Fri 01 Nov 2019 10:51

This Saturday Cambridge will entertain Plymouth Albion.

Do not forget that with the clock change and dark evenings, kick off is at TWO for the rest of the winter.

Plymouth is of course best known as the naval port in Devon - home to Francis Drake. Plymouth Albion have strong links to the dockyard -Devonport Albion having been formed by dockyard workers, it then merged with Plymouth to form the current club.

In 1935 Plymouth was granted the right to a Lord Mayor, becoming the 17th city in England and Wales to be granted that title. Oddly London is not one of them, it merely adopted the title sometime in the sixteenth century and as it has not been challenged.

Electorally Plymouth has had some famous MPs. Plymouth Sutton was represented by Waldorf Astor from the American hotel owners and newspaper magnates, until he inherited the Viscountcy. His wife Nancy stood and won the seat, becoming the first woman to take her seat in the House of Commons. Constance Markievicz had won the seat of Dublin St Patrick the previous year but as a Sinn Fein MP refused to take her seat - instead sitting in the First Dail where she served as a minister after the creation of the Free State.

After Nancy, the seat was briefly held by Lucy Middleton in the post war Labour landslide before being taken by Jacob Astor - not that we have hereditary system in the lower house. More recently it has been held by David Owen before he moved to the other seat Plymouth Devonport. That had been held among others Michael Foot, Hoare-Belisha (of the beacons) and Sir John Benn, the great grandfather of Hilary Benn (but what was that about hereditary.)

As mentioned Plymouth Albion is a merger of two cubs Devonport Albion and Plymouth, both of whom were founded in 1876. However, the Northern Union as it still was tried to expand into the South West and it set up club in Plymouth - taking over Plymouth's South Devon Place ground. Although it was ultimately unsuccessful this causes the two Union clubs to merge. Throughout the 20s they were one of the senior clubs. But by the time leagues were formed they were placed at level 4. Promotions followed at they reached level 2 in 2002 - remaining there for thirteen seasons, before dropping to this level.

Like Cambridge Plymouth have three wins this season and five losses. Their wins have come against Rotherham, Canterbury and Sale. They have pick up more bonus points, so sit slightly above us in the table. We have won the last two encounters at Volac Park - can we make that a hat-trick. Former Cambridge player Dan Mugford is their top points scorer.

Speaking of former Blood and Sand player Ben Spencer will be on the bench for England. SO of course we will be showing the match on the big screen. We were going to be showing it anyway but this is an added bonus.

The bar will be open from 8.30 and Full English Breakfast will be available for £5.

What's not to like??

8.30 Full English Breakfast - £5

8.30 Bar opens - 10 - 15% Members Discount

9.00 England v South Africa - Priceless

12.00 - Pre Match Lunch - of the usual food options downstairs.

14.00 - Cambridge v Plymouth

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