Cleve Rugby Football club is an English amateur rugby club found in the year 1922 and has its home-ground in Mangotsfield, Bristol. The club has quite a history and one of the oldest surviving clubs in England. It was initially found with the ‘Cleve RFC Downed” and were based in Staple Hill, which is now known as Staple Hill Park. From here the club shifted too Vassells Park located in Fishponds. It was here the club became famous with the “Cleve RFC” and started gaining popularity. The club had bought its own wooden pavilion too during this tenure. It was later that the club was forced to move out because of housing development in this area. They moved to Bromley Hearth Road in Downed in the year 1939. They also took their wooden pavilion along with them.
In the year 1947, the members of the club purchased extra land not for development of the club but to do farming as an extra source of income. The sport wasn’t a big hit among the people that time and hence to meet their daily expense and not to leave their passion too, the members practiced farming in lands while also running the club.
Between 1969-1971, the sport developed in this region and gained popularity. The club now developed more pitches in the lands to meet the popularity of the game. New facilities were added and these developments have carried the club for years now.
The badge of the club is based on the coat of arms of the Cave Estate from whom the ground in Downed was purchased and also symbolizing the years of farming activity done by the club after the World War. The club bears the motto ‘We sow to reap” also is based on its history and also its commitment to develop the game in children as young as from the age of 6.
Cleve Football club is currently coached by Ryan Davis and the president of the club is Roy Prince. They are the current champions of Tribute South West 1 West and are promoted to the fifth tier of English League system. The club also has a history of winning the Western country North championships in 2000-01 and South West Division 2 East champions in 2005-06.