Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club
Trailfinders Sports Club
Vallis Way, West Ealing
London, W13 0DD
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'Ealing Football Club' began officially in the late 1860s, playing its first match on Ealing Common in 1869. The club was invited to form the original RFU in 1871. However, along with the Wasps' representative, Ealing's representative, for an unconfirmed reason, did not arrive at the meeting on the agreed date. Due to this, 'Ealing Rugby Football Club' was officially established two months after the formation of the RFU. Ealing was started as a rugby club that embraced the Corinthian principles of fair play and moral values. The team played in dark green and white, competing within the Middlesex County Rugby Football Union.
Ealing’s centenary match against Harlequins preceded two decades of on-field success, including finishing top of London Division 1 in 1987 and winning three Middlesex Senior Cups in 1989, 1990 and 1994.
Since inception at Ealing Common, the club has played at a range of venues, representing the entire Borough. Hanger Lange, West Middlesex Polo Club, Gunnersbury Park, Drayton Green, Syon Lane and Horsenden Hill, have all hosted Ealing Rugby Club at some point throughout our extensive history. However, despite flourishing and winning London 1 multiple times in the lead up to the early 1990s, the player base dried up and we were relegated from London 1 in 1996.
Sir Mike Gooley declared a new ear for the club in 1999, building and moving the club to The Trailfinders Sports Club. With the name changed to 'Ealing Trailfinders', the club began to rise through the leagues from National 3 South. However, it has not always been a clear trail for the Trailfinders. The decision was made to turn the club professional after a disappointing relegation from the Championship in 2014. A significant amount of hard work was required but this resulted in Trailfinders being re-promoted, finishing 11th in the 2015/16 Championship season then excelling all the way up to third the following season. Through hard work and high standards, the Trailfinders have continued to progress with unity and have won silver wear for the past four seasons in a row.
The Club Badge:
The Ealing Coat of Arms that we serve is built upon three basic components. The crossed swords are the symbol of St.Paul and taken from the arms of the See of London, to which the manor historically belonged. The axes are from Middlesex County, and the tree is a symbol that Ealing is growing and flourishing. In 1965 the London Borough of Ealing, amalgamated with the Borough of Acton and the Borough of Southall to form the new Borough of Ealing. The Borough adopted the motto 'Progress with Unity'.
The Club Today:
The club itself is currently excelling on all fronts; with minis and juniors at all age levels, along with an established academy and women's programme with links to local colleges and universities that supply the next generation of talent to pull on the green and white Trailfinders shirt. The youth teams cater for children at all levels of ability and have players representing their respective county at all age group levels.
The professional men's first-team compete in the RFU Championship, the second tier of English rugby and continue to push towards promotion to the Premiership. In recent years, the first team have been at the forefront of the club’s development, navigating their way through the English rugby system from playing in the National Division 3 South in 2007/08, to being crowned the Championship league and cup champions in 2021/22. With hopes of reaching the Premiership greater than ever, all efforts behind the scenes from coaches, staff, volunteers and fans are focused on making Ealing Trailfinders the best rugby club in the country.
Combined partnerships with national and local businesses, the club’s main partner in Trailfinders has enabled the thriving nature of the club over the last two decades with world-class facilities at Trailfinders Sports Club, a premier venue for sport in West London. Ealing Trailfinders intends to maintain its ‘one club’ ethos, ensuring that all members are integrated and share in the success and enjoyment of rugby at every level of the club, be it an individual team or the overall community that is Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club.