Profile - Andy Binns
|Full-Back/Centre, Born 29th June,
(1976 - Bradford) 1985-94 Bradford & Bingley - 1994-present Moseley.
Played for England Students, England Universities, Midlands Colts, North
Midlands Colts & U21s captain. Brother Simon was a first XV regular at
Club record (league) scorer in 1998/99, Player of the year 2000/01, over 200 career appearances. Captain of first XV in 2005 and 2007 Golden Boot for supporters player of the year 2006/7.
Included in the Birmingham Post's Midlands Select XV for the 2008/09 season.
Andy announced at the start of the 2008/09 season that it would be his last, after 15 seasons with the club. He signed off, after a record 282 league appearances, with a crucial try at Twickenham as Moseley won the EDF National Trophy, a moment since added to the RFU's all-time top 100 moments at Twickenham. (the greatest 100 - See no. 99)
All at Moseley wish Andy every success in the next phase of his life, and look forward to seeing him back at Billesley.
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Andy Binns Matchday programme profile, September 2007
|Club loyalty does not rate
as high in rugby as it used to, indeed many would argue that for a
player to reach his full potential he has to move clubs. Andy Binns
epitomises all that is meant by loyalty, the unquestioning support of
the club in good times and bad. It is one thing to be loyal in good
times, it is a very different matter, however, to remain so when
everything appears to be collapsing all around you and the future looks
To talk to Andy about his time with the club is to bring back memories of the roller coaster ride Moseley and its members have been on over the past eight years or so; to marvel that we have survived and to appreciate that our prospects for the future are as good as they now are.
Andy was born in Bradford on 29th June 1976. He had the good fortune to attend one of Britain’s great day schools, Bradford Grammar School, from which he came to Birmingham University to read Commerce. He played his first rugby for his school and for Bradford & Bingley, where his mentor was Geoff Wappet, who was well known in West Riding rugby circles. During his first season playing for the University Andy was approached by Terry Malin to join Moseley and fourteen years later he is still with us. He sat on the bench in a league game against Wakefield at the Reddings in the 1994/95 season (with a certain Simon Binns playing fly-half for Moseley) and his debut for the first XV came the season after in an Anglo-Welsh game against Blackwood. In 1996 he was selected to play for the North Midlands U-21 side and for England Students U-21 but took a big step up when Moseley offered him a two year fulltime professional contract in 1997, the year in which he graduated from Birmingham. In the event, the club was unable to honour the latter months of that contract as it went into administration. Andy, and the other fulltime players, became unsecured creditors and it took the administrators several years to reimburse them for a substantial proportion of what they were owed. In retrospect he is reasonably satisfied with the final outcome.
Following this debacle Andy went on a fulltime Postgraduate Certificate of Education course at Wolverhampton University and became a teacher of Business Studies at Wodensborough Community Technology College in Wednesbury. He has recently been promoted to Deputy Headteacher at the early age of 31 and clearly has a great career ahead of him, which will allow him to deploy the leadership skills that he has shown on the rugby field. Next summer, at the end of what will probably his last season in first class rugby, he plans to marry his fiancée who is in the Police Force.
Throughout his rugby career Andy has played mostly at centre or full back. He has captained the club twice, in seasons 2003-04 and 2004-05 and last season when Gareth Taylor incurred a serious injury. He has also won the Player of the Season award twice, in 2000 and last season. It all adds up to a formidable achievement, of which he must be proud, to which must be added the fine example he has set for the younger players.
Andy went out of his way to thank the members for their vocal support, Saturday by Saturday. He said that it really does help the players, but reminded me that the support is even more needed when Moseley are defending a five metre scrum, (Hold them out Moseley!), than when the backs are on the rampage and Nathan Bressington is about to score a brilliant try.
When asked what are his best rugby memories Andy had no doubts in citing the defeat of Coventry 40plus to a few on a bitterly cold and misty Wednesday night at the Reddings and staying up in Division 1 at the end of last season. As far as the worst are concerned he shuddered at the memory; the defeat by Rotherham by close to 100 points and the utter despair of relegation to Division Two.
Over the years Andy has kept in close touch with his older brother Simon who remained in Yorkshire. Simon sustained a serious injury in the middle of last season when playing for Otley and has now retired. The brothers will miss their regular chats about various teams and who is doing what.
Outside rugby and teaching Andy’s interests are golf (18), reading (high grade thrillers) and walking his dog, Roxy B. No doubt when he gets married his wife to be will also introduce him to the dubious delights of DIY!
It was a great pleasure to talk to Andy; the club is greatly in his debt and it is entirely right that he is to be awarded a Testimonial this season. If all our young and upcoming players strive to match the example he has set for so long, our future will be in good hands.
Height 1.88m (6’2)
Weight 89kg 14st
Born 29th June, (1976 - Bradford)
since Dec 07