Club History

Chesterfield Panthers RUFC has a long history.

It all started on 15th November 1919 when the following notice appeared in the town's local newspaper, the Derbyshire Times. 

'It has been proposed to make an effort to establish Rugby football in Derbyshire and a meeting will shortly be held in Chesterfield for that purpose. Mr J.T.Todd of Blackwell the old Durham and international player has kindly consented to preside,and it is hoped all enthusiasts of amateur rugby will make an effort to form a committee etc. Mr W.Walton Pitt of the Mill House, Unstone,will be glad to receive the names of all those interested, both past and present players,and headmasters of schools, the latter being specially invited. Every writer's wish will be studied as far as possible, so each one should state the most convenient night in the week for a meeting.' 



Eighteen men of widely varying backgrounds and social standing answered the invitation. And on 29th November 1919, in a smoke filled room at The Portland Hotel, Chesterfield Rugby Football Club was duly founded. The rest, as they say, is history.

S40 Magazine - article on the history of Chesterfield RUFC

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