Ady Spencer

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Ady Spencer
Birth nameAdrian Paul Spencer[1]
Date of birth3 March 1973
Place of birthWarrington, Cheshire, England
UniversityCambridge University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Stand-off
Current team Retired
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
London Crusaders
London Broncos
London Skolars

Ady Spencer is a former professional rugby league footballer. He made history at University as the first player to win full Cambridge blues in both Rugby Union and Rugby League. He was regarded as the instrumental Cambridge player in the period of dominance over the Rugby League Dark Blues in the mid-1990s. He also played for Great Britain U19s in Rugby League before going up to Cambridge.

Ady Spencer's position of choice was as a stand-off and he often appeared from the interchange bench.


Spencer was born in Warrington, Cheshire, England.


Ady Spencer became the focus of national controversy when he was banned by the Rugby Football Union in 1994 for his appearance in the 1994 Rugby Union Varsity match having already played Rugby League at a professional level (albeit unpaid) with the London Crusaders. This was the subject of an Early Day Motion in the UK Parliament at Westminster .[2] Rugby Union was professionalised several months later after a high-profile campaign by MP's and media to highlight the case.

He made 58 appearances for London Broncos in the European Super League 1996-1999. He also played for London Crusaders, and London Skolars.

From 2008-10, he worked for the Rugby Football League in a Commercial role in London. He is now the Vice President of Business Development for Southern Chemical Corporation, based in Houston, Texas.


  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  2. ^ Doug Hoyle, MP (1995-01-26). "Early day motion 499 DOUBLE STANDARDS OF THE RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION". Hansard.

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