Increasingly Social

Dear players, parents, supporters and sponsors, you can now keep up with our increasingly active and sociable club on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. You can also enjoy our films on Vimeo and You Tube. Just tap in Eccles RFC to find us and  find out what happening.

The more followers we have on all these platforms, and the more you share our posts, the more attention our news and activities get and the bigger our community becomes. You can also follow Eccles RFC from the touchline at Gorton Street. Join us.

Same Game. Slower Pace.

‘WALKING RUGBY‘, in conjunction with Sale Sharks, kicks off at Eccles RFC this Monday evening 25th June, 7pm-8.30pm.  Open to all, male or female, it’s a slower-paced game with adapted rules, 60 minutes of physical activity and ideal for those 50+


Summer Recruitment Drive – Men Wanted

Over the last two years the Men’s 1XV squad has lost (at least) 18 players due to retirements, people moving away, players moving on to a higher level and more. Unsurprisingly this has taken its toll on both results and our ability to field a 2XV and 3XV. Over the summer the Club will be taking various actions to address this, and get the men’s section moving forward once again. Today we announce the first step, our new recruitment video, ‘Men Wanted’:

The video is available in many formats:


You can help out by sharing the video as much as possible, in any of the formats.

If you’re interested in joining us, as a player or a support capacity, please get in touch on

Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2018 – Monday 4th June

Dear Members,

The 2018 Eccles RFC Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in the Clubhouse at 8.00pm prompt on

Monday 4th June 2018


  1. President’s Introduction
  2. Apologies for Absence
  3. Review and acceptance of minutes from previous AGM – Paper copies will be distributed on the night or are available to download here.
  4. Treasurer’s Report
  5. Secretary’s Report
  6. Men’s Report
  7. Women’s Report
  8. Colts’ Report
  9. Mini & Juniors’ Report
  10. Girls’ Report
  11. Duke of Edinburgh Report
  12. Chairman’s Comments


  1. Election of Officers
  2. Any Other Business (AOB)
  3. Thanks and close

The roles of Club Officers, Committee Members and other positions are open to all club members. Members cannot nominate themselves and must be suggested by two other members (Proposer and Seconder). Nominations can be made on the poster in the clubhouse (from Tuesday 15/05/18) or via email to me at

Members are reminded that only full members, aged 18 or over, who have paid their annual subscription, are eligible to stand as officers or vote.

If you have any items for AOB please send them through to me, at the above address, as soon as possible. The deadline for AOB submissions is Monday 28/05/18 (questions will be accepted on the night, but may not be answered if the necessary information isn’t immediately available).

I hope to see you there.

Yours faithfully,

Mark Greenhalgh
Hon. Secretary

What a weekend!

You can tell it was a big one as I’ve only just composed myself. Luckily this weekend looks to be a little calmer before the storm of the marquee weekend blows in.

On Saturday we celebrated 21 years of Ladies Rugby at Eccles with the ‘Old Girls’ taking on the current squad. The game certainly wasn’t lacking in spectacle as both teams played some flowing rugby and scored some great tries. The current squad (thankfully?!) managed to run out winners with their better fitness showing in the final quarter.

The game was watched by our sponsors who were invited down as a thank you for all their contributions this season. As an amateur club we absolutely rely on the support they offer and are very thankful of it.

Afterwards it was great to see a packed clubhouse late into the night as players from all sections, sponsors, friends and guests partied hard.

But there was no time for lying in bed, as on Sunday we hosted the Lancashire Colts Cup Finals Day. Set-up started at 08:30, and we didn’t finish tidying up afterwards until some 12 hours later. The visiting teams, supporters and officials all seemed to have a grand day out, even if only four of the clubs could win.

By hosting the event the club raised money which will help keep the lights on and the water hot through the fallow summer months. This would not have been possible without the army of volunteers, many fighting through hangovers and/or late nights, that came down to organise the car park, run the gate, man the BBQ, be behind the bar, or one of the many other jobs that needed doing.

A massive thank you to everyone that helped out across the weekend.

Now to relax for a while before the Thursday work party…

Marquee Weekend – 11/12th May

I’m pleased to confirm that our annual Marquee Weekend will be taking place in May. While there are some minor changes to the overall format, the two headline events will be unaffected. On Friday 11th May we will have the Annual Senior Players Awards Evening. And on Saturday 12th May we will have the Annual Dinner Dance. More details will be released in the next few weeks, but tickets are already available for the Saturday night priced at £50 per head. Please contact Hilary Berry (07583 240653) or Sue Baines (07809 100111) for more information.

Six Nations at the club this weekend

Round 3 of the Six Nations is upon us; another chance to watch the rugby with a high quality pint in a friendly club.

Tonight we will have France vs. Italy live at 20:00. This is following the Vets & Casuals game at 19:00, which is still looking for players if you fancy pulling your boots on.

On Saturday, the Ireland vs. Wales game will be recorded so that we can cheer on the Men’s 1XV in their huge game against Hawcoat Park, kicking off 14:15. Then we’ll all settle in to watch Scotland vs. England live, kicking off at 16:45. Following it’s completion we’ll screen the Ireland vs. Wales game.

Everyone welcome. Sure to be a great weekend of rugby.

Vets & Casuals, Friday 23rd Feb

On Friday 23rd February we will be hosting a Vets & Casuals Night at the Club. The event is open to all comers who fancy a game and perhaps can’t make it on a Saturday or don’t have a regular team at the moment. After the action there will be free food and beer for all participants in the clubhouse. If you’re interested in playing for the Eccles team please contact Henryk Getz on 07873 218371.

Games off. Six Nations On.

Eccles 1st XV vs Keswick and Eccles 2XV vs Thornton Cleveleys are both OFF today due to waterlogged pitches.  However, the clubhouse will still be open for the televised six nations games: Today Wales v Scotland Sat 2.15 KO and France v Ireland Sat 4.45 KO. Tomorrow Italy v England 3.00 KO.