Bugbrooke R.F.C. played its very early games as a Sunday social side in the very early 1970s, when a considerable number of people living in the village were playing for various clubs on Saturdays. Many of these early games were against Long Buckby R.F.C. who were very hospitable towards this bunch of nomads with no pitch to call home.
In 1973 Campion School finally employed a teacher of rugby football to complement the soccer already developed in the school. From 1976 onwards these students began to look for games in their local area and it became more and more apparent that there would soon be a need for a full time club.
Chris Douglas, Mick Curtis, Graham Cooper and David Pope decided in 1977 that the time had come to formally establish Bugbrooke R.F.C. and were kindly proposed to the East Midlands R.F.U. by Long Buckby R.F.C. Even at this stage all of the games were played on Sundays.
Bugbrooke R.F.C. played their first Saturday game on the 10th of March 1979 away against Brackley R.F.C. They then started their first full season in 1979 – 80 playing a collection of friendlies and pool fixtures
In the early days all eating and drinking after the game was at the Five Bells. From there we moved to the luxury of Bugbrooke Cricket Club, the food being imported by the catering team of Pam and Brian Hollis, as in those days the cricket pavilion did not even possess a kitchen.
Finally we moved to our current premises, although initially we did not have control over the buildings as the Playing Field Association ran them. We eventually took over the lease in 1995 and development work has been going on ever since.
The Junior Section started in 1985 with the first Colts team playing in the1988 – 89 Season. The Mini Section started in 1995 and the club now supports age groups from 7 to Adult. A considerable number of the senior sides have progressed through the Colts and are proving an asset to the Club.
Simon Foale with Alistair & Simon Hepher are members of the club who have gone on to better things with Northampton R.F.C. Highlights of the Club’s history include winning the Lewis Shield in 1991, beating Chicago Lions R.F.C., the Colts unbeaten tour to France and their win over the huge Canadian touring side Mariners School.