ONE year has passed since a devastating arson attack at Northwich Rugby Club.

On October 26, 2022, the Blacks’ clubhouse was gutted after two teenagers set fire.

Now, 365 days later, the team’s home at Moss Farm and is back up and running, ready for a new history to be written.

Speaking on the anniversary of the attack, a spokesperson for the club said: “A year has passed since the arson attack!

“Northwich Rugby Union Football Club is stronger, more resilient and thriving in ways that cannot be described.

“Thank you once again to those who continue to support us and celebrate the small wins.”

Northwich Guardian: Firefighters were called to the clubhouse on October 26, 2022Firefighters were called to the clubhouse on October 26, 2022 (Image: Supplied)

Emergency services were called to Northwich Rugby Club shortly before 4pm on October 26, 2022.

Firefighters used two hose reel jets to extinguish the blaze, which was around 20 metres by five metres.

However, this was not enough to save everything inside from being destroyed and it was immediately apparent the fire had been started deliberately.

Two 12-year-old boys, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were arrested two days later.

The pair were later made to undertake work in the community and educational courses.

Cheshire Police sergeant Leanne Brundrett said at the time: “I understand the anger and resentment that this incident caused.

“Both of the boys have admitted their guilt and are extremely remorseful for their actions.”

Northwich Guardian: The inside of the clubhouse was ruinedThe inside of the clubhouse was ruined (Image: Supplied)

Meanwhile, within weeks of the blaze, local residents, supporters and fellow rugby clubs including Sale Sharks had raised more than £13,000 to help Northwich rebuild.

In need of a temporary home for pre-match entertainment, the club converted its squash courts into a bar and kitchen.

It was hoped that work would start on the rebuild of the clubhouse in April, however, a few faults were found, delaying the project.

Eventually council approval was granted, and work got underway in June.

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Northwich Guardian: World cup winner Steve Thompson opened the rebuilt clubhouse in SeptemberWorld cup winner Steve Thompson opened the rebuilt clubhouse in September (Image: Supplied)

World Cup-winning England legend Steve Thompson was then invited down for the opening ahead of the Blacks’ match with Penrith on September 23, which they went on to win 69-17.

Northwich chairman Andy Naylor said: “It’s great to see the NRUFC Community Club open.

“The club is grateful to all those who have contributed both voluntarily and financially in restoring the facility to the family friendly building we are all proud of.”