Albion Internationals

January 12, 2023 Albion

Today we are going to look at Edward “Erb “Stanbury.

Erb was born on 29th August 1897, in Plympton. After attending various schools, he joined Plympton St. Mary rural district council under the rating and valuation act 1925. Then in May 1927, he was appointed principal rating officer. It is interesting to know that his great-grandfather, grandfather, and father had all been in the local government services, his great-grandfather starting in 1835.

Erb enjoyed a varied football experience from the blistering sun in Egypt and shell-wrecked areas in France, to hailstorms and mudlarks in Devon. Erb served two years in Egypt with the 201st siege battery, Devon Artillery, and it was here that he commenced his football career, where he played for the battery team against the Australian light horse division and others. On returning to France; he was wounded in the shoulder, and invalided home. He was then stationed at Tenby, Wales, where he played for the Royal Artillery, tank corps depot.

Erb returned to Plymouth in 1920 and joined Plymouth Albion where he played as a three-quarter for the 2nd team for three seasons and then was promoted to the 1st team as a prop forward. In Season 1922-23 he gained his Devon County cap and eventually represented Devon on 43 occasions, his last game was on 12 December 1931 against Somerset at Taunton, the home team winning 12pts to nil.

With regard to his selection for England, he was included in the trial match on 12 December 1925, and made his debut against Wales on 16 January 1926, at Cardiff Arms Park, the result was a draw 3 points each, he was the 608th  player to represent England and went on to be capped 16 times, his last cap was on 1st April 1929, (Easter Monday) against France at the Stade Colombes, England winning 16 points to 6; he was also selected in season 1927-28 for the Barbarians.

In December 1928 Erb married Miss Hilda M Shearman, he also was Albion vice-captain for seasons 1928-29, seasons 1931-32 and 1932-33 saw him as Albion captain, and he became president of Albion in 1965-1967, away from Albion he held several positions with Devon RFU.

  • 1949-1954; Secretary
  • 1954-1957; President
  • 1960-1961; Match Secretary and Team Secretary
  • 1963-1968; Devon Representative on the RFU Committee

Erb passed away on 1st May 1968 aged 70 Years and 246 Days.