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Montpellier Red Devils

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Nickname(s)  Red Devils
CEO  Thierry Arcas
Date founded  1953
Website  Site
Chairman  Jean-Luc Simon
Competition  Elite Two Championship
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Full name  Montpellier XIII Red Devils
Ground(s)  Stade du Pont (1953-1971), Stade Sabathé (1971-) (8,000 (2,800 seated))

Montpellier XIII Red Devils ( fr:Montpellier Diables Rouges Rugby a XIII ) are a semi-professional rugby league club based in Montpellier, in the region of Herault, France. They currently play in the Elite Two Championship. Their home ground is the Stade Sabathé.

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History

Founded in 1953 as Montpellier Diables Rouges in English meaning Red Devils, named after the first club side to tour France back in the 1930s namely Salford RLFC who were nicknamed the Diables Rouges in reference to their red playing shirts. Montpellier reached the top tier in 1957 and until the 1990s very little else occurred apart from them moving grounds in 1971 when their original stadium the Stade du Pont was closed down and demolished. For season 97/98 a reign of heavy recruitment began with the intent of getting the club back to the top tier. Players like Australians Steven Bye and Andrew Borthwick along with French stars like Cobos, Simon, Bouteloup, Trinquier and David Fraysse were brought to the club. In 98-99 they won their first trophy when they won the Federal Championship now called National Division 2 beating Ille-sur-Tet XIII 30-15 and that was followed the following season when they won the National 2 now called National Division 1 the 3rd tier, they beat Ille-sur-Tet XIII again and Cabardes XIII in the play-offs before beating Homps XIII in the final 40-4 earning promotion to the 2nd tier. They would spend the next ten years in the Elite Two Championship, they were runner-up in 2008 to Le Bacares XIII, until season 2009-10. In that season the club finished runner-up behind Palau XIII Broncos and then lost to them in the play-off final 12-18 but were promoted to the top tier when their victors declined. The following season the club struggled in the Elite One Championship eventually finishing 10th and bottom with just two wins. The following season was the same with just two wins collected and the club was back in the 2nd tier. Worse was to come when the club after a tumultuous season went under. A new club was quickly reformed as Montpellier XIII and started life in the National Division 1, the 3rd tier. At the end of season 2013/14 the club was back in the 2nd tier

The club runs both youth and ladies teams

Stadium

The Stade du Pont was the clubs first home ground, built in 1923 with a 10,000 capacity, the ground was used until 1971 when it was demolished to make way for housing and a shopping centre. The ground was also used by football club Stade Olympique Montpellier from 1923. At its peak the stadium had two stands down the length of the pitch with open ended earthen banks behind the sticks giving it an 18,000 capacity. A storm in 1963 caused much damage to the two stands. In 1971 the club moved to their current home the Stade Sabathe. The stadium is a rugby ground with a 8,000 capacity of which 2,800 are seated.

Honours

  • Federal Championship (National Div 2) (1): 1998-99
  • National 2 (National Div 1) (1): 1999-2000
  • References

    Montpellier Red Devils Wikipedia


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