81/82 End of Season

February 20, 2023 Albion

The secret of Albion’s success last Season was a fitter, more disciplined squad of players. The 1st XV had won two more matches than in the previous season, finishing with 27 wins from 38 matches. The Extra First XV and United XV also maintained satisfactory improvement, between the three sides a total of 140 players had represented the club. Allied to this Albion Juniors also had yet another good season scoring 164 Tries in their 36 Matches.

Season 1982/83 would see some new fixtures at Beacon Park, among them Watsonians from Edinburgh and Randwick from Sydney Australia. The latter are on a European tour and hopefully would include the three Ella Brothers who all toured with Australia last Season. Fixture making in the future would be more difficult as Albion had not been included in the top 25 Clubs- Senior Club Status Level – and such an achievement remained a top priority. This season had also seen the setting up of mini rugby at Albion under the watchful eye of Nigel “Sleepy” Sparrow.

Moving away from “on the pitch activity” fixture secretary, Alf Nicholls paid tribute to Rear Admiral Charles Shepherd, who was retiring as assistant secretary and house secretary after three years. Alf went on to pay tribute to supporters club secretary Harold Winter who was also stepping down after over 30 years. With regard to the club’s financial position, Treasurer Tom Madigan reported that the club was in a better state than in the previous season, with excess of income over expenditure working out at £6252, including a vast increase of profit from the bar, the club’s chief source of revenue, from £8486 to £15,496.

The annual supporters club meeting which preceded the “Parent Club Meeting”, elected Mr Bill Stone as successor to Mr Winter, while Mrs Alma “Auntie Alma” Arnold presented a cheque to the club from money raised by whist drives organised by Mrs Alice Wilson, wife of the President of the Supporters Club.