Thank You

What an amazing weekend celebrating our Centenary of Rugby! We really couldn’t have done it without you, from the teams playing in the tournament, to the supporters on Smithfield, and of course the guests at the Gala Dinner – thank you.

It was wonderful to see so many generations of the Stonyhurst Family celebrating Stonyhurst’s passion for rugby on the field and off.

Our professional photographer, Vanessa Fry, captured spectacular moments from the weekend – they are definitely worth a look!

Decades Tournament                                                  Gala Dinner

Access code:  Smithfield2022                                                             Access code: Galadinner2022

The support we have received during this anniversary year has shown true Stonyhurst spirit where everyone has done as much as they can.

With our sincere thanks to each and every one of you.


A Rugby Pavilion for Smithfield

During the academic year 2021-2022, Stonyhurst celebrated its Centenary of Rugby, having switched in 1921 from football to rugby as the primary field sport. The celebrations focussed on the ‘Passing It On’ Appeal to build a long overdue pavilion on Smithfield. The ‘Captains’ Campaign’ within this Appeal, encouraged previous 1st XV Captains to lead their team members on to the fundraising field and support this cause.

The Pavilion was blessed on Friday 3rd June by our Chaplain Fr Tim Curtis SJ together with Fr Donal Godfrey SJ OS77 and Fr Michael Bossy SJ and was officially opened by rugby legends, and former Stonyhurst coaches, Richard Greenwood OBE and Brian Ashton MBE. This was followed by the Decades Tournament, an OS rugby tournament spanning the generations, in which the OS20 team took the title.

Present over the weekend celebrations were Brian Ashton, Dick Greenwood and David Clews, together with OS who played internationally including Barry O’Driscoll, John O’Driscoll, Joe Ansbro, and Kevin Barrett and many members of the Gibraltar 7’s Team.

As Fr Donal SJ reminded us, Pope Francis once said to visiting rugby teams in the Vatican; ‘rugby is about belonging – it marks the personal and collective memory, having the capacity to unite people, transcending language, race, religion, an ideology. The need for others, Pope Francis said, includes not only teammates, but managers, coaches, supporters, the family, groundskeepers, all whose dedication make it possible to give the best of oneself.’

We look forward to the next 100 years of rugby here at Stonyhurst, rooted in the Gospel and in our Catholic, Jesuit identity.

The Captains’ Campaign

The Captains’ Campaign, which formed part of the ‘Passing It On’ Campaign was a resounding success as past 1st XV teams battled it out to take the top of the leader board. The appeal was closed in August 2021 exceeding the target of £30,000. The leader board was finalised, with 1983 taking the lead, and it can be viewed below.


OS Year Group Total Raised
1983 £4660
1985 £4538
1959 £3200
1971 £2890
1998 £2000
1995 £1600
1987 £1200
1994 £1125
1990 £1050
1970 £1000
1967 £770
1979 £750
1972 £650
1969 £565
1999 £500
1992 £500
1977 £500
1975 £500
1986 £320
2003 £300
1961 £300
2002 £300
1960 £300
2005 £300
2004 £300
2016 £300
1953 £300
1942 £250
2011 £250
2013 £250
2000 £250
1966 £250
1976 £230
1993 £200
1968 £200
1982 £130
2015 £100
1974 £100
2006 £100
1996 £100
1978 £100
1950 £100
1944 £100
1958 £100
1973 £100
1957 £50
1964 £50
2008 £50
1962 £50
1954 £30