In 1966 a group of employees of the Distillers Co. Ltd Including a number of Barry R.F.C members, formed a 'social' rugby XV to play games at the company's sports and social ground at Sully. On 7th October 1966 the newly formed Distillers (Plastics) RFC played its first match against Glamorgan XV winning 17-5, they competed in 6 games in their first season.
The founder members who start up the side were Jim Edwards, Bernie Somers, and Mike Ingram along with other members/players including Sid Prosser, Robin Fenton, Graham Cummins and Gary Hobbs. Together with administrators Bill Llewellyn and Dennis Prater, they formed a powerful club unit, particularly when joined by other experienced rugby players such as Phil Thomas, Alun Morgan and Brian Owen.
The following year the club enter the Cardiff and District Rugby Union and changed their name to BP (Barry Plastics) RFC. They aroused considerable interest in the local rugby world; so much so that The Welsh Rugby Sports Magazine ran a full length feature in their March 1967 edition (click/tap here or on the program image below to download full article).
The club regularly competed in the Welsh Brewers Cup, the Mallett Cup, Ninian Stuart Cup and the Ron Lucock Cup. Reaching the semi-finals of the Welsh Brewers Cup, Mallet Cup and the Ninian Stuart Cup on several occasions over the years, in 2011 the club won the celebrated Ron Lucock Cup.
For more than 20 years BP sponsored and the club hosted the very successful and prestigious South Wales Industrial Sevens Tournament. Which was the longest running tournament of its kind in Wales and the club enjoyed a lot of success competing in it.
The club have toured extensively since its formation, visiting countries which included Holland, Spain, Germany and Belgium, as well as many clubs within the U.K.
With the Welsh Rugby Union taking more control of rugby in Wales over the last decade, the 1st team came out of the Cardiff and District League to play in division 6 of the WRU. Further WRU reorganisation of the divisions have seen the club play in division 7, which the team won and then in the following season went on to be runners up in division 6.
The latest WRU reorganisation (2014/15 season) comprises of 24 new leagues, which sit beneath the existing Principality Premiership and SWALEC Championship. Sully Sports RFC first XV are placed in Division 3 East Central C League. Our second XV are currently in Division 2 of the Cardiff and District Rugby Union League.
Sully Sports RFC’s first team’s club captain is John Blake and the 2nd team’s captain is John Moyle, with Gareth Ivory as head coach. With the guidance and experience of all the aforementioned, both teams are confident of promotion at the end of this season.
The backbone of the club since its foundation has been provided by the hard work of its committee, and in particular to several long serving chairmen, who have included Bill Edwards, Alan Jones, Michael Stafford and Ray Gallivan. Our current rugby chairman is Steve Pugh..
The spirit of the club is illustrated by the number of family groups that have played - seventeen father/sons combinations, countless brothers, cousins, uncles and even one grandson, playing together in the same team as their siblings.
Sully Sports RFC celebrates its 50th anniversary this year (2014), and once again it has becoming a side that plays hard but good rugby. The club is renowned for its great spirit, comradery, loyalty and friendliness. We will always offer a warm welcome to anyone who wishes to join us no matter what their ability, as long as they share our love of rugby and socialising. So if you are interested in playing or supporting for us give us a call on 02920 530629 or email firstname.lastname@example.org