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By Marcus Streets

Be the Sixteenth man

his Saturday the 1st XV entertain Birmingham Moseley, with the 2nd XV host Jersey. The 3rd XV host Ipswich. As it is the last home match of the season, the mini and youth will be presented their colours.

It is a critical match for both Cambridge and Moseley,the winner is almost certainly safe from relegation, the loser will have one last chance to survive next week.

Birmingham has long been a centre of engineering prowess - one of its greatest unsung engineers must be Moseley resident Frederick Lanchester, who built one the first British motor car, and made significant discoveries in aeronautics, military theory and operational research.

Lanchester started his career at the Forward Gas Engine Company, who made stationary engines. Lanchester develop the design and started making petrol engines. He then had the idea of fitting one to a boat, using it to drive a paddle wheel. Having conquered the water, the next target was the road, and he built his first car in 1895, and had soon set up his own company to sell cars to the public. Frederick was not an administrator, so he left the company to his brothers and worked as a consultant for British Daimler company - which licensed the name from the German company now Daimler Benz but developed their own vehicles. The engines Lanchester designed for Daimler were used in many vehicles, including tanks. In 1925, he even designed an electric hybrid in 1925. The electric motor was used for added power, with the battery charging when the engine was not loaded, much as in a modern Formula One car. Lanchester worked for Daimler until the Wall St Crash of 1929 - which also bankrupted the Lanchester Company. Daimler survived until 1960 when it was sold to Jaguar.

Lanchester wrote a treatise on aeronautics in the 1890s, a decade before the Wright brothers finally flew. Just before the first World War, he worked on a set of differential equations describing warfare - realising that modern weapons greatly enhance the advantage of larger armies. These equations formed the basis of modern studies of logistics and operational research.

Although a polymath, he had no interest in running a business and lacked a good business partner. So he ended his days in penury and almost forgotten. In the 1970s Coventry University was named Lanchester Polytechnic. There is also a statue of his original car designed by Tim Tolkien, great nephew of the author and fellow Moseley resident, close to the site o the Froward Works.

Moseley were one of the powerhouse clubs of the amateur era. However, the club did not manage the transition to professional era and they were placed into the second tier when leagues were formed. Financial difficulties forced them to sell their original ground and the moved to the University of Birmingham They dipped to level 3 in 2003 but regained level 2 status in 2006 having moved to the new ground at Bllesley Common. They won the National Trophy in 2009, but were relegated to National 1 in 2016. They finished fifth that season, and eighth last season - but have struggled this season. They are currently one place above Cambridge. The only have nine wins, but have picked up enough try bonus points to be ahead. When they win,they win big running in seven tries against Chinnor at Thame.

Elsewhere Esher take on Chinnor, Loughborough visit Plymouth and Caldy play Rosslyn Park. Esher will be relegated unless they win. The other positions could go to the wire.

It is a critical match for both sides, so do come down and roar the lads on to victory and another season in National 1.

We need a huge crowd - as a special offer Members (with valid card) can bring in a friend for free!!

Parents with a child wearing a Cambridge Rugby Strip also get in free.

Please spread the word and be the Sixteenth man.

Updated 17:46 - 11 Apr 2019 by Marcus Streets

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