SEATON RANGERS ARLFC CLUB HISTORY

The past couple of seasons have seen the club rebuild and enjoy a resurgence in form with the team finishing runners up in the BARLA cumbria cup in the 09/10 season aswell as being runners up in the Iggesund Cumberland league, the team lost three games all season under the guidance of head coach Ricky wright and his assistant Paul Slone losing only three games all season by a combined margin of six points!! As a result the club won both the Cumberland cup and also the amateur cup for the second time in the clubs long and proud history

Seaton are currently enjoying the most successful period in the clubs history but the club has a proud history and has seen many fine players wear the maroon and gold of the club.
The Northern Union (now the Rugby League) was formed following a Special Meeting at Huddersfield on 29 August 1895. In June 1898 a meeting was convened during which the Northern Rugby Football Union came into being in Cumberland comprising of Millom, Workington, Maryport, Wath Brow and Brookland Rovers. During the following 1898-99 season Whitehaven, Whitehaven Recs and Seaton also came over from Rugby Union. During this season the Northern Union donated a Shield for junior clubs and Seaton ended the season as runners-up to Millom (a photo of the 1898-99 team remains in the club to this day).The original Seaton club twice represented the Cumberland League in the first round of the Rugby League Challenge Cup. In season 1913 they lost to Hull 24-2, and were defeated 49-4 by Leigh in 1936.
Originally formed in the early 1900s the club was the breeding ground for the Pepperell brothers, Albert, Stanley and Russell, who went on to become legends in the maroon and gold of Huddersfield. After folding the club was reformed in 1968 and has continued to go from strength to strength by reaching several cup finals before winning the League Championship Trophy and Cumberland Cup in 1974. Following demotion they won the Second Division title in 1983-84, when they also reached the Top-Four Final, only to lose to Maryport. In 1971 the club lifted the Cumberland Cup and finished as league runners up under the guidance of Herbert Henderson, and also won the amateur cup in 1989/90.They won the prestigious NORWEB nine-a-side competition in 1990-91, beating Frizington in the final.
The perennial 'yo-yo' club they again won the Second Division Championship in 1998-99 when they also completed the double by beating Smiths RU 26-12 in the Championship play-off.
After a number of years of solid progress the team won promotion to the first division in 2001 by winning both the Second Division League Championship and the Championship play-off, and have managed to remain there ever since, winning the Cumberland Cup in 02/03 by beating Hensingham and then in 03/04 the team won the BARLA Cumbria Cup by defeating Barrow Island at Workingtons Derwent Park stadium, and in 2005 won the first division of the Cumberland League for the first time in the clubs history with a last day win over Kells and have retained it in 2006 going through the full season undefeated.

The club have had BARLA representation in recent years through Stephen Hodgson, Richard George, Kevin Hetherington and Michael Melville. The most notable amateur in the clubs recent history is Roger Blair a classy half back who toured with BARLA in 1978 and 1986 in which he was the tour captain going to Australia. In addition to that the legendary Brian Edgar has also served as club secretary, a player rated by many as the finest player ever to come from the county of Cumbria. Another ex Seaton amateur player Billy Ivison, is the only West Cumbrian to win the Lance Todd trophy playing for Workington Town V Featherstone Rovers in 1952.

Last season (2006/2007) the team won an historic feat by winning a third Cumberland League title in a row something only matched by Hensingham and the great Ellbra and Wath Brow teams. The next task is to build the next generation of Seaton from those who remain and the exciting young talent coming through .....................

Another snippet of information put forward by our historians is that for Workington Towns first ever game there strip never arrived so they played in Seatons strip for the game.

Big Thanks to contributors
Peter Gilmour
Martin Porter

 

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