Plymouth Albion had this summer beaten the bugbear of so many Rugby Clubs – that of players drifting apart during the close Season. They did so by the unprecedented step of keeping their Ground and Clubhouse at Beacon Park open throughout the summer.
Training took place at the ground on Tuesdays, while social events were held in the Clubhouse on Saturday evenings. Attendances at both more than warranted the extra voluntary work required.
On an average about a dozen or more players attended the training evenings – playing Football and doing keep-fit exercises. The training sessions maintained a general standard of fitness and assured a continuance of Team spirit.
Meanwhile a great amount of work had been going on at Beacon Park in the absence of a regular Groundsman. Players had come forward willingly to assist in painting and the carrying out renovation work. Allied to this, three new members had been co-opted on to the Committee. They were Messrs Selwyn Morgan, Rodney Dart and George Westlake.
Principal Player news during the close season was the return from National Service of Peter Wevill and Gerry Dyer. Peter played occasionally for Albion the previous season while stationed at Honiton, but will be available permanently this season and should be a great asset.
He was able to play at Fly-Half or Centre, while Gerry has played some good Rugby during his time with the R.A.F. in the Far East. He will be remembered as a splendid Wing and a prolific try scorer.
However, Albion will also have lost a valuable player in Dylan Evans – the Neath born Fly- Half who came to Albion in the 1957-58 season from Carnegie Physical Training College. Dylan proved to be a Fly-Half with excellent hands and good foot work.
He is taking up a Physical education Teaching post in New Brunswick, Canada. During his stay in Plymouth he was in charge of Physical Education at Tamar Secondary School.
Albion’s Pre-Season training would start on August 5th, when the Club invites all Rugby players in the City – whether members of a Club or not – to join them. Trial games will be played on the last two Saturdays of August, with the first team playing their opening game of the season on Saturday 6th September against Bridgwater in a 15:00 kick-off at Beacon Park.
This was followed by an evening of entertainment at the Glenholt Country Club, Dancing to the Frankie Fuge Dance Band. Tickets for the event cost 10 Shillings (50p).
Albion also announced that Club Membership for the Season would be seven Shillings and Sixpence (35p) for Adults ,and Under 18’s would pay 2 Shillings and Sixpence (13p).
It was also confirmed that Rear-Admiral H.S.Brockman would be Club President, with G.L.Wakeham being appointed Chairman while E.G. Butcher would be Vice-Chairman.