History and Timeline

‘Supporters of rugby and football teams the length of England will study the fixture list and pinpoint an away trip to Cornwall as the must-see match.’
John Inverdale
BBC Sports Broadcaster

Cornwall’s leading football and rugby union teams are a source of Cornish pride and identity, fostering extraordinary talent and holding many of England’s highest sporting honours.

Cornish Pirates have risen seven leagues to the upper reaches of Championship Rugby, have famously beaten Premiership teams Saracens and Exeter Chiefs at home and at Twickenham. Last season they reached the semifinal of the Championship Cup. They are consistently within the top 20 rugby teams in England.

Truro City Football Club is following with its own meteoric rise. This season they have secured promotion to the next league. Two more promotions put them in the top flight English Football Leagues.

1889
Truro City Football Club founded
1895
Truro City FC Wins Cup

The first of 48...

1945
Penzance and Newlyn Rugby Clubs

amalgamate to form one club

1995
Dicky Evans commences sponsorship

of Penzance and Newlyn Rugby Club on its 50th anniversary.

1996-2002
Rugby Club wins five promotions in six years
2002
Rugby Club reaches The Championship

the 2nd Tier of English Rugby Union.

2005
Rugby first team rebranded as Cornish Pirates
2007
An incredible year

Cornish Pirates are National EDF Trophy Winners against Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham.

Truro City Football Club are National FA Vase Winners.

2010
More success for the Pirates

Cornish Pirates are British & Irish Cup Winners

2011
Wins on and off the field

Truro City set a new British record winning 5 promotions in 6 seasons.

Planning permission secured for 10,000 capacity stadium in Truro, Cornwall.

2012
Cornish Pirates

are Championship finalists

2019
Truro City FC

are acquired by Cornish Pirates’ Holding Company

2022
Enabling works

secure Stadium planning in

perpetuity.

2023
Kernow Sport Ltd

Football and rugby

clubs’ holding company

renamed Kernow Sport Ltd

2023
Truro City FC

win promotion to the National League South