HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS OF GOSFORD RUGBY CLUB
Gosford Rugby Club was founded in 1975 and commenced competition in that year. In 1974 the Brisbane Water team, which had been involved in the Newcastle competition since 1970, ceased and the players from that team were responsible for the establishment of the six inaugural clubs in the Central Coast Rugby Union competition. The other original clubs were Avoca Beach, Terrigal, The Entrance, Woy Woy, and Wyong. The foundation meeting of the Gosford Rugby Club was held on the 29th January 1975. In the first year there was only the one grade and all matches were played at the one venue –Grahame Park. The three matches were played there, and the after-match function was held jointly at the Union Hotel (now the Central Coast Hotel).
In the first year Gosford played in blue and white hooped jumpers, with the traditional scarlet red jumper of the current Red Devils being introduced for the 1976 season. The second year also saw the introduction of Second Grade and all six clubs had a Second Grade that year. In 1976 the home and away system was commenced with Gosford Rugby Club being based at Grahame Park. The team always trained on Tuesday and Thursday, as they still do, at Leagues Club Park.
Other clubs came and went but Gosford continued with its two grades. This increased when junior grades commenced in 1980 to continue the growth of Gosford and Central Coast rugby. The Under 19 competition started in 1988 (it was Under 18’s from 1980 to 1987), and a Third Grade had also been introduced in 1984, with Gosford being an inaugural entry in both these grades as well. Gosford also had a team in Fourth Grade which continued for a few years in the 1990’s. A Women’s team also competed in the local competition from 1999 to 2002. As a consequence of this growth, Gosford Rugby club became incorporated on the 10th July 1989.
The Premierships are listed below for each of the senior grades. One of the club’s highlights was winning the first, First Grade Premiership in 1981 and going through undefeated in that grade in 1982. The success of the grade teams, especially Firsts, at the turn of this century was also a wonderful achievement.
With the closure of Grahame Park at the end of the 1998 season and the development of Central Coast Stadium, the Gosford Rugby Club moved to various locations until settling in at the Gosford Showground in 2008. The training and match venues included Adcock Park, Paddy Clifton Oval, and Carrington Street Oval. The club has now been based at Gosford Showground for its sixth year.