Old Albanian RFC
|Full name||Old Albanian Rugby Football Club|
|Union||Rugby Football Union|
|Location||St Albans, England|
|Ground(s)||Woollam Playing Fields (Capacity: 1,000)|
|Coach(es)||Andy Holloway, Bruce Millar|
|League(s)||National League 1|
|2014–15||14th (relegated to National League 2 South)|
Old Albanian Rugby Football Club (OAs) is a rugby club based in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England. The club won promotion from National League 2 South in 2011–12 to National League 1, and in 2012–13 finished 5th, their highest ever place in the English rugby union system.
The club runs up to five senior teams each week and has one of the largest mini and junior sections in the country. There is a thriving social membership and members enjoy some of the finest facilities in the country. The club's mission is 'To promote the game of rugby at all levels of ability, across all age groups and for both sexes.'
- London NW Division 3 champions: 1995–96
- Hertfordshire Presidents Cup winners 1998
- Hertfordshire Sevens winners: 2001, 2009
- National League 2 South champions: 2011–12
|Club||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Points For||Points Against||Points Difference||Try Bonus||Losing Bonus||Points|
|1||Ealing Trailfinders (P)||30||27||0||3||1099||518||581||25||3||136|
|9||Darlington Mowden Park||30||13||1||16||782||732||50||14||6||69[n 1]|
|14||Old Albanian (R)||30||12||1||17||688||771||–83||9||4||58[n 2]|
Updated: 25 April, 2015
Source: "National League 1". NCA Rugby.
The club was formed in 1924 by a group of far-sighted Old Boys of St Albans School with a mutual love of the game. They acquired their first pavilion which was a timber World War I Barrack Hut. Organised rugby was thus established in St Albans, providing rugby union for all. They are the premier rugby club in St.Albans after being promoted to National league one the third highest league in England.
OA RFC's recent achievements
1987 - Selected, with two other Hertfordshire clubs, to form part of London League Division 2
1996 - Won London NW Division 3 gaining promotion to London League Division 2 North
1998 - Won the Herts. President's Cup
2001 - Won the County Sevens and were runners up in the Herts. President's Cup
2003 - Promotion to London League Division One
2005 - Reached their highest-ever league position (5th place in Powergen London One)
2009 - Won the Herts County 7s, runners up in the Herts County Cup Final. OA Colts reach both National Cup & Herts County Cup Finals and finish as Runners Up.
2012 - OAs gain promotion to National League 1
Running five men's sides each week the club has grown to become one of the biggest in the country, featuring a full schedule of league and friendly fixtures.
1st XV — National League 1
2nd XV — Canterbury Shield, Division 2
3rd XV — Greene King Super Premier Division
4th XV — Herts Middlesex Merit Tables, Division 3
5th XV — Herts Middlesex Merit Tables, Division 5
Mini and junior rugby
OAs has recruited over 850 mini and junior rugby players. The minis enjoy good success in the Hertfordshire leagues, whilst the juniors are well represented in the Saracens Herts and Middlesex Junior leagues. Most age groups are able to provide three squads to the leagues and provide very good competition.
In 2005 the first women's XV ('The Saints'), unbeaten since November 2003, secured the South East One league title without losing a game. They won promotion to National League 2 in the subsequent play-off competition, securing victory over each of their regional rivals. In 2010 the OA Saints 1st XV gained promotion to the RFUW Premiership.
After 78 years based at Beech Bottom, the club moved to their current playing fields following the development of Cheapside Farm into The Woollam Playing Fields, generally referred to as "Woollam's". The playing facilities opened in 2002 with a club-selected XV match against a star-studded international XV led by Peter Winterbottom which formed the centre-piece of the opening ceremony.
The state-of-the-art sporting complex on the northern outskirts of St Albans was acknowledged as the largest sporting development in Europe during its construction. It is regarded by many as the finest amateur sporting venue in the land. The Woollam Playing Fields is the choice of Saracens for their home training base and has hosted both England Under 16 and England RFUW International matches.
OAs have had players recognized at county level and national level.
England: Jeff Probyn
Wales : Paul Turner
Ireland : Darragh O'Mahony
Barbarians: Steve Pope, Greg Botterman
Serbia: Danilo Bulatovic
Sweden: Charlie Openshaw, Andrew Daish
England: Sarah McKenna
Italy: Nadia Brannon
Scotland: Caroline Collie
Hong Kong: Tamsin Reed
- "DMP drop five points". The RUGBYPaper (317). 12 October 2014. p. 43.
- Edwards, Michael (18 March 2015). "Five points deducted from Old Albanian". The Herts Advertiser. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
- Official website
- Old Albanian Rugby Football Club - mini and junior rugby website
- OA Saints Homepage
- Old Albanian Rugby Football Club at Google Maps.