Men's rugby was first played at Alton in 1924 and since that time has seen many ups and downs.
The upsurge in playing strength during the eighties and nineties resulted in league and cup successes that saw the club rise to its highest level, playing in London SW 2 for a number of seasons before fortunes saw us fall out of the London leagues altogether having been a member for almost 18 years.
After a long period of stabilisation, development and coaching the Senior Men's teams of Alton are once again starting to show the promise that earned them success all those years ago. The 2012-13 season will be one of consolidation with an emphasis on recruitment, retention and skills development.
Alton RFC currently run three senior men's sides, namely:
- 1st XV (First Team) – Play in Snows Group Hampshire League Division One
- 2nd XV (Development Squad) – Play in Snows Group Hampshire Junior Merit Table Division One
- Rustics XV (Vets) – Play for fun (they are old after all!)
It has always been the clubs ambition to be one of the leading clubs in Hampshire and with our strong junior and colts sections producing more and more talented young players for the senior teams, it is only a matter of time before the club attains this achievement.
And if the action on the field is doesn't make you want to join in then the social side off the pitch certainly will. Alton RFC is one of the most sociable and friendly clubs in the area and as one spectator once commented... "The action on the field isn't always pretty, but these guys sure know how to party!"
A fixture card for the 2012-13 season can be downloaded HERE, but please refer to the fixtures on the website for the most up to date information.