Fuge's Throwback

November 30, 2021
November 30, 2021 Albion

It is the season 1982/83, Saturday 13th November and Albion are due to play Gloucester at Beacon Park, 3 pm kick-off. 

At the time, Gloucester were joint holders of the John Player Cup, having drawn with Moseley in the final the previous season. The 1981/82 season was a marvellous one for them with a playing record of won 41, drawn 4 and lost only 3 of the 48 matches played. In doing so, they scored 154 tries and ran up a total of 1045 points against the 338 conceded. Originally the result of this fixture would not count towards the Merit Table, but at the 11th hour Gloucester changed their minds. The added incentive for Albion was defending an unbeaten home record, having won 12 and drawn 1.

The Gloucester side included 3 International Forwards, in hooker Steve Mills, second row John Brain and number 8, Mike Teague. The visitors hope of extending their six-match unbeaten run sank in the mud where conditions were abysmal. Both sides points came in the first half. All Albion’s came from the boot of No10, Paul Carter.
In the 14th minute, attacking close to the visitors’ line Albion were awarded a penalty for offside, which Paul Carter converted, from 20 yards. Due to the weather conditions and state of the pitch the match was full of errors. In the 34th minute the visitors Scrum-Half, Steve Baker passed the ball to fly half Dave Pointon who from 25 yards out dropped a goal, there-by making the score 3 points all but within 2 minutes Albion were back in front when Paul Carter kicked his second Penalty from 30 yards out, awarded for obstruction by the Cherry and Whites, leaving the final score 6pts to 3, in favour of Albion.

Albion were deserved winners in that they took their chances well, produced some good attacking moves and refused to be overawed by their opponents.

Albion Team

15.K.Turton,14.Ray Westlake (Capt),13.Graham Pearson,12.Simon Parford,11.Mike Newton,10. Paul Carter,9.Bruce Fairgrieve,8. Shaun Stevens,7.Andy Robson,6. Kevin Norris,5. Terry Chapman,4. Jim Sneyd, 3. Brian Steer,2. Ian Martin, 1. Colin Rockey. Replacements, 16.Sean Deasey,17. Trevor Williams.