Cheers! Rugby club renews links with the Irons 

Boleyn Tavern sponsor East London Rugby Club

Two people in a pub pose next to a rugby shirt
Chris Brown, East London Rugby Club first team player and club membership officer, presented a framed team shirt to pub manager James Brown

East London Rugby Club, who play at the very first home of West Ham United Football Club have teamed up with the pub most closely associated with fans of the Hammers. 

The Boleyn Tavern on the corner of Barking Road and Green Street, Upton Park, next to the football club’s former home has been welcomed as a Gold-level sponsor of ELRC. 

The rugby club plays in in Memorial Park, West Ham, where first Thames Ironworks FC and then West Ham United FC played between 1897 and 1904. 

The Remarkable Pubs group, a chain of independently-run, traditional pubs in London, has restored the Boleyn Tavern to its full Victorian glory at a cost of £1.5 million. It had fallen into a state of disrepair since the Hammers moved to the Olympic Park and the London Stadium in Stratford seven years ago.

Robert Thomas, chair and owner of Remarkable Pubs, said: “We are delighted to sponsor East London Rugby Club and welcome members of the club’s team to the Boleyn Tavern. We wish them great success on the field during the season.” 

East London Rugby Club chair Simon Crick said: “Our rugby club has an historic link with the Hammers. Remarkable Pubs have done a marvellous job in making the Boleyn Tavern, much loved by Hammers fans, a great place to socialise once again. 

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