Dagenham RUFC was started in 1991 by a group of friends who wanted to come together and enjoy their love of drinking port and playing rugby away from other local clubs.
A kit was borrowed and the first games were played out of Eastbrook School with The Beacon Tree pub hosting afterwards.
Some names of note of the yearly years are Chris Sapsford (Current club president), Gary Knowlden (Current chairman), Mark Randall, Pat Feely, Dave Purton (Current Club Captain) Danny Canary, Peter Rogers, Bobby Dance and Tony and Bobby Ventham. Tony sadly passed away in 1993 and so a memorial game was held in his honour for many years afterwards. Tony's Dad Bobby was the clubs first president and did a lot for the club but also sadly passed away. His picture now proudly sits on the wall above our Absent Friends bar.
After a while the club enquired about the dis-used pavilion in Central Park and with a bit of help this became our new headquarters. A later extension happened to the Bar in 2012.
The first leagues entered were Eastern Counties and meant lots of travelling around Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk. Once the Essex Leagues were established, Under the coaching of Mark "Barney" Collins the club gained promotion from Essex 2 in 2001, A Presidents Shield came in 2004 and Promotion from Essex 1 to the London leagues came in 2008.
With the folding of local clubs Old Edwardians, Chigwell & Fairburn and Old Bealonians numbers swelled and a 2nd and 3rd team soon followed. Another name of note from this era was Barry “The Taxi” Robinson who nearly single-handedly run the 3rd team for many years. He could often be found curb crawling the streets of Dagenham on a Saturday morning asking total strangers if they fancied a run out! His picture also now proudly sits above our Absent Friends bar.
In 2011 the club unfortunately found itself back in Essex 2 but under the coaching of Brian Wren promotion to Essex 1 was achieved and another Presidents shield followed in 2013. Also around this time the youth section was started which today boasts players of all ages. Our Under 14's winning the Essex Cup in 2017.
The club has a proud tradition of touring and destinations over the years have included Spain, Belgium, Ireland, The Channel Islands and Bournemouth 7's. More Tour info can be found here
In 2016 the club celebrated its 25th anniversary in style by gaining its RFU accreditation, winning the John Adler trophy and touring to Great Yarmouth (The destination of the first ever tour 25 years earlier!). International Referee Wayne Barnes presented the club with a signed 6-Nations worn shirt.
Here's to the next 25 years!