Falmouth Rugby began their celebrations to mark a historic year for the club with their ‘150 for 150’ event on Saturday. 

This year Falmouth are commemorating their 150th year of continuous rugby at the club and this event saw Chairman John Bullock, vice-captain, second row and sportsman of the year Jon Baglow as well as long term friend of the club Ian Prout cycle 150 miles. 

The journey saw the trio visit other clubs including Exmouth RFC, Topsham RFC, Paignton RFC, Newton Abbot RFC, Bude RFC, Truro RFC and Penryn RFC before finishing at The Recreation Ground on Saturday afternoon where they were greeted by supporters as well as the President of Cornwall RFU and Falmouth Town Mayor Steve Eva.

The ride kickstarted the year’s events and as there is no exact date of the club’s formulation they opted to begin their 150th anniversary celebrations on the nearest Saturday to the birthdate of Falmouth’s most successful player Edward John Jackett who played for the Eagles as well as Cornwall, England, Anglo Welsh and Team GB in 1908. 

The ride raised money for three charities MIND, Children’s Hospice South West and Jay’s AIM - a charity launched by the family of a rugby player named Jay who died of a heart attack while on the pitch and who provide clubs with defibrillators.

So far £775 as been raised. You can donate to the page throughout the season, with further charity events taking place across the 2022/23 season. You can donate to the page at/www.justgiving.com/team/falrugby150 

Chairman John Bullock told the Packet: “It was amazing because there was over 100 people gathered to meet us at the club. It was a real feeling of elation when we got back, it felt really wonderful. 

“To be greeted by that many people, cycling through a 150 year branded ribbon at the finish line as well was great with the Mayor and president of Cornwall RFU was fantastic. It was so kind of everyone to turn out and support us.”

Falmouth’s next event to celebrate the 150th anniversary will be the sponsors day in September. At the day the side are hoping to release a new kit for the season as well as a Skinners Falmouth Rugby beer.