Beaconsfield Rugby Football Club was founded in 1952 by Jack Hickman, a rugby enthusiast and a leading light at Ealing RFC. In view of the distance he had to travel to support Ealing, he decided to form a new local club and an advert was placed in the Bucks Free Press. Within a week, 3 playing members had joined. Persisting through local contacts and adverts at the Railway Station and the Chiltern Cinema, a full side was slowly put together. Eventually the first match was played on October 3rd 1953 against Windsor Ex 'A'.
Beaconsfield have always played on the pitches at Oak Lodge Meadow, but sometimes used the local Army Camp pitch. Before the first clubhouse was obtained, the sides changed at the Army Camp, had tea in the Puffins Tea Shop in the old town and adjourned to The White Horse to entertain the opposition.
In 1958, small Burnham Hall was obtained and we had a clubhouse. Although a bit small by present day standards, it had an atmosphere which is hard to find in rugby clubs today.
With dedication and a lot of hard work by all the members, the present clubhouse was completed in 1971. Over the last few years we have updated the facilities with new flooring, a new club shop and a completely revamped kitchen. Now in the 21st century, the club is in good health but struggling to cope with the demands placed by the growth in the number of members particularly the youth and minis.
At a time when many clubs across the country are struggling, we regularly field three senior sides and our Youth and Mini rugby provides the opportunity for some 600 players to enjoy the game from Under-6s all the way through to Colts. As one of the founding clubs of mini-rugby we are proud of the tradition of welcoming players of all backgrounds and abilities. Many of our current members are the children and grandchildren of the original founding members and we are proud to have helped start the careers of several of the England Women’s Rugby Teams.
Beaconsfield Rugby Club has come a long way since 1952, but through the intervening years one thing has remained true. All that we achieve as a club is due to the hard work and efforts of a great many volunteers who give up their time and our fantastic sponsors whose financial help means that rugby for all who want to play remains available in Beaconsfield.