Fugey’s Froback: Rosslyn Park

April 23, 2024
April 23, 2024 Albion

Plymouth Albion and Rosslyn Park have a long history of playing each other. Their first visit to Beacon Park was on Saturday 2nd December 1922, when Albion won 9-3.

Albion were captained by E.G. Butcher and the Park Captain was R.Liesching. In season 1924-25 the Park were due to play again at Beacon Park on Saturday 27th December, however to quote from the Match Day Programme, “We much regret that owing to the congested Train service, Rosslyn Park have found it necessary to cancel their fixture with us to-day”.

Fast forward to Season 1965/66, and Albion are due to play Rosslyn Park on Tuesday September 21st in a 18:00 kick-off, and the Programme Notes Quote “Tonight once again, it is our pleasure to welcome ‘The Park’ to Beacon Park. This fixture is always looked forward to by Players and Spectators alike.” The Albion Team was captained by Nick Southern while the Park were led out by John Hampton.

The risks in playing men out of their usual positions paid off for the re-built Albion side, due to holidays and injuries that had reduced availability against a formidable Rosslyn Park side. Scrum-Half Dave Sweett played on the Wing and 20-year-old John Parsons made his Debut at Centre, while Captain Nick Southern went into the Front Row to allow Ron Glazsher to play in his Cornwall County position in the Second Row.

Also in the side was Paul Venn, the former Bath player who returned to Albion this Season and reverted to the Second Row from Back Row. Albion made an immediate impact with the Forwards combining well and Half-Backs Chris Uren and Peter Anthony in an attacking mood. Albion’s play was brisk in the first half, and with Anthony kicking for position, it was from one of his kicks that gave Albion the first points after 10 minutes, Park Captain John Hampton failed to gather the Ball and Albion Wing Alistair McHaffie burst away to score.

The Albion Forwards were in control of both Line-outs and Loose-Play, with Clive Cross, Ron Glazsher and Derek Holdsworth outstanding. They were however having problems at set Scrums. For the Park Wing- Forwards (Flankers) Archie Hendricks and John Stafford were never slow to the ball, and managed to feed David Allanson who crossed for a Try which Tony Smith Converted.

Shortly afterwards Full -Back Arthur McLean kicked a long-range penalty for Albion. By now the hosts were dominant and following a side-step from Scrum-Half Chris Uren, Fly-Half Peter Anthony fed Ron Glazsher to go clear and score a try. Arthur McLean converted, then in the last play of the Match Peter Anthony kicked a Drop-Goal to give Albion a 12-5 win.

Albion Line-up:

15. Arthur McLean, 14. Alistair McHaffie, 13. Jon Gabbitas, 12. John Parsons, 11. Dave Sweett, 10. Peter Anthony, 9. Chris U’ren, 8. Steve Anderson, 7. Derek Holdsworth, 6. Clive Cross, 5. Ron Glazsher, 4. Paul Venn, 3. Nick Southern, 2. Roger Harris, 1. Brian Spiller