History Of RUFC
Rockland Utd Football Club was formed in 1925, and we have encountered great generations and success as a football club.
The club has an overwhelming set of committed and passionate supporters ranging from committee members, a long standing treasurer, web-master, secretary, players, sponsors and many other valuable associates. Our current chairman Sam Mouser is committed, determined and striving to push the club further forward in all aspects. As of the 2018/2019 season we have 12 strong and irreplaceable committee members.
Through the 1990s our late, great ‘Rocklander’ ‘Stan’ Fisher and legendary Rockland striker (now reserves manager) ‘Boog’ Shurey had a close connection and had dedicated themselves to the club with the vision to keep Rockland on the map for years to come.
In more recent years we had Alan Humphrey appointed as chairman and what a brilliant position he has put the club in; with outstanding efforts to allow Rockland FC to be financially comfortable, he has also worked on pitch improvements initiating building on an RUFC stand and placing advertisements pitch rails that look superb. Alan, for years, has provided Rockland with immense future prospects and we never stop thanking him.
Recent achievements include our 1st team proudly reaching the final of the Fen Regis Shield in 2011 held at Aldiss Park, Dereham and again in April 2016 facing Marham Wanderers. Our reserves also earned a cup final in the Dick Davey Ambulance Cup in April 2016 at Aldiss Park. In the 2015/2016 season, both our men’s teams reached separate cup finals and league promotions; our 1st team finished fourth in division 2, after staying in the top two for the majority of the season, and our reserves narrowly missed out on the division four championship however they were set for promotion and managed to seal third place which was fantastic.
New pitch improvements include a brand new man-made seated stand located on the side of the main pitch facing the clubhouse and was opened officially gratefully by the director of the Crown Fire Central and South Norfolk League, John Turner, who was honoured to 'open' our structure minutes before the Rockland Utd versus Rockland Legends match played in April 2014. Another pitch improvement includes pitch-side advertisement board rails and boards displaying our generous sponsors of the club and their businesses.
Over the years Rockland Utd has always attracted a wide range of talent from youthful to experienced players over the years; with the advantage of a great attendance of players participating in training to compete throughout the season on a weekly basis competing for places for the Saturday matches.
For the beginning of the 2016/2017 season, Rockland submitted a request to the league to enter an under 19s Rockland team. This encourages our talented youth to build as players and prolong their stay at Rockland United Football Club as well as provide future prospects for the club!
1st team 2010/2011 - Fen Regis 2011 Cup final at Aldiss Park. Narrow 2-1 loss for Rocks
1st team 2015/2016 - Woodbridge & Engineering Cup final 2016 at Aldiss Park. Narrow 3-2 loss for Rocks
The 2016/2017 season was a terrific season encountered for the club. Our 1st team finished 6th under new manager C. Nurse and look to be bonding extremely well looking to push for a higher position in the 2017/2018 season.
Reserves did excellently and earned promotion to division 2 finishing runners-up in division 3. The Reserves also reached the Pease League Cup final held at Aldiss Park making that two consecutive finals in two seasons however a late single goal prevented cup success for Boog's men.
Our Under 19s couldn't have had a more brilliant first season by making history reaching the Norfolk Sunday Junior Cup final held at the "Field of Dreams" at the FDC proving their doubters wrong. Unfortunately the lads were defeated however everyone involved won't forget that experience and cup run in a hurry.
In the 2017/2018 campaign our 1st team will be remaining in division 1 and our Reserves will be in division 2 in the Barnes Print Central and South Norfolk league.
Under 19s team 2016/2017 - Norfolk Sunday Junior Cup final 2017 at FDC's 'Field Of Dreams'. 4-1 defeat for Rocks against dominant adult side Drayton Dazzlers
The 2017/2018 season had its up and downs throughout. With C. Nurse's 1st team finishing a well deserved 4th placed and being the only team that season to spoil Longham Football Clubs 100% streak with a last day of the season 3-3 draw (1st team were 3-1 up until the last 4 minutes.. agonising!).
Our Reserves were a struggle from the start of the season. After an untimely and abrupt resignation of Reserves manager with days before the start of the campaign we were forever trying to catch up throughout the season with only 9 committed players. After a number of matches called off and several managers at the helm (Richard 'Titch' Smith, Harry Cottenden, Sam Mouser, Tomo Clark) we were forced to eventually fold our Reserves side in February 2018; mainly due to being unable to field a full squad for the upcoming postponed fixtures as well as saving club finances to prevent paying further match cancellation fines. On a positive note, our Reserves side were to definitely return for the 2018/2019 season with a full summer of preparations and will play in division 4 of the CSN league.
Rockland Utd 1st team 2017-2018
New management was introduced and rotated for the 2018/2019 season with the introduction of Steve Dennis as the new 1st team manager and Chris Nurse remaining at the club but as Reserves team manager.
A below par season for 1st team who had an inconsistent team for the majority of the campaign until the last month or so where results started to arrive and team bond would immensely build. However after a number of unlucky match losses and draws and team folding around Rocks, Rockland Utd finished bottom of division 1. Luckily 1st team will remain in division 1 for the 2019/2020 season.
A very good 2018/2019 season for Reserves who finish 3rd in division 4 and had progressed to two semi-finals (Shoe Trades Cup and Ambulance Cup). Rocks Reserves also managed to beat then-unbeaten Sprowston Athletic Res. in the league in April 2019 and stay hot on Hempnall Res.'s tails for runners-up spot; however due to Hempnall Res. winning their remaining match in the league our Reserves can only go as high as third.
Since September 2018, we have started early planning on a Rockland Ladies side; this is a first in history for Rockland Utd. Training has been since September held at Watton Sports Centre astro turf with good numbers and great quality in the ranks. We are looking ahead to the 2019/2020 season for the ladies and will be applying the side in a 7-a-side league. Kayleigh Capps has been confirmed as manager and Adrian Ward as coach.
Rockland Utd 1st team 2018-2019
Rockland Utd Reserves team 2018-2019
For the 2019-2020 season, we have proudly been accepted to become an FA Standard Charter Club which is terrific for the club and everyone involved. Our Rockland Utd Ladies side have been accepted to enter the Norwich Women's and Girls Football League at the Annual General Meeting and the Ladies' 7-a-side season will begin in September.
1st team and Reserves sides for men's return for the 2019/2020 season.
Rockland Utd Ladies team 2019-2020
The future looks bright for Rockland Utd, motivated for more success.
We're approaching 100 years as a club and we’re hoping for many more memorable milestones!