Ex-players are new owners of Plymouth Albion

Plymouth Albion's Brickfields ground Credit: Kirks Insolvency

TWO former players are the new owners of Plymouth Albion Rugby Football Club. David Venables, 62, and Bruce Priday, 58, have taken over the National One club. Both played together for Albion during in 1980s and now own successful businesses.

The new owners took over the club in a pre-packed sale which saw Plymouth Albion Rugby Football Club Limited enter administration. They received interim approval from the RFU and Devon RFU to take over the club’s assets late on Friday.

They were also informed on the same day that by entering administration, the club would be docked 30 league points. That meant it was vital the team beat Wharfedale on Saturday to make sure the club were mathematically certain of staying up. The new owners and old board felt it was in the best interests of the club not to make any announcement late on Friday, so as not to distract the players ahead of such an important fixture.

“We spoke to Graham Dawe after the game and congratulated him on how well the team went and for securing a very important win, which the team did with commitment and some very good spells of rugby,” said Venables and Priday.

“The win ensured that Plymouth Albion remain in National One for next season even after the 30-point sanction applied by the RFU.”

“We have become involved because we want the club with its long and proud history to thrive and Plymouth deserves to have a top flight professional rugby team.

David Venables & Bruce Priday

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