History

The clubs history is long and varied - This will be broken into 2 sections: Pre-fold and post-reformation.

 

Pre-Fold

The club was originally formed as part of a supporters group message board team - Sheffield IMBRL, back in 2004. It proceeded to provide means of playing social rugby at both tag/touch/tackle levels against other supporters club teams which was a great way to start up.

 

As other players began to come onboard, the appetite for competitive rugby began to rise within the club and the club (affectionately referred to as Beagles which was the teams first name, yes - B-Eagles!) entered the Midlands Merit League in 2006. In 2006, the club was re-branded Forgers and proceeded to play out of All Saints Sports College - and had a real purple patch of success.

 

It also ran a junior setup which at the time was a big step - giving the next generation of players a chance at Rugby League, at u13s level.

 

The club continued to go from strength to strength in the Midlands Merit League in 2007 and continued it's success, getting to a championship semi-final and losing by a single point.

 

The club then proceeded to enter the Rugby League Conference in 2008 (as it was then known) as well as offering a Merit League team. Both teams continued their success, getting to another Midland Merit League semi-final and the conference side consolidating their position.

 

At this point it was decided that there was a different level of challenge to go towards and to extend the competitive season to give more players more games, and in 2009 it entered the Pennine League, a winter competition.

 

After a long hard season (playing against long-time established clubs), the club had finally turned the corner and become competitive at that level.

 

However unfortunately, in 2010 the club suffered as All Saints redeveloped their land, leaving the Forgers without a home and with players moving on because of the flip back and forth between summer and winter rugby, the Forgers folded at the end of the 2010 season.

 

Re-Form

After a 7 year absence (and other players going on to be successful elsewhere at both playing and coaching levels), a conversation sprung out of nowhere between a few Forgers alumni: "Now the Eagles are coming home, wouldn't it be good to fire up the Forgers again?" and that one conversation set in motion where we are today.

 

For a more detailed explanation, please see the Wikipedia article on the club that goes into detail.

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