Plymouth Albion R.F.C.

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Plymouth Albion
Plymouth albion badge.png
Full name Plymouth Albion Rugby Football Club
Founded 1876; 141 years ago (1876)[1]
Location Plymouth, England
Ground(s) The Brickfields (Capacity: 8,500)
Chairman Al Hannaford[2]
Coach(es) Keiran Hallett[2]
League(s) National League 1
2015–16 8th
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.plymouthalbion.com

Coordinates: 50°22′15.78″N 4°10′13.12″W / 50.3710500°N 4.1703111°W / 50.3710500; -4.1703111

Plymouth Albion Rugby Football Club are a rugby union club who play in Plymouth, England. The present club was founded in 1920 from a merger between Plymouth RFC (founded 1876) and Devonport Albion RFC (founded 1876). Since 2003 they have played their home games at The Brickfields stadium. Albion's traditional strip and club colours are white, strawberry (red or cherry) and green.

After thirteen seasons in the second tier of English rugby union, Plymouth Albion finish last in the 2014–15 RFU Championship, and currently play in National League 1.[3]

Plymouth RFC[edit]

Formed 1876, the club played at South Devon Place. In 1912, the Northern Union attempted to form a Western League of clubs in Devon and Cornwall. Huddersfield beat Oldham 31–26 in an exhibition game at South Devon Place in front of 8,000 spectators and as a result a meeting was held and the Plymouth Northern Union club was formed. In July, the Northern Union club took over South Devon Place and as a result Plymouth RFC disbanded, later to re-emerge as part of a merger with Devonport Albion to become Plymouth Albion.

Devonport Albion RFC[edit]

Albion was formed in 1876 from apprentices at Devonport Dockyard and originally played at Devonport Park. After moving to Bladderly in 1887 they then moved to Home Park in 1893. The club stayed at Home Park for one season only, returning to Bladderley Lane in 1894, then, in 1896, Albion took a 14-year lease of Rectory grounds,[4] (the current home of Devonport Services R.F.C.).

Current club[edit]

At match between Plymouth Albion and Cornish Pirates at The Brickfields in 2007

Devonport Albion continued at the Rectory until it merged with Plymouth RFC to become Plymouth Albion and moved in 1920 to Beacon Park. In 2003, they moved from the run-down Beacon Park ground to a newly built ground, The Brickfields, in Devonport. The Brickfields also has an adjacent athletics stadium.

Albion were a major force in English rugby union in the 1920s having five internationals on their books at one time. Around this time they attracted a crowd of 18,000 to a midweek game against Oxford University which established a record crowd for a club match in England which was not exceeded until the 1980s.

They were promoted to National Division One in 2002, and finished third in the 2003–04 season. Observers say it was Plymouth Albion's best position nationally since the 1920s. On their way to promotion, the team went on a two season unbeaten streak of over 50 games, starting when the club was in Division Three South and ending after their promotion to National Division One.

The major local rivals are Exeter Chiefs who also have an impressive new stadium at Sandy Park perched above the services junction of the M5. Devon local derbies have become major popular events. Together these clubs have reinvigorated the passion for rugby in the county.

Albion currently play in the National League 1, the third tier of English club rugby. The club have financial problems and only avoided entering administration early in 2015 following a cash injection of £250,000 by local businesses.[5] Albion entered administration on 8 April 2016 and were deducted 30 pts by the RFU.[6] Following administration they were taken over by former players, Bruce Priday and David Venables who put forward a business case to the RFU.[7]

Honours[edit]

Current standings[edit]

2016–17 National League 1 Table watch · edit · discuss
Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Losing bonus Points
1 Hartpury College 29 29 0 0 1412 510 902 27 0 143
2 Plymouth Albion 29 23 0 6 839 508 331 16 5 113
3 Ampthill 29 21 0 8 817 631 254 16 3 103
4 Coventry 29 19 1 9 947 711 236 16 2 96
5 Birmingham Moseley 29 19 0 10 797 682 115 14 3 93
6 Rosslyn Park 29 16 1 12 846 655 191 13 6 85
7 Blackheath 29 14 1 14 670 681 −11 13 4 75
8 Esher 29 12 0 17 804 842 −38 15 6 69
9 Darlington Mowden Park 29 13 1 15 669 750 −81 9 5 68
10 Old Albanian 29 12 0 17 720 902 −182 13 5 66
11 Loughborough Students 29 10 1 18 883 939 −56 16 7 65
12 Fylde 29 10 0 19 691 993 −302 15 4 59
13 Cambridge 29 8 1 20 764 954 −190 18 6 58
14 Hull Ionians 29 9 1 19 638 918 −280 8 7 53
15 Blaydon 29 8 2 19 618 981 −363 10 5 51
16 Macclesfield (R) 29 4 1 24 567 1093 −526 8 5 31
  • Points system: 4 points for a win; 2 points for a draw; 1 point if a team loses by seven points or less (losing bonus); 1 point if the team scores four or more tries in a match (try bonus)
  • If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points for and against
  3. Total number of points for
  4. Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams
  5. Number of matches won excluding the first match, then the second and so on until the tie is settled
Green background is the promotion place. Pink background are relegation places.
Updated: 22 April 2017
Source: "National League 1". NCA Rugby. 


Current squad[edit]

2016-17 Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Tom Cowan-Dickie Hooker England England
Jamie Salter Hooker England England
Rupert Freestone Prop England England
Billy Keast Prop England England
Samuel Nixon Prop England England
Will Norton Prop England England
Dan Pullinger Prop England England
Dan Collier Lock England England
Dan Williams Lock England England
Ed Holmes Lock England England
Tom Prisk Lock England England
Cameron Thompson Flanker England England
George Mills Flanker England England
Nile Dacres Flanker England England
Setareki Raumakita Flanker Fiji Fiji
Rupert Cooper Number 8 England England
Herbie Stupple Number 8 England England
Player Position Union
Clement Le Roy Scrum-half France France
Cameron Setter Scrum-half England England
Jack Maunder Scrum-half England England
Joe Simmonds Fly-half England England
Dean Squire Centre Wales Wales
Harry Strong Centre England England
Tumotoa Suke Centre
Harrison Cully Wing England England
Jon Dawe Wing England England
Matt Crosscombe Wing England England
Robin Wedlake Wing England England
Dan Powell Fullback England England
Matt Shepherd Fullback England England

Notable former players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McCormack, Stephen (2001). The Official RFU Club Directory 2001-2002. Harpenden: Queen Anne Press. pp. 265–270. ISBN 1 85291 640 0. 
  2. ^ a b Walrond, Nigel (26 June 2016). "Albion appoint first female chairman in club's history". Sunday Independent (Plymouth). p. 60. 
  3. ^ Marsh, Paddy (19 April 2015). "It's all over for Albion". Cornwall Independent. 
  4. ^ "www.DevonportOnline". 
  5. ^ "Plymouth Albion: Troubled club avoids administration". BBC Sport. 2015-01-29. Retrieved 2015-02-07. 
  6. ^ "Plymouth Albion taken over by David Venables and Bruce Priday". BBC Sports. 8 April 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Walrond, Nigel (8 May 2016). "Albion could face huge drop if RFU rejects business plan". Sunday Independent (Plymouth). p. 60. 
  8. ^ "DRFU Handbook 2011-12" (PDF). Devon RFU. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 


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