Welcome to the Ferens Ground to our visitors from Lancaster, Vale of Lune RUFC, a club we had never played against until this season.
Vale of Lune RUFC were formed in 1900 and play their rugby at Powderhouse Lane in Lancaster, West Lancashire. One of their founder members was Mr. Herbert Storey who was a High Sheriff of Lancashire at that time. There is very little history available for Vale of Lune apart from their Honours List which shows that the club won the Lancashire Cup in 1986 and 1992.
They were promoted to North Division One One as champions of North West One in 2002-03 but were subsequently relegated twice. In 2008-09 when they became runners-up in North Lancs/Cumbria Division One and defeated their counterparts from South Lancs/Cheshire, they regained their status in North West One. Last season they became champions of North West One once more and were promoted to the Northern Premier League.
The club had a harsh welcome to the higher level in their opening game when they were defeated 92-12 at newly-relegated Blaydon and since then they have won three, drawn two and lost a further twelve of their fixtures. They are presently second from botton of the table on 24 points. In the corresponding game at Powderhouse Lane on October 20th Hull won by 41-5.
It is a pleasure to welcome the players, officials and supporters of Vale of Lune RUFC to our ground this afternoon. It is hoped that former Hull player Ben Dorrington, who had three seasons with Hull RUFC whilst at Bishop Burton College, will be in their ranks. Ben was a very popular member of our side and it will be good to see him back at the Ferens Ground once again.