History of the Club


Established 1962...

North Walsham Rugby Club was formed in 1962 by among others a local headmaster Ken Marshall, and a policeman John Mansfield. Their aim was to bring rugby to the young men of the town, and John Mansfield allegedly spent many a Friday evening knocking on doors, in uniform, asking if the son of the house was at home.

From humble beginnings playing on the local school pitch, the club moved to Scottow, eventually establishing a club-house and bar. Local clubs formed the bulk of the fixture list, with the odd foray into the Midlands, Suffolk and Essex.

When Leagues were established, “Walsham” made rapid progress into the National Leagues where they remained for an unprecedented eighteen seasons, and their fixtures took them as far West as Penzance and Redruth, and as far North as Leeds and Darlington.

Cup games brought fixtures against the likes of Saracens, London Irish and Rosslyn Park. Local fixtures and local derbies against Norwich, Holt and Diss have always been focal points for players and supporters alike.

North Walsham is still very much a family orientated club with several generations now very much a part of the current and future playing strength.

More History…

The first document above, records the history of Scottow Park before it was acquired by the Club, and the second PDF is a scrap book of press cuttings from the first matches played at Scottow from the 1965/66 season, through to the opening of the Clubhouse in 1977.



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At North Walsham Rugby Club, our 1st XV (Vikings) are playing at National 2 level. Mini and Youth Rugby caters for Under 6s to U18s. Three Senior Men’s teams. Senior Women’s in affiliation with UEA ladies rugby. Four Girls teams Under12s, 14s, 16s and 18s.


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