This year, Consett Rugby Club proudly celebrates its 100th anniversary, a milestone that reflects a century of rugby excellence and community spirit in Consett, County Durham. The club, renowned for nurturing talents such as the Tait brothers—Matthew and Alex, both distinguished rugby players—is a cornerstone of the local sporting community.

The centenary year is set to be commemorated with a series of high-profile events, headlined by a gala celebration on June 15 at the club’s grounds. The event will welcome rugby royalty, including former New Zealand star Zinzan Brooke, and England’s own Dean Richards and Sue Dorrington, whose contributions to rugby have set new benchmarks in the sport. The event promises to blend elite sport with local culture, featuring a live performance from the club’s top scorer and newly minted musician, Matty Grimes, celebrating the release of his debut single, “Walk through the Sky.”

A pivotal figure in the club’s history, Roy Tyerman, who has been associated with the club for over 70 years, will be a special guest at the centenary events. Roy, aged 90, has inspired generations of players and recently received the Durham County Council Chairman’s Medal. He reflects on his time at the club with reverence, saying, “It has been a privilege and honour to have been part of this club for so many years. The club is central to the community and has had such a positive impact on so many people personally and professionally.”

Barry Cook, Chairperson of the Centenary Committee, shared his excitement for the centenary celebrations, stating, “We are delighted to work with Amethyst Homes who have supported us for nine years. The Centenary events are the culmination of two years of hard work by the centenary committee, and we are looking forward to showcasing our history.”

Richard Bass, Managing Director at Amethyst Homes, commented on their association with the club, “Our link with the Rugby Club spans almost a decade and we are proud and privileged to have played a small part in its journey. What the club has achieved over the last 100 years is phenomenal – it has broken down barriers to sport making rugby much more inclusive and the club is a central part of the community.”

Consett RFC’s year of celebration will also feature a family fun day on August 26, charity matches, and open days, all designed to engage the community and share the club’s illustrious history.

Tickets for the celebratory event on June 15 are available for £30 and can be procured by reaching out to John O’Connor at

Follow Consett RFC on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates and event details.

As Consett Rugby Club looks to its next century, the community is invited to join in the festivities and continue supporting a club that has, for 100 years, been more than just a sports team; it has been a family, a school of life, and a home.

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