1979/80 Season

March 10, 2022 Albion

On this day Albion were to play Torquay Athletic at Beacon Park, and in attendance were the Devon Selectors. The visitors made one change to their selected XV after their Fly-Half J.Forber was injured during training , his place being taken by G.Baker. Rain during the morning had made the ground extremely slippery and the ball was proving difficult to control. Sanders the Torquay front- row forward failed with a penalty in the seventh minute, but shortly after Albion kicked the ball into the visitors “25”, but right wing G.Gooding managed to gather the ball and kicked it into touch.

After Sanders had missed another penalty, left centre J.D.Newell managed to sell a dummy and  almost scored but was tackled just short of the try line by Albion’s left centre J.Beamish. Shortly after Albion wing-forward A.J.Wood broke from a maul and passed the ball to fly-half J.Gribble but he was tackled into touch by the visitors full back E.Knapman just short  of the Torquay try line.

Albion eventually drew first blood before the interval when P.Luffman cross kicked and the ball was caught by right wing N.A.Notley who evaded the tackle by left wing M.J.Garrett, and fed the ball to Albion Captain L.Gibbs who crossed for a try, full back T.E.Irish easily converted, leaving the half-time score Albion 5pts Torquay nil.

Albion went further ahead soon after the interval, when Albion number 8, J.M.Clatworthy from a line out a few yards from the Torquay try line  caught the ball and crashed over to score, again Irish converted. Ten minutes into the second half Torquay were awarded a penalty, which Sanders converted, thus reducing the arrears. Albion were now keeping the visitors in their “25”, and were awarded a penalty which Irish missed, leaving the final score Albion 10pts Torquay 3pts. This victory was Albion’s eighth in succession.

Albion Team ( Players numbers were in reverse, i.e. Full Back wore number 1)

1.T.E.Irish, 2.K.J.Knowlan, 3.J.Beamish, 4.P.M.Luffman, 5.N.A.Notley, 6.J.Gribble, 7.R.Turner, 8.T.Bidgood, 9.L.Semmmens, 10.H.J.Biddle, 11.D.Bowden, 12.L.Gibbs (Capt), 13.S.Nicholson, 14.A.J.Wood, 15.J.M.Clatworthy