Brief History 

1873-74

The club was founded, as Havelock Football Club, an offshoot of Havelock Cricket Club some of whose younger members wanted to play a winter sport. Home matches were played at St. Paul's Road, Balsall Heath more. The club's first captain was S.H. Deakin who led the side for the first four seasons and the first president of the club was Amos Roe who remained in office until the end of 1886-87 more. Like most sports clubs at the time Havelock Football Club received little coverage in the local press more.  Results 1873-74.

1874-75

The club was renamed Moseley Football Club and the famous red and black colours were used for the first time. Home games were played in Balsall Heath although the exact location of the ground is uncertain moreResults 1874-75.

1875-76

The club played at a ground on the corner of Highgate Road and Moseley Road 'adjoining Camp Hill station' more. The first recorded game with Coventry was played on this ground on 26th February 1876 more. Due to problems obtaining fixtures Moseley played two games using different football codes against Grammar School and Wednesbury Old Athletic respectively more.  Moseley player Matthew Wilcox died from injuries sustained during a match at Derby Wanderers more. Results 1875-76.

1876-77

Results 1876-77

1878-79

Moseley Football Club played at a ground in Oxford Road, Moseley more. Accusations of illegal betting were made following Moseley F.C.'s Fourth Annual Athletic Sports moreResults 1878-79.

1879-80

Albert Smith began the first of his ten seasons as captain more. In his second and third seasons in charge Moseley were undefeated. During Smith's captaincy the club won the Midland Counties Challenge Cup six times more. The Midland Counties Football Union was founded in September 1879 more. Well-known local athlete Thomas Clulee played for Moseley moreResults 1879-80.          

 

1880 Medal

1880 Moseley F.C. medal  (thanks to Kevin Eakin).

1880-81

Moseley visited Leicester for the latter club's first-ever game. At the end of the match both sides claimed that they had won! This proved to be a foretaste of things to come as there were several controversal incidents during early fixtures between the two clubs more. Moseley played Cardiff for the first time moreResults 1880-81.

1881-82

Moseley won the inaugural Midland Counties Challenge Cup defeating Leamington Rovers in the final more. The club went on to win the cup on eight further occasions before the competition was discontinued after 1926. Results 1881-82. P. Lea, F. Fowler and A.J. Otter represented the MIdland Counties against Wales at Newport more.

1882-83

Moseley were runners-up to Burton in the Midland Counties Challenge Cup more. 

1883-84

The club played its first game at The Reddings, defeating Leicester more. The Midland Counties Challenge Cup was won for a second time when Coventry were beaten in the final. Moseley played Nottingham for the first time, the oldest of the club's current fixtures more.

1884-85

Moseley won the Midland Counties Challenge Cup for the third time, defeating South Warwickshire Rovers in the final. 

1885-86

Moseley defeated Cardiff at the Arms Park in the last game of the season - Cardiff's first loss of the season more. The Midland Counties Challenge Cup was won for the fourth time in five years when Rugby were defeated in the final more.

1886-87

For the fourth succesive season the club won the Midland Counties Challenge Cup, triumphing over Rugby in the final.

1888-89

Moseley became the first team to defeat the first-ever international tourists to the British Isles, the New Zealand Natives or Maoris more.  The Midland Counties Challenge Cup was regained when Leicester were beaten in the final. 

1889-90

J. H. Rogers, who succeeded Albert Smith as captain, became Moseley's first international player, representing England against Wales more. Moseley honorary secretary, J.L. Ash, resigned from the club following a dispute over the fixtures for the following season more.

 

1895 Team Photo

1890-91

Three Moseley players were elected original members of the Barbarian F.C. more

1893-94

J.F. (Fred) Byrne won three England caps at full back more.

1894-95

In J. F. Byrne's first season as captain Moseley lost only one match of the 24 games played. The club also won the Midland Counties Challenge Cup for the first time since 1889 beating Coventry in the final. Byrne won two further England caps during the season and became the first Englishman to kick a penalty goal in an international in the match with Scotland more. R.H.B. Cattell was capped three times by England, he later won further caps while playing for Blackheath.

1895-96

J.F. Byrne won a sixth international cap in England's match with Ireland and scored a dropped goal. 

1896 

J.F. Byrne toured South Africa with the British Isles team playing in every match more

1896-97

Moseley won the Midland Counties Challenge Cup for the eighth time by defeating Old Edwardians in the final. F.A. (Frank) Byrne won his only England cap playing alongside brother Fred against Wales more. Fred played in all three England games during the season scoring two penalty goals against Ireland and a conversion and a dropped goal against Scotland. 

1897-98

J.F. Byrne captained England in three internationals and scored a penalty goal against Ireland and a conversion against Wales more.

1898-99

Fred Byrne won the last of his 13 England caps against Ireland and A.O. Dowson made his only England appearance in the match with Scotland.

1899

G.V. Evers, who was never capped by England, toured Australia with the British Isles side and played in three of the four international matches more.

1899-00

R.H.B. Cattell led England against Wales in his final international more. 

1900-01

Twickenham Museum DisplayMoseley Wanderers represented Great Britain at the Paris Olympics losing to France in their only game, however, the team still finished third more.

 

1903-04

Moseley played two controversal and explosive matches with Coventry more. 

1904-05

John Chamberlain made two appearances for the Barbarians more

1905-06

C. H. Shaw won the first of his six England caps. Moseley forwards J.G. Cooper and C.H. Shaw played for the Midland Counties in the match against the First All Blacks at Leicester more. 

1906-07

C.H. Shaw played in five international matches for England. J.G. Cooper and C.H. Shaw played for the Midland Counties against the First Springboks more.

1908-09

J.G. Cooper made his only two England appearances on consecutive Saturdays, his international career was therefore over and done with in just seven days! more. 

1911-12

A new lease of The Reddings was secured and ground improvements were made.

1913-14

Coventry defeated Moseley in the final of the Midland Counties Challenge Cup but the result was declared null and void as Coventry had fielded two men not on their list of players and because Moseley had been late in submitting their list more

1914-15

Following the outbreak of the First World War Moseley's playing activities ceased for the duration of the conflict more. 

1918-19

Following the end of the Great War Moseley played six matches under the capataincy of Howard Hill more. 

1919-20

Moseley struggeld during the first full post-war season more. The North Midlands Football Union was founded more

1920-21

Another difficult season for the club with only seven victories from 28 games more. 

1921-22

Membership of the club had improved sufficiently for a few 'A' team games to be played more. 

1922-23

Moseley were runners-up in both the senior and junior Midland Counties Challenge Cup competitions more. The club war memorial at The Reddings was dedicated. 

1923-24

Moseley celebrated the club’s Golden Jubilee. Coventry were defeated in a 'jubilee' match on the day of the Golden Jubilee Dinner at the Queen’s Hotel, Birmingham. The club was almost back to its pre-war strength with four XVs being fielded every week more.

1924-25

Moseley captain Austin Woodward led North Midlands against the All Blacks at Villa Park. Moseley won the Midland Counties Challenge Cup for the ninth and final time defeating Birmingham in a replay after the final had been drawn (the competition was discontinued after 1925-26).

1925-26

Moseley renewed fixtures with Cardiff after a gap of 13 years more

1926-27

Moseley v. Gloucester in "Teek" cartoon form 1926.

1927-28

A poor season for Moseley in which the club won only eight of the 34 matches played. The first win of the season was not until 5th November more. Another "Teek" cartoon of Moseley v. Gloucester 1927.

1930-31

Public school games were started during the Christmas holidays in an effort to unearth new talent for the club. 

1935-36

The Probables v. Possibles England International Trial was held at The Reddings.

1937-38

Peter Cranmer played in three England international matches, leading the side in two. He had previously won 13 caps while playing for Oxford University and Richmond. 

1939-40

After some early season games the club closed down for the duration of the Second World War and The Reddings was taken over by the War Agriculture Committee more. 

1947-48

David Layton scored a record number of points for the club. 

1951-52

The club's second team, Moseley United, went undefeated in 31 matches, winning 30 and drawing one while scoring 594 points to 108. 

1957-58

A new one thousand-seat stand was opened at The Reddings with a game against an International XV. 

1958-59

Brian Wightman won one England cap, he later won another four while playing for Coventry. 

1959-60

Having previously played for England 12 times while a member of the Oxford University and Coventry clubs Peter Robbins appeared in four international matches. 

1960-61

Peter Robbins won two further England caps. He played in his final international in the following season having returned to Coventry. Having previously not been allowed into the clubhouse women were given their own room and were allowed into the bar during the late evening. 

1963-64

A new clubhouse was opened at The Reddings and women were admitted to the whole building. 

1965-66

The commencement of Moseley’s Golden Age. Floodlights were installed at The Reddings and the occasion was marked by a special match against Cardiff. The floodlight installation did much to extend the fixture list which by the 1970s included the top Welsh clubs. Colin McFadyean was capped three times by England.

 1966

Colin McFadyean toured New Zealand with the British Isles side and played in all four test matches. 

1966-67

Three Moseley players appeared for England-Colin McFadyean (five appearances), Mike Coulman (five appearances) and John Finlan (four appearances). 

1967-68

Colin McFadyean played three times for England, captaining the side in two games. He became the only England captain never to win or lose a game as both matches were drawn! Mike Coulman won a further four caps and John Finlan a further three.

1968

Prop Mike Coulman toured South Africa with the British Isles and played in one of the international matches. Following the tour he announced he was joining Salford Rugby League club where he went on to win two championships and to represent Great Britain. An unremarkable story now, but at the time it shook the union game to its core.

1968-69

John Finlan and Nigel Horton won four England caps each and Keith Fielding made three England  appearances. 

1969-70

Three Moseley players appeared for England-Keith Fielding (three caps), Martin Hale (three caps) and John Finlan (one cap) and five played for the Midland Counties (West) against the Springboks.

1970-71

Nigel Horton won three England caps. 

1971-72

Moseley reached the final of the inaugural R.F.U. Knock-Out Cup, losing 6-17 to Gloucester more, and scored 1,128 points in 47 games. Sam Doble scored a total of 581 points, then a world record.  Moseley captain Jan Webster won two England caps and Keith Fielding won four. Jan Webster and John Finlan toured the Far East with England.

 

 Sam Doble Walk of Legends tileSam Doble on the Twickenham 'Walk of Legends.'

 

1972 

Jan Webster and Sam Doble toured South Africa with England. Both men played in the only international match of the tour when England defeated South Africa away from home for the first time.

1972-73

Moseley won the Sunday Telegraph English Welsh Merit Table scoring 1,013 points in 45 matches. The Midland Counties West, who included nine Moseley players, defeated the All Blacks 16-8 at The Reddings moreThe Moseley 1st XV included seven England internationals and the Coventry v. Moseley match on Boxing Day featured 16 internationals while 18 internationals took to the field in the Moseley v. Coventry cup tie in February more During the season four Moseley players appeared for England-Jan Webster (2 caps), Sam Doble (2 caps), Martin Cooper (2 caps) and John Finlan (1 cap). Malcolm Swain played for Wales B against France B. Keith Fielding ended the season as the top try scorer in England with 39.

1973 

Jan Webster and Martin Cooper toured New Zealand with England. Jan Webster was selected for the one international match and he was joined during the game by Martin Cooper who replaced the injured Geoff Evans. This was the first time that New Zealand lost to England at home. 

1973-74

The club's centenary year was celebrated with a dinner at the Grand Hotel, Birmingham. In special centenary fixtures Moseley defeated both the Fijians and the Barbarians. Jan Webster made two further England appearances and Nigel Horton one. 

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1974-75

Jan Webster made the last three of his 11 England international appearances, Martin Cooper won a further two caps and Nigel Horton one. Horton scored his only points for England with a try against Wales. 

1975-76

Ten Moseley players, nine in the starting XV and one replacement, appeared for the Midland Counties West against the touring Australians. Martin Cooper played twice for England. Malcolm Swain and Steve King played in the final Welsh international trial game. 

1976-77

Moseley won the Daily Mail Anglo-Welsh Merit Table, the Sunday Telegraph English Merit Table and the R.F.U. Midland Merit Table and were runners-up in the Sunday Telegraph English/Welsh Merit Table. The club also won the North Midlands Sevens and came second in the Midlands Sevens. Nigel Horton won four England caps making a total of 13, he later won a further seven caps while playing for Stade Toulousain in France. Martin Cooper also won his final four England caps bringing his total to 11 appearances, he scored a try against Ireland, his only international points. Barrie Corless also  won four England caps. Gary Cox played for England Under 23.

1977 

Nigel Horton was a member of the British Isles side that toured New Zealand, however, his tour was cut short by injury. 

1977-78

The untimely death of Sam Doble, at the age of 33, was marked by a match against the full British Lions side appearing as The Rugby Writers International XV, arguably the finest team ever to play in the British Isles more.  Barrie Corless made his final four England appearances bringing his total of caps to ten. Chris Gifford and Les Cusworth played for England B while Steve Brain appeared for the England Under 23 side and Malcolm Swain captained Wales B. Eleven Moseley players were in the North Midlands team which won the County Championship by defeating Gloucestershire at The Reddings.

1978-79

Moseley reached the final of the R.F.U. Knock-Out Competition, the John Player Cup, losing to Leicester 12-15 more. Moseley provided ten of the North Midlands starting XV plus one replacement that played the touring Argentinians at The Reddings. Chris Gifford played for an England XV in the 'international' against the tourists.

 

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1979 

Chris Gifford toured Japan, Fiji and Tonga with England. 

1979-80

The Moseley mini and junior section was founded.  

1980-81

Nick Jeavons made three England appearances. Moseley United won the Worcester Floodlit Trophy. 

 1981

Nick Jeavons toured Argentina with England and played in both of the international matches. 

1981-82

Moseley again reached the final of the John Player Cup, drawing 12-12 with Gloucester after extra time and thus sharing the trophy. This was the first draw in R.F.U Knock-Out Cup final history. In the semi-final Moseley ended Leicester's run of 18 cup games undefeated spread over four years more. Moseley United again won the Worcester Floodlit Trophy. Nick Jeavons won a further five England caps scoring a try in the game against Australia.

 

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1982-83

NicK Jeavons won the final four of his 14 England caps. 

 1983

Nick Jeavons joined the British Isles tour of New Zealand as a replacement and played in six provincal matches. 

1983-84

Moseley celebrated the centenary of The Reddings with a game against John Finlan's Midland XV. John Goodwin and Nick Jeavons played in the Midlands side that defeated the All Blacks. Graham Smith and John Goodwin toured Spain with England Under 23. 

1984-85

John Goodwin played in the Midlands side that took on the touring Australians. Peter Shillingford, Chris Barbor and Mark Linnett played for England Under 23 in a non-international match. 

 1985

Ian Metcalfe and John Goodwin toured New Zealand with England. 

1985-86

John Goodwin and Mark Linnett played for England Under 23. Tim Exeter was chosen for Scotland Under 21 and Richard Denhardt for England Colts. The members' sub committee, later re-named the Moseley Supporters' Association, was established more.

1986-87

The Moseley Supporters Player of the Season award was established at the end of season and presented to Sam Masters more. Moseley United won the Midlands Second XV Merit Table and triumphed in the Worcester Floodlit Trophy for the third time. George Touslakidos was chosen for England Under 16.

1987-88

League rugby commenced in England,  Moseley finished seventh in the top flight, Courage National Division 1 1987-88 league tablesMoseley defeated Bath 4-3 in the quarter-finals of the John Player Special Cup, ending Bath's record sequence of 22 cup matches unbeaten, Moseley lost to Bristol in the semi-finals. The United won the Midland 2nd XV league. Mark Linnett and Simon Robson played for England B and Tim Exeter appeared for both a Scotland XV and Scotland B.

1988-89

Moseley finished 10th in Courage League Division 1 1988-89 league tablesThe club was defeated  3-6 by North One side Aspatria in the third round of the John Player Special Cup. Mark Linnett was selected for England B.

1989-90

Moseley finished 11th in Courage League Division 1 1989-90 league tablesMark Linnett scored a try against Fiji in his only appearance for England.

1990-91

Moseley finished 12th in Courage League Division 1 and were relegated from the top flight 1990-91 league tablesNeil Lyman, Laurence Boyle and Richard West were selected for the England Under 21 squad.

1991-92

Alex Keay was appointed Director of Playing Administration, joining the groundsman, bar steward, commercial manager, clubhouse manager and administrative secretary appointed in previous years as the professional staff of the club. Moseley finished seventh in Courage League Division 2 1991-92 league tablesJan Bonney was a member of the England Under 21 squad.

1992-93

Moseley gained a bizarre place in the cup "giant killers" list by defeating Division One Rugby 11-5 at Webb Ellis Road. The club finished sixth in Courage League Division 2 1992-93 league tablesMike Teague made five England apperances having previously won 22 caps when a Gloucester player. Mark Linnett and Peter Shillingford played for the Midlands against the South Africans and Mark Chudleigh played for England Colts. The colts won the North Midlands Cup.

1993 

Mike Teague made his second British Isles tour, his first as a Moseley player, when he joined the side to New Zealand. He went on as a replacement for Peter Winterbottom in one of the Test matches. 

1993-94

Moseley fiished fifth in Courage League Division 2 1993-94 league tables

1994-95

Alex Keay was succeeded, as Director of Rugby, in April 1995, by former England and Moseley player Barrie Corless and Moseley finished sixth in Courage League Division 2 1994-95 league tablesHalf of the main stand at The Reddings was destroyed by fire. The club became an industrial & provident society under the 1965 Act.  

1995-96

In August, the door to full-scale professionalism in the Rugby Union game was opened as a result of a meeting of the International Rugby Board. The Moseley general committee began to explore possible sources of finance so that the club could compete in terms of playing strength and facilities. Moseley finished sixth in Courage League Division 2 1995-96 league tables.

1996

After special general meetings in July and August, Moseley became a private limited company under the 1985 and 1989 Companies Acts.

1996-97

A group of backers, successful entrepreneurs, was assembled and in September financing and administration were put in place. The nine backers were appointed investor directors and the board included several Moseley members. Mark Anscombe, a New Zealander, was appointed Director of Rugby and six internationals were signed. Former Wales back coach Allan Lewis took over as Director of Rugby in February. Moseley finished eighth in Courage League Division 2 1996-1997 league tablesIan Smith, having previously won 21 Scotland caps while playing for Gloucester, made two international appearances. Henry Hurley was capped by Ireland and Dan Harris toured Australia with England Under 21. 

1997-98

On 30th January the club went into administration after overstretching its financial resources in the unreal world of professional rugby union. However, the club's playing commitments were still fulfilled except in the North Midlands Cup because of the disbandment of the club's 2nd XV, the United. Moseley finished sixth in Allied Dunbar Premiership 2 1997-98 league tables. Ian Smith won two further Scotland caps and Steve Moore two further Wales caps. Darragh O'Mahoney made one appearance for Ireland while James Cockle was an ever-present for England Under 21. Al Charron made eight appearances for Canada between May and November 1997. The senior colts (under 19) went undefeated and won the inaugural National Colts Cup, beating Leeds 8 - 3 in the final. The team was also named Rugby World Youth Team of the Year. The junior colts (under 17) lost just one game. Stean Williams and Phil Greenaway both played for England Colts. Andrew Hall was selected by Scotland Under 19 and Jonathan Shaw was capped by England Schools 18 Group.

1998

On 12th June the club was given another chance to fashion its own destiny when a group of Moseley members assembled by Simon Cooper, a former club player and official, formed Moseley Ventures Ltd. and bought the club out of administration. On 27th June, a large number of members pledged their support for the new group to make a 'leap of faith.'

1998-99

The club celebrated its 125th anniversary season. Special events included a colts tournament, a golf day, an anniversary dinner at Warwickshire County Cricket Club,  a match against the Penguins at The Reddings and an anniversary ball also at The Reddings. Former Moseley player, coach and chairman John White took over as Director of Rugby and the club finished 10th in Allied Dunbar Premiership 2 1998-99 league tablesTony Healy won his final Canadian cap having previously made 14 appearances for his country before joining Moseley. Peter Buxton played for England Under 21 and Andrew Hall was capped by Scotland Under 21. The club's under 21 side won the Worcester Floodlit Cup. The colts and the under 16s won their respective North Midlands Cups. Alex Hadley played for England Colts, Adam Coniff for England Under 18 Clubs and Alistair Hall and Stephen Nutt both played for Scotland Under 18 Schools. 

1999-00

Moseley continued successfully its fight for survival both on and off the field after coming out of administration. The club finished seventh in Allied Dunbar Premiership 2 1999-2000 league tablesHaving sold The Reddings to Bryant Homes, in the last 1st XV match at the ground Moseley defeated Worcester 34-17. Andrew Hall represented Scotland Under 21 throughout the season.

2000-01

Moseley defeated Exeter 27-18 in the first match at its new home at Bournbrook on the University of Birmingham campus and finished the season in 10th place in National Division One. 2000-01 league tables.

2001-02

Planning problems at the university made it more difficult than expected to secure financial security and the survival of the club became more difficult than anticipated. An offer by Firoz Kassam, chairman of Oxford United Football Club to buy out the club and take it to Oxford became the catalyst for a consortium of Moseley stalwarts, led by former captain Dave Warren, to come forward to raise finance to match his offer.  2001-02 league tables. 

2002

At a predictably traumatic meeting at the Grand Hotel on 26th July, the consortium gained the support of the creditors by a narrow 1.7% majority. The new consortium’s business plan was approved by the R.F.U. and with additional backing by the politicians of the city of Birmingham and the North Midlands R.F.U., the club survived in Birmingham. So Moseley Rugby Club was reborn and appointed Dave Warren as chief executive and former players John Beale and Derek Nutt as director of playing and chief coach respectively.

2002-03

The young squad assembled in a few August weeks in 2002 was inevitably relegated from National Division One after 12 seasons in the second tier 2002-03 league tables. During the season the club suffered its heaviest ever defeat in the away game at Rotherham more. Negotiations for planning permission for a new ground at Billesley Common in the same postal district as The Reddings began and was obtained before the start of the following season.

2003-04

The mini and junior section celebrated its Silver Jubilee. Former England international Steve Ojomoh joined the club as player/coach but unfortunately sustained a long term injury at Doncaster in December. The club finished 10th in National Division Two 2003-04 league tables.

2004-05

Ian Smith took over as coach. In a record-breaking league season the 1st XV finished third in National Division Two. Moseley won its last league match at Bournbrook 29-25 against Waterloo 2004-05 league tables. Moseley Colts reached the final of the National Colts Cup before losing to Harlequins at Bedford. The Moseley Mini Festival was held at Billesley Common on 1st May 2005 and the end of season awards presentation dinner took place in the new clubhouse at Billesley on 6th May.

2005-06

The first league match at Billesley Common took place against Manchester on 3rd September and another record breaking season began. By April Moseley had confirmed promotion to National Division One as champions 2005-06 league tables. Click here for a season's retrospective.

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2006-07

The first season back in National Division One started with a very tough programme against three of the previous season's top six clubs. The derby tradition against Coventry was renewed with the Moseley Trophy being presented to the winners. After a gruelling season with up to 14 first choice players on the injury list at times, a final day victory at Waterloo secured National Division One status for another season 2006-07 league tables.

2007-08

The season started with the announcement of a ground-breaking arrangement with Premiership club Gloucester with young England Academy players being dual registered to play for both clubs. The relegation of Northampton at the end of 2006-07 brought about a revival of the traditional fixture between the two clubs and the Teddy Brookes Trophy was dusted down. Moseley players were selected to appear on the covers of the Rugby World Cup programmes more. At Christmas, the death of Peter Woodroofe, author of much of this page, saddened the whole club. By May an impressive away record helped secure 10th place in National Division One 2007-08 league tables. A Moseley Invitational XV v. Phil Bennett International XV game commemorated the Sam Doble Memorial Match. Moseley Women’s RFC were promoted with a 100% record.

 

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2008-09

Moseley won the EDF Energy National Trophy at Twickenham defeating Premiership bound Leeds 23-18. Although this was Moseley’s fourth visit to Twickenham for a national cup final it was the club’s first outright victory having shared the cup with Gloucester in 1982. Andy Binns scored a vital try in his last season after fifteen years with the club.
In the league the reduction of the 16 team National Division 1 to a 12-team Championship from 2009-10 meant that achieving 11th place or better became the focus. An excellent cup run and weather problems played havoc with the fixture list necessitating an appeal to win an extension to the season. Despite the disruption Moseley finished a creditable 8th 2008-09 league tables.
Moseley Women followed up their unbeaten season in 2007-08 with a second successive promotion. The senior colts won the North Midlands Cup and only lost in the quarter-finals of the National Colts Cup to the eventual winners. Meanwhile the junior colts went all the way to the National Plate Final.
The ever growing mini and junior section held a successful 30th anniversary mini tournament with over 1,250 children participating. The club’s exceptional community department once again coached over 15,000 children in Birmingham.
A successful first year for sister club Moseley Oak provided a full range of rugby opportunities for every level of player as the development of the Billesley Common rugby centre of excellence continued.

2009-10

This was the first year of the new 12-team R.F.U. Championship and the British & Irish Cup. Moseley missed out on the promotion play-offs by two points, and after a troubled run in the relegation play-off group finished comfortably second of four 2009-10 league tables. The season was marked by three of the twelve Championship clubs going into administration and the welcome return of visits to Wales in the British & Irish Cup.

2010-11

Moseley finished 11th in the 12-team Championship and therefore, for the second consecutive season, had to contest the relegation play-offs 2010-11 league tables. The club acheived second place in the four-team relegation group and thus retained their Championship status for another season. The side also reached the quarter finals of the British & Irish Cup. Ian Smith stepped down as coach in July 2011 and was succeeeded by his assistant, former Ireland international, Kevin Maggs.  

2011-12

In Kevin Maggs's first season as head coach Moseley finished 10th in the Championship having won six games and drawn one. One of the victories was over eventual champions London Welsh at Old Deer Park 2011-12 league tables. In the final season of relegation play-offs the club headed the relegation group losing only two matches, both away, to London Scottish and to Plymouth Albion. 

2012-13

The club was rocked by the death of one of its leading lights, shareholder and former director, Alan Adam at the age of 63. Alan, a former United hooker, was instrumental in helping to prevent the move to Oxford in 2002 and then in establishing the club's new home at Billesley Common. On the field Moseley finished 10th in the Championship for the second succesive season again having won six games and drawn one, however, unlike the 2011-12 season there were no relegation play-offs. One notable acheivement was a rare 'double' over Bristol.  2012-13 league tables.   

2013-14

Moseley struggled in the early weeks of the season with an amazing comeback to draw 34-34 at Plymouth Albion yielding the only points. Following a break for the British & Irish Cup the club's fortunes changed, the improvement starting with a win at Ealing. Moseley then defeated Nottingham for the first time since 2007 and followed that success with a win at Bedford, only their second win over the club in the Championship. League leaders London Welsh put an end to this winning run but success came with a hard-fought win over Jersey and a second win over Ealing. A Friday night match saw Moseley end a run of three consecutive home draws against Cornish Pirates with a win. This was followed by a first 'double' over Bedford since 1995-96. Towards the end of the season Moseley inflicted Jersey's heaviest home defeat of the season and a win over Plymouth Albion achieved a best ever seventh place Championship finish. Prop Craig Voisey and fullback Anthony Carter both completed 100 appearances for the club. Off the field, in partnership with Bournville College, Moseley established Birmingham's first rugby academy. The club also announced the commencement of work on a new 712-seat stand and clubhouse complex.  

2014-15

Following Moseley’s most successful Championship season the club looked forward to consolidating their mid-table position before aiming for the play-offs in the medium term future. The Championship season started with a tough series of fixtures which yielded a draw with Jersey and defeats at the hands of Yorkshire and Bristol, all at Billesley Common, together with away losses at Worcester and Cornish Pirates.  Moseley then beat third placed London Scottish at a sodden Billesley Common thanks to their ability to play the conditions more effectively than their opponents. The team then travelled to Doncaster where they defeated a strong home side 28-13 thanks in no small part to Sam Olver who scored 23 points with some excellent kicking.  On Boxing Day Moseley achieved an outstanding 26-22 bonus point win at play-off chasing Rotherham. This victory was followed by narrow defeats by Bedford (home) and by Plymouth Albion (away) before not unexpected losses to Worcester (home) and to Yorkshire (away). Hope for the future returned with a fine 22-18 home win over Cornish Pirates, who were brimming with confidence following their victory over Bristol in the previous week. Unfortunately their then followed six consecutive Championship defeats which left Moseley in 11th position in the table only seven points ahead of bottom placed Plymouth Albion, who, as luck would have it, were the final visitors of the season at Billesley Common. This fixture saw the opening of Moseley’s new stand and hospitality facilities and the occasion was marked by an emphatic 29-0 victory which secured the club’s Championship status for another season. On the representative front centres Greg King and Will Owen were both selected for the Championship representative XV which defeated the touring Canadians 28-23. Also during the season hooker Adam Caves became the club’s record appearance holder in competitive rugby with 298.

2015-16

Moseley’s Championship campaign began with a difficult Friday night fixture at London Scottish where they triumphed by 23 points to 19 thanks in no small measure to six penalty goals kicked by fly half Glyn Hughes. Following this encouraging start there were five consecutive defeats before a second win was gained over promoted Ealing at Billesley Common. Moseley then travelled to Leeds where they were heavily defeated by Yorkshire, however, on their return to Birmingham another win was recorded, this time against Cornish Pirates, when the winning try was scored deep into injury time. Two further defeats were sustained.  The Boxing Day Championship game at Billesley Common against Bedford resulted in a home defeat, however, there was some encouragement for Moseley from the gaining of two bonus points. Following the pool stages of the British and Irish Cup Moseley clinched qualification for the competition’s quarter final stage where they were heavily defeated by Yorkshire.  The trip to bottom-placed Ealing proved to be a huge disappointment because the home side triumphed by a large score which did nothing to encourage Moseley’s hopes of Championship survival.  The Championship season ended with a further four defeats and although Moseley were defeated at Ashton Gate by eventual champions Bristol the hosts did not lead until the very last kick of the game which was a bitter disappointment for the visitors. At the conclusion of the Championship campaign Moseley finished in last place and were relegated to National League One for the 2016/17 season. 

A new era in the club’s history began on 1st June 2016 when the name Birmingham Moseley was adopted in a move that was designed to blend the future with the past by retaining the historic Moseley name but at the same time indicating to outsiders where exactly the club is based.

 

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