Plymouth Albion appoint woman to chair club for first time in its history

Plymouth Albion have appointed a woman to chair the rugby club for the first time in its 140-year history.

Local business-woman Ali Hannaford has joined the club's board and takes over as chairman.

The 55-year-old is also the chairman of the Newton Abbot food manufacturing company Paramount 21.

She said it was a "real honour to be asked to become chairman of Plymouth Albion Rugby Football Club".

"I’m very excited to be joining the board who have a great vision for the future development of the club."

Ali Hannaford
Hannaford takes over just months after the club entered administration. Credit: Plymouth Albion

The news comes a few months after Plymouth Albion was taken over by former players Bruce Priday and David Venables after entering administration in March.

The club had struggled to raise enough money to clear long-standing debts and in 2015 was saved by a £250,000 cash injection from local businesses.

New owner Priday commenting on the appointment of Hannaford said:

"Ali is a very experienced business-woman who has had a lot of success with a number of enterprises." "She has huge experience chairing of a number of organisations and her input into Plymouth Albion will be invaluable."

Bruce Priday, owner Plymouth Albion