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20 Sep 2021

Rob Fenton

Men's Rugby General Manager

2021/22 Gladiators Update

Last season the Gladiators won Herts Middlesex Merit 2, unbeaten since the second game of the league and capping three years of back-to-back promotions.

Many Gladiators players have developed this season and been promoted to the Romans squad on merit including the new Romans captain and vice-captain, showing how progression can be achieved. We are delighted to see a large number of graduated students return to the club and join the Gladiators this season along with many ex-U18s players who have progressed to senior rugby.

Incredibly we celebrate OA’s ‘Benjamin Button’ Steve Maishman who starts his 31st consecutive senior men’s season, having represented the 1XV throughout the 90s and 2000s and continues today at Number 8 for the Gladiators.

After three enjoyable and successful seasons as Gladiators captain, I have stepped aside and Lyle Stewart is now our new Captain. I am confident that the culture and set-up is in a good place, and will step-on again under Lyle’s leadership who has been with the club since a minis player and embodies the clubs values throughout.

Have a great season!

Training
Tuesdays | Gladiators & Romans squad, 7:30pm start, Woolhams, Pitch 5 or 6
Thursdays | Gladiators, 7:30pm start, Woolhams, Pitch 5 or 6

Along with the Romans the Gladiators also offers a pathway into senior rugby for U18s players, contact [email protected]

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23/10/21
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Hertford

30/10/21
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Datchworth

14:00

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06/11/21
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Gladiators

14:00

Welwyn

27/11/21
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Letchworth

14:00

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04/12/21
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Gladiators

14:00

Bishop’s Stortford

11/12/21
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Cheshunt

14:00

Gladiators

08/01/22
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Herts Middx MT #2

Hertford

14:00

Gladiators

15/01/22
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Gladiators

14:00

Ampthill

22/01/22
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Enfield Ignatians

14:00

Gladiators

29/01/22
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Herts Middx MT #2

Gladiators

14:00

Datchworth

19/02/22
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Herts Middx MT #2

Welwyn

14:00

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05/03/22
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Gladiators

14:00

Letchworth

26/03/22
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Bishop’s Stortford

14:00

Gladiators

02/04/22
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Gladiators

14:00

Cheshunt

09/04/22
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14:00

Finchley

08/09/18
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42
22

Tring

15/09/18
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21
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Stockwood Park

22/09/18
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Old Grammarians

31
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29/09/18
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74
17

Black Horse

06/10/18
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HMMT #3

Amersham & Chiltern

3
19

Gladiators

20/10/18
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HMMT #3

Gladiators

101
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Biggleswade

27/10/18
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HMMT #3

The Mount Prison

14
49

Gladiators

03/11/18
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Hitchin

27
28

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17/11/18
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Gladiators

39
22

Finchley

01/12/18
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Fullerians

0
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Gladiators

08/12/18
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Gladiators

44
20

Tring

12/01/19
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HMMT #3

Gladiators

92
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Black Horse

19/01/19
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HMMT Cup

Finchley

10
38

Gladiators

26/01/19
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HMMT #3

Gladiators

34
22

Amersham & Chiltern

31/08/19
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HMMT #2

Hemel Hempstead

63
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Gladiators

14/09/19
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Letchworth

26
38

Gladiators

21/09/19
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Gladiators

93
0

Hatfield

28/09/19
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HMMT #2

Datchworth

31
21

Gladiators

19/10/19
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HMMT #2

Old Grammarians

19
64

Gladiators

26/10/19
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HMMT #2

Gladiators

50
14

Cheshunt

09/11/19
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HMMT #2

Welwyn

7
27

Gladiators

16/11/19
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Gladiators

73
3

Tring

23/11/19
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HMMT #2

Bishop’s Stortford

14
41

Gladiators

07/12/19
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HMMT #2

Gladiators

41
27

Enfield Ignatians

11/01/20
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HMMT #2

Gladiators

59
10

Datchworth

25/01/20
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HMMT #2

Cheshunt

12
24

Gladiators

11/09/21
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Friendly

Hemel Hempstead

24
12

Gladiators

18/09/21
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Herts Middx MT #2

Finchley

0
65

Gladiators

02/10/21
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Herts Middx MT #2

Ampthill

33
26

Gladiators

17 Oct 2021

Clifton 32 Old Albanian 33

Morgan Thompson’s one handed chargedown of Jack Lloyd’s third conversion attempt of the afternoon ultimately settled matters in

10 Oct 2021

Old Albanian 21 Rochford 22

A worthwhile journey from Essex for Rochford Hundred as fly half Sam Cappaert kicked a penalty in injury time from OAs’ thirty me

06 Oct 2021

Early Start for Memorial Lunch

Memorial Lunch  (1215hrs for 1245hrs sit-down)

On Saturday It will be 565 days since the 23rd March 2020

04 Oct 2021

Redruth 22 Old Albanian 21

It’s a very long way to go only to return with a solitary bonus point but Albanians were just three minutes away from a famous vi

Parents in Sport Week

Old Albanian RFC supports the NSPCC Parents in Sport Week which runs from 4-10 October 2021.

For t

27 Sep 2021

Worthing Match Report

It does not do to be over confident or complacent in a sporting situation. It also does not help matters, when you are under the co

OA Network Event

The Old Albanian RFC is happy to recommence their network events with a talk given by Jim McNally entitled

25 Sep 2021

25/09/2021 - Passing of George Brignall

The club is saddened to learn and share the news of George Brignall’s passing.

George passed away on September 6th aft

20 Sep 2021

Hinckley 26 Old Albanian 32

It would be kindest to the selection team to say there were several changes to the side this week as Albanians continued their succ

12 Sep 2021

Old Albanian 29 Canterbury 21

Naturally, after the sad events at Dry Leas last week, proceedings started with a minutes silence in memory of Henley’s David Hyd

06 Sep 2021

06/09/2021 - David Hyde

As many will now be aware following our 1st XV match on Saturday against Henley Hawks one of their players, David Hyde, collapsed.

Buddy an OA player season 2021/22

BUDDY AN OA PLAYER 2021/22

The new season is just around the corner and, with the help of our loyal support

Henly Hawks 19 Old Albanian 25

 

It should have been a joyous occasion for Old Albanian, the visitors to  Dry Leas on a day perfect for the League re

03 Sep 2021

11/09/21 Canterbury & Bruce Millar Lunch

Bruce Millar will be the guest of honour at the lunch preceding our first home match of the season against Canterbury on Saturday 1

03/09/2021 - 2021/22 Squad Announcement

After 18 long months we’re delighted to be back to competitive matches, starting with a trip to Henley. Behind the scenes the

01 Sep 2021

Away to Henley

Our first league match of the season is on Saturday 4th September away to Henley.  The kick off is 3pm.

Old Albanian 38pts  Harpenden 14pts

A pleasant Autumn evening attended rugby’s return to Woollams after an absence of a season and a half and the two sides attended

13 Aug 2021

Harpenden match at Woollams on Friday August 27

Our final friendly before the season starts is at home to near neighbours Harpenden with the kick off at 7.30pm.
There is no

12 Aug 2021

Rosslyn Park Cancelled

The friendly match at Rosslyn Park on Saturday 14th August has been cancelled due to an outbreak of covid in the OAs squad. Five pl

09 Aug 2021

OAs away to Rosslyn Park 14/8/21

OAs first XV continue their preparations for the new season with a trip to National 1 side Rosslyn Park on Saturday.
The Kick

02 Aug 2021

Watch the Lions Series Decider

The deciding test in the series will be shown in the clubhouse on Saturday 7th August. The kick-off is at 5.00 pm but the bar and f

02/08/2021 - TJs Game Cancelled

Unfortunately the preseason game against Tonbridge Juddians, due to have been held on the 7th August has been cancelled.

16 Jul 2021

16/07/21 - Return of Rugby to Woollams

The first weekend of league action for the 2021/22 season will be 4th September with the 1st XV taking a trip to Henley, to see the

05 Jul 2021

2021/22 - Pre-Season Underway

With all the caution and apprehension of stepping on a zebra crossing on a busy road, knowing it should be safe for us to move full

01 Jul 2021

01/07/2021 - TJs Up First in Preseason

OAs 1st XV will kick off the preseason fixtures for the 21-22 season with a match away at Tonbridge Juddians on 7th August.

09 Mar 2021

10/03/2021 - Michael Kenningham Funeral

Following the sad passing of Michael Kenningham his family would like us to pass on arrangements for his funeral, which will take p

19 Oct 2020

2020/21 Season Preview

By mid-October in most seasons we’d be 6 weeks into league campaigns, seeing the benefit of pre-season and getting ready for

Gladiators 2019/20 Review

The OA Gladiators are proud and happy to have achieved a second consecutive League Championship having backed-up last year’s

01 Jul 2020

01/07/2020 - Calorie Challenge

In mid-June what started out as being a few members of the Men’s 1st XV having a bit of friendly competition snowballed into

14 May 2020

14/05/2020 - Ali Mills

It is with great sadness that the Club announces the passing of Ali Mills, a man whose stature belied a great heart and a giant per

16 Mar 2020

16/03/2020 - CORONAVIRUS STATMENT

With the situation relating to Coronavirus worsening by the day, we wanted to make sure everyone was aware of the situation at OAs.

03 Mar 2020

Old Albanian RFC – Net World Sports Donation

“We’d like to thank the guys at Net World Sports for their recent donation of 4 tackle Shields to Old
Albanian RF

30 Jan 2020

OA players recognised by England and NCA Rugby

It has been a very positive January for the men’s first XV, with three victories and only a narrow defeat against Taunton pre

04 Jan 2020

29/01/2020 - OA's Thompsons Takeover Evening

Wednesday 29th January 2020 is the date for our next Takeover evening at Thompsons’ Restaurant in St Albans.

In its 3r

20 Dec 2019

21/12/2019 - 1st XV vs Leicester Lions POSTPONED

Unfortunately due to the recent heavy rain the 1st XV match vs Leicester Lions on Saturday 21st December has been postponed until t

07 Oct 2019

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Anne Azzopardi

Funeral Service St Saviours Church 25 Sandpit Lane, St Albans, AL1 4DF, 1pm 24-Oct-2019

 A reception following the service

23 Jun 2019

Grizzlies 20th Anniversary Lunch

Dear Brethren of the Ancient Order, *Ursus Arctos Horribilis

You are cordially invited to attend the first (**and last) twen

08 Jun 2019

Trevor Hickey

The club sadly has to announce the passing of Trevor Hickey.

10 May 2019

10/05/2019 - AGM Update

Many thanks to those of you that attended this year's AGM last night. Here's a quick update from the meeting...

01 May 2019

Join OAs for 2019/20

Are you looking for a Rugby Club for 2019/20 and beyond? Join OAs today!

22 Apr 2019

22/04/2019 - Thank You

As we reach the end of a fantastic season that for some started way back in July of last year we wanted

10 Apr 2019

10/04/2019 - Nigel Seale

With great sadness, OARFC has to advise that Nigel Seale died at his home in Henley early this morning with Jenny & his Family

08 Apr 2019

13/04/2019 - James Pavitt Memorial Match

Many of you will be aware of the sad passing of James Pavitt earlier this year.

Pav played for the 1st XV back in our days i

07 Apr 2019

07/04/2019 - Juniors Complete Clean Sweep

A weekend of fantastic news got even better on Sunday with the news that the Under 16s secured a narrow win over Saracens to secure

25 Feb 2019

25/02/2019 - Junior Saints Update

The Junior Saints sides are continuing to go from strength to strength this year with a number of the girls stepping up to county l

15 Feb 2019

15/02/2019 - Summer Ball Tickets on sale

Tickets for the Summer Ball on sale now.

02 Feb 2019

02/02/2019 - Matches Postponed

Unfortunately, matches today have been postponed, but the Former Players Lunch and 6 Nations Games are still on at Woollams.

22 Jan 2019

27/03/2019 - Evening at Thompsons

Following the success of our first “Thompsons Takeover” event, we’re delighted to announce we will be holding ano

06 Jan 2019

06/01/2019 - Buddy an OA

After a sound first half of the season we enter 2019 in a well deserved 6th position in what we knew would be a hugely competitive

30 Nov 2018

30/11/2018 - Bobble Hats

Our 2018 Bobble Hats are in, order yours now!

28 Nov 2018

28/11/2018 - U12s & U13s Schools Festival

OAs u12 and u13 age groups were proud to host a rugby festival under lights on Wednesday 28th November for over 150 senior schools

13 Nov 2018

13/11/2018 - Peter Baines' Memorial

A memorial service for Peter Baines will be held later this month, please find the details here.

07 Nov 2018

30/10/2018 - James Pavitt Funeral

It’s with great sadness that the club announces the passing of former player James Pavitt....

05 Nov 2018

05/11/2018 - Saints Under 15 Update

So far this season building on the work from the last year or two we’ve got a squad of 19 players with around half from last

05/11/2018 - OAs represented at Saracens EPDG

OAs have had two representatives play as part of the Under 16 EPDG side run by Saracens in a match against the EPDG side from Worce

26 Oct 2018

03/11/2018 - OA Sport Fireworks

On the 3rd November, Woollams will host the annual OA Sport Fireworks!

23 Oct 2018

20/10/2018 - Under 13s at Saracens

OAs U13 had a a big night on Saturday evening at the Sarries 1st Heineken Cup home game of the season v Lyon . A big group of

18 Oct 2018

18/10/2018 IHS Markit Sponsorship Renewed

Old Albanian RFC are delighted to confirm the extension of our relationship with IHS Markit as the club's main sponsor.

15 Oct 2018

17/10/2018 - St Albans vs St Columba's

We’re excited to announce the hosting of a fixture between St Albans School and St Columba’s College at Old Albanian RF

09 Oct 2018

09/10/2018 - Kigali Sharks win National League

For 13 years, spearheaded by Darren Ead, Old Albanians have been doing what we can to support rugby in Rwanda, primarily by providi

02 Oct 2018

England vs Japan Ticket Competition

We’re running a competition for a pair of tickets to the England vs Japan Autumn International on Saturday 17th November, KO

24 Sep 2018

Under 13s Update

OAs u13s enter the new world of Junior rugby with a hat trick of wins….

OAs fledgling u13s started the new season with

07 Sep 2018

Memorial Service for Tom Howard

Tom’s family would like to extend an invite to any and all members of the Old Albanian family who knew Tom to join them to ce

05 Sep 2018

Old Albanians Launch the OAs Academy

Over the last 10-15 years, OAs has risen up to the National Leagues, grown the junior section of the club to nearly 1,000 players a

04 Sep 2018

Join us for lunch ahead of Bury St Edmunds

After a 59-5 victory over newly promoted Guernsey, alongside a good showing in a tough triple-header vs Hemel Hempstead, we now mo

01 Sep 2018

01/09/2018 - Club Communications

With the season now underway we wanted to provide the club with an update around communications.

During the off season we

28 Aug 2018

Join us for the first league match of the season

Saturday 1st September sees Old Albanian’s 1st XV kick off their bid for an immediate return to National League One with a ho

23 Aug 2018

2018 Old Albanian RFC AGM

On the evening of Wednesday 22nd August, the club held it’s Annual General Meeting.

Thank you to all those who were ab

07 Aug 2018

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2018 Club AGM

The Club will hold the 2018 AGM on Wednesday 22nd August at 8pm at Woollams.

Any fully paid-up adult member of the Club may

03 Aug 2018

1st XV Pre-Season Update

We have been delighted with how the first few weeks of pre-season have gone, with excellent quality and application in what we are

25 Jun 2018

Gladiators 2018 Preview

It’s only worth summarising a season’s rugby, if, through the haze of knocks and the odd beer, you can remember what it

15 Jun 2018

1st XV Squad for 2018/19

As we get ready for the start of pre-season we can now confirm the make up of our 1st XV Squad for 2018/19.

13 Jun 2018

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OAs website & social media for 2018/19 launched!

Building on the great work of John Cooper and a host of others in delivering a new website during the course of the 2017/18 season

05 Jun 2018

OA Tens Summer Tournament

This Summer OA RFC is hosting a club Ten-aside Rugby Tournament for current and ex players, we’re putting out an early call for p

19 May 2018

Under 12s provide Sarries Guard of Honour

OAs U12’s joined Saracens ahead of their big Aviva Premiership final clash v Wasps at Allianz Park on Saturday 19 May 2018. The

18 May 2018

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