Bulldog History

The Bulldogs RFC started in 1978 by the eccentric Colin( Lord) Lenthall and is now firmly established in the very heart of rugby…Twickenham based and sponsored by one of the most well known riverside pubs in the rugby world, The White Swan.

A few minutes away are the playing pitches and changing rooms at Marble Hill Park offering some of the best facilities in the local area with superb pitches.

Over the years The Bulldogs have seen many changes and had many players go through their paces. In the early days it was very much course rugby at its finest. In fact one ref said that two of our players he thought were medically unfit to play. He may well have been right as one of the players weighed in at around 25 stone and had to wear tracksuits bottoms as we could not find a large enough pair of shorts. When he went over we had to turn him on his side to get him up ….. he was fondly called haystack!

From one extreme to another and then we had a junior All black that was found in a Wraysbury pub.He had a N.Z accent and was asked if he would like to play rugby for us. He did! It was devastating!!

Another occasion for two seasons we went with half a dozen ex Under 21 England players all about 25 and also a B team Scottish winger….we never lost a game!!!

At one time we had the whole of the Quins front row play for us…the Claxton brothers!!

Another season we were fortunate to play a ladies side, the Top House Tarts, and had Capital Radio down and raised a lot of money for their Save the Children Fund.

Also we had connections with James Bond as we had “M” Dennis Llewellyn’s son Justin playing for us ….also the ambassador for Tattinger Champagne!

Another one of our players a charming eccentric whose family owned half of the Isle of Lewis and were the original Harris Tweed family…he could be seen on international days in full Scottish clan regalia and would challenge anyone wearing as he put it “a cosmetic kilt” war would ensue!

Perhaps we are well known with our opposition for our half time hospitality Iron Man Tony Bianchi, would erect The Bulldog tent by the touchline. Our faithful back up support of wives, girlfriends and the Bulldog ‘groupies’ would then start up the primus stove in the tent and at half time we would serve Gluiwein to a startled opposition.
Sometimes we would make the Gluiwein a little stronger to lay the oppo out The Bulldogs has always been a side that attracts the more eccentric players on one occasion we had a mad local vicar who played on the wing and would pursue his opposite number by ranting and raving that “the wrath of God would catch up with you” He was asked to leave following complaints from the ref….He also brought his congregation down!!

Our tours around Europe are legendary and tourists still talk about many of them including our Nijmegen tour to Holland !!! We have represented very well Middx rugby at all our overseas tours.

Our first tour was to Rheims and in following years by Fontainebleau, Nijmegen twice, Den Boshe Holland, Copenhagen, Prague, Budapest, Lisbon,Palma, Barcelona, Malaga and so it goes on and on….
In the season 2011 we decided to enter the Middlesex Merit Table and in the first year we reached the semi-final and in the second year we were in the middle of the table and in our third year 2013 we reached the finals and narrowly lost

We have continued with the Merit Table for the season starting Sept 2013 but it is highly likely that we will revert back to play outside the Merit Table or et season. There have been a number of changes to the rules of the merit Table that is causing concern to a number of clubs and the end result is that we are losing both fixtures and players

The concept and very ethos of The Bulldogs is that there is a place for all players regardless of their standard and age providing they gives 100% on the pitch and are sociable and enjoy a pint après game. We are also a family club and welcome wives, girlfriends and partners to join and support us on the touchlines and our various activates

The future of the club depends very much our unique style of Bulldog rugby and we welcome players on that basis of fun and good camaraderie

Tony Iron Man Bianchi joined Colin just after the club had been for an for the last 39 years plus they have worked hard together to provide good fun rugby for members . Apart from helping to run the club and arranging tours they can both be seen every week on the touchline taking those great game photos of our matches every week

Long may it go on!!