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.


Glastonbury may be cancelled this summer, but thankfully you can still get your fix of epic outdoor live performances when Eccles RFC hosts its own End of Season Weekender on 28th and 29th April.   The 2-day event will not only mark the end of the Men’s 2017/18 rugby season but will also be a celebration of two notable events for the Ladies and Colts sections:

Saturday 28th April

  • KO 3pm – Eccles 2XV v Littleborough 2XV
  • KO 5pm – Eccles Ladies 1XV v Eccles Ladies Select XXI
  • Evening entertainment in the clubhouse will feature a presentation by the Ladies Captain and hopefully the return of the Men’s 1XV team with a victory from Tarleton.

Sunday 29th April 

  • Eccles RFC host a celebration of the county’s finest youth teams.
  • Eccles U17 v Kirkby Lonsdale U17 in the Junior Colts Trophy Final, KO 11am.
  • Heaton Moor U17 v Blackburn U17
  • West Park St Helens U18 v Widnes U18
  • Littleborough U18 v TBC
  • Presentations will take place on the Royal Balcony.

We hope ECCLESFEST will be a big social gathering for the whole club and have the clubhouse and grounds at full capacity.  All club members, past and present, Ladies, Seniors, Colts, Juniors and their families are welcome and encouraged to come down and enjoy the rugby on both days. Wellies, denim cut offs, cowboy hats and shades are all permitted dress code.  There will food, drinks and toilets available. No camping. No ticket touts.  More details to follow. #EcclesFest2018

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.

Christopher Tickle Cup success

As the rest of the Nation shivered, the Gorton Street arena was bathed in glorious winter sun yesterday for the annual Christopher Tickle Cup, played between the blue and white hoops and red shirts of Eccles RFC senior section. The match featured some top quality rugby from both sides with several fine trys, some spectacular handling, touchline interference, many marvellous mis-timed tackles and a couple of uncontroversial cards to Matt Parkinson and Chris ‘Costa’ Fortune all making a contribution to the showcase event.  Will Parkinson and Greg Wilson scored the late winning tries for the Hoops via the new law variation ‘next two trys wins’. Dave Nic took the man of the match award, he didn’t play well, he just took it…he’s not called Nic for nothing. Bri Griffiths was the oldest participant at the ripe young age of 70, with Danny Aspinall the youngest at 17.

The fund-raising activities continued in the clubhouse after the game: The pitch n putt competition went to Freddy Oakey, who obviously wasted his youth on the krazy golf circuit; Teetotal Andy Waring won the bottle of Jack Daniels, demonstrating expert tossing action; and Marie’s Maidens took the title of Quiz Masters following the disqualification of the BooBatesBadBoys team for illicit googling.  Big thanks to referee Nick the greek Popadopalous, to Marie and all the gals and to the crowd of around 50. Players, spectators and participants made generous donations to The Christopher Tickle fund raising £450 towards spinal injuries research.

Christopher Tickle Cup 2017

With the pre-Christmas festivities now taken care of, there’s only one big event left in 2017, and it’s arguably the biggest. The Christopher Tickle Cup will take place on Wednesday 27th December. The day will feature some top quality rugby action, as well as fun and games until late in the clubhouse. Players will be charged £10 and will receive commemorative socks and food, with the rest going to charity. Entry is free but spectators but buckets will be available for donations. There will also be other fund-raising initiatives throughout the day, raising money for The Christopher Tickle fund.

Exact details will be confirmed in due course, but if you’d like more information or to register your interest (as lots have done already) please speak to Dave Nicholls (07867 724264) or Tom Chapman (07824 512509).

Brass Band and Carol Concert tomorrow

Preparations are well underway for one of the highlights of the season tomorrow, the annual brass band carol concert. Entry is free for all with a range of food and drinks available, including some festive specials. It all gets underway at 17:30. But before that you’re all very welcome to join us for the last men’s game of 2017 as the 1XV welcome Hawcoat Park to Gorton Street, kicking off at 14:15.

Puzzled Pint @ Eccles RFC, Tuesday 12th December

Puzzled Pint logo

This coming Tuesday we have a special event at the club. The Manchester branch of Puzzled Pint, a monthly social and puzzling event, will be hosting their December edition with us.

Puzzled Pint is somewhat similar to a pub quiz, except instead of trivia questions you will have pen and paper puzzles to solve which will test your logical and abstract thinking. There’s no set start or end time. You begin when you’re ready and carry on until you’ve finished or had enough. During that time a host will be around to give you as much (or as little) help as you need to make sure you’re enjoying it.

The event is completely free to play, with the intention to spread the hobby of puzzling, while maybe generating a bit of business for the host venue. Doors will be open from 19:00. The bar will be open and food is available (but anything other than bar snacks must be pre-ordered by emailing Mark Greenhalgh).

If you’d like a less manic social event during this busy time of year, or just another excuse to put off the Christmas shopping, then come down and give it a try.