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The clubhouse gets a facelift in 2016
Hi everyone, not a lot to give you this time, what with the rugby taking a well earned rest.
The Mike Turner Young Player of the year award 2016 -17
On Sunday 30th April the Mike Turner trophy was awarded in the Bidvest marquee. This annual event nearly didn't take place this year but for the intervention and at the request from the players I'm glad to say. As a result of the limited time given before it took place the numbers who attended were lower than usual for this important date in the clubs calendar and I trust that the 200 club and the Albi Travel club who jointly organized the event will organize next years a.s.a.p. so that we can make a note of the date in our calendar for the next time.
Our opponents for Saturday - Cambridge
Cambridge r.f.c. our hosts for the final match in the 2016 - 17 season were formed in 1923 and currently play at Grantchester Road in the Newnham area of Cambridge where they have played since the 1950's, running three senior sides and three junior sides, an organized club it seems for what looks like a traditional rugby club providing rugby for all ages in the area. They are another club that hace been able to take advantage of an opportunity to buy the lease on existing pitches and further land from Kings College in the 1990's to accomodate those teams.
Our opponents for Saturday - Blackheath
Once again we face up to the oldest "open" rugby club in the world, it being open to anybody, rather than a current or ex member of a school, university or hospital and as such the third oldest rugby club in continious existence in the world after Dublin University and Edinbourgh Academical F.C. "Club" to give Blackheath it's handle used by it's supporters was founded in 1858 by Old Boys of Blackheath Propriety School. After just 158 years of playing at Rectory Field they have moved to Well Hall in Eltham for the 2016 - 17 season.
Our opponents for Saturday - Moseley
On Saturday we are away to one of our closest teams in recent years sharing a number of years sometimes in touching distance for a number of seasons whilst both clubs fought to avoid relegation from the old Nat 1 and later on from the Championship. Often finding both clubs going through nail biting times avioding relegation, and here we are again pitting ourselves against each other for the spoils.
Our visitors this week - Hull Ionians r.f.c.
Hull Ionians r.f.c. were founded in 1989 some 28 years ago, when Hull and East Riding merged with Ionians, the club were promoted to Natonal Division One in 2013 - 2014, relegated the following season then winning promotion back to National One the following season again. They currently have a squad of thirty two this season playing out of Brantingham Park. This season is another hard slog for them and currently they have seven more games in which to make up a seven point deficit to climb out of the relegation zone.
Our opponents tommorow - Loughbourough Students
This is a bit late in the day I know but as we don't have a game next weekend I'll bring it forward. Loughborough Students as the club is now known was formed in 1919 after WW1 as Loughborough Colleges merged with the Students Unions of the University of Technology in 1976, I'm glad they didn't go with the longer title. The post WW1 era saw them earn a reputation when they had future English captains on the books and in the sixties were playing against top teams in the country and they also won the UAU (Universities Athletic Union) cup seven times in that decade. In the 1970 - 1971 season they included six future internationals in the team and have over the years produced some 68 home internationals, including a few from other countries, 15 womens internationals and 18 men who went on to play for the Lions.
Comings and Goings 2017/2018
Player Movements in the run up to the 2017/18 Season...
Albion's travelling support
The news of Albion's climb up the table and excellent results is going viral with the four gentlemen pictured having travelled all the way from Holland to watch the game against Fylde a couple of weeks ago. When I first saw them I mistook them to be Fylde supporters having a beer before the game but when I spoke to them they surprised me by saying they were from Holland having pre booked their travell and hotel arrangements in order to see Argyle play having noticed their progress in the F.A. Cup and of course the league. Unfortuneatly the game was postponed until the following Tuesday so they came anyway to see what other sporting delights were on offer in Plymouth. I hope they enjoyed the experience not having seen a live game of rugby before. Although I'm told by one of our ladies squad that Holland have a useful 7's team. I trust you had a good journey home lads.
Farewell luncheon for Vince and Jill
Proir to the ESher game two weeks ago the 200 and Supporters club arranged a pre match meal for Jill and Vince in recognition of the tremendous amount of work they have put in for Albion over a period of many years on a volountary basis.