Manchester's Dual Code Rugby Club

History of Rugby League in Manchester

Plaque in Manchester city centre commemorating the first meeting of the Northern Rugby Football Union in Manchester in 1895.

Plaque in Manchester city centre commemorating the first full meeting of the Northern Rugby Football Union in Manchester in 1895

The game of rugby league and the city of Manchester go back a long way. In the nineteenth century Manchester Grammar School was one of the first places in the north of England to adopt the primitive football game exported from Rugby school. Then, in 1895, Broughton Rangers became one of the founders of the Northern Union, the breakaway faction of rugby-football clubs that became the professional rugby league.Mancunians RL are taking a big part in planning the future of rugby league in Manchester. Participation in rugby league is growing in the city as a result of the club’s activities.

Mancunians RL was formed in April 2009 and is the new adult rugby league club in the city playing in the summer leagues. In our inaugural season, we were able to field two full teams on several occasions due to the sheer numbers of players interested in the club.

Super League's Grand Final is held in Manchester, just three miles from Mancunians RL

Super League’s Grand Final is held in Manchester, just three miles from Mancunians RL

Every October, the flagship event in northern hemisphere rugby league, the Super League Grand Final is held at Old Trafford. This is the pinnacle of professional rugby league in the UK, and indeed Europe, and the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ sells out every year with fans from all over the UK.

Mancunians continue to grow and now host competitive teams in both Rugby League and more recently Handball.