Cuffley RUFC was formed back in 1973 by a group of like minded individuals, although most of the original players used the Plough public house as the clubs base, it was officially formed at The Cuffley Hotel this was also the club’s first headquarters.
With most of the club’s original members being former pupils of Richard Hale School in Hertford, we have gone full circle with more than a few of the current crop of players who also attended the Hertford School.
The early days saw Cuffley playing on school pitches and using various local pubs for our after match drinks. After 30 years as a nomadic pub team and at times punching well above our lowly weight Cuffley moved to Rosedale Sports Club to share facilities with our local rivals Cheshunt RUFC. Our time at Rosedale was at first quite difficult as the club struggled with the loss of what had been a strong but ageing team.
With a small squad and now not able to compete with the larger clubs we decided to drop out of the league with the intention of regrouping and rebuilding from the Herts/Middx merit tables. Cuffley went on to spend 8 years at Rosedale, during that time having joined the HMMT we began to rebuild not only the team, but more importantly we started to become a rugby club again.
Success on the field came in our first season, the league results were not great to start with but we made our first cup final since 2000 only to lose the match, but we had turned the corner and with our playing base now growing we started to climb up the merit tables. The following season we again made the merit cup final, this one we did win for the club’s first Honours.
Since those early days at Rosedale we have had years of success, winning promotion regularly and playing in Merit Table Cup finals every year since we entered.
Cuffley currently find themselves at Botany Bay Cricket Club, where we are the sole winter sports team at the ground. BBCC offer first class facilities, which include a traditional clubhouse and well stocked bar, the pitch is highly maintained by the in house grounds keeping team who offer a wealth of experience to ensure the pitch is at its best throughout the entire season. This move has provided Cuffley with an excellent home to continue our success and expansion.
Since our move we have increased our membership dramatically, Cuffley now run two regular teams every Saturday, the 1st XV play in HMMT 2 and our 2nd XV who we have called the CUFFLEY SABLES play in HMMT 6 having won promotion along with the first team in season 2014/15. Both teams also played in cup finals in 2014/15, with sadly only the 1st XV bringing home silverware.
Another first at Cuffley Rugby Football Club was the founding of our first Ladies section in 2015. CUFFLEY LADIES RUGBY CLUB are now an exciting addition to the main club, our ladies are now training and being coached by the main clubs in house coaching team.