2010 onwards - 3 league titles on the bounce
The 1st XV narrowly missed out on a 4th promotion when they finished runners up behind Canterbury in 2011/12 and then lost to Chinnor from N3SW in the play-off game, The 2nd XV had a good opening season in the new league finishing in mid table and winning the Kent Plate Final 26 - 18 against medway. The 3s won the Invicta 3 West title and the Ladies XV finished as runners up in RFUW SES2.
The U14s continue to dominate Kent rugby with a 5th Kent title in 6 seasons whilst also adding the Kent 7s title to their bulging trophy cabinet. The U12s and U8s are matching the U14s in their early achievements as well and most age groups now have over 45 players on their books. In 2011/12 the club achieved their highest ever membership numbers across all aspects of playing and supporting.
TJs won back to back to back promotions over the last 3 seasons resulting in them reaching National 3 London & South East in 2011. The 2nd XV won back to back Invicta 1 titles in 2009/10 and 2010/11 before switching to the Rugbytech Shield Division 2 in 2011/12
The 1st XV unbeaten league run finally came to an end at Cobham on Saturday 30th October 2010 when they lost 27-19. A winning streak of 52 league games without a loss was a memorable feat and one in which the Club as a whole can be rightly proud.
A milestone achievement for the Club when they were awarded the RFU Whole Club Seal of Approval for the first time becoming only the second club in Kent (41st naitonally) to be awarded this accreditation.
10 years and counting..........
TJ's 1st XV took a big step forward in 2008/09 and 2009/10 securing promotion as Champions in both seasons and going undefeated to boot. A series of tricky seasons had seen the club start to struggle for results at 1st XV level and to some extent in the other senior sides as well. A change of emphasis and the recruitment of two top class coaches in Pete Dankert and Ben Smith saw the TJ ship turn 180 degrees and start moving forward again.
2009/10 also saw TJs into the National Semi Finals of the Intermediate Cup where they finally lost to the eventual winners, Old Redcliffians, in a tense and close encounter.
The Club also created a new tier of Junior rugby with an Under 18 Development Squad coached by Andy Young. This new level has been a brilliant success and although the squad managed only three games (all won) in 2009/10 the regular training provided for U16/U17 and U18 players involving the added input of the 1st XV coaches has seen a number of players successfully bridge the gap from Junior to Senior rugby e.g. Charlie Gregory and Nathan Sage who have turned out for the Warriors and Jack Mutch in the 1st XV.
With the 1st XV on a high the Warriors (aka 2nd XV) have started to match them in the 2009/10 season. Having lost a number of narrow results in 08/09 the Warriors won all but one of their games last season to secure the Kent RFU Invicta 1 title. The 3s and 4s have both won more than they have lost whilst the 5s won their own league title and promotion in 2008/09 and then runners up in 09/10. The Club also managed to put out a 6th XV last seaosn on four Saturdays and fielded over 230 Senior players over the whole season.
The Ladies XV secured promotion in only their second seaosn of league rugby and continue to go from strength to strength both on and off the field. The Mini and Youth sections have also developed at a startling rate with nearly every age group providing 30+ children with regular rugby.
A Bright Future
Tonbridge Juddians RFC was formed in 1999 by a merger between TRFC and OJRFC, the new club being based at The Slade and the Avebury Avenue site being sold for development, with the proceeds to be used for the furtherance of rugby in the town.
After some testing years in London League 2 South TJs slipped into London 4 South East but we are now on the way back up the leagues and we continue to put out Five regular XVs who compete in their own respective Leagues and Merit Tables (very few friendlies these days!).
TJs has thriving Mini and Junior sections, a legacy from many years of hard work by TRFC and The Judd School. Records show a pioneering Colts (U.21) side formed at TRFC in 1946, the forerunners of the current crop of youngsters - which now includes a successful Girls section. We also have a fantastic Womens Rugby Squad which in season 2009/10 should see further progress being made as the drive of those involved starts to reap rewards with a strengthened squad from the local area.
In 2004, the Centenary of Rugby in Tonbridge, TJRFC developed its facilities to provide the infrastructure for like minded souls of all ages to enjoy rugby for the next one hundred years. An ambitious Clubhouse development is underway, hopefully a lasting memorial to all the effort put in since 1904 to develop a vibrant rugby community in the town.
Those facilities are now in place and it is hopefully only a matter of time before TJRFC can start to reap the rewards from the excellent efforts put in by so many over the first 10 years of existence - exciting times ahead for all and hopefully the Club's Decenary will be a season to celebrate both on and off the field.
Modern Times (1970-1999)
In 1971 TRFC reached the final of the Kent Cup, narrowly losing 12-3 to Sidcup; 25 years later OJs hosted the County Cup Final at The Slade, having finally secured on-site changing facilities in 1995.
Gentler Times (1930's-1960's)
The Avebury Avenue clubhouse included a Boating House, where in 1926 a punt could be hired by members for 7s 6d per day (38p), and in 1928 a Tennis section was formed with the purchase of a pavilion and 4 tennis courts. In the same year a Wednesday XV was started, with a cricket club (The TerRiFiCs) formed in 1932. Throw in a Bar and Snooker Room and it's a wonder any members found time for work !
The Early Years (1904-1929)
Tonbridge RFC played its first game on 24th September 1904, with the Old Juddians RFC debuting on 28th September 1928. TRFC started life playing at the Nevill Ground, Tunbridge Wells (as TWRFC!!) before moving to Tonbridge for season 1907/08 (as most members lived in Tonbridge and the rail service to T. Wells was so poor!).