Mini's & Juniors
ONRFC was founded in 1923 by W.C.C.Cooke, who at that time was Headmaster of Northampton Grammar School. The aim was to give former pupils of the School the opportunity to play rugby when they left school.
All players were either pupils or ex pupils or masters of the School until the Club went open in the 70s. We still have very close links with the School which is now Northampton School for Boys and many of the current players were educated "over the road".
Over the years since 1923 the Club has been very successful and produced many players who have gone on to play for the Northampton Saints and also for England at both Senior and Schoolboy level and at least two British Lions, including former RFU President R.B Bob Taylor.
The Northampton & District Alliance Cup was again won in 2004 and has since been retained for a record 12 seasons in succession from 2005 to 2016.
2009-10 saw promotion to Level 5 National 3 (Midlands), the highest ever for the club. The first season we finished a very creditable 8th, achieving a notable double over the eventual Champions Bromsgrove. However the second season was less successful, being relegated after a long hard battle. So in 2012-13 we returned to level 6 to battle it out in the very tough Midlands 2 (East) League finishing 4th,season 2013-14 3rd and then winning the play off game against Worcester Wanderers in 2014-15 to once again move into National 1 Midlands. However, despite winning 9 games and earning 7 losing bonus points, the ONs finished in 12th place and will once again be playing at level 6 in 2016-17.
After two earlier unsuccessful attempts the Mini and Junior Section was established in 1990 and from the 20 or so young lads at that time, this part of the Club has grown to over 350 registered players, and is now without doubt the leading Mini & Junior Section in the Region.
As the players moved through the age groups reaching ages 17 and 18, a Colts side was formed and over the past few years this team has dominated East Midlands Colts rugby. 2005-6 was probably one of the Colts most successful winning the Northampton Alliance Oceanic Cup, both the East Midlands Referees Cup & League, East Midlands Colts 7s and were losing finalists in the National Colts Knock Out Cup.
The ONRFC Academy was formed at the beginning of the 2009-10 Season in order to help the Player Pathway from Junior to Senior rugby. The first season proved to be remarkably successful with both the Under 19s Colts and Under 17s reaching their respective Finals of the National Plate competitions. In the 2010-11 season the Under 19s reached the last 32 of the National Competition then went even further last season being knocked out on the last play of the Cup Quarter Final. The Under 18s also in 2011-12 retained the East Midlands Referees Cup & Sevens trophies in 2011-12.The 2014-15 season saw the U18s winning the Oceanic Cup,the East Midlands League Cup,the Refs Cup and losing in the semi final of the National Colts Cup against eventual winners Tonbridge.
The Referees' Cup was retained in 2016.