referee's. The club was able to rent a ground at Hall Place Playing fields, Bexley. The staggering sum of £14 was paid as rent for the season, borrowed from an uncle of Alan (Bugsy) McConnell. Within five or six years the Club had become well established in Kent, particularly Bexley, running three full sides plus a Colts team.
 

1959

1965

1965 - We became "Bexley Rugby Club"

When Bexley became a Greater London Borough in 1965 it was decided to re-name the Club "Bexley Rugby Football Club". The crab was not forgotten and the second team, to this day are still known as the "Hermits".
 

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1959 - We become Official!

In February the Club, applied successfully to rent the nearly derelict St, John's Fisher Catholic Church in Thanet Road, Bexley from the local council. As is well known the wheels of local government turn so quickly that by August 1978, we moved in, two and a half years after applying.
 

1976

Club Awards

Established in 1957, Bexley Rugby Club has grown and expanded to become the club that we know and love today

 

Club Honours Board and Presidents

Established in 1957, Bexley Rugby Club has grown and expanded to become the club that we know and love today