History of the club
Over the many years of Rugby Football being played in the town of St. Ives a great deal of history has been made including producing County, South West and International players from school boy honours to full England caps. From the early years playing at Lower Carnstabba and then at Hellesvean through to the present day playing at Alexandra Road. From reaching the first six Cornwall County Cup finals in a row (1968/74) to some of the major scalps and close shaves St. Ives have had against illustrious opponents, the following will hopefully give you a brief look at the history of this great club and revive happy memories for many.
140 Years at a Glance
1880 (or thereabouts)
Game of Rugby Football introduced into St. Ives by a number of 'pick-up' teams, including The St. Ives Midgets.
Amalgamation of St. Ives Midgets with others to form a St. Ives team. First Captain: R. S. Read.
1889 -12th October.
St. Ives RFC formed under its present name. Captain: Phil Dunstan. Playing Field: Lower Carnstabba.
Club moved to new ground at Hellesvean.
Club moved to its first settled ground at Higher Tregenna and remained here for 26 years. No charges were made for admission, but on one occasion a collection was taken and the committee managed to raise enough money for a new ball, about 7shillings (35p). Income was gnerated from mainly subscriptions and concerts. Mr J H Tremayne (from 1899) and Mr Edward Daniel (secretary from 1900) were key individuals in the growth of the club during this time.
Junior Champions of Cornwall.
Club granted senior status. Tommy G. Wedge makes debut for Cornwall versus Glamorgan on April 25th 1903 v Glamorgan..
T. G. Wedge, N. Tregurtha and J. Trevaskis first St. Ives players awarded County Caps. St Ives Albion were a feeder club and provided players for the reserves.
T. G. "Chicky" Wedge in South team for England trial.
T. G. Wedge wins first England cap as scrum-half against France. (5th January 1907).
Cornwall defeat Durham in final to win County Championship of England. T. G. Wedge and N. Tregurtha in Cornish side.
Cornwall represents Great Britain against Australia and wins silver medal at Olympic Games in White City Stadium, London.
T. G. Wedge, N. Tregurtha and J. Trevaskis all in Cornish team.
Cornwall again reach final of County Championship and are runners-up to Durham. T. G. Wedge and N. Tregurtha in Cornish team.
T. G. Wedge gains second England cap against Wales.
Nicky Tregurtha recieves gold watch & chain after 52 consecutive county appearances, before leaving for British Columbia. During the season twenty players left the club for better prospects in North America.
FIRST WORLD WAR
N. Tregurtha returns to St Ives and is Captain of Cornwall. First post-war senior game of rugby football in Cornwall, St. Ives play RAF St Mellion at Higher Tregenna. Tom Brant was reserve team captain and George Pearce made his debut against Hayle on November 1st 1919.
G Tregarthen recieves a silver cigarette case before leaving for a placement at Guy's Hospital. This occurred on Porthminster Beach, the then venu for club training.
J. H. Tremayne elected to represent Cornwall on Rugby Union Committee. George Pearce was selected for Cornwall v Devon.
St. Ives moved to Recreation Ground -leased to it by Borough Council. Ground officially opened 2nd April. First officially recognised Schools Rugby match in Cornwall played at Higher Tregenna. St. Ives Council School defeats Lescudjack School by 26pts to Nil.
W. Roach, Captain of Cornwall Schools, first Cornish boy to play for England Schoolboys. (England versus Wales at Cardiff. 6th March).
First Clubhouse opened at Trenwith on 16th April 1928.
First County Match played at St. Ives. Cornwall versus Monmouthshire. 7th February 1929.
George Pearce first St. Ives player to score over 100 points in a season (106).
Pearce Woolcock St. Ives' second Schoolboy International.
SECOND WORLD WAR
Harold Stevens played for England ATC against Wales.
Harold Stevens Captain of England ATC against Northern Ireland.
St. Ives' first post-war match. St. Ives defeat Penzance & Newlyn by 6pts. to 5pts. at Penzance. 15th March.
Tom Bryant appointed Hon. Team & Match Secretary of Cornwall RFU.
St. Ives Rugby Supporters Club formed.
Recreation Ground purchased from Borough Council.
St. Ives head Cornish Merit Table after 36 consecutive matches without defeat.
Jimmy Fleming scores club record of 46 tries in a season, one short of new United Kingdom record set in same season by Cardiff & Wales centre B1eddyn Williams.
Harry Oliver, Captain of Cornwall, has outstanding trials for England at Leicester and Twickenham but fails to gain selection to England team.
Tony Bone selected as England trial reserve and as England reserve.
Harry Oliver Captain of Cornwall.
Levelling of Recreation Ground and installation of new drainage system.
Ground officially re-opened by Mr. P. Holman, President of Rugby Union
on 27th December 1951.
St. Ives defeat Cardiff and Bedford.
Derek Collins selected for England Schoolboys.
Harold Stevens, Captain of Cornwall, has England trial.
Harold Stevens, Captain of Cornwall, plays for Barbarians.
Brian Stevens selected for England Schoolboys.
St. Ives RFC Ladies Committee formed.
New Clubhouse opened at Recreation Ground by Mr. A. L. Thomas, President of Cornwall RFU. (1st March 1968).
Tony Hosking appointed Club Coach. First such appointment in British Isles.
Nomads formed and adopted by St. Ives RFC as its third team.
St. Ives defeat Penryn in final to win Cornwall Knock-Out Cup for first time. Club Captain and Number 8 Michael Rowe leads his team to a fine victory and a Civic Reception at the St Ives Guildhall (see photo)
St. Ives draw with Penryn in final to share Cornwall Knock-Out Cup. Michael Rowe the Club Captain lifts the shared trophey while Dave Phillips is the first St Ives player to score over 200 points in a season.
The great side of 1969-70
In RFU Centenary Season St. Ives overwhelms a strong Cornwall XV at Penzance in front of representatives of the overseas Unions, scoring five tries.
St. Ives defeat Redruth in final to win Cornwall Knock-Out Cup.
Barry Ninnes becomes St. Ives' second full England International, playing for England against Wales at Cardiff.
St. Ives heads Cornwall Merit Table, suffering only one defeat by a Cornish Club.
George Pearce elected President of Cornwall Rugby Football Union.
A £27,000 extension to Clubhouse completed. New lounge opened by John Nott MP on-3rd November 1972. Changing rooms, gymnasium and rugby room opened by Mr. R. M. Kingswell, President of RFU, on next day.
St. Ives first Cornish side to score over 1,000 points in a season. (1,103 points, including 190 tries, in 46 matches). Jimmy Cocking sets two new Club records with 368 points in a season, and 30 points in a single match. Michael Rowe is the Club Captain and Peter Hendy travels on England tour to New Zealand and Fiji, playing for England against Fiji and Wellington.
Peter Hendy gains Under 23 England cap, playing for England side against the Japanese and Tongan touring teams, and has two England trials.
First matches played in St. Ives on a Sunday and Good Friday.
St. Ives defeat Neath by l2pts to 3pts on Sunday 1st September, and Guildford by 7pts to 6pts on Good Friday, 28th March 1975.
Peter Hendy, Captain of Cornwall, has two further England trials and Captains South West Counties against the Australians at Exeter. T
hree other St. Ives players also in South West Counties XV -Jimmy Cocking, Brian Stevens and Roger Corin and a fourth John Trevorrow was one of the replacements.
Roger Corin gains England Under 23 cap playing against Italy at Gosforth.
Jimmy Cocking and Dave Phillips become first St. Ives players to reach individual scores of over 1,000 points in senior games.
Land adjoining Recreation Ground purchased to provide second pitch and mini/junior playing area.
First match at Recreation Ground under floodlights -St. Ives Nomads versus RNAS Culdrose on 12th November 1976.
On Sunday 25th August 1976 wooden stand and pavilion at Recreation Ground completely destroyed by fire.
St. Ives defeat Camborne in final to win Cornwall Knock-Out Cup.
Ian Farrell, Captain of Cornwall Under 23s, plays for England Colts against Wales at Cardiff, and against France at Camborne.
Peter Hendy Captain of Cornwall.
Mini/Junior section of St. Ives RFC tour Belgium -first Club team to travel abroad.
Peter Hendy Captain of Cornwall.
St. Ives defeat Camborne in final to regain Cornwall Knock-Out Cup.
Peter Hendy Captain of Cornwall.
St. Ives defeat Camborne in final to retain Cornwall Knock-Out Cup.
St. Ives defeat Bournemouth and Lewes in John Player Cup matches away from home but fall to Bristol in third round by 6pts to 16pt. in first televised match played at Recreation Ground.
Paul Winnan becomes third St. Ives player to score more than 1,000 points in senior games.
Peter Hendy, Captain of Cornwall, plays for Barbarians against East Midlands.
St. Ives first Cornish side to reach quarter-final of John Player Cup, defeating Stroud, Old Gaytonians and Metropolitan Police before losing away to Nottingham.
St. Ives Colts draw with Redruth in final to win Cornwall Colts Cup on goals rule. Captain Michael Avery lifted the Trophy after a frenetic finally with Andrew Noall scoring a last minute try and Mark Rowe kicking the winning conversion.
St Ives: Michael Avery (c) Darren Moran, Richard Phillips, Steven Haag, Martin Haag, Nigel Laity, Russell Baragwanath, Mark Friggings, Andrew Noall, Mark Rowe, Lester Vigus, Roger Nankervis, Paul Trevorrow, Michael Mcrory, Billy Peters.
St. Ives reach their tenth final of the Cornwall Knock Out Cup but lose to Camborne by one point but St Ives Coach Benji Thomas selected a very young side
St Ives: Louis Stevens, Michael Moran, Michael Avery, Shaun Parton, Mark Ward, Glyn Williams, Nicholas Roach, Peter Hendy, Christopher Dunn, Steven Trevorrow, Tommy Bassett, Ian Farrell (c) John Harding, Graham Thirlby, Mark Rowe
St. Ives defeat Camborne in final to win Cornwall Knock-Out Cup outright for sixth time. (team being researched)
St Ives win the Cornwall 7's tournament held at Newquay Sports Center on the day of the Clubs Awards Night at the Porthminster Hotel.
St Ives: Mark Pilcher, Shaun Parton, Tommy Bassett, James Perkin, Mark Rowe, Nicholas Roach, Graham Thirlby, Ian Farrell, Michael McLary and Glyn Wiliams
Martin Haag plays for England Under 19 Schools against Australian Schools at Twickenham, and goes on to play for England at this age group against Scotland, Ireland, Wales and France.
St. Ives Colts tour South West France and in adition St Ives have 5 players selected for Cornwall Under 21's against Leinster at Launceston: Andrew Noall, Michael Avery, Darren Moran Steven Haag and Mark Rowe
St Ives players & officials taken February 1987
Ian Sanders plays for England Under 16 Schools against Portugal and tours Italy, playing two further games. Martin Haag, while still eligible for colts, makes his debut for Cornwall and plays with Glyn Williams in County Championship semi-final against Middlesex.
Harlequins RFC play St Ives at Alexandra Road they are Captained by the England and British Lions Wing Forward Peter Winterbttom with further British Lions Mick Skinner and Jason Leonard in their team
Jason Atkinson, Billy Peters and Tommy Bassett represent Cornwall in the final of the County Championship at Twickenham. Cornwall beat Yorkshire in injury time following tries scored by both Peters and Bassett
St Ives have a fantastic finish to the SW1 League finishing second behind Reading their only other loss after Christmas was in the final of the Cornwall Knock Out Cup played at Penzance against National 3 League team Redruth. St Ives lost admirably 28 - 6.
St Ives: John Pearce, Mike Moran, Andrew Hodson, Shaun Parton, William Phillips, John Trewin, Jonathan Rowe (c) Jason Atkinson, Christopher Dunn, Steven Trevorrow, Jamie Banwell, Jonathan Musitano, William Stevens, Bradley Gibson, Mark Rowe
James Perkin scores 11 tries in one match against Falmouth at Alexandra Road and beats the Club Try Scoring Record of 8 Tries in one match by Alan Woods
St Ives play Henley in the League twice and have a demorilising defeat in the National Cup 65 - 0. The biggest defeat in the clubs history. Henley were coached by Clive Woodward who went on to coach Bath and later England to World Cup success in 2003.
Seven St Ives players represent Cornwall against Premiership side Bristol at Penryn. The Bristol team included many International players such as Simon Shaw, Mark Reagon, Arwell Thomas, Gareth Archer, Paul Hull and Kevin Maggs
St Ives Players: John Pearce, Andrew Hodson, Shaun Parton, Jason Atkinson, John Navin, Billy Peters and Mark Rowe
Scott Perkin becomes the 100th St Ives Player to represent Cornwall
St Ives Players Jonathan Rowe and Mark Rowe are the first set of brothers to be selected and play for Cornwall in the same team they play against Devon in the Tamar Cup at Redruth.
St Ives reach the Cornwall Knock Out Cup Final for the 13th time and play Launceston at Camborne. St Ives lose 52-12 under new Club Coach Graham Thirlby.
Jonathan Rowe seleceted for Great Britain and Irish Police to tour South Africa
Mark Rowe breaks the St Ives points scoring record of scoring 30 points in one game scoring 34 points. Breaking the long standing record of Jimmy Cocking in 1972/3 when he scored 30 points in one game
Billy Peters equals the 34 points scored in one match to equal the scoring record.
Ian Sanders is appointed Head Coach bringing with him a wealth of experience having left St Ives to go on and play for England A, The Babarians, Bath and Gloucester. Ian recruits Kiwi Centre Sheldon Waetford, together with fellow Countryman Andrew Skinner and Daniel Hooper who all represent Cornwall during this successful season
St. Ives are promoted back to South West 2 after finishing second in Western Counties West and winning play-off game against Thornebury of Western Counties North. They also reach the semi finals of the Cornwall Knock Out Cup, losing narrowly to National League outfit Launceston at Alexandra Road.
St Ives RFC are featured on BBC TV having a record of five sets of brothers included in the same team: They were Ian and Paul Sanders, Graham and Neil Corin, Jason and Scott Perkin, Mark and Jonathan Rowe, Tony and Louis Stevens who all played against Crediton in the away fixture. The club also had further brothers Andrew and Paul Kevern with Marcus and Daniel Bassett representing the club in the second team
St. Ives again finish second to local rivials Mounts Bay and are promoted back to South West One. The season was marred by the sudden death of First Team Manager Peter Burgin during the match away against Taunton.
St Ives had a difficult season in SW1 but finish in the top half of the league. Brothers Graham and Neil Corin together with Louis and Tony Stevens all play for Cornwall. St Ives are knocked out of the Cornwall Knock Out Cup in a close game at Mounts Bay in the quarter final at Penzance
The Dug Out at Alexandra Road was re named 'The Peter Burgin Dug Out' in memory of Peter.
St Ives were relegated to South West 2 having had a season rebuilding under new Head Coach and former player John Navin.
Jimmy Stevens represents England Schools and signs a contract with the Leicester Tigers in the Guiness Premiership
St Ives win the Cornwall Knock Out Cup beating Camborne 10 - 0 in a close game at St Austell. Tony Stevens lifted the Solid Silver Cornwall Knock Out Cup for the 7th time but this saw the end of the coaching staff of John Navin, Mark Rowe and Shaun Parton.
St Ives: Tony Stevens (c), Ben Taylor, Craig Willams, Ben Sidgwick, Richard Humphries, Justin Paul, Tom Outram, Louis Stevens, Stuart Turnbull, Karl Martin, Tom Nicholas, Rudolph Meredith, Ben Meneer, Ian Veal, Willem Hano Dirksen.
St Ives came 4th in SW2 West with Hano Dirksen leading the try scoring charts with 15 tries during the League campaign. St Ives players Hano Dirksen and Ben Taylor went on to represent Cornwall in the County Championships. Ben became the 111th St Ives Player to represent Cornwall
St Ives reach the final of the Cornwall Cup for the 15th time but lose to Wadebridge 26 - 21
St Ives: C williams, B Taylor, H Noott, R Humphries, A Skinner, D Rainey, T Outram, A Weston, N Hitchens, I Morgan, J Stevens, T McBride, R Baragwanath, H Manna
New Club Coach Ian Morgan guides the team to a mid table finish in the New SW1 League.
The following players represented Cornwall: H. Mander, B. Taylor, I. Morgan in the Tamar Cup against Devon losing 16-20. Ian Morgan was selected to play against Herts. scoring two penalties in a 32-30 win and Gloucestershire.
St Ives were relegated by one league point when Chosen Hill Former Pupils gained a losing bonus and a try bonus in a rearranged final match of the season to end their run in the South West One West league, the start of a difficult period for the club.
Cornwall representation included: I. Morgan, C. Williams and Tim McBride.
Pete Samu joined St Ives from the Randwick club in Australia. He later played for NZ Crusaders, The Brumbies (Aus.) and became an internationl for The Wallabies as a replacement against Ireland in 2018.
Fortunes dipped again when St Ives finished bottom of the Western Counties West league. Players had left the club and county representation went with it.
St Ives needed to react to the worsening situation. Former player, Joff Rowe became head coach and Ceiron Thomas was brought in as player/coach From Pirates (ex. Scarlets, Leeds Canegie). A new style programme was introduced in November. St Ives finished runners up in the Tribute Cornwall & Devon league to Teignmouth and gained promotion. Exciting teenage prospect, Kyle Moyle, would go on to join Pirates in a successful career.
Five players were selected for Cornwall U.20s to give The Hakes further hope; Todd Prisk, Max Bodilly, Kyle Moyle, Tom Chandler and Jacob Ninnes. However, reserve team rugby is increasingly difficult both on terms of finding players and fixtures.
Rob Elloway, with assistance from Tom Riley (both Pirates' players) are appointed as coaches. Another difficult season, but St Ives avoided relegation by one league point. Outstanding young prop Tyler Gendall is seconded to the club from Pirates.
Four of the first team squad were selected for Cornwall U.20s in the first round of this season’s county championship. In a close match away to Dorset & Wiltshire, Cornwall won 37:35: Neil Stanleick (flanker), Tyler Gendall (prop 1 try), Jack Kessell (full back) and Todd Prisk (2nd row & captain). The latter three went on to be selected for the SW U.20s.
In the game against Burnham-on-Sea, St Ives took to the field with three sets of brothers: Neil & Graham Corin, Jamie & Todd Prisk and Josh & Jamie Semmens, an unusual statistic, but not near the five sets who took the field in 2004-5! Craig Williams and Jack Kessell are signed from Redruth.
The smaller bar is refurbished and is now known as the Members' Bar.
Although St Ives managed to stay up ten players left the club. Ben Taylor continued as captain, but the writing was on the wall. With only four wins all season relegation was inevitable. Again the club faced its lowest league level in its history, the Tribute Cornwall & Devon.
Paul Thirlby is appointed as coach and Joff Rowe returns to DoR. A number of new signings are made, including Grant Thirlby. This is an era when players come and go at a considerable rate. A new website is launched in place of Pitchero. The changing rooms get a makeover and there is a new entrance to the changing rooms. Results improved dramatically. However, efforts to revive the Reserves are stifled.
Commitment was demonstrated to its full at Withycombe with a 20-23 win the week before Christmas. Rob Elloway returned as coaching assistant and mentor for Paul Thirlby part way through the season. Promotion as runners up is confirmed in April after a win against Plymouth Albion Oaks, 64-3.
Rob Andrew was guest speaker at the club's annual dinner which raised funds for Cancer Research.
Former captain, Denis Stevens, passes away. Two colts, George Sanders and Luke Allatt tour Japan with Truro College and two senior players, Ben Taylor and Todd Prisk help Cornwall win the Tamar Cup.
St Ives continued their progress finishing 6th place in the Western Counties West League. Tom Nicholas, Lewis Thomas, Cameron Bone, Jamie Prisk and Jordan Gott are selected for the Cornwall Development squad.
Another former captain, Leslie Stevens, passed away, as did former Chairman, Brian Prisk, whose grandsons have represented the club so well in recent seasons.
A season to remember! History made. The Hakes are champions of their league for the first time! The Hakes are unbeaten at home for over 12 months. The double was completed with victory in a close, tough encounter at Camborne against Wadebridge by 20:19, making this the ninth time St Ives have held the KO Cup.
Paul Thirlby resigned as coach due to family commitments at the end of the season leaving Rob Elloway as sole head coach.
Steve Kenward is appointed captain. Ben Taylor, restored to the on field captaincy role due to injury to Steve Kenward, celebrates ten years as a Hake, a rare breed these days. Jamie Prisk and Martyn Lawrance produce excellent stats for scoring and appearances for the third season running.
A tragic episode in the life of the club stuns everyone at the news of the loss of Peter Skeggs, an exciting young three quarter.
A cheque for over £4500 is presented to Cancer Research UK, the result of the annual dinners.
In their first season in South West 1 West for many years, St Ives finished in 6th place, with Rob Elloway and Chris Fuca at the helm. St Ives lost a close match by 26:30 to Wadebridge Camels, in the County Cup final at Redruth. Martyn Lawrance, Ben Taylor and Jamie Prisk all reached 100 appearances in the last four seasons, a terrific reflection of loyalty to one club. Captain, Tom Nicholas, celebrates 10 years with the club.
The club receives RFU Accreditation, primarily through the efforts of Vice Chair, Phil Allen.
After the success of last year the club moved into the new season with high hopes of consolidating its position in the league. Not to be. Loss of players in the pre-season and heavy defeats and soon the club were faced with only one option - come out of the league. This meant a restart at the lowest level on return.
Due to the Corona virus pandemic no rugby was played. This came at a time when the club was set on re-establishing itself as a senior side in the leagues. This had to be put on hold until the summer of 2021 when Jamie Prisk was invited to be the new club coach. A few 'friendly' pre-season games were held with a group of enthusiastic young players. This was encouraging in the hope of a return to league rugby next season.