Club News


DMP and GHA visit Blaydon RFC

The season is almost upon us and we finally have some live action at Blaydon RFC this weekend , when we welcome Darlington Mowden Park and Glasgow Hutchesons’ Aloysians (GHA) RFC to Crowtrees.
The three teams will be playing one another throughout the afternoon with the first game kicking off at 2.30pm.
The weather forecast looks fantastic, 1888 Sports Bar & Cafe will be open, so pop along and enjoy a few ales, have some lunch on the terrace before heading over to the AGP to watch the rugby.
We will hopefully see some new and old faces on Saturday.

Sponsorship Opportunities for 2022/23 Season

Good Evening All,
In order to continue to thrive at all playing levels the Club needs to maximise its income in every way possible as the new Season commences in September.
Sponsorship plays an important part for us and a new programme of opportunities has been agreed which will benefit both the sponsor and the club. We believe we have a location and facilities which can raise the sponsor’s profile to a wide audience in many ways and improve the manner in which we have worked with them over previous years.
The full details of the numerous packages are detailed within the link below and we would ask that all members approach their friends and companies to see if they would wish to become part of our sponsors family this season.
Initial contact details are shown as or as Alternatively approach any member of the Executive Committee.


The new season is almost upon us and our pre-season friendlies for the men’s squad have been finalised as follows:-
Sat 13th August – DMP & Glasgow Hutchesons’ Aloysians RFC at Blaydon, kick off 2.30pm
Sat 20th August – Glasgow Hawks RFC at Blaydon, kick off 3pm (time to be confirmed)
Sat 27th August v Newcastle University at Blaydon, kick off 3pm
It would be fantastic to see some new faces at the club, young and old to cheer the lads on prior to their first game of the season against Hull Ionians on Saturday 3rd September.

Welcome on Board Sam Stuart and Ralph Appleby

Following the departure of loyal servant, player and Head Coach Keith Laughlin, who made the decision to step away from rugby for work, business and family reasons at the end of last season. Blaydon RFC have appointed Newcastle Falcons player Sam Stuart to replace him, with Ralph Appleby joining him as forwards coach.
These exciting new appointments are aimed at building on the solid foundations laid by Keith and the team this season. Although Blaydon finished 14th out of 16 teams this season, we accumulated 30 of our 42 points in the last 2.5 months of the season, winning 5 of the last 11 games.
Sam Stuart has already been involved as Backs Coach at Blaydon over the last 2 seasons and is making the step up to Director of Rugby. A current foot injury aside Sam is a well established member of the current Falcons first team squad and has at least another year on his contract at Kingston Park.
Joining Sam as Forwards Player Coach is Ralph Appleby who has been a cornerstone of Darlington Mowden Parks front row for the last 14 seasons playing 351 times for the club, so he brings with him a wealth of experience at National 1 Level.
I am sure you will join me in welcoming Sam to his new role and Ralph to the club as we look to build on last seasons strong finish and firmly establish ourselves in the new (14 team) National 2 North.
Chris Nunn
Chairman Of Rugby

100 Club Winners Update

Please see below the results from the 100 Club Draw for January to March 2022.
January 2022
1. Paul Vinnicombe
2. D Stainsby
3. M Ward
4. B Locke
February 2022
1. J Marley
2. K Winter
3.C Nunn
4. Mrs Hux
March 2022
1. V Gullane
2. D Bradley
3. B Sweeney
4. J Marley
Please get in touch with Stan to collect your winnings and many thanks for your continued support. There are more numbers available so if you would to get involved please get in touch, the prizes on offer are £100, £75, £50 and £25 each month, entry is £5 per month by direct debit.

It is with deep sadness that we share the news that Malcolm Davies, has passed away.

Malcolm represented Blaydon Rugby over a period of nearly 25years starting whilst at Blaydon GS aged 17 in 1953, finishing a long career in the early 70`s.


Our thoughts at this time are with his wife Mary and family including: Simon and Melissa at this time, RIP Malcolm, you will be greatly missed and long remembered by all who knew you!


Funeral arrangements: Monday 30th May at 1:15pm


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It is with deep sadness that we share the news that Terry Spearman, passed away Monday afternoon.

Monday 16th May 2022

It is with deep sadness that we share the news that one of the Blaydon Rugby Football Club family: Terry Spearman, passed away Monday afternoon with his family at his side, following a period of illness.


Terry’s represented Blaydon Rugby Club superbly in many way:

  • Terry played for Blaydon after leaving Blaydon Grammar School and after going to university and qualifying as a chemist, he took up employment in Kent in the late 50’s eventually moving back to the North East to work in Peterlee and eventually he returned to his roots when he became part of the Dixon & Spearman company and operated their business outlet in Whickham until his retirement.

  • He did re-commence playing for Blaydon having in the past already represented Durham County at Championship level.

  • As his family developed, he had the pleasure of captaining the 3rd team for a number of years and his two sons, Graeme and Kevin appeared in this side with him but were told not to call him Dad on the field!!

  • His career as a player stretched from the 1950’s to the 1970’s albeit with gaps due to his employment. Upon giving up playing Terry served on the General Committee of the rugby club and was a Club Trustee, all of the time watching his sons play at 1st Team level.


Our thoughts at this time are with his wife Rosemary and family including:  Kevin, Graeme, Pamela and Julie at this time, RIP Terry, you will be greatly missed and long remembered by all who knew you!


Funeral arrangements details for Tuesday 31st May;

  • 11am at St Mary RC Church Whickham

  • 11:45 at Mountsett Crematorium

  • 12:30 friends invited back to Blaydon RFC


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Honours even as Tynedale sneak the win in entertaining North East Derby

Tynedale just shaded the North East derby to give Captain Matty Outson a fitting send off at Tynedale Park after 13 years of playing first team for Tynedale.

Tynedale started the game a very quick pace and a good break by number 8 Blackburn and a quick recycle, the ball was fed out wide to the right wing where blind side wing forward Ben Bell was  unopposed to go over in the corner.

For next 10 minutes Tynedale continued to pile pressure on Blaydon and defence was stretched as result and within a minute they had both Centre Cooney and Scrum Half Clarkson sin binned for separate infringements at the breakdown.  So the following scrum left Tynedale with a 2 man advantage in the backs and Leslie kicked wide for right wing Todhunter to touch down. (10-0)

Only a few minutes later Blaydon kicked to clear their lines which was perhaps unwise given the disadvantage in the backs, this was easily exploited by full back Rob Parker who broke to the 22 and he fed Will Miller to score, this time converted by Leslie. (17-0)

Blaydon finally woke up and just as they got back to 15 players on the field and a penalty kick to the corner led to a line out and Blaydon crossed the white wash with a well-controlled catch and drive with Matty Winter touching down.

The Blaydon resurgence continued, a good kick return by Stephens and a break by Varley took the ball to the Tynedale line and the ball was passed out to Ashman to score. The conversion by Clarkson was good.

And again the red revival continued, a poor kick by Tynedale gave Blaydon a line out on the Tyne 22, Blaydon worked the ball quickly and after about 7 phases the ball found itself in Ashman’s hands and again he finished well to bring the scores level.

Half Time Tynedale 17 v Blaydon 17

The second started off in complete contrast to the first, with both teams looking to play rugby but neither breaking into the oppositions 22. After about 15 minutes of the 2nd half Tynedale gained a bit of momentum but were held up over the line. Blaydon dropped out under the posts but 2 phases later Tynedale were awarded a penalty in front of the posts which Leslie converted to take Tynedale back in front.

Blaydon’s response was fairly immediate, they kicked to the corner and from the line out Tynedale dragged the driving Maul down and referee ruled it was a penalty try for Blaydon as they were certain to score.

Tynedale controlled the next 10 minutes and after numerous phases attacking the Blaydon line they finally broke through with prop Angus White scoring wide out, which was well converted by Leslie. 27-24.

Blaydon pushed hard for score now I reply and had a line out 5 metres out but the throw was adjudged not straight and that turned out to the last play of the game.

Full Time: Tynedale 27 v Blaydon 24

Tynedale: Parker, Cooke, Clark, Miller, Todhunter, Leslie, Outson (C), White, Fletcher, Caudle, Wearmouth, Cousin, Bell, Tiffin, Blackburn

Replacements: Carmichael, Johnston, Stanwix, Blackett, Wainwright



Blaydon:, Ashman, Cooney, Clark, Sommarsall, Marshall (C), Clarkson, Brantingham, Winter,  Dodds, Wright, Phillips, , Harrison, Charlton.

Replacements: Chaplin, Thompson, Hall-Lyon, Appleton, Bailey



REFEREE:   Daniel Woods


STAR MAN:  Tynedale – Matty Outson



Tynedale 27

Tries:   Bell 1, Todhunter 15, Miller 19, White 71

Conversions: Leslie 20, 72

Penalties: Leslie 56


Blaydon 24

Tries:    Winter 24, Ashman 32, 37, Penalty 61

Conversions: Clarkson 33, Penalty Try 61


Blaydon Sign off the Season at Crow Trees with a Very Entertaining 6 Try Victory!!

Playing good open rugby right from the kick off, Blaydon never at any point looked in danger of losing this match, despite a very early successful Chester penalty after just three minutes of play. From then on Blaydon kept the Chester defence busy with constant line breaks, particularly from their centres Alex Clark and James Cooney.

It was one of those breaks on 15 minutes which was made by Clark who broke away from inside the Blaydon half up to the Chester 22 line where he sent in an unmarked Cooney for the first points which John Clarkson converted .

Blaydon’s second try of the match came after 26 minutes of play and when Clark was only part held in a tackle and the ball was shipped to prop Philip Brantingham who powered over to score under the posts, although on this occasion the conversion was surprisingly missed.

On the half hour, a bout of poor tackling by Blaydon allowed Chester their first and only try of the game and the conversion kick by the prolific boot of Reeve from wide out was successful (12-10).

Chester were using the impressive kicking power of their number 10 as one of their main tactics but on 27 minutes one of his clearance kicks was fielded by Jonny Ashman who cleverly chipped over his opposite number, fielded the ball and passed to fly half Dan Marshall, who raced in to score under the posts and the successful conversion made it 19-10.

Just before the half time whistle sounded Chester’s fly half Reeve, kicked a huge penalty from just within his own half to make the score 19-13 at the break.

Half Time Blaydon 19 v Chester 13

Chester lost their number 8 to the bin immediately after the restart and within minutes of this happening, young winger Tristan Sommersall took a clever switch from Ashman and he then broke a tackle to power over wide out for the fourth try and bonus point which John Clarkson successfully converted to make the score 26-13.

Chester then immediately replied with two penalties, one from close range and the other from yet another huge kick taken from within their own half making it taking the score to 26-19

Back came Blaydon, and a successful line out win near the Chester 20m line was followed by an impressive rolling maul all the way to the try line which Liam Wright dotted down, the successful, difficult conversion by Clarkson making the score 33-19.

5 minutes later and another powerful rolling maul took the ball to the Chester 22 and scrum half Clarkson made a break open and produced a clever pass back inside to Sommersall who darted in for his second try, the conversion being unsuccessful meant the final score was 38-19.

Blaydon signing off their last home game of the season at Crow Trees ground having won 4 of their last 5 home games bodes really well for next season.

Full Time: Blaydon 38 v Chester 19

Blaydon: Appleton, Ashman, Cooney, Clark, Sommarsall, Marshall (C), Clarkson, Brantingham, Gray, Dodds, Wright, Phillips, Chaplin, Harrison, Charlton.

Replacements: Winter, Fearn, Hall-Lyon, Richardson, Bailey


Chester: Long, Roberts, Craven, Scott, Malik, Reeve, Phillips, Woods, Robson, Williams, Spalding, Lloyd, Wilkinson, Baxter, Ford

Replacements: Cleverley, Reed, Jones, Farrar, Brearley


REFEREE:   Adam Wookey


STAR MAN:  Blaydon – Tristan Sommarsall



Blaydon 38

Tries:  Cooney 11, Brantingham 19, Marshall 30, Sommersall 46, 65, Wright 59

Conversions: Clarkson 12, 31, 47, 60



Chester 19

Tries:   Long 23

Conversions: Reeve 24

Penalties: Reeve 2, 40, 48, 54

Stourbridge out Pace Blaydon with Rundle Running Riot!!!

Stourbridge opened the scoring on 3 minutes when a break blind from inside their own half released winger Dan Rundle who stepped Blaydon full back to score.
Pleasingly for the home support Blaydon’s response was fairly immediate and a kick to the corner led to a 5 metre line out, which created a catch and drive opportunity that was well controlled by Danny Gray at the back of the maul and he went over to score.
Just 4 minutes later Stourbridge ran it from their own 22 and centre Feyi-Waboso alluded opposite number Alex Clark and then full back Jack Appleton to score an excellent solo try.
The frequent scoring continued thanks to a great break by John Clarkson who was well supported by Daz Fearn and then Will Varley was on hand to score under the posts.
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There was 20 minute lull in the try scoring but some good enterprising rugby being played by both sides without impacting on the score. Then on the stroke of half time Blaydon ran the ball from half way and excellent hands from forwards Varley and Gray released Sommersall and he handed off two defenders to score in the corner. This was well converted by Clarkson to take Blaydon into half time ahead 19-14.
The 2nd half started just like the first with both side playing expansive rugby but a poor kick from Blaydon was the creator of the first try, and the ball again found its way to Dan Rundle who was in space and again he finished with ease.
Frustratingly for the home side virtually straight from the kick off Stourbridge found space out wide again, this time Dan Rundle broke down the left wing but generously fed back inside to centre Heatley to score.
The left wing was now the source of all Stourbridge’s efforts and just a few minutes later the ball again reached Dan Rundle again in space and he finished off well again. Blaydon 19 v Stourbridge 29
Blaydon finally fronted up in the 2nd half having been spectators for the first 15 minutes but after 15 minutes of sustained pressure in the Stourbridge half they failed to produce a score.
Then on 69 minutes Stourbridge again found space on the left and the impressive centre Feyi-Waboso broke the Blaydon line again and fed in Rundle for his 4th try of the try of the game, which turned out to be the games last.
Stourbridge deserving victors after an excellent 2nd half performance especially by Feyi-Waboso and Rundle.
Full Time: Blaydon 18 v Stourbridge 36
Blaydon: Appleton, Ashman, Cooney, Clark, Sommarsall, Marshall (C), Clarkson, Fearn, Gray, Dodds, Wright, Phillips, Varley, Harrison, Charlton.
Replacements: Duffy, Brantingham, Chaplin, Richardson, Dowell
Stourbridge: Harrison, Moseley, Feyi-Waboso, Heatley, Rundle, Penn (C), Morgan, George, Lea, Thorne, O’Sullivan, Murphy, Mukarati, Mifsud, Moore
Replacements: Sturdy, Protheroe, Mcloed, Scott, Pritchard
REFEREE: Lly Apgeraint-Roberts
STAR MAN: Stourbridge – Feyi-Waboso
Blaydon 19
Tries: Gray 9, Varley 18, Somersall 39
Conversions: Clarkson 19, 40
Stourbridge 36
Tries: Rundle 3, 46, 53, 68, Feyi-Waboso 13, Heatley 49
Conversions: Morgan 4, 14, 69
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