Roses 2014


2nd – 4th May, Lancaster University

The annual sporting competition against York University is back and bigger than ever. This year is the 50th Roses competition, right here on home turf at Lancaster. We are hoping to take back the trophy and triumph in front of a home crowd; the current score is York 25 – Lancaster 23, with 1 draw in 1974. The fierce rivalry draws supporters every year to the competition, including returning alumni.

Opening Ceremony

The Men’s 1sts football fixture will be kicking off our opening ceremony on Friday at 7pm at within our Roses stadium right on Lancaster’s beautiful campus, with performances and music to set the stage before the game. After a successful season so far, Lancaster’s side will be putting the pressure on York in what is set to be an energetic and exhilarating fixture, so get practicing your chants!

Roses Ride

Starting and finishing at Campus from 10am, there are a range of options to suit all capabilities on easy to steady rides. So whether you have only just learnt how to ride a bike or have been doing it for years, get your helmet on and start pedalling; we want you to ride for Lancaster. Sign up here.


The Lancaster Cats have had an unbelievably successful season, with a promotion to BUCS 1a Northern league after taking 11/11 wins. Playing in the Roses Stadium at 2.15pm on Saturday, be prepared to watch a brutal battle for the precious 4 points up for grabs.

Let’s. Play. DARTS.

Taking place in the Great Hall on Saturday night, both men’s and women’s darts is an event not to be missed, with plenty of energy and cheer.

Women’s Basketball

After many league victories and a succession of cup wins, Lancaster’s Women’s Basketball team have taken this year by storm! Be sure to catch their fixture at 12.30pm on Sunday in the sports hall; what better way to cure a hangover than chanting and screaming for the Red Rose?

Making a splash

Throughout Saturday, a variety of our pool based sports will be taking to the water to take on York in water polo, octopush, swimming and canoe polo! Be sure to chant them on poolside!


Over the past 49 years, Lancaster University has battled against York University in the annual Roses sports competition for the Carter James Trophy. The tournament takes its title from the 15th century civil war, The War of the Roses between the House of Lancaster and the House of York.

The Wars of the Roses were a series of wars fought between the houses of Lancaster and York for the throne of England. The final battle was won by a Lancastrian, Henry Tudor, who defeated the last king of York, Richard III, and married Edward IV's daughter Elizabeth of York to unite the two houses.

The first Roses tournament took place in 1965 when the Vice Chanceller of York University suggested a boat race between the two universities, and we haven’t looked back since. Roses has continued to grow since it originated, with new fixtures being added over the years; from women’s cricket to university challenge, ballroom dancing to debating.


Inaugural Roses competition taking place at York University


During Roses in 1967 the annual boat race was televised from the River Ouse in York


In 1973, the tournament grew to 26 different events from the 9 when Roses first started


The only draw to happen so far in the history of the tournament


Lancaster lead the competition with three consecutive wins, to make the overall score Lancaster 13 – York 8.


During Roses 2000 the beer tent sold out after a crushing home victory


College sport was first introduced for points, with both Fylde netball and football taking on their York counterparts.



Don your I am Lancaster t-shirts (whether they’re from 10 years ago or if they’re homemade), war paint or old Lancaster kit and send us in your relfie (that’s right, a Roses selfie!) from the most bizarre and faraway places you can find. If you can’t be here over the tournament weekend, show your support from wherever you may be in the world! Tweet us with your pictures @LancasterSU or use hashtag #IamLancaster.

We also want to see your Roses photos; the older the better! Through the blood, sweat and tears, we would love to see your Roses experience, from 1964 right up until 2013. Tweet them to @LancasterSU.

You can pick up an I am Lancaster supporter t-shirt, foam finger and flag from our supporters’ village, located in the sports centre car park over the weekend, where you can also get war painted up to the max! There will also be extra information for fixtures for the tournament as well as several food outlets and a bar which will be serving both alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages.

Roseslive is the place to stay informed all weekend, with the latest coverage, comentary and video.

Follow Roses Live for the latest news and official score from the weekend. If you want to follow us on twitter, we are @LancasterSU with hashtags #IamLancaster #Roses2014.


Follow @SCANLU for live commentary, pictures and news! See their coverage feed direct on the Roses live site.

Bailrigg FM

Reporting live from pitch side, you can listen to commentary from a variety of different fixtures, just tune in to 87.7FM!


Our fantastic TV station will be bringing you a live HD stream from 9am – 9pm every day, from the sports centre to the Astros.

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