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Harlequins - The Basics

City: London

Country: England

Club: Harlequins F.C

Nickname: Quins.

Founded: 1866

 

Ground Opened: 1963

Stadium Name: Twickenham Stoop Stadium

Stadium Address:

Langhorn Drive

Twickenham

Middlesex

TW2 7SX

 

Telephone: 020 8410 6000

Fax: 020 8410 6001

Capacity: 14,816 (All-seater/covered)

Club Web Site:

 www.quins.co.uk

E-Mail:

info@quins.co.uk

Facebook

www.facebook.com/quinsru

Twitter:

@QuinsRugbyUnion

 

Home Colours: Sky Blue, Grey, Green, Black, Mulberry

Away Colours: White, Grey, Green, Black, Mulberry, Green, Brown

League (2016/17): Aviva Premiership

 

For Fixtures  go to.......

www.quins.co.uk

www.premiershiprugby.com

www.scrumdown.org.uk

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

Harlequins: An Introduction

 

A Harlequin, to give the dictionary definition, is “a stock comic character; a clown or buffoon”. It’s an unusual choice for the name of a rugby club, but there is an interesting tale behind the decision.

Legend has it that when the rugby players at Hampstead F.C. were no longer all from the local area, a meeting was called in 1870 to determine a new name-but one that kept the HFC monogram. Out came a dictionary, the H section was pored over and the word harlequin struck a cord. The rest, as they say, is history, although it’s also worth noting that some members broke away from the club to form Wasps.

 

While its hard to believe those behind the new name picked it because they wanted the team to become a laughing stock, it is perhaps fitting that Harlequins have been teased over the years for being “Champagne Charlies”;City boys who are all style and little substance. Then there were the red faces (not faked) after the “Bloodgate” scandal of 2009/10. Still, the club-if not always the team-is on the up.

 

Former chief executive Mark Evans argued that the rich City set from the commuter belt no longer dominate Quins’ fan base. In fact, the majority of supporters come from the club’s four local boroughs-Richmond,Kingston-Upon-Thames, Wandsworth and Merton. He says “The fan base is now much bigger, much more local and much more socially diverse. Season tickets are now very close to 7,000, which is a big number for the South-east and significantly higher than other clubs in the area. Traditionally there aren’t a large number of people who come to watch regularly in the South-East; it’s more of a participation sport. That perception of City links will always be part of the club, its part of our history, but it’s not a reflection of the fan and playing base of the club now. However, I do think it has an influence in terms of the fact that the crowd here expect the team to play with a level of openness, to give it a real go and throw it about a bit.”

 

To accommodate the expanding fan base, the Twickenham Stoop has undergone a huge development in the past ten years, doubling its capacity to 14,816. Then there was one new stand but little temporary stands at either end, and there were the changing rooms with just a balcony on top. Teams even had to share toilets. It is said that a decade ago, if you were making any noise people would tell you to shut up. Now, thankfully, the atmosphere is much more vocal.

 

From: Brian Moore’s “Beware of the Dog”

“Harlequin Football Club is the correct name for the rugby club everybody knows as Quins…..On the wall of the old Committee bar they used to have an old photograph of the five former Quins who were internationals and Members of Parliament.

Harlequins is a rugby club unlike any other.” (p.162)

 

“Quins never emulated the fraternity of a provincial rugby club. Wasps and Saracens managed this by manufacturing a grudge against “fashionable” Quins, the lah-di-dahs. The geographical spread from whence came the Quins players meant that few socialised with each other away from the club.

When it came to the public support for the club, this too was difficult; in contrast with Bath for example. There, in sporting terms, the club is the centre of the town……It is not difficult to establish an identity and a sense of purpose when this geographical proximity exists.” ( p. 168)

 

Harlequins: Stadiums Past,Present …..and Future

 

The Harlequin Football Club was founded in 1866 (although the first recorded game was not until 1867) as Hampstead Football Club. It was renamed in 1870. The first account of this is that there was a meeting under a street lamp at two o’clock in the morning in Hampstead. The second, and probably more believable one, is that the name was changed when the membership was no longer purely a local one. This version has it that a meeting was called, and because the HFC monogram had to be retained, a dictionary was produced, and, when the reader reached Harlequin, he was stopped and all present agreed, and so the new name was born.

An offshoot of this was that there was a split in the membership of the Hampstead Football Club and the half that did not form the Harlequins went off and formed a club known as the Wasps.

 

For their first forty years Harlequins were very nomadic in their existence, and played at a total of 15 venues. However, since 1909 they have played at only three. In 1906, Quins were invited by the Rugby Football Union to use the new national stadium in Twickenham. In those days only one or two internationals were played there during the season, and it wasn’t long before the RFU ground became the headquarters of the Harlequin Football Club.

In 1963, Quins acquired an athletics ground with 14 acres just over the road from the RFU ground, which became the Harlequin training pitch. This subsequently became Harlequin’s permanent home, known for many years as the Stoop Memorial Ground, before being renamed the Twickenham Stoop in 2005. The stadium is named after Adrian Dura Stoop who played 182 times for Quins between 1901 and 1939, captained the side for eight years, was honorary secretary for 28 years and finally became President between 1920 and 1949.

 

Quins have also hosted a series of “Big Games” at Twickenham over the Christmas period. In 2008 they played out a 28-28 draw with Leicester
Tigers in front of 52,000 people, and in 2009 attracted 76,000 spectators to a 20-21 loss to London Wasps.
For “Big Game 4” in 2011, 82,000 people filled Twickenham, a new club record, to see Quins go down to Saracens.

 

 

Last Updated July  2016

 

 

Copyright Miles & Miles Publishing 2016

 

 

 

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