London Skolars 20th Anniversary celebration

London Skolars will be hosting a celebratory dinner on Friday the 6th November at the Wesley in Euston. Taking place on the evening prior to the England vs New Zealand second test at the Olympic Park, this will be a chance for fans, past players & directors to come together to celebrate the history, passion and future of the London Skolars RLFC.

London Skolars were founded during the Centenary Season of the Rugby Football League in 1995, initially created for post-university graduates in London. After achieving initial success within the London League, the club became one of the founding members of the Southern Conference in 1997.

In 2003 the club’s application to join the National Leagues was accepted, the first club in 80 years to make the jump from the amateur ranks to the professional leagues.

So come and celebrate Rugby League in London and let’s make it an anniversary to remember!

Ticket costs

£50 +vat

£95 + vat for 2 places

For this great price you receive a three course dinner and half a bottle of wine. (Specific details will be provided closer to the date)

Visit our club shop under the ‘Commercial’ heading to book your place now..

The Wesley, 81-103, Euston Street London, NW1 2EZ


Skolars losing run continued with a home defeat at the hands of bottom of the table South Wales Scorpions. They contributed to their own downfall making three errors from high kicks that saw the visitors take full advantage and score each time.

The game had started with Skolars dominating, forcing three goal line drop outs in the first half. The first one followed a good run from deep in his own half by Marcus Ellliott. After Mike Bishay’s kick ensured they would get another set, it was Aaron Small who scored on the left side.

But the Scorpions levelled the scores six minutes later when Skolars failed to defend a Paul Emmanuelli kick to the Welsh right wing, Yannic Parker taking the ball to score. Skolars regained the lead when James Anthony cut his way through the centre of the defence, Mike Bishay converting the try.

Again the visitors fought back and after Kyle Scrivens was held up over the line, Daffyd Hellard forced his way through the defence to score. Skolars took a narrow 14-10 half-time lead when Matt Cook drew in the defence to create space for winger Chris Bishay to score his first try for the club.

Both sides made errors in the early part of the second half, with penalties conceded on both sides for holding on in the tackle. For South Wales Jonny Leather made a couple of good runs from full-back, but Skolars struggled to make any inroads into the visitors defence despite a far larger, more experience pack.The midpoint of the half had passed before the next score, again Emmanuelli kicked high to the corner, Jimmy Morgan lost control and Parker just managed to get to the ball before crossing the touchline.

Skolars had to defend close to their line straight afterwards, having kicked off directly into touch. But after defending that set, the lead changed hands again, with player/coach Jermaine Coleman taking a bomb from Mike Bishay.

South Wales determination saw them score two decisive tries in seven minutes to seal the game. Emmanuellli put through a grubber and Tala Petelo gathered to score under the posts. Then yet another high kick to the corner saw another error from Skolars, Ian Newbury scoring for the visitors.

With time running out Skolars had one chance to level the game. Mike Bishay chipped the ball over the defence, Coleman got to the ball, but when he was stopped by Jonny Leather the pass to Bishay went to ground and the Scorpions held out for their first win since last July.

London Skolars

1 Marcus Elliott

2 Jimmy Morgan

3 Matt Cook

4 Joe Price

5 Chris Bishay

6 Jermaine Coleman

7James Anthony

8 Michael Sykes

9 Mike Bishay

10 David Williams

11 Aaron Small

12 Will Lovell

13 Lamont Bryan


Subs (all used)

14 Louis Robinson

21 Lewis Reed

19 Sam Druce

17 Joel Wicks


Tries: Small (4), Anthony (22), C Bishay (38), Coleman (64)

Goals: Elliott 0/1, Bishay 2/2, Druce 0/1


South Wales Scorpions

10 Jonny Leather

28 Yannic Parker

3 Paul Edwards

4 Kyle Scrivens

2 Ian Newbury

21 Ryan Millington

7 Paul Emmanuelli

23 Anthony Symons

17 Zak Williams

12 Barrie Phillips

29 Andrew Joy

18 Bradley Hill

19 Connor Davies


Subs (all used)

14 Daffyd Hellard

6 Curtis Davies

30 Chistopher Speck

20 Tala Petelo


Tries: Parker (10,62), Hellard (36), Petelo (73), Newbury (76)

Goals: Emmanuelli 3/5


Scoring Sequence: 4-0, 4-4, 10-4, 10-10, 14-10, 14-16, 20-16, 20-22, 20-26


Penalty count: 9-10

Half-time:  14-10

Referee: Chris Campbell

Attendance: 304

South Wales are the next side to make the trip to White Hart Lane as they take on the London Skolars this Sunday at 3pm.

Both sides enter into this fixture with similar feelings, hungry for a win after a run of loses that have been frustrating, for the most part because they have had large positive spells in these defeats, which they’ve failed to capitalise on or maintain. South Wales have been notoriously fast starters the last couple of weeks, with notable performances coming against local rivals North Wales and midlands side Coventry Bears in which they scored several tries to take early leads. With the success they have had against Skolars in recent seasons, they will be targeting this game as another scalp.

Skolars enter into this game on the back of arguably their strongest performance of the season, in which they were narrowly defeated by promotion competitors Newcastle Thunder. However the issue for Jermaine Coleman’s men during his tenure has been consistency, backing these performances against the top sides up when playing sides lower in the table the following week. That is something the side know is a negative aspect on how they are perceived and will be looking to rectify this. The side welcomes back Michael Bishay and Louis Robinson (pictured) for the game after being rested with ongoing injuries the previous week.

The club would like to welcome back all the London fans who have had to make the hard decision about where to attend in light of the recent fixture clashes this weekend and hope they can cheer the side on to victory.


Tickets are available on the gate for £12 adult & £6 concessions

This weekend was a fantastic one for all 3 London Skolars Junior teams as they recorded some important wins in their respective leagues.

With only 2 regular weeks of the season left, all 3 teams are positioned very well to make the play-offs, which would be a first for the club and a fantastic achievement for everyone involved.

Our young U13’s have got better and better as the season has gone on and are improving dramatically with every game. Saturday they faced a big and powerful Southend Spartans team who proved very difficult to breakdown. The size of the Southend players proved a real handful for the young Skolars and time and time again they were pinned in their own half, by some aggressive running and disciplined defence. However the Skolars to their credit used their speed and footwork and after young half-back Thomas Quill cleared up a charge down for another set of six, they managed to cross for the opening try. This try really gave the Skolars confidence, and after surviving another onslaught from the Spartans, the forwards managed to find some gaps in the Southend defence and powered through for a second try, almost a carbon copy of the first.

With the Skolars well on top, Southend managed to capitalise on some lacklustre defending to give themselves a life-line and cross over in the corner just as the half-time hooter sounded. A tight second half was in store, but after some wise words from the Skolars coaches their play tightened up a fair bit and set after set was completed, pressuring Southend’s bigger forwards. Then came the try of the game to seal the win, a fantastic break by the Skolars half-back was finished in the corner by Alexi Spyrou, a fantastic team try that sent the watching parents into raptures. Southend had the final word with a great solo effort from their barnstorming prop, but it was Skolars day on the south coast, recording a fantastic 24-20 victory to keep them at 3rd in the table.

The U15’s and U17’s were both at home and both had the pleasure of playing on the brand new 3g for the first time this season. This seemed to lift both teams and they played some fantastic open, expansive rugby league to run in a huge numbers of tries against some valiant opposition. The U15’s beating Southend Spartans 46-6 and the U17’s having an incredible first half performance to beat Croydon Hurricanes 54-16.

This weekend sees another 3 important games, the U13’s at home to 2nd placed St Albans Centurions whilst the U15’s can all but win the league with a victory over their closest challengers Eastern Rhinos, these games kick off at 10.30 and 11.30 respectively. The U17’s will be wary of slipping up as they travel away to play Brentwood Eels.

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