Eccles Rugby Football Club were formed in 1897 and on the 2nd of October 1948 played their first game at their new Gorton Street ground. A lot has changed since the days of changing in WW2 Army Huts and Eccles RFC has developed as a club to now have 11 teams and over 300 active male and female players of all ages.  

Following conversations between the Mini, Junior, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Mens sections the club is proud to announce that Sunday 14th October will be a celebration of 70 Years of rugby at our Gorton Street home.

To mark the occasion the club intends to organise a social gathering of ALL players and club members on the 1XV pitch to form a giant “70” which will be photographed from the balcony and filmed from a drone. To add a celebratory mood to the assembly we’re planning to throw 70 rugby balls into the air!  We invite everyone to participate and share their own personal videos and photos of the experience on social media.

We would like every player – adults and children – to wear an Eccles match shirt and ask all coaches, club officials, kitchen and bar staff, parents and sponsors to wear a navy blue or a white top.

By bringing everyone together in this way, we hope to also have the unique opportunity to take photos of every team at the club and later in the afternoon support the Colts and Ladies teams who are both in action.

Attached below is an initial outline proposed plan. Timings will be confirmed nearer the time and lots of details are still to be finalised.  Naturally, to co-ordinate such an event and ensure its success will be a significant logistical operation.
We need volunteers and photographers from all teams and sections – There’s a FREE bacon butty and a brew for everyone who donates their morning to helping make the event a success.   
This is your club. Please put the date in your diary and join us.



  • 0900 – Work party of volunteers meet to set out and peg ’70′ on pitch.
  • 0930 – Cameras and drone tested.
  • 1000 – PA system set up / car park stewards and crowd wranglers in position.
  • 1015 – Minis, Juniors, Girls teams (in kit) assemble on the pitch for their team photos.
  • 1045 – Colts and Mens teams (in kit) assemble on the pitch for their team photos.
  • 1100 – Ladies (in kit) assemble on the pitch for their team photos.
  • 1115 – All players, former players, club members, officials and coaches assemble into ’70’ position
  • 1130 – Aerial filming / Photos
  • 1200 – 1XV pitch cleared and set up for afternoon fixtures / Colts begin warm up on 3XV pitch
  • 1300 – Colts v Preston Grasshoppers KO on 1XV pitch
  • 1330 – Ladies begin warm up on 3XV pitch
  • 1430 – Ladies v Litchfield KO on 1XV pitch

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