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Plymouth Albion make three changes for the visit of Rotherham Titans

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For their vital match against Rotherham Titans at Brickfields (Saturday kick off 3pm) Plymouth Albion have made three changes, one of them positional, from the side that was narrowly beaten at Nottingham.

Lawrence Rayner, who is Albion’s top points scorer this season, is restored to the starting line up at full back with dual registered Jack Arnott switching to his more familiar position on the wing.

Up front Canadian international Brett Beukeboom returns to the second row replacing Tom Hicks who is on LV=Cup duty with his parent club Gloucester Rugby.

Bottom of the table Albion, who announced this week that they won’t be going into administration, will be hoping for a victory that will help them reduce the 8 point gap between themselves and eleventh placed Doncaster Knights.

Plymouth Albion: 15 Lawrence Rayner, 14 Jack Arnott, 13 Ben Woods, 12 Toby Howley-Berridge, 11 Ben Foley, 10 Declan Cusack capt, 9 Josh Davies, 1 Tom Fidler, 2 Ted Stagg, 3 Andy Tiedemann, 4 Neale Patrick, 5 Brett Beukeboom, 6 Rob Langley, 7 Eoghan Grace, 8 Rhys Oakley replacements 16 Tom Cowan-Dickie, 17 Tom Heard, 18 Luke Chapman, 19 Herbie Stupple, 20 Jake Henry, 21 Ruairi Cushion, 22 Elliott Clements-Hill

Referee: Steve Lee (RFU)

Plymouth Albion avoids administration

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Plymouth Albion is pleased to announce that as a result of the success of their fund raising appeal the Club will not be entering administration.

Over £250,000 has been pledged from Friends of Plymouth Albion with sufficient funds already available in the bank to meet immediate requirements.

Further funds are still needed and are being sought but this is a major step forward as we continue to build a resource for next season.

There will be a meeting with Shareholders next Thursday 5th February where plans for the long term future, including the restructuring of the Board, will be presented.

Graham Dawe, who has been assisting recently, is appointed a Director. As Director of Rugby he will have full control of all rugby matters. He will work with James Shanahan, the coaches, and the team, all of whom are vital, to try and keep Albion in the Championship.

Also Peter Vosper and Roger Harris will join the Board immediately to assist in the interim, and make recommendations to the Shareholders at the meeting next Thursday.

The Club would like to thank all those who have already agreed to contribute to the fund. This has been a fantastic joint response from the shareholders, supporters, the business community and the local media to ensure the future of this great club. Plymouth Albion will continue as a major sporting contributor to the community and the City of Plymouth.

We ask for a massive turnout on Saturday to cheer on the team in our vital match against Rotherham Titans.

Support continues to come in for #getbehindalbi

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Messages and donations have continued to come into the club following the launch of CrowdFunder and the #getbehindalbi campaign. A total of £6,494 has been raised to date.

Sponsors have been sending in messages of support to the club and have been circulating the Crowdfunder details to their clients. Acronyms established the CrowdFunder site for Albion and have been promoting the link through their website, social media and to their clients.

The staff and team at Albion would like to thank all those who have shown their support so far.

Some of the messages of support

“All at JEM Scaffolding wish the club every success and consider the relationship with Plymouth Albion as vitally important to our commitment to the City of Plymouth. We would like to offer our support to the club and all the players, coaching team and staff, as well as the Board at what must be a very difficult time. On behalf of the Directors of JEM Scaffolding Ltd we look forward to continuing our support of the whole club for the rest of the season and many more to come!”

“I believe in Albion, how about sending a simple message that you believe in them too and they can win, BELIEVE IN ALBION!”

“Good luck from a Glasgow Warriors supporter. Been to watch many games at Brickfields with my Father-in-Law and want to keep doing so!”

“Good Luck from a London Welsh supporter – great ground at Brickfields and you gave us a heck of a kick in the pants last season!”

“Best of luck Plymouth Albion with your target. My grandad played for you after the war for a time.
You can do it! Duncan, A Bristol Rugby supporter wishing you well.”

“Fingers crossed we see you in Jersey again as soon as possible!!!!”

“Good luck, Albion. Hope everyone pulls together and helps support the club.”

“Good luck, I saw my first match at Beacon Park in 1960,and have been a supporter ever since.It would be a sad day for Plymouth if we lost Albion.”

“It would be a sad day if we didn’t have a local rugby club in Plymouth. I also hope lots of people respond to this plea. Every little helps so come on people of Plymouth”

“Let’s hope that with many small gestures like mine we can save Albion. Many thanks to all the Sterling family for their hard work and commitment to the club.”

Join us for Plymouth Albion v Rotherham Titans

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Our next home game is on Saturday 31st January Plymouth Albion v Rotherham Titans, KO 3pm at Brickfields.

We have lots happening at the ground during the afternoon including:

  • Pupils from Widey Court and Leigham schools will be joining us for pre-match coaching.
  • Live music after the game from Black Jack Davey
  • £1 off Carling, Doombar and Guinness from 1pm-2pm
  • ‘Curry & a pint’ £5 from 1pm-2pm
  • After match coach and player interviews

Free City Bus Transport

City Bus have kindly agreed to give free transport to those travelling to and from the game on procession of the match day ticket to Plymouth Albion v Rotherham Titans.

We have spaces available for our ‘Match Day Experience’
The price per person is £60 and includes: A ticket to the ground (except current ticket holders), a match day programme, three course hot buffet meal with cheese board in the Midas Marquee with seats at a reserved table. For bookings both corporate and for individuals, please e-mail clare@plymouthalbion.com.

To book tickets for the match click here

Albi Travel is now organising away trips to support the team

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Albi Travel is now organising away trips to support the team. It seeks to maximise the numbers of fans cheering our heroes at away matches.

With only 4 away matches left this season we encourage you to travel to watch the games with Albi Travel.

Bedford is the first one of the 4 on Saturday 7th of February.

For information and bookings please see the Albi travel page under the supporters menu on the Albion Club website.

Don’t forget to like the Albi Travel Facebook page

 

U20′s Schools and Rugby Club Promotion

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Plymouth Albion are offering a schools and rugby club group booking promotion for the England U20′s v Italy U20′s game. 

Free Under 12′s ground tickets are available for group bookings of 10 youths or more made before the 6th of February.

Get 40% off all under 16′s ticket categories when you book 10 youths or more before the 6th February 2015. 

For Rugby Clubs and School bookings please email us or TEL 01752 565064

Please find more details here Rugby Clubs and Schools promotion