ORAFC Club History

The Old Rutlishians AFC (Old Ruts) is made up of ex-pupils of Rutlish School, amateur sportsman from the local community and the friends and relatives of existing players. It was reformed after a 58 year absence in the summer of 1990 having originally run from 1907 until 1932 when it folded after being replaced by Rugby as the popular winter sport at the Old Rutlishians’

clippingsThe club fielded one side in the Wimbledon and District League Division One during the 1990/91 season and duly won the league and cup double. In time for the 1991/92 season the club switched to the Kingston and District League and began to run two teams, with the 3rd and 4th XI’s introduced in 1992/93 and 1993/94 respectively.

It was during this period that the Ruts enjoyed huge success, working their way up from Division Six right through to the Premier Division, which they won in 1995/96 and again in 1997/98 when they added the League Junior Cup to complete another double.

This encouraged the club to apply for Intermediate status and the first and reserve teams joined the Surrey South Eastern Combination in 1998/99 with the 3rd and 4th XI’s following suit in consecutive seasons. The first team immediately secured yet another double, winning Intermediate Division Three and the League Senior Cup.

The reserves also fared well in the Combination, finishing runners-up in Junior Division Four in 1998/99 and winning Junior Division Three, then Junior Division Two in subsequent seasons.

The first team moved to the Amateur Football Combination for season 2003/04 and won Intermediate Division Two South while the reserve and 3rd teams won Kingston & District League Divisions One and Four respectively. The reserves came runners-up in the Teck Cup while the 3rds won the League Junior Cup to cap a very successful year for the club.

The club moved back into the pyramid by joining the Surrey Intermediate Western League in 2004/05. They promptly won back to back titles immediately, Division One in 2004/05 and the Premier title in 2005/06. The reserves also did back to back Division One Reserve and Premier Reserve titles, and picked up the Reserve Challenge Cup in 2004/05 and came a creditable runners-up in the Surrey Junior Cup.finalprog

The 3rds won the Surrey Lower Junior Cup in 2004/05, the club’s first ever Surrey Cup.

In 2008/09 the Ruts joined the newly formed Surrey Elite League, with the reserves and 3rds competing in the Kingston & District league. In time for the 2010/11 all three Saturday teams returned to the Surrey South Eastern Combination League where they currently remain.

Daniel Poulter formed the Ruts Youth Football section in the 2015/16 Season which is already proving incredibly successful going from 1 to 3 teams in just 1 season adding a completely new dynamic to the Old Ruts Football Section. In time for the 2017/18 Season this increased to the running of 5 Junior Teams, including an U15’s Girls. Another significant achievement in 2017 saw the Club awarded with the prestigious FA Charter Standard.

 

In time for the 2016/17 Season our 4th XI reformed after a 15 season absence and under the guidance of Graham ‘Boo-Boo’ Larcombe they duly gained the Runners Up Spot in the KDFL Division Two. 2016/17 Also saw the 1st XI win the SSEC Division One Title.

 

Much of our success can be attributed to Life President and ex-player Gavin Lennard, an instrumental figure at the club from the beginning who set a record by winning the Secretary of the Year award five times in 12 years.

 

Another special mention must also be made of Graham Clayton who has served and held virtually every Committee position during our 28 seasons to date, highlighting his commitment and dedication to the cause.

 

In more recent times Daniel Poulter, Iain Higgins and Graham Winter have performed sterling work to help steer the good ship ORAFC in challenging waters and alongside the long term club stalwarts Gavin Lennard and Graham Clayton the current committee is aiming to guide the club back to success. A special mention also to Lee Caffell, who has diligently run and arranged everything for our successful Veterans team for over a decade.

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