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Plymouth Albion Rugby Football Club
Brickfields Recreational Ground
Madden Rd, Devonport
Plymouth
PL1 4NE | map
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Tel: 0870 350 0402

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Plymouth Albion Rugby Football Club was formed in 1915 from the merger of Plymouth RFC and Devonport Albion RFC. Plymouth RFC had been founded in 1875 and played at South Devon Place. In 1912 the Northern Union (who had broken away and formed the Rugby League code) wanted to set up a Western League in Devon and Cornwall. An exhibition game between Huddersfield and Oldham was played at South Devon Place in front of 8,000 spectators and following this it was decided to set up a Rugby League club. Plymouth RFC was temporarily disbanded but later reformed prior to the merger. Devonport Albion was founded in 1875 by apprentices from Devonport dockyard. Plymouth were a major rugby force in the 1920s, with five internationals in the team at one stage. A midweek game against Oxford University attracted a record crowd of 18,000, not beaten in England until the 1980s. Plymouth currently find themselves in National League Division One following a remarkable streak which led to the club's promotion in 2002. They began in the Division Three South and, following a 50 game unbeaten streak, they gained promotion. Many observers think that this is the best period for the club since the 1920s.


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