Athletic Ground, Richmond
The Athletic Ground, Richmond is a rugby ground, managed by Richmond Athletic Association, home to National League 2 South side Richmond F.C. and the RFU Championship side London Scottish. The first team pitch has a stand capable of seating around 1,000 people, though in the past temporary stands have been erected in the considerable space around the pitch to boost the seated capacity.
The original facilities include six other pitches and two bars which are available for hire, a canteen, changing rooms, a physio room, a shop and offices. Part of Old Deer Park, a huge continuous leisure area, the Athletic Ground was bordered by Richmond Swimming Pool, Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club, a gym and health centre, and also a driving range. Three pitches have been marked out on the driving range which closed down in the 1990s as did Richmond Bowls Club which is now used as a play area for neighboring Falcons School.
The Athletic Ground is also host to the National Surveyor 7s, Lloyds Insurance 7s, Neptune City 7s, Law Society 7s, Middlesex Club 7s, NABs Media 7s and Rugby Rocks.
The complex has considerable parking facilities for its size, and is often used as a stop-off for fans on their way to Twickenham Stadium.
International rugby union
England played ten test matches at the Athletic Ground between 1891 and 1909. In five of those matches against Scotland (listed below), England failed to win a single match:
|Date||Competition||Home team||Away team|
|7 March 1891||1891 Home Nations Championship||England||3||Scotland||9|
|9 March 1895||1895 Home Nations Championship||England||3||Scotland||6|
|5 February 1898||1898 Home Nations Championship||England||6||Ireland||9|
|3 February 1900||1900 Home Nations Championship||England||15||Ireland||4|
|21 March 1903||1903 Home Nations Championship||England||6||Scotland||10|
|18 March 1905||1905 Home Nations Championship||England||0||Scotland||8|
|13 January 1906||1906 Home Nations Championship||England||6||Wales||16|
|5 January 1907||Friendly||England||41||France||13|
|8 February 1908||1908 Home Nations Championship||England||13||Ireland||3|
|20 March 1909||1909 Home Nations Championship||England||8||Scotland||18|
In the association football code England enjoyed more success against Scotland, playing one match here in 1893 as part of the 1893 British Home Championship and winning 5-2.
FA Amateur Cup final was also played here in 1893, with Old Carthusians F.C. beating Casuals F.C. 2–1.