Published: 03/09/2021 By Allan Fuller
Many of us drive past the rugby ground at the corner of Upper Richmond Road and Roehampton Lane with little thought of what lies within. For a start the grounds are known as The Rock, Rosslyn Park F.C. The Rosslyn Park 1st XV play in the National 1 League, the third tier in English rugby. The squad also runs a Second XV, the Park Rangers, who play in The Shield sponsored by Raging Bull.
Next time you are at a loss of what to do on a Saturday afternoon check the fixtures list and if there is a game then leave the TV and get yourself to the ground, they are a very friendly bunch, kids are very welcome and you are guaranteed an afternoon of spectacular sport.
The club runs six senior men’s rugby sides, a ladies rugby side (the “Slingbacks”) who play on Sundays and two ladies netball sides. Rosslyn Park also have one of the country’s largest mini and youth rugby set-ups with sides at all age groups from Under 6s to U18s (Colts). When English league rugby began in 1987, Park were placed in Division two, which they won. The first team currently play in the third tier of the English league system, National League One.
The club plays at Priory Lane, Roehampton in South-West London on a ground leased from the next-door Roehampton Club. There is one 4G (4th generation synthetic turf) pitch at the main site; additional games are played on grass pitches in nearby Richmond Park. Changing facilities for both sets of pitches are at the main site in Priory Lane. The clubhouse has two bars, which are named after two of the club’s famous players – Andy Ripley and Alexander Obolensky. The first floodlights for the main pitch were famously provided by the hell-raising actor Oliver Reed who was also a member of the club and occasional player. Those lights have now been replaced after storm damage.
Further details concerning the club and its activities are published on; www.rosslynpark.co.uk, and through their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media feeds.