Saracens vs Harlequins

Rugby is one of the most respected and popular team sport in United Kingdom. Teams all over the country are competing each ones to become the best and most beloved. In London there are also several rugby clubs that have been being active since 19 century. Moreover, most of them identify itself more with ethnicity or rationality. In any case the most famous and popular ruby match between two London teams is saracens vs harlequins. These teams are among the most titlednot only in London, but also in whole league. They have more supporters than any other team in area. Games between them always happen with great audience and informational support.

Saracens is a professional rugby union team from North London, England. They play in the top division Premiership Rugby and their home ground is Allianz Park which is located in the Barnet district.

The Old Boys of the Philological School in Marylebone, London, founded Saracens in 1876. They joined forces with neighboring club Crucaders two years later. It was a small club, but they played several games against the biggest teams in England. In the 1970s they came all the way to the semi-finals in the Anglo-Welsh Cup. The biggest fight they played was in 1971 against a team composed of national players and there were 5000 spectators, which was a record in North London.

They joined the Courage League when it started in 1987 and won second division in 1989 after winning all the games. The next season they all surprised by coming fourth in the top division. In 1992-93 the league was restructured and Saracens moved down to the second division.

In November 1995, the Nigel Wray club took over and the club got bigger economic muscles. They moved and rented the track to Enfield football club in North London. They brought in several foreign top players, including Francois Pienaar who was captain of South Africa when they won the World Cup gold in the World Cup of Rugby Union 1995. Their first major trophy came in 1998 when they won the Cup for Welsh and English teams. In the 1990s and 2000s, they continued to bring in foreign players, but it was not until the 2010-11 season that they won the playoffs. Saracens had then established itself as one of the best teams in England and came fourth or better in the series between 2009-09 and 2015-16. In the 2013-14 season they came to the finals in the playoffs in Premiership Rugby and the Heineken Cup, but lost both finals. In 2014-15, on the other hand, they won both the finals and the cup. 2015-16 was the team’s best season ever when they won the European Rugby Champions Cup (ERCC) by beating the French team Racing 92 21-9 in the final. Two weeks later they won the playoff finals for the second consecutive year when they beat Exeter Chiefs 28-20. In 2017, they won the ERCC for the second consecutive year when they beat French Clermont 28-17 in the final.

Saracens has established collaboration with rugby clubs in several other cities, including Moscow, Abu Dhabi, Kuala Lumpur, São Paolo and Seattle

They had nine different tracks until they started playing on the Bramley Road course at the 1939-40 season. Due to World War II, they did not play games there before in 1945. In 1995, the stadium shared the football club Enfield FC in Northern London. From the 1997-98 season they shared the course with Watford FC and played on Vicarage Road with a capacity of 22,000, which was a huge leap from their previous facilities. Watford used a clause in the contract and Saracens had to find a new home ground for the 2011-12 season. After checking in several places, they announced in November 2010 that they were negotiating with the Barnet district to develop the athletics stadium Barnet Copthall. This would then be expanded to a spectator capacity of 10,000 and have artificial turf as the first rugby club in England. Saracens was allowed to rent the course of Watford FC an additional season. At the start of the 2012-13 season, Saracens played the first matches at five different stadiums; Twickenham Stadium, Wembley Stadium, Stadium: MK, Vicarage Road and King Baudouin Stadium. The first official match they played at their new stadium on February 16, 2013.

Saracens has also moved several games to Wembley Stadium and has played 11 games there between 2009 and 2015. On March 28, 2015, the world records there in the number of spectators on a league match in rugby union when 84,068 saw their fight against Harlequin F.C.

Barnet Copthall is a leisure complex in Hendon, suburb of London, near the border with Mill Hill. At its center, it is a stadium known for sponsorship reasons as Allianz Park, the home of the Premiership rugby alongside the Saracens since February 2013.

Today, the complex houses a pool owned by local authority and gym facilities next to the new Allianz Stadium, which is mainly used for rugby and athletics. It is also used by some local schools for sports training sessions. There is also a private golf course for driving range on site.

To get by public transport to Barnet Copthall (Allianz Park) the nearest subway station is Mill Hill East, which is on the Northern Line. On game days, a Saracens bus departs from Edgware stations, Mill Hill East and Mill Hill Broadway, a short walk from the stadium. A regular bus service, at 221, stops at the same bus stop near the stadium (Pursley Road).

Harlequins or simply Queens is an English rugby club serving in the Premier League. The team holds home games in the arena Twickenham, capable of accommodating 14,800 spectators. Harlequins is considered one of the oldest rugby clubs in England; in 1871 it became one of the 21 founders of the Rugby Union, and in 1987 it was also a tournament that became the prototype of the modern Premier League.

Twickenhamis located in southwest London. The stadium is named after the former English rugby player Adrian Stup, who played for the national team. Stup was a player and subsequently president of the Harlequins.

The arena, originally intended for athletic competition, passed into the possession of the club in 1963. In the early years, the Harlequins used the stadium as a training ground, and over time home matches of Londoners began to be held there. The location of the “Stup” allowed the management to gradually expand and modernize the arena. At the moment, the stadium can accommodate 14,816 spectators. Until 2005, the object was called the Stoop Memorial Ground.

Despite successes at the continental level (victories in the European Challenge Cup 2000/01 and 2004/05) and a large number of national teams, the club has long been unsuccessfully trying to become the champion of the country. The Premier League submitted to the Harlequins in the 2011/12 season, at the same time the team won the second-largest European Cup for the third time. Since 1987, the Queens left the top division only once in 2005, but immediately in the next season earned a raise.

“Harlequins” or simply “Queens” – English rugby club, serving in the Premier League. The team holds home games in the arena “TukenemStup”, capable of accommodating 14,800 spectators. Harlequins is considered one of the oldest rugby clubs in England; in 1871 it became one of the 21 founders of the Rugby Union, and in 1987 it was also a tournament that became the prototype of the modern Premier League.

Despite successes at the continental level (victories in the European Challenge Cup 2000/01 and 2004/05) and a large number of national teams, the club has long been unsuccessfully trying to become the champion of the country. The Premier League submitted to the Harlequins in the 2011/12 season, at the same time the team won the second-largest European Cup for the third time. Since 1987, the Queens left the top division only once in 2005, but immediately in the next season earned a raise.

The club was founded in 1866 under the name “Hampstead Football Club”, the following year the first documented match took place. In 1870, the team received the current name (Harlequin Rugby Football Club). According to one of the versions, the renaming is due to the fact that many players were no longer residents of Hampstead, however, the rugby players wanted to keep the already familiar abbreviation HFC. The word Harlequin was found in the dictionary, and all those present at the meeting supported this option. However, some rugby players refused to play under a new name and created an alternative club, now known as “London Wasps.”

During the first forty years of existence, the club replaced 15 home arenas. After 1909, the Harlequins received guests only for three.

In 1906, the rugby union (Rugby Football Union) proposed the club management to use the Twikenem stadium, which is now used by the England team. At the same time, the arena took only one or two international matches for the season, and the Harlequins accepted the offer.