The loss of a loved one is always painful. The Lions lost their first member on the 10th of August 2006 when Paul Anderson lost his long battle against cancer. He was 46 years old. Paul will always be remembered as one of the founder and stalwart members of the Madrid Lions R.F.C., editor of the fist issues of the club’s newsletter – From the Lions Mouth – an excellent sport and an extremely competitive player, both on and off the field, while still successfully combining his allegiance with CAU, his former rugby club in Madrid. One of his great memories and achievements in his late playing years was to have played for Madrid Lions against Steve Bainbridge, a former British Lion and forward like himself, and succeeding in not allowing him to exploit his fortitude or game skills.
Paul was a man of principles in all aspects of life and particularly about the game of rugby, the curse of mediocre referees and the moaner we all loved. He always made his presence felt watching internationals live on the box, be it at Nicks place, Finbar or Finnegans, and his loud commentaries were always expected and greeted by the audience (every time referee!!). He was married to Ana and had a son, Liam Douglas. We celebrate a rugby tournament in his memory every second Saturday in May.
St. Patrick's Shield
For the last 12 years or for who knows how long with SOTO DEL REAL RUGBY CLUB we have a...
Memorial Jose Luis Tobar
A classic veterans tournament for years we kick off the season 50Km out side of Madrid, in the mountain side town of Collado Mediano...
Castilla La Mancha Championship
A few clubs from Castilla La Mancha and Murcia (Albacete, Ciudad Real, Murcia, Talavera de la Reina and Toledo), being orphans of the federation, decided to organise a regional championship for the 2004-2005 season, and they suggested that the Madrid Lions R.F.C. join them. Unfortunately, even though the competition looked promising and its size tailored to our needs, after the first matches it became clear that it would fail due to the lack of commitment from some of the teams and the distances involved. The project did fail, but some veterans who played during that season remember that besides the individual victories, this was where the club won its only league title for the simple fact that they managed to get a team to every match.