5% of the lease and the financial restructuring helped Richmond employ three people full-time, including a head coach Andy Maren. London Scottish are the club's co-tenants and the two clubs rub along as they had done for over a century, Richmond training on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Scottish on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Landmark for rivals on long climb backIt may be a world away from the Heineken Cup but the Athletic Ground in Richmond will this afternoon once more be the scene of a rivalry that dates back to the 19th century. London Scottish are at "home" to Richmond. "It's a poignant moment, the meeting of the ways again after years in the wilderness, " says Richmond's president Tony Hallett. The two rivals, who share the ground, expect a crowd of around 3, 000 for a London One fixture that, as Hallett says, is deeply significant for the fortunes of two clubs who at the end of last century almost disappeared from the English rugby map. A face in the crowd is expected to be Ashley Levett, the Monaco-based millionaire who once made a fortune on the copper markets and whose money, for a couple of heady years, transformed Richmond.
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London Scottish. Championship home match previews. The Championship season draws to a close at Richmond Athletic Ground with a showdown between old rivals London Scottish and Richmond Rugby. Kick off is at 3pm and tickets are available online and on the gate. Already one of the biggest matches of the season at Richmond Athletic Ground today’s encounter between London Scottish and Richmond Rugby has some added spice notwithstanding the fact Richmond were relegated last weekend while London Scottish are out of the running for the end of season play-offs.
The club, one of the founder members of the Rugby Football Union in 1861, did not just embrace professionalism in 1996. It had a full-on affair and Levett's money helped bring the likes of the England flanker Ben Clarke and the Wales internationals Scott Quinnell and Allan Bateman to this quiet corner of London surburbia. But in 1999 the new age of professionalism saw the clubs, both in the Allied Dunbar Premiership, swallowed up in a merger with London Irish. Most of the Richmond and Scottish players were thrown out of work and Richmond went into administration. Both clubs reappeared in 2000 on the lower rungs of the league ladder in Herts Middlesex One and have been climbing back through the leagues in subsequent seasons.
"They've had to restructure and refinance the club and they've done remarkably well to pick themselves up. We've had a seven-year strategy to get back into the National Leagues and we've got here so far by staying an amateur club without even paying expenses. What we have done is spend a considerable amount on coaching and administration and we've now built up a membership to around 2, 500 people. "If we get any higher we'll need to look at ways we can retain players and may have to consider remunerating them in some way but at the moment we look to help them in the job market, as rugby clubs always have while retaining the joie de vivre of the old amateur club. " The Athletic Ground is on crown land, its lease owned by the Richmond Athletic Association. After administration a holding company Richmond Vikings Limited took on 99.
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Up until last weekend Richmond Rugby were clinging on desperately to survival in the Greene King IPA Championship. Defeat to London Irish would not have ended all hope but the for the fact today’s opponents (and the team with whom they share the Athletic ground with) London Scottish lost to 43-22 on the road to Hartpury RFC to condemn Richmond to relegation and life in National League 1 next season. This afternoon may be the last time these two sides face each other in league action for a while.
Scottish now head the table two places above their rivals with Worthing inbetween them. In October Worthing ended Richmond's run of 83 successive league games without defeat. From now on the climb back through the leagues gets steeper and more hazardous for both clubs. "In many ways Scottish have had it tougher than us, " says Hallett, who was secretary of the Rugby Football Union when the game became open in 1995.
The changing-rooms are painted in neutral cream. London Scottish are perhaps even more ambitious than Richmond. One aim is a place in the Celtic League. The club wants to establish an academy for south of England players who qualify to play for Scotland, and are in talks with the Scottish Rugby Union. The club could soon be out of the jurisdiction of nearby Twickenham and once more providing a stream of internationals to a nation that in recent years has been forced to look further south, to New Zealand and Australia for Scotland-qualified players. Alan McKay, the club spokesman, said: "In all seriousness Jason Robinson and Iain Balshaw could both have qualified to play for Scotland as they have Scottish ancestors. We lost them to England but hopefully we can monitor future Scotland internationals playing down here.
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