Formed in 1963 by a group of Masters and Old Boys from Shipston High School in an
area of little Rugby tradition, the initial players were drawn from far afield. For
the first season we were a nomadic club with no pitch of our own, relying on the
High School facilities and using local pubs for post-match refreshments.
By 1964 we were fielding two sides and, by the generosity of a local farmer, we had
a pitch of our own at Darlingscote which was affectionately known as "The Bowl".
In 1968 we rented an old barn at the rear of The Bell Inn and after much hard work,
modifications and assistance from Whitbread Flowers, we were able to use this for
our Clubhouse and bar. In 1973 we had to vacate our Clubhouse behind The Bell Inn.
With the assistance of local benefactors, the local council, the County Council,
the RFU and Middlesex RFU, not to mention Club members, we drew up plans for a new
Clubhouse and ground here at Mayo Road. This building was extended in 1987 and we
created three pitches.
Thanks to a huge Club effort and Sport England lottery funding an impressive new
Clubhouse was completed in May 2000. In the summer of 2006 floodlights were erected
on the main pitch.
The 2002/03 season saw the first team run out at Twickenham for the Powergen Junior
Vase Final. Almost one thousand supporters followed the team to the home of English
Rugby to watch the boys play on the hallowed turf. The club now runs three senior
sides every Saturday with an occasional 4ths, and a side in the South Warks Double
Tops competition in which we were runners up last season. The 2007/08 season will
see the creation of an U19 Colts side, the nucleus of which played in the successful
U17 side that reached the last 16 of the National U17 Bowl last season; some of the
players having started playing for Shipston in the mini rugby section back in 1998.
The mini/junior section boasts 230 members in age groups from U7 to U17 training
or playing every Sunday from September to April.