Beverley ARLFC are a community rugby league club based in Beverley in the East Riding of Yorkshire. They compete in the NCL (RFL fourth tier). They also run a second team that competes more locally. They also have a junior section known as the Beverley Braves.
The club’s origins can be traced back to 1883. Those early days featured 3 appearances in Yorkshire Cup Finals. The first of which saw them defeated 10-8 by Shipley at the Boulevard in 1899/00. They then followed a 16-3 defeat to Bradford ‘A’ at Craven Street in 1906/07 and then an extra-time 13-10 defeat to Buslingthorpe Vale (Leeds) played in York.
However, the most memorable moment of that original club was a 7-2 victory against professional side Ebbw Vale in the Challenge Cup. The game was played at Beverley’s home ground on Beckside. This was the first time an amateur side had knocked a professional side out of the cup.
The Beverley club gradually ceased playing in the 1920’s and was not reformed until 1980. However, there was a works team by the name of Hodgson’s that was thought to have played in the immediate post war years through to the 1970’s. Details are sketchy of this team.
From 1980 Beverley competed in the then Humberside League until they were accepted into NCL division 2 in 1990. The 1990’s brought some memorable moments. There was a Yorkshire Cup final appearance seeing them defeated 21-6 to Heworth in 1993/94. Season 1994/95 saw them repeat history when they knocked out professional side Highfield 27-4 in the Challenge Cup. They were promoted to the NCL Premier Division in 1995/96 enjoying 2 very competitive seasons before an ill-fated merger with East Hull in 1998. Things did not work out and they dropped out of the NCL at the end of 1998/99.
The third re-incarnation of the club started in 1999/00 when they reformed as Beverley. They plied their trade in the Hull & District League up until 2014/15. Sensing the winds of change in the game they joined the Yorkshire Mens League in 2015 where they remained until the end of 2017. A successful NCL application soon followed which is where they sit today.