Fugee’s Froback: Albion Hope For Season Of Fulfilment in 1957-58

March 7, 2024
March 7, 2024 Albion

Last Season Plymouth Albion were a side of promise. This year it is hoped they will be a side of fulfilment. The signs are all there.

To increase the Social aspect – vital from the revenue angle- the Clubroom has been attractively decorated. The Club are one the few in Devon which can boast a permanent Television set, a Ferguson Black and White 14 Inch (36cm).

The Ground is looking better than it has at the start of the Season for several years; this is a result of a group of volunteer Club Members working on the Pitch every Thursday evening during the “Close Season”.

On the playing side there is the good news that the three-quarters will be strengthened by the inclusion of School Master, Welsh International Wing Keith Maddocks who is taking up a Teaching post at St Boniface College, situated on the opposite side of the Road to Beacon Park.

Playing Rugby in Devon is not new to Maddocks, while at St Luke’s Teacher Training College, now part of Exeter University) he represented Devon in Season 1949-50. Maddocks was Capped by Wales on 19 January 1957, at Home to England.

Unfortunately the visitors won by a Penalty Goal to nil. The penalty was given away by Maddocks, who was playing for Neath at the time, and he was never selected again.

Another newcomer will be Ken Jones, an Old Suttonian, who has been playing in the London area having had a trial at Hertfordshire.

He is a Centre or Wing but has also played Full-Back on the odd occasion. Most of Albion’s Players from last Season will be available, and they include the very promising Scrum-Half Dave Sweet, who missed much of last Season due to a broken Wrist.

Back-Row Forward Derek Holdsworth is injured with a chipped Ankle Bone and will not be available until around Christmas. 

Competition for places should be interesting with Players such as Eddie Hall and Bob Stevens battling it out for the other Wing position, while Vice-Captain Bill Glastonbury, Bobbie Luffman, Peter Wevill, Peter Luffman, Ken Jones, John Mitson and Des Cox all fighting for Selection. The main area of concern is for Second Row Players to partner new Captain, Ray Ellis, Doug Brown the only other Secon Row is still recovering from a Shoulder injury.

Nevertheless, there are many new Players who have got to be looked at in the Pre-Season Trial Matches, Albion’s hopes are high.

Plymouth Albion finished an unsatisfactory and frustrating Season with more points scored against them 354, than they have scored 345 ,it is the first time this has happened since 1953-54 Season, and they also lost 19 Matches while only winning 19.