Okay, okay I’m not talking about our beloved football club who’ve had their worst season since 1974. I am in fact talking about the other team from SE7, Charlton Park Rugby Club. Okay they’re not quite in SE7 are they? They’re in fact over in Kidbrooke SE3….but they’ve got the right name haven’t they?
Yes Charlton Park are genuine winners this season finishing second in the Southeast London 3 Division and getting themselves promoted. The RFU brought in new rules at the start of the season to award one additional match point for either scoring four tries or losing by seven points or less. This actually means under last season’s rules Charlton Park would have been clear winners. But regardless of this, Charlton Park will be playing in the second division next season at level seven of the national pyramid. I chatted to club secretary Andy Potts:
“You never know when you go up. We were playing some quite good rugby at the end of the year. We hope if we keep those players together we might do quite well in the league above.”
He went on to explain the ideology of this amateur club. “We don’t pay [our players] – we don’t think the membership would let us! We’re a fairly proud social club”.
They don’t expect the spectators to pay either as its free to watch and I’m told the amenities include a bar and some pretty decent grub. If rugby’s not your game then the clubhouse also has a squash court and a gym available to members and the bar is available to hire for weddings, parties etc.
Here’s the full interview with Andy Potts – let’s hope they can continue their success next season.