are a rugby league
club based in Bristol
in the South West of England
The Sonics play in the Midlands Premier
division of the Rugby League Conference
. Bristol Sonics A play in the RLC West of England
2002-2004: Early Days
Bristol Sonics were formed in the autumn of 2002 by a group of rugby league enthusiasts. The club colours of maroon and gold were chosen as a tribute to Bristol's original rugby league club, which ran from the early 1980s to the early 1990s before disbanding. The Sonics name comes from Bristol's links with the development of the Concorde
supersonic passenger jet, which was built and tested close to the club's original ground of St Brendans Old Boys in Filton.
Bristol Sonics were granted membership of the Rugby League Conference in January 2003, taking their place in the South West Division alongside Gloucestershire Warriors
, Somerset Vikings
, Worcester Saints, Cardiff Demons
and Oxford Cavaliers
. Before training began in February 2003, the Sonics agreed to host a heat of London Broncos' (now Harlequins Rugby League
'Prop Idol' competition. One of the Bristol winners, Michael Lowis, was announced as one of the three finalists and went on to train with the Broncocs .
Bristol Sonics initially struggled to attract players. Just 14 players, a couple borrowed from other clubs, took to the field for the Sonics' first game, a friendly against Cardiff... Read More