Caldy Rugby Club’s remarkable season, which saw them promoted to the Rugby Union Championship (the sport’s second-tier league), was recognised at a Civic reception in Wallasey town hall on Friday evening (22 July 2022).
Players and support staff were invited to the town hall after an incredible run of form swept the team to their highest placing in their 98-year history.
The Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Jeff Green, said, “Every now and then sport throws-up some unexpected and extraordinary results, and Caldy’s magnificent season is a great example of that.
“A remarkable run of 17 straight wins took Caldy into the Championship, starting with a win at Bishops Stortford in December last year and ending with the title-clincher against second-place Sale at the end of April. That incredible run speaks volumes about the skill, determination and undoubted quality of the team, its coaching staff, and all those supporting them off the field.
“And those results tell only part of the story – their discipline, sportsmanship, and respect for other teams as well as each other, have shown the club, the sport, and our borough in the very best light.” During the reception the Mayor presented a special Certificate of Achievement on behalf of the Council and people of Wirral, to Graham Armitage, the President of Caldy Rugby Club.
Graham Armitage said, “Caldy Rugby Club celebrates its Centenary in 2024 and from humble beginnings our timing could not have been better, having recently achieved our highest ever ranking in the rugby fraternity. This will be a hard act to follow, and we now need to consolidate and build on this achievement both on and off the field.”
Caldy’s success was also celebrated on the Championship Rugby website where the RFU director of performance rugby, Conor O’Shea, said, “Last season was one of the closest top of the table finishes in years, providing a compelling end to the league season, and we all look forward to another exciting season in 22-23.
“We’re delighted to welcome Caldy to the Championship and wish them well as they prepare for a competitive season.”
Caldy starts the new season in the Championship with a home game against Hartpury on Saturday, 10 September.