BEWARE: The map accompanying the 'Directions From Broadstreet' incorrectly positions the Chester clubhouse half a mile further north up Hare Lane than the reality. This is believed to be due to a GoogleMapDirections algorithm miscalculation.
Chester took part in their first season playing at level 4 and were placed a very useful 5th place in their first season. When Broadstreet played them at level 5 when they level transferred to the midlands division they took Broadstreet close
Research shows that there was a Rugby club in Chester in the 1880s and apparently there was a game between Chester and New Brighton in 1879-80, but Chester later disbanded.
The 'new' Chester RUFC was formed in 1925 at the Chester YMCA.
In 1932 Chester moved to rented facilities at Boughton Hall as tenants of the Cricket Club where they stayed for almost 30 years until the ground at Hare Lane , Vicars Cross was purchased and Chester moved there in 1961.
Rugby blossomed in the sixties and seventies with a fixture list including some of the then top clubs in the North and many players awarded county honours. The eighties was a quiet period for Chester, with playing strength less than before and the fixture list suffering as a result.
The introduction of league rugby, however, revitalized rugby and started a new era.
In 1994 a new clubhouse was built, in 1998 Chester were promoted from North West 1 to North 2 and in 2000 another promotion to North 1 as well as a (lost) Cheshire Cup final.
Since the turn of the century Chester have made that final three more times, winning the Cup in 2004.
2007 / 2008
2007/8 season was arguably the most successful in Chester's history. Not only were Chester promoted as League champions from North 2 West (having been relegated from North 1 the previous season) but they also won the EDF Intermediate Cup, at Twickenham, with a 21-18 win over local rivals Birkenhead Park.
2008 - 2009
Following a level transfer Chester came south and played a successful season in National League 3 Midlands where they narrowly lost out Broadstreet when we won the National League 3 Midlands Championship.
Chester enjoyed a fantastic season, finishing in their highest ever position. In a highly competitive National 3 North, they finished 2nd granting them the chance to be promoted to National 2. However they just came up short, losing 16-14 away at Sheffield Tigers.
2012 - 2013
Chester gained promotion to National League 2 North by becoming champions of National League 3 North in 2012 - 2013
Chester RUFC reguarly holds the Chester Vets tournament each May where teams of over 35's compete in shortened 15 a side games. This tournament once regularly attracted large numbers of sides but in recent years the turnout in terms of teams has begun to decline but the enthusiasm of the players playing has remained.
Latest Club News
Latest Club News
Jon Aby was named as the new head coach of Chester RUFC as Nic Corrigan left his Director of Rugby role at Chester in November 2014 to take up a position at Cinderford RFC, club stalwart Mike Craven holding the reigns until the season end.
They saw Will Goodwin make the move from Chester to Rotherham after 2 cracking seasons. Chester's preseason consisted of a trip to Colwyn Bay to take on SWALEC League Division One side Rygbi Gogledd Cymru (RGC) where RGC took the win 35 - 12 reversing the previous seasons result and giving them the Halliwell Jones Cup. The clubs share a mutual sponsor and this is becoming an annual preseason challenge match. Bet the three cheers at the end of that one could of been interesting.
Chester's pre-season also consisted of a fixture against Sale FC in the Cheshire cup taking the game with a 31 - 29 victory.
Chester took on Preston Grasshoppers on week 1 of National League 2 North 2015 - 2016 and gained themselves a 19 points to 15 victory over the Preston side.