FOUNDED in November of 2014, Mirfield Stags was born and raised in the heart of the town – signaling the official return of rugby league to the area, while plugging a gap in the Heavy Woollen District.
After a five-year absence for rugby league in Mirfield, the Stags – coached by international referee Richard Silverwood – played their first-ever fixture in January of 2015, defeating Shaw Cross Sharks in a pre-season friendly.
With over 70 players present on the club’s open-age roster, the club announced the launch of an Academy side soon after, before going on to enjoy an incredible first competitive campaign.
The first team romped to a minor premiership crown in Division One of the RFL Yorkshire Men’s League, though missed out on glory after going down fighting against Siddal in the competition’s Grand Final.
The club, based at the all-new Hillrich Park, another new arrival for 2015, has ambitions of becoming a National Conference League outfit before 2020.
The introduction of an exciting junior section is planned for 2016 and 2017, while the club continues to compete within the sport’s fourth tier – in the Yorkshire Men’s and Pennine Leagues.