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Wooden Spoon Summer Ball & Golf Day

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This year’s Wooden Spoon Summer Ball will take place on Friday 4th July 2014 at Plymouth Albion 7.00pm – 1.30am.

Enjoy a delicious 3 course dinner with guest of honour Lee Mears (Bath, England & British Lions) and providing entertainment will be the fabulous “The Loose Canons”

Special Price of £500 per table of 10 or £600 per table of 12 or individual tickets £50 each. Dress code; Black Tie

Please contact Kevin Norris kevin@akn7.co.uk or 07734779231 to reserve your table

Plymouth Summer Ball 4th July 2014 – Invite April 2014

The Wooden Spoons Golf Day will take place on Thursday 22nd May 2014 at Boringdon Park Gold Club.

  • £180 per team of 4 (Stableford best 2 scores to count)
  • Shotgun start 1.30 pm
  • Entry fee will include
  • Bacon Bap with tea/coffee from 12 noon
  • 18 holes of golf
  • Dinner
  • Halfway House and gamble hole!
  • Presentation of quality prizes
  • Top 3 teams go forward to Devon Final at Woodbury Park
  • National Final to be played at The Oxfordshire Golf Club October 2014

Spoon Plymouth Golf day invite Mar 2014

Plymouth Albion club captain Ruairi Cushion to join the coaching team next season

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Plymouth Albion club captain Ruairi Cushion will be staying at Brickfields for a sixth season but in a new capacity as a player/coach.

Cushion will expand the Albion coaching team to four, joining James Shanahan, Rhys Oakley and James Owen and he will have responsibility for skill development and match analysis.

Cushion has been cutting his coaching teeth working with Plymouth College, Devon U20’s and the senior Devon side.

Irishman Cushion, who has made over 100 league appearances for Albion, speaking about the move into coaching said, “I’m massively excited about my new role next year. When Shanners (James Shanahan) asked me a couple of months ago if I would be interested in a coaching role with the team I jumped at the chance.

“Shanners is someone I can learn a great deal from in my development as a coach. He has a good rugby brain and is a young coach whose enthusiasm rubs off on people around him.”

Cushion clearly has eyes in the scrum half berth next season adding, “My main focus next season will be coaching but as a player I still feel I have a huge amount to offer the team and won’t be holding back on pushing the other 9’s for the starting jersey each week.”

Shanahan said, “With Sean-Michael Stephen leaving at the end of the season, Ruairi is our most senior player and with all the connections he has made I believe he will make a good player/coach.

“As a skills analysis coach Ruairi will bring extra attention to detail that will feed into sessions which could be whole team, small groups or even one on one.

“Ruairi’s main role next season will be as a coach and much of his work will be done after a training session has finished. His work next season will hopefully improve us as a team.”

Information for Traveling Supporters this week

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We look forward to welcoming Plymouth Albion and their supporters on Saturday 26th April 2014 to Billesley Common for the Greene King IPA Championship fixture – Moseley v Plymouth Albion with a 3.00 pm kick off.

How to find us
Directions for travel to the ground are on the club website www.moseleyrugby.co.uk (How to find us). This includes details of train and bus travel. Train and bus to the ground is relatively straightforward.
Car parking is free, and disabled badge holders can park right next to the wheel-chair friendly clubhouse. To avoid congestion (and to keep our neighbours happy!) please follow the directions on the website and approach the ground from the South.

Catering
The catering facilities are open from  1.30 pm on match day serving a variety of food such as “panini”, Chilli, jacket potatoes, succulent pork baps (described by a Rotherham visitor as “the best pork butty in Christendom!”)  healthy sandwiches as well as the usual “chips with everything” from three different serving locations. We received plaudits from many visiting supporters last season.

Real Ale Update
We always have a choice of real ales. There is a dedicated ‘real ale only’ bar at one end of the clubhouse and the main bar serving real ale and ‘everything else’.
The ales for Plymouth Albion are:

Greene King IPA  (3.6% abv) Special Offer £2.50 pint Greene King IPA is a perfectly balanced ale, characterised by its fresh, hoppy taste and clean, bitter finish. This hoppy taste and aroma come from two varieties of English hops – Challenger and First Gold – which are combined with pale and crystal malts. A great beer to enjoy with curry, Mexican and other spicy food, or simply on its own

Greene King IPA Gold (4.1%) Greene King IPA Gold is a light, refreshing golden ale that truly brings out the best in the unique and aromatic Savinsjki Goldings hop variety which creates a perfect blend of tropical fruits, mango and spicy notes.

Yardbird  (4.0% abv) ABV Full of hops and with a lasting fruity flavour, this beer is inspired by bold American pale ales.

Ale Fresco (4.3% abv)Smooth and easy drinking, this golden ale is brewed using Centennial hops, and has a light citrus taste.

Match Preview & Report
Moseley’s match preview is scheduled to be on the club website (click on 1st XV then fixtures) by the Tuesday running up to the game. The Birmingham Post and/or The Birmingham Mail will carry the first match reports which should be on-line by the following day.  www.birminghammail.net

Match Day entry
Adults are £17; Seniors £12; Students £6; Under 16s £3. The stand is £3 extra – please pay at the stand NOT the gate. ID required for concessions.

Club Shop 
The ideal present for your friends and relatives! All Moseley branded and a souvenir of your visit!
The club shop is located at the end of the hospitality boxes facing the clubhouse.

Further information
Further information is on the club website www.moseleyrugby.co.uk
If you can’t immediately find what you’re looking for – go to ‘What’s New’ and click on ‘A-Z’ at the top of the page.

If you have any queries please contact us either at the clubhouse on 0121 443 3631 or via email info@moseleyrugby.co.uk

We look forward to your visit!

Regards
Moseley Communications Team

PS: We would be delighted to hear what your supporters thought of their visit, both good and where we can improve – they’d be most welcome to email us info@moseleyrugby.co.uk

A couple of comments we have received recently (unsolicited – honest!):

Great facilities & welcoming atmosphere

“The weekend was very successful with lots of really positive feedback coming to me regarding the club’s great facilities and welcoming atmosphere.”

England U18 Team Manager 

Enlightened approach & awesome spread of food

Thanks to all at Mose RFC for a cracking day – the spread of food is awesome (pork baps scrummy), very friendly people, great rugby club.

From a personal point of view your policy of free parking and helpful comments for disabled spectators is very refreshing. …………I know money is tight for everyone, but the good will generated by an enlightened approach like yours will surely pay off in the long term.

Cornish Pirates Supporter

Solid, friendly supporters, lovely food

Solid, friendly supporters, lovely food. Always give us a good welcome whether we are supporting them or in this case , the opposition. It’s our second club really as we have some really good memories of colts days.

Leeds Carnegie Supporter

Amazing day, friendly atmosphere
My first away trip outside of the local sides with Plymouth yesterday and had an amazing day. You all helped that, I loved the reaction when we chanted Albion, you all started chanting Moseley and made a brilliant atmosphere.
You guys deserved something from the game, glad it wasn’t the four points but I would say that. Your fans were friendly and was pleased to have visited your ground.

Plymouth Albion Supporter 22 September 2012

Sense of history
It was such a pleasure to enter their club house yesterday and be reminded about what most traditional club houses are like. One could feel the sense of history and pride in the place – despite their changing fortunes. It was decently, though not expensively, decorated; there were photographs all over the place, not just of their famous players from the past, but also of rank and file players and spectators too, going back generations – even in the loos! And wasn’t it fantastic to be able to take advantage of the Real Ale Bar. Personal I agree with Steve, who found the Kimberley bitter to be the pick of the bunch. I think I managed to try all of them and found they were all good!

My point is, I thought the place had real atmosphere. A real rugby atmosphere!

Newcastle Falcons Supporter 6 October 2012

Plymouth Albion v Ealing Trailfinders Match Report

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PLYMOUTH Albion suffered a disappointing defeat in their final home fixture of the season as Ealing took a giant step towards Championship safety.

Albion were winning with 80 minutes up on the clock thanks to tries by Chris Elder, Toby Howley-Berridge and Jamie Davies, but Ealing, needing the victory to give themselves hope of staying up with one game to go, scored a 14-man driving maul try in the last minute to seal victory.

The defeat was Albion’s sixth in a row and brought to an end a miserable season for them on their home pitch.

Read the full story by clicking the Herald logo below;

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Plymouth Albion add 3 new players for 2014/15 squad

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Plymouth Albion head coach James Shanahan continued building his squad for next season by capturing the signatures of three new players.

21 year old scrum half Josh Davies moves to Brickfields from Newport/Gwent Dragons.

Shanahan speaking about the signing of Davies said, “Josh is a very lively 9 with lots of pace and power. He impressed me last year in the Junior World Cup playing for Wales.

“He can bring a lot of pace and tempo to the game and that is something we like in our attacking game.”

Albion’s back row options will be enhanced by the arrival of 22 year old Alistair Bone, who has just graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Sport Management.

Shanahan added, “Ali is a very powerful and dynamic back row player who has the ability to cover the whole of the back row which will gives us versatility.

“Coming out of the Loughborough environment he already has a great skill set to work with. Ali is very keen to succeed for Albion next season.

The third new signing, 23 year old Tom Cowan-Dickie, is already well known to Albion fans having been dual registered with Exeter Chiefs for the last two seasons.

Cowan –Dickie has been restricted by injury this season and has made just two league appearances during the current campaign.

Shanahan commented, “Tom is a very powerful rugby player and will bring that to our front row next season.

“We have lacked strong ball carriers in that department and I feel Tom can bring that to our game.

“It shows the strong link we have with Exeter and I’m looking forward to having Tom with us as full time Albion player.

Albion now have 19 players confirmed for next season with 11 members of the current squad being joined by 8 new signings.

Leeds Carnegie v Plymouth Albion Match Report

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Plymouth Albion suffered a fifth consecutive defeat when they were beaten by promotion-hopefuls Leeds in the Championship at Headingley last Sunday.

It was the second time in nine days Albion had lost at Headingley, having gone down 41-21 to Leeds in the quarter-finals of the British & Irish Cup.

That cup match was quite close until the final few minutes but the league game was more one-side.

Leeds went into the match knowing they needed the win to guarantee their place in the end of season promotion play-offs and right from kick-off it was clear they were determined not to make any mistake.

Injury-hit Albion battled hard but they never threatened to cause an upset and claim their first win at Headingley.

They had found themselves 28-0 down at half-time, but played better second half and were rewarded with tries by Ien Ascroft-Leigh and Tom Bowen.

Head coach James Shanahan told The Herald after the match: “I was really proud of the boys second half. We won the second half, but first half was a different matter.

“It was a difficult challenge for us. We had 15 boys currently injured and unavailable. I’m not trying to make excuses, but if any club had 15 players injured they would struggle, especially against a quality outfit like Leeds, who are pushing for promotion.

“But I was really proud of the boys. It was a hard game to get up for, coming back here after the disappointment of the cup game and with Leeds having plenty to play for and us in theory nothing.

“But the guys showed a lot of pride and passion and I thanked them for the second half.

“I just asked if they could do that it from minute one and not wait for the half-time analysis and chat to implement what we had already talked about.”

To read the full match report click The Herald logo:

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Plymouth Albion announce another new signing as two depart

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Plymouth Albion head coach James Shanahan continued building his squad for next season by signing 21 year old England Students centre Ben Axten-Burrett, who is currently studying at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Axten-Burrett, who was previously a member of the Harlequins Academy, has signed a one year contract with the option of a second season.

Shanahan commenting on the signing said, “Ben Axten-Burrett is a young and exciting centre who was brought to my attention by ex-Dragons head coach Paul Turner.

“Paul has a great eye in spotting talent so once he spoke to me and I had researched Ben it was an easy decision to sign him.

“Ben will bring a play making ability at 12 which is something I was looking for next season. He is a powerful centre with a great passing and kicking game. For me Ben will add an extra dimension to our play next season.”

In contrast two members of the current Albion squad will be moving onto pastures new next season.

21 year old wing Tom Bowen, who has so far scored 16 tries this season, has signed a contract with the England 7’s squad.

Shanahan said, “It is a big loss for us as Tom has been a stand out player for Albion this year but also in the whole Championship.

“I know he had lots of interest from Premiership clubs and to get a 7’s deal with England is great for him. His ability to beat defenders with ease and score tries means I’m confident he will be outstanding for England next season and I will look forward to watching him.”

The second Albion player moving on is 21 year old prop Ben Rogers who has signed a contract with Championship rivals Jersey.

Shanahan added, “It has been a difficult year for Ben due to injuries which has restricted his game time. I was unable to offer Ben a contract but wish him all the best at Jersey next season.”