Plymouth Albion R.F.C. Annual Report, Season 1954-55

January 23, 2024
January 23, 2024 Albion

Presenting the Annual Report always creates some difficulty in that it is impossible to record everything that happens during the Season.

So many people help the Club in so many ways, that it is quite impossible to thank everyone by name. Albion depends entirely on the voluntary efforts of all those hard-working individuals, and the Club would like to thank you all.

The playing record of the 1st XV is as follows – 

Played: 36

Won: 22

Lost: 11

Drawn: 3

Points For: 390

Points Against: 222

This is the best post War record in that more Games have been won and fewer lost, more points scored and fewer points against.

The Rugby played has been of higher quality and the Games seen at Beacon Park this season have been entertaining, which is important if more people are to be attracted to watch. 

The attacking power of the Team has improved considerably, and they only failed on five occasions to score any points. It is also to note that of the 11 Matches lost, seven of those were against Welsh sides. In all 40 Players represented the first XV. 15 of them appeared more than 20 times, forming a nucleus of the same Players. of the regular starters ,E.Hall appeared in all Fixtures, whilst R.J.Stephens and P. Weevil only missed two matches.

Les Semmens has Captained the Team and his Hooking has contributed to a great deal of the Team’s success. Ken Williams, the Vice-Captain, has now left Plymouth and his impeccable play at Full -Back will be sadly missed.

Bill Glastonbury at Centre has without question played consistently well all Season. He is the leading point scorer with 84. Peter Weevil has maintained his early promise and is second highest scorer with 39 points. With regard to who has scored the most Tries, the answer is E.Hall on the left Wing with a total of 12, followed by R.J.Stephens on the right Wing who scored 8.

More Players have gained Representative Honours than in any Post War year: W. Glastonbury, R.Sloman, R.Ellis, G.Jeffery , G.Tucker and R.Wiltshire all played for Devon. L.Semmens, R.Harris both played for Cornwall and P.Weevil and R.J.Stephens played for National Civil Service XV.