Jarrow Vikings

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Jarrow Vikings

Established 2004


Juniors: Yes


The Club was formed in 2004 by then Head Coach George Taylor, to support the extensive Rugby League development in primary schools in Jarrow and Hebburn. It was originally established to play out of the Jarrovians RU club at  Luke’s Lane, Hebburn.

In keeping with the Town’s history, relating back to the Viking raids of 700-800AD, Jarrow Junior Vikings were formed at the under-12 age group.

Soon after there was enough interest to form an adult section with a number of players coming forward from various Rugby Union clubs and Student Rugby League set-ups in the North East, the side were soon training and joined the North East Division of the Rugby League Conference for 2004.

The club’s reputation soon grew and their interaction in the wider community earned them the National title as Best New Club for 2005, for which they received an award from the Rugby Football League.

In 2005, Jarrow Vikings stepped up to the newly created North Premier Division and in 2007 they re-joined the North East League. Jarrow won their first silverware in 2009 when they took the North East title and then enjoyed a period of dominance, winning the North East League five times and the North East Cup twice between 2010 and 2016.

The Vikings completed the 2019 Season as North East League Winners but lost out in dramatic fashion in the Grand Final to Edinburgh Eagles in Golden Point Extra Time in front of a bumper crowd on North East Finals Day.

Early in 2020 the Vikings represented the North East in their first ever appearance in the prestigious Ladbrokes Challenge Cup but unfortunately bowed out in the first round losing away to Pennine League side Upton 30-4. The rest of the 2020 season was cancelled due to the outbreak of the worldwide pandemic.

The Vikings once again collected silverware in 2021, topping the North East League and winning the North East Grand Final against Cramlington Rockets in a record breaking 56 – 18 win, with winger Jake Arnold scoring 5 tries and 8 conversions to take his personal tally in the game to 36 points.

The club also collected awards at the North East Presentation night at Kingston Park with Jake Arnold being awarded the North East Players Player award and George Taylor being inducted into the North East Rugby League Hall of Fame.

2021 will see the re-emergence of Juniors in the Black & Amber of Jarrow Vikings through a link up with Dunn Street Primary School which will hopefully see the formation of an Under 10s team to compete in the North East Primary Rugby League festivals.

An interesting fact about the club is that since its formation in 2004 it has always had brothers playing for it and to date there have been 15 sets of brothers’ play!