Club Centenary

In a first floor room at York House, Worthing, on a late summer’s evening in 1920, a group of young men met because of their common sporting interest. Many had started their education at Worthing’s old Steyne School (now the Chatsworth Hotel) and had gone away to public schools. They returned to the town determined to continue playing the game of rugby.

At 8pm on Friday, 10th September the small group gathered in the flat in Marine Parade overlooking the sea. A light breeze blew gently over the sand.

It had been a fine, warm day but a slight chill in the air reminded those present that the rugby season was approaching.

They unanimously approved the first item on the agenda, “that a rugby football club should be formed in the town and should be known as The Worthing Rugby Football Club.” Its object was “the furtherance of amateur rugby football on the South Coast.”

As a club we now count down to the centenary with a full schedule of activities engaging  all sections of the club and all members past, present and future.

We will be posting out more information in the coming weeks in the mean time if you have an story’s, photos or suggestions please email as we would love to hear from you.

Worthing RFC 2020-21 Centenary Season Planner

Date Event Overview Links
3rd  July 2021 Centenary 7s  


Sunday 15th August 2pm President’s Centenary XI v East Preston CC at EP on EPCC
10th September 2021 Centenary Reunion Dinner Black tie dinner for past and present members at the Club with RFU toast to the Club


11 September 2021 Raiders home league game and 1920’s themed day British Army Red Devils Parachute Display Team match ball delivery, whole Club and Community engagement with curtain raiser and evening entertainment
26th December 2021 Boxing Day Academicals game
26th December 2021 Centenary Xmas Draw Prizes
22nd January 2021 80s Match Day
As part of Worthing RFC’s Centenary celebrations and to coincide with the 35th anniversary of the London Scottish John Player Cup 3rd round fixture we are going back to the 80s on January 22nd.
Worthing Raiders v Old Albanian kick off at 2pm and we will be following the match with an 80s disco in the clubhouse.