Gloucester Rugby celebrates 150th anniversary

Making their official debut in 1873, the Cherry and Whites are celebrating 150 years of Gloucester Rugby at Kingsholm, showcasing the legacy of a truly beloved Gloucestershire institution.

By Kaleigh Pritchard  |  Published
This year sees Gloucester Rugby reaching a milestone 150 years of success in the sport, with a special event planned for September 2023. © Martin Bennett at Gloucester Rugby.

Kingsholm in Gloucester has become one of the most iconic stadiums in the sport of rugby — and one of Gloucestershire's most well-known and beloved landmarks.

In 2023, the stadium sees Gloucester Rugby celebrate its 150th anniversary in style, with a special look back at its history and biggest moments.

The Captain's Lounge at Kingsholm Stadium will host an exclusive 150 Years of Gloucester Rugby event, with the club hoping to raise money for the Gloucester Rugby Foundation, while also celebrating its milestone.

Bringing together legendary players, past and present, alongside Gloucester Rugby Interim CEO and former player, Alex Brown, and club historian, Malc King, in partnership with the Gloucester History Festival, the evening will be spent exploring in a journey through the club's epic legacy.

From the first ever international rugby game all the way back in 1871, to the kick off of the first professional game in 1995, the steadfast support from the city to its team is unwavering — culminating in a victorious season win for the Gloucester-Hartpury women's team in the 2023 Premiere 15s tournament.

Gloucester Rugby Foundation CEO, Rob Webber said: 'The city of Gloucester and Gloucester Rugby have been fundamentally linked for generations, so we wanted to take a moment to stop and reflect on all the great memories from the last 150 years.

'By attending this event you will not only be celebrating the past, but supporting the future by funding the delivery of the Foundation's heritage project which looks to protect and champion the rich history of Gloucester Rugby through school programmes and reminiscence sessions.'

The event takes place on Thursday 7 September 2023 from 7pm until 9pm, with tickets available via the Gloucester History Festival website.

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