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
During the 2019-2020 season, our men's 1st team had mixed results throughout the season with a change of management also. Results looked to be picking up until March. Our Reserves were flying in their season with a 100% record until mid season and were top of division 3 throughout and 1 point away from securing the league title. Unfortuantely, due to COVID-19, the season was ended in March and several meetings took place by the Football Assiociation and our CSN League to determine how to finish the season; the conclusion was to make the season(s) void. We were beyond devastated and irritated but due to the COVID-19 situation there were important things to worry about than football. This meant our Reserves didn't win the league for the first time in over 30 years for Rockland Utd and they didn't get to secure a possible 2 further finals as well as take part in their scheduled cup final. We must make note that our Reserves manager for the 2019-2020 season did a stellar job with his players throughout the season and were winners in our club's eyes! What a terrific season [that "never" happened]
Our Ladies had a terrific first season in competitive football and throughout the season our abilities, togetherness and bond grew and grew with the massive help of coach A. Ward and manager K. Capps. We had a great squad in the 2019-2020 season until the COVID-19 pandemic and we even had a decent cup run until the semi-final! Majority of our Ladies have already signed on for the new 2020-2021 season with further quality added to booster the squad and we are immensely looking forward to the 2020-2021 campaign and what is in-store for our Ladies and management team!
We were sad to hear and announce that our beloved and long-serving treasurer and friend Alan Fisher had decided to step-down from club treasurer duty after over 10 years in the role after the 2019-2020 season and we couldn't thank the great man any more! He wasn't just a treasurer, he was a bar man, friend, mentor, kind & happy man and RUFC's biggest fan. We really hope to see Alan in the near future on the other of the clubhouse bar for once as well as watching our matches! Thank you immensely Alan.
Alan Fisher after being presented with clubman of the year 2019-2020 trophy and a personalised thank you RUFC jacket from all involved in the RUFC committee at our presentation evening in August 2020.
Alan will now be an honorary committee member for Rocks
For the 2020-2021 season after restrictions lifted for COVID-19, we were excited to announce we have the return of our Veterans side with R. Smith taking the management role. We have had multiple interest in this for over a year and with the announcement we have had a variety of past players return to Rocks and buzzing for the new season. Our Veterans side was last in competitive action over 8 years ago. This means for the 2020-2021 season we are making RUFC history by having 4 affiliated Rockland Utd teams: Men's 1st team, Men's Reserves team, Men's Veterans team and Ladies team. #OneClub
2020-2021 management confirmed:
1st team - Michael 'Womble' Hawker
Reserves team - Aaron 'Strider' Whiting
Veterans team - Richard 'Titch' Smith
Ladies team - Kayleigh 'Kayles' Capps
On August 31st 2020, our committee proudly announced we have a new club crest designed and rolling out commencing in immediate effect. The story and design behind it: This has been in the works for a while with various drafts designed last season and then within the past month or so and we felt it was the right time to modernise our crest sand proceed with re-branding; at a time also where we’re celebrating 95 years of this fantastic club.
The inclusion of a ‘Rook’ bird [crow] historically goes back to when Rocklands village took its name from the Rook [Rooklands]; our friends at Rockland Cricket Club and our Rocklands Primary School also have the inclusion of this on their crests/logos. We’ve kept the traditional club colours of red and black with the introduction of gold to allow the Rook and football icon to stand out, with transparency also for a more eye-catching effect.
Lastly, we’ve included the past RUFC diagonal letters at the top to remember what the logo was and included our nickname at the bottom of the crest in quotation marks.
We have undergone the re-branding on our website, social media pages, documentation etc and the crest should roll out on all platforms within the coming days. The old logo will eventually die out on our remaining kits and merchandise but we may have these re-embroidered/printed.
Design and copyright of the new RUFC club crest by/to Tomo Clark of TC's PCs and Designs
Our new Rockland Utd club crest from August 2020 to present
Copyright to Tomo Clark of TC's PCs and Designs
The future looks bright for Rockland Utd F.C., motivated for more success.
We're approaching 100 years as a club and we’re hoping for many more memorable milestones!