UPDATE: The program has been announced for Thursday’s event. Mike Malone will read chapters from his history of the Lions covering “The Launch of the Leonas,” or the founding of the women’s team in 2000, and the “The Battle of Bull Run,” a chronicle of the men’s team race to nationals in 2010/2011.
Joining Malone to help set the stage will be two Lions Hall of Famers: Jen Lightbody and Steve Raia. The reading will run about 45 minutes followed by a Q&A session.
Join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/99817252392?pwd=ZWdYN0JlRmpwckQrbVNna3N3WmVMZz09
Meeting ID: 998 1725 2392
The reviews are in. The Village Lions RFC is the GOAT and Mike Malone has recorded it all for posterity.
Join us for a reading from Mike’s history of the Lions, We Are Black, We Are White, on Thursday August 27th at 7pm ET on Zoom. The event is free, but we do encourage that who can to support the club with a gift (see: How to Support the Village Lions).
Based on decades of interviews and observations with former and current Lions, We Are Black, We Are White is a celebration of more than three decades of New York’s most offbeat rugby club.
Malone has been a Village Lion since 1993 and has chronicled the club’s exploits with his infamous Tales From the B-Side series in Rugby Magazine from 1993 to 1997, and for The Villager, The Irish Times, Time Out (NY), Arena (UK) and other publications. The Lions inspired many of the characters in Malone’s novel No Never No More.
We Are Black, We Are White is available on Amazon: $9.99 paperback, $3.99 on Kindle.
A celebration of more than three decades of New York’s most offbeat rugby club, from its humble beginnings back in 1989 to the Village Lions’ 30th anniversary in 2019, and beyond.
Dublin-reared rugby zealot Alan Whelan launched the club out of his Red Lion Pub in Greenwich Village, with many of his bouncers, bartenders, waiters and customers, men from all over the world, playing for the team. The Village Lions took the New York rugby scene by storm, making the first division in a few years, only to soon slide back to the bottom division.
Coaches and overseas players departed, but the Village Lions, fueled by the extraordinary bond between players, kept at it. In 2000, a Village Lions women’s team was born. Nicknamed the Leonas, the women’s side quickly found success, and that uncommon connection among players that long defined the men’s club.
In 2019, the Village Lions celebrated the club’s 30th anniversary, players flying in from all over the world for the gala affair, and beers at the various downtown New York bars the rugby club has called home over the decades.
The Village Lions men and women are both looking ahead, keen to return to the national stage and elite-level rugby. “We are Black, We are White” details what makes the Lions, the Lions, including quirky club traditions and how they began, the colorful cast of characters within the club, overseas tours, and the men’s and women’s teams’ trips to nationals to compete against the country’s top clubs.
Amidst it all are the unique challenges of playing the sport of rugby in America, and in New York City, which have always served to bring the Village Lions closer together.