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Ten more days to save Plymouth Albion after second notice of administration

The club say they have been overwhelmed by support from fans. Credit: ITV News

Doubt over the future of struggling rugby club Plymouth Albion continues.

The club revealed today that they have issued a second notice of intention to appoint an administrator.

Wednesday was deadline day for the club to either find financial backers or call in the administrators - they now have another ten days while they negotiate a deal to save the club.

Albion won their first championship match in ten months last weekend.

If the club does go into administration they will also get a points penalty which will almost certainly see them demoted to a lower league.


Plymouth Albion to make further statement on Friday

Plymouth Albion's Brickfields home. Credit: ITV News West Country

It's been confirmed Plymouth Albion Rugby Club will not go into administration.

Albion - who won their first championship match in ten months at the weekend - will make a further statement on Friday. No-one at the club has been available to comment today.

Deadline day for struggling Plymouth Albion

Supporters and players have come together to try to save Plymouth Albion Credit: ITV News

Today is deadline day for Plymouth Albion Rugby Club to find financial backers or call in the administrators.

The club - who won their first championship match in ten months at the weekend - filed a notice to appoint administrators on New Year's Eve.

A crowd funding scheme was set up to try to find the cash to keep it going.

Ticket sales boost for troubled Plymouth Albion

Plymouth Albion's Brickfields home. Credit: ITV News West Country

Plymouth Albion have been overwhelmed by support following the news that they're set to appoint an administrator to help them with their financial problems.

Fans from across the country have been buying tickets for Saturday's game against fellow strugglers Moseley, even though they may not be able to go.

Plymouth Albion call in administrators

Troubled Plymouth Albion are to appoint an administrator as part of efforts to secure its future. The rugby club is facing what it calls 'serious financial challenges' together with the threat of relegation from the Championship.

The club is calling on supporters to pack Brickfields for their next two home games this Saturday and on Saturday January 31st to help boost the team and the club's finances.

"Issuing a Notice of Intention to appoint an administrator has been a difficult but necessary decision and is a reflection of the seriousness and imminent nature of the financial challenges which the club now faces. We continue to intensively explore all options but clearly time is not on our side."

– Dr Graham Stirling, Chairman, Plymouth Albion


Albion lose Championship opener at Doncaster

Plymouth Albion have been beaten on the opening day of the new Championship season.

James Shanahan's men went down 27-6 at Doncaster. Lawrence Rayner scored Albion's points from the penalty spot.

Tomorrow in the Premiership, Exeter Chiefs travel to newly promoted London Welsh (2pm). And in the Championship, the Cornish Pirates take on Yorkshire Carnegie at the Mennaye Field (3pm).

Sunday's rugby fixtures.

Albion chuck away 11-0 half-time lead to lose

There's no game for the Exeter Chiefs this weekend. But in the final round of Championship matches, Plymouth Albion threw away an 11-0 half-time lead to lose 16-11 at Moseley.

Albion were on course to leapfrog their opponents in the table, but defeat means they finish the season in 8th place.

And the Cornish Pirates lost 36-3 at Leeds last night. The Pirates finish sixth.

Albion finish the season in 8th place, while the Pirates finish 6th.

Plymouth Albion sign three new players

Plymouth Albion head coach James Shanahan has continued building his squad for next season by capturing the signatures of three new players.

Albion's back row options will be enhanced by the arrival of 22-year-old Alistair Bone, who has just graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Sport Management.

The third new signing, 23-year-old Tom Cowan-Dickie, is already well known to Albion fans having been dual registered with Exeter Chiefs for the last two seasons.

Cowan-Dickie has been restricted by injury this season and has made just two league appearances during the current campaign.

Josh is a very lively 9 with lots of pace and power. He impressed me last year in the Junior World Cup playing for Wales.

Ali is a very powerful and dynamic back row player who has the ability to cover the whole of the back row which will gives us versatility.

Tom is a very powerful rugby player and will bring that to our front row next season.

We have lacked strong ball carriers in that department and I feel Tom can bring that to our game.

It shows the strong link we have with Exeter and I'm looking forward to having Tom with us as a full time Albion player.

– James Shanahan, Plymouth Albion head coach
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