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Our opponents this week - Cambridge r.f.c.

By noibla
January 25 2018

From the Richmond r.f.c. web site: by Marcus Streets: DO YOU BELIEVE     This Saturday the 1st XV entertain Plymouth Albion while the 2nd XV host Richmond Vikings. The Devon town has long been associated with the religious dissent. It was the port from which the Pilgrim Father's left for the New World - though most of the dissenters came from East Anglia. It is also nominally associated with the Plymouth Brethren. The history of the Brethren actually goes back to Dublin in the 1820s where a group of friends were looking to recreate the early church by holding informal celebrations of the last supper. Like the Methodists before them, they wanted to revitalise the Church - which was seen as being too much part of the Establishment and too far from the original teachings. It was the time many missionary societies were being establish - the London Missionary Society set up Eltham College to educate children of missionaries - and internal to the industrial cities, which formed many Boys clubs - some of which spawned rugby clubs including Ding's Crusaders and Northampton "Saints".  


The ideal espoused by the founders was to avoid the factionalism affecting the various dissenter creeds and create a space where where all Christians would be welcome. The guiding principal was that the truth was in the Bible and therefore there was no need for clergy - instead there would be a priesthood of all believers - a doctrine first proposed by Martin Luther. The use of hymns also dates back to Luther. While all Brethren sing, some groups embrace music and other prefer to sing unaccompanied or a Capella - literally in the style of chapel as in medieval plainsong. A belief in the Bible meant a belief in all of the Bible and hence the view that the Book of Revelation was a true prophecy of the coming end of the world. The Brethren were early exponents of the Rapture - now widely espoused by American Evangelical churches.

After the initial meetings several of the founders moved from Dublin to Plymouth where they held the first meeting in England and opened their first meeting rooms. The faith spread across the country from there - hence the name. Although the initial desire was to encompass all, the Brethren felt the sacrament should only be offered to true Christians and looking to Leviticus adopted the practice of shunning those considered sinners. Disputes over who to permit to break bread combined with the lack of central authority, led to splits in the movement.

Individual assemblies will have their own rules, some still adopt an open table approach, permitting anyone who wants to attend and break bread - others welcome observers but only permit members to break bread while the Exclusive Brethren only allow members to attend meetings - it is these Exclusive Brethren, and especially one sect, the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, that give rise to the stereotypical view - especially as several tell all books have recently been published. However, while there are currently estimated to be two million Brethren, fewer than fifty thousand belong to the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church.

But what of the rugby, Plymouth Albion trace there roots to the Naval Dockyard and I am not sure the Brethren would approve of some of the behaviour of a stereotypical matelot or stevedore. Due to postponements Plymouth Albion have dropped to fourth - they are the only side to have played fewer games than we have.

When we visited Plymouth we picked up a losing bonus point, so we will be hoping to do better at home. It is all a question of belief.

(Copied by kind permission of Marcus Streets)

I trust you will enjoy this informative article from our hosts for this weekend, giving, certainley a different angle to the usual previews.

As for the current league positions we find Cambridge in 10th. place with a 8 - 0 - 9 playing record and Albion in 4th. place with a 11 -2 -3 record.

As to the form guide Cambridge have three wins in the last five and we have four in the last five, it looks as Cambridge have been quite competitive in that their points difference although just plus 12, a third of their games, six, have finished with them being within seven points of the opposition and whilst "rolling maul" have their pundits giving us the win by 2 votes to 21 it could be a closer game than they think perhaps ?

A reminder for those of us who can't or don't travel to the away games but wish to follow Albions progress, the match tomorrow starts at 2.00 p.m. so don't be late folks.



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Our opponents this week - Cambridge r.f.c.
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26/01/2018 08:47
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Re: Our opponents this week - Cambridge r.f.c.
stonehousealbion (IP Logged)
26/01/2018 10:48
Interesting report from last week on two upcoming opponents:

OEs Official - OE v Cambridge

We will be well rested of course. Will the "Blood and Sand" be chastened or have a point to prove?

Come cheer up, my lads - 'tis to glory we steer!

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