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Old Albanian RFC Match Programme 26th Jan 2019

Old Albanians vs Old Redcliffians

Saturday 26th January 2019

Old Redcliffians were founded in 1918 by former pupils of Redcliffe Boys School (founded in 1571), who on returning from serving in World War One, helped set up the club.

Initially the club played at the school playing fields on Daventry Road in Knowle. However in 1968 when a new school was built on those premises, the club moved to the schools new playing field on Scotland Lane.

During the early 1980’s the club enjoyed a strong period, when as well as playing 6 senior sides on a Saturday, the first team played for three seasons in the John Player Cup and had the pleasure of hosting London Scottish in the third round.

The advent of league rugby saw the club play mainly in the Somerset or Western Counties leagues. However a turnaround in the clubs fortunes started in 2010 when they won the RFU Intermediate Cup at Twickenham and saw promotion to South West 1.

The following season saw another promotion into National 3 for the first time. Unfortunately they were relegated after one season, but bounced back the following season and have now reached National 2 South.

Previous Match - 6th Oct 2018 - Old Albanians 19 vs Old Redcliffians 10 (Home)

Old Albanian RFC & Old Redcliffians RFC

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Head Coach's Preview

We travel west to Bristol after the disappointment of last week in what was a lack lustre performance.

This week has enabled us to have a few honest conversations and focus on a few key areas of our performance that we need to improve in. The boys have certainly responded in training in the correct manner and we are looking forward to applying ourselves in a much more energetic way this Saturday.

As always any travelling support would be very welcome!!

Gavin Hogg, Head Coach

Match Day Team Sheet

Team Selection vs Old Redcliffians, 26th Jan 2019

1st XV League Table

National League Two South, 26th January 2019

1st XV Fixtures & Results

1st XV Fixture List - 2018/19

Match Report

Old Albanians 12

Tonbridge Juddians 57

Match Report

Strange to relate Albanians did not seem wanting in many parts of this one-sided battle. This at least held good in the early stages before an ebullient Tonbridge Juddian side got the bit between their collective teeth. After 35 minutes there was little doubt who would win the day.

If Albanians had to pick the sharpest thorn in their flesh the trophy would go to flying TJ right wing Murray Galbraith-Lowe who managed an astonishing ten minute hat trick just before the break.

Obviously he could not have achieved this alone: his forwards produced fast, clean possession and Will Robinson, a stand out fly half, called the shots effectively behind the pack.

Albanian defence was not up to its usual standard and, with ball in hand, the hosts’ efforts appeared muddled or laboured. The home lineout worked acceptably and the tight scrum proved more than adequate; but all the above does not win contests like this.

Besides their 14’s prodigious efforts, Hugo Watson crossed twice for the visitors and he was joined by Nicoll, Coxon-Smith, Robinson and Edwards as TJs built a nine try to two demolition.

Seventeen year old debutant OA full back Sam Jones was a staunch example to his elders and even crossed for the first Albanian try just before the break. Alfie Hill score the other.

Brian Quinn, Press & Publicity

Recent Results & Upcoming Fixtures

Senior Club Results, Fixtures and Pitch Allocations
Woollams Playing Field Pitch Map

OAs through history

We introduced #ThrowbackThursday on Social Media this season and are now including it in our Match Day Programmes.

Old Albanian RFC

Founded in 1924, Old Albanian RFC is an English Rugby Union Club playing in National League Two South for the 2018/19 season. We are a fully open and inclusive community club based at Woollams, the club’s home ground in St Albans, Hertfordshire offering some of the best playing and social facilities in the UK.

The senior club runs four men’s teams and an Adult Ladies side all playing in competitive leagues, in 2018 the club also launched an Academy for 17 to 23 year olds.

The junior club is one of of the largest and most successful Mini’s & Junior’s sections in the country with nearly 1,000 members playing week in week out between Under 5 and Under 18s, including a growing Girls section operating at 3 age groups; Under 13, Under 15 and Under 18.

Old Albanian RFC, Woollams Playing Field

2018/19 1st XV Coaching Team

Bruce, Gavin & James
Simon, Tom, Jordan and Leo

2018/19 1st XV Squad

1st XV Squad - 2018/19

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