Kendal RUFC were formed on August 25th 1905 and their early grounds were at Mint’s Feet and Maude’s Meadow, both within the town.
In 1927 they moved to their Mint Bridge ground which they later purchased and where they were to remain until the end of the 2016-17 season.
The club built up a good reputation and had a golden period in the 1930s when they became a nationally known rugby name, playing against many renowned northern clubs including Sale, Headingley, Fylde, Broughton Park, Landsdowne and Northern.
In one three and a half year period between 7 April 1934 and October 16 1937 they were unbeaten for 61 games at Mint Bridge, winning sixty and drawing one of those games.
Although the club had ceased played during the First World War they continued to play games during the second conflict.
Kendal had another successful period in the 1980s and 1990s and in the 1999-2000 season they took their place in Jewson National Division Two which at that time was the third tier of English rugby and found themselves among the top thirty sides in England.
By 2002-03 Kendal had been relegated to the old Northern Division Three and the next ten years were something of a roller-coaster with three relegations and two promotions and eventually they found themselves in North West Division One.
During the period between 1995 and 2008 they won the Cumbria Cup on four occasions.
By 2006-07 they were back in North Division One and the following season were champions and promoted to National Two North.
They only lasted two season at that level and two relegations saw them once again in North West One, becoming champions in 2015-16 and promoted back to National Three North.
This present season began with the opening of their new purpose-built ground just along the Shap Road but which retains the famous old Mint Bridge name.
A new era had begun in the annals of this famous old club.
Our history with Kendal RUFC began during season 2006-07 in the old North One and since then we have played them on ten occasions, winning seven including the last six games played, and losing three.
The details are as follows;
North Division One
2006-07: Kendal 32, Hull 18; Hull 55, Kendal 8
2007-08: Kendal 27, Hull 17; Hull 17, Kendal 25 ( Maea David’s 100th game for Hull)
National Two North
2010-11: Kendal 22, Hull 29; Hull 22, Kendal 17
2011-12: Kendal 6, Hull 12; Hull 28, Kendal 19
National Three North
2016-17: Kendal 15, Hull 20; Hull 26, Kendal 10
This season Kendal have won four and drawn one of their eleven league fixtures and are tenth in the table with 23 points. Apart from the 55-8 win in 2006-07 most of these games have been reasonably close and some very close. It is good to be playing the Cumbrians once again.
Report by Norman Angell.