BP Football Club (RUFC) was formed in 1972 by the workers of BP Chemicals PLC, Saltend, Hull, and was originally one of five BP RUFC teams. However as time has passed; large companies have become solely focused on high profile, national sponsorship deals, and have turned their back on local works teams and associated sports.
Despite this, we continue a strong tradition of fierce competitive rugby on the pitch, playing in the Yorkshire Rugby Football Union Merit League. We also have a vibrant social side, which includes numerous social events, charity fund raising events during the summer, UK tours and monthly nights out.
In the past BP RUFC has competed in the Hull & East Riding Merit League semi-final three times and the final in 2009. Finally, in 2011 BP RUFC’s hard work and commitment to local rugby has paid off as they successfuly lifted the Shield when they won the East Yorkshire Division 2 Merit League. 2012 also saw success in the league although the team came up short in the final; BP RUFC have been promoted to the first division.
BP RUFC continues many long standing traditions of the sport. We are a social rugby side that competes in the Yorkshire Rugby Football Union Merit League tables. Like most traditional teams we enjoy many social activities, a good sing song and have a healthy line up of drinking games.
A word from the Captain:
“Commitment and enthusiasm are must haves for a BP RUFC player. The ability to support and encourage are also excellent traites to have. Rugby Union is a 15-a-side game consisting of two 40 minute halves. I encourage players to come and play week in, week out and reward players for doing so. The more commitment that you show to the club the more playing time you will receive. I like my team to play hard, train hard and enjoy a social drink after the game. This is the BP RUFC ethos.” Paul Bucknall