Plymouth Albion R.F.C.

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Plymouth Albion
Plymouth albion badge.png
Full namePlymouth Albion Rugby Football Club
UnionDevon RFU
Founded1876; 143 years ago (1876)[1]
LocationPlymouth, Devon, England
Ground(s)The Brickfields (Capacity: 8,500)
ChairmanAli Hannaford[2]
Coach(es)KieranHallett
League(s)National League 1
2018–195th
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. Since then, Priday has moved to pastures new, whilst Max Venables is the Club's General Manager.

The club also has a successful women's team and a new Under 18s Academy. They played their first game against a Cornwall XV in February 2019, finishing 50 - 7 victors.

Season summary[edit]

Season League National Cup(s) County Cup(s)
Competition/Level Position Points Competition Performance Competition Performance
1987–88 Courage 3 (3) 3rd 16 John Player Cup Quarter-finals Devon Senior Cup Winners
1988–89 Courage 3 (3) 1st (promoted) 22 Pilkington Cup 3rd Round
1989–90 Courage 2 (2) 7th 10 Pilkington Cup 3rd Round
1990–91 Courage 2 (2) 11th 8 Pilkington Cup 2nd Round
1991–92 Courage 2 (2) 12th (relegated) 6 Pilkington Cup 2nd Round
1992–93 Courage 3 (3) 12th (relegated) 0 Pilkington Cup 2nd Round
1993–94 Courage 4 (4) 4th 18 Pilkington Cup 3rd Round
1994–95 Courage 4 (4) 8th 10 Pilkington Cup 2nd Round
1995–96 Courage 4 (4) 10th[a 1] 8 Pilkington Cup 2nd Round
1996–97 Courage 4 South (4) 6th 29 Pilkington Cup 2nd Round
1997–98 National 2 South (4)[a 2] 13th[a 3] 12 Tetley's Bitter Cup 1st Round
1998–99 National 2 South (4) 12th[a 4] 15 Tetley's Bitter Cup 2nd Round
1999–00 National 2 South (4) 4th 36 Tetley's Bitter Cup 1st Round
2000–01 National 3 South (4)[a 5] 1st (promoted)[a 6] 52 Tetley's Bitter Cup 4th Round
2001–02 National 2 (3) 2nd (promoted) 46 Powergen Cup 2nd Round
2002–03 National 1 (2) 9th 60[a 7] Powergen Cup 5th Round
2003–04 National 1 (2) 3rd 92 Powergen Cup 4th Round
2004–05 National 1 (2) 3rd 94 Powergen Cup 6th Round
2005–06 National 1 (2) 5th 75 Powergen Trophy Quarter-finals[7]
2006–07 National 1 (2) 6th 97 EDF Energy Cup Semi-finals[8]
2007–08 National 1 (2) 8th 64 EDF Energy Trophy Semi-finals[9]
2008–09 National 1 (2) 11th 66 EDF Energy Trophy 4th Round[10]
2009–10 RFU Championship (2)[a 8] 8th[a 9] 48[a 10] British & Irish Cup Pool Stage
2010–11 RFU Championship (2) 10th[a 11] 36[a 12] British & Irish Cup Pool Stage
2011–12 RFU Championship (2) 11th[a 13] 30[a 14] British & Irish Cup Pool Stage
2012–13 RFU Championship (2) 9th[a 15] 40 British & Irish Cup Pool Stage
2013–14 RFU Championship (2) 8th 40 British & Irish Cup Quarter-finals
2014–15 RFU Championship (2) 12th (relegated) 21 British & Irish Cup Pool Stage
2015–16 National League 1 (3) 7th 72[a 16]
2016–17 National League 1 (3) 2nd 118
2017–18 National League 1 (3) 3rd 108
2018–19 National League 1 (3) 5th 83
Green background stands for either league champions (with promotion) or cup winners. Blue background stands for promotion without winning league or losing cup finalists. Pink background stands for relegation.

Honours[edit]

Current standings[edit]

2018–19 National League 1 Table watch · edit · discuss
Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Losing bonus Points
1 Ampthill (C) 30 23 1 6 970 583 387 21 5 120
2 Old Elthamians 30 23 2 5 845 562 283 17 2 115
3 Rosslyn Park 30 21 1 8 873 699 174 16 4 106
4 Blackheath 30 20 1 9 794 601 193 17 6 105
5 Plymouth Albion 30 16 0 14 701 690 11 13 6 83
6 Rotherham Titans 30 16 0 14 717 705 12 13 5 82
7 Darlington Mowden Park 30 13 1 16 739 790 -51 16 7 77
8 Cinderford 30 13 1 16 624 710 -86 11 7 72
9 Bishop's Stortford 30 13 0 17 758 627 131 12 8 72
10 Chinnor 30 11 2 17 735 862 -127 15 9 72
11 Sale FC 30 12 1 17 732 873 -141 12 6 68
12 Birmingham Moseley 30 11 1 18 768 857 -89 13 9 68
13 Cambridge 30 12 1 17 574 617 -43 5 9 64
14 Caldy (R) 30 11 0 19 579 771 -192 9 9 62
15 Esher (R) 30 11 0 19 627 803 -176 9 8 61
16 Loughborough Students (R) 30 8 0 22 821 1107 -286 19 6 57
  • 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: 27 April 2019
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
Paul Davies Hooker England England
Jamie Salter Hooker England England
Dan Pullinger Prop England England
Luke Chapman 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
Sam Daly 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
Dan Mugford Fly-half England England
Ted Landry Centre England England
Dean Squire Centre Wales Wales
Jon Dawe Wing England England
Matt Crosscombe Wing England England
Seta Raumakita Wing Fiji Fiji
Robin Wedlake Wing England England
Dan Powells Fullback England England
Matt Shepherd Fullback England England

Notable former players[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ RFU league restructuring for the 1996–97 season would see Courage League Division 5 abolished and Courage League 4 divided back into two regional divisions. This meant that Plymouth Albion were safe from relegation despite finishing bottom of the league, instead being transferred into the southern section of tier 4.
  2. ^ Courage League 4 South was renamed as National League 2 South for the 1997–98 season.
  3. ^ RFU league restructuring for the 1998–99 season due to the expansion of Premiership Two meant that there was no relegation this season and that 13th placed Plymouth Albion were safe from the drop.
  4. ^ More northern based sides would be relegated from National Division 3 at the end of the 1998–99 season which meant that more teams would be relegated from National League 2 North than [National League 2 South to avoid an imbalance of teams. This meant that 12th placed Albion were once again saved from the drop.
  5. ^ RFU restructuring meant that National League 2 South became known as National Division 3 South, although it remained a tier 4 league.
  6. ^ During the 2000–01 title winning campaign Albion boosted a 100% league record of winning all 26 matches.
  7. ^ Although bonus points had been used in tiers 1 and 2 since 2000, the 2002-03 season was Plymouth first experience of them.
  8. ^ As part of the extensive league restructuring by the RFU for the 2009–10 season, National 1 was renamed as the RFU Championship.
  9. ^ League position is taken from 1st stage only. The 2009–10 RFU Championship was divided into three stages; Albion finished 8th during the 1st stage (main league), and then 4th in their promotion group during the second stage, failing to qualify for the playoff semi-finals. If you combine the 1st and 2nd stages, Albion would have finished 8th overall.
  10. ^ Figure is taken from first stage of the 2009–10 RFU Championship. If you count the second stage (in which Albion gained 5 points), they would have achieved 53 points overall.
  11. ^ League position is taken from 1st stage only. As with the previous season the 2010–11 RFU Championship was divided into three stages; Albion finished 10th during the 1st stage (main league), and then 3rd in their relegation group during the second stage, avoiding relegation. If you combine the 1st and 2nd stages, Albion would have finished 11th overall.
  12. ^ Figure is taken from first stage of the 2010–11 RFU Championship. If you count the second stage (in which Albion gained 14 points), they would have achieved 48 points overall.
  13. ^ League position is taken from 1st stage only. As with the previous seasons the 2011–12 RFU Championship was divided into three stages; Albion finished 11th during the 1st stage (main league), and then 2nd in their relegation group during the second stage, avoiding relegation. If you combine the 1st and 2nd stages, Albion would have finished 10th overall.
  14. ^ Figure is taken from first stage of the 2011–12 RFU Championship. If you count the second stage (in which Albion gained 24 points), they would have achieved 54 points overall.
  15. ^ The competition format for the 2012–13 RFU Championship changed to a main league stage, with the top 4 sides contesting the playoffs.
  16. ^ *Plymouth Albion were deducted 30 points for going into administration on 8 April 2016.[11]

See also[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. ^ 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. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Plymouth Albion taken over by David Venables and Bruce Priday". BBC Sports. 8 April 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Powergen National Trophy 2005/06". Statbunker. 7 January 2006.
  8. ^ "EDF Energy National Cup 2006/07". Statbunker. 24 March 2007.
  9. ^ "EDF National Trophy 07/08". Statbunker. 15 March 2008.
  10. ^ "EDF National Trophy 08/09". Statbunker. 17 January 2009.
  11. ^ "Plymouth Albion taken over by David Venables and Bruce Priday". BBC. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  12. ^ "DRFU Handbook 2011-12" (PDF). Devon RFU. Retrieved 30 January 2017.

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