London Welsh v Moseley,
at Old Deer Park, EDF Energy National Trophy, Quarter Final,
Saturday, Feb 28th 2009, k.o. 2.00 pm
This match against London Welsh may be the Quarter Final of the EDF Trophy
Competition and all that this implies, but it is going to be very difficult
for the Moseley players to give it their full attention when their minds may
be fixated on the crucial need to maintain Moseley’s current eleventh place
in National League One, and thus secure a place in the Championship proposed
for next season.
One of Moseley’s remaining League matches, arising from an earlier
postponement due to weather, is also against London Welsh but at the time of
writing, the Welsh’s management has rejected the suggestion to treat
Saturday’s match as a ‘double-header’ i.e. the result to apply to both the
League and the Cup.
The progress of both teams to the Quarter Final was:
Round 4 17th January
London Welsh 42 Newbury 17
Moseley 34 Henley 6
Round 5 14th February
London Welsh 23 Cambridge 22
Bridgwater 10 Moseley 43
(Note that London Welsh have had three consecutive home draws)
In National League One the relative position of the two teams is:
P W D L BP P Pos
London Welsh 21 12 0 9 10 58 7th
Moseley 20 8 0 12 11 43 11th
Way back in August, in the first match of the season, while Moseley lost at
home 9-15 to London Welsh a well earned bonus point was gained. This was
generally thought to have been an encouraging start to the season.
The preview of that match in the programme reminded the older Moseley
members that the two clubs first played each other in November 1925 and
that, since the leagues started in 1988-89, Moseley had won five games and
London Welsh eight (now nine). More relevant, however, to Saturday’s match
is that, at the start of last season, Moseley won at Old Deer Park 40 –10,
one of the club’s best away wins.
London Welsh, founded in 1885 for London’s Welsh community, is a club with a
famous history. The club’s ground is in Old Deer Park in Richmond, near to
Kew Gardens, a wealthy area.
The Welsh have been in National Division 1 since season 2000-01 after
suffering the ignominy of playing in Courage 5 (South). Like Moseley, London
Welsh is a semi-professional side which make use of loan players when the
inevitable injuries arise. The club’s recent record in National League One
is somewhat better than that of Moseley, i.e. 2000- 6th; 01-02 5th; 02-03
5th; 03-04 8th; 04-05 12th; 05-06 12th and 06-07 12th.
Over the years the Welsh have contributed 177 players to the Welsh National
XV, notably Gerald Davies, Mervyn Davies, John Dawes, John Taylor and the
great J.P.R. Williams. This has come to an end, however, since Wales moved
to home based regional teams, from which their international players are now
From the LW website: "our
most important match for many years."
“On Saturday 28th February at 2pm the Dragons take on Moseley in the
quarter-finals of the EDF National Trophy. This is our first cup
quarter-final appearance in almost a decade and a win would give us our
first semi-final place since 1985!
There is no doubt that the match against Moseley will be a tough one and we
have to make the most of our home advantage. Your support does make a
difference and this time we want you to help us more than double the home
Tickets are priced at just £10 for ground entrance or grandstand seats and
we are asking each London Welsh member to ‘bring a friend’ to the match.
London Welsh supporters know that ODP has a unique atmosphere, especially on
a big match day. Show off your club to your family, colleagues and friends
and at the same time help our 1st XV secure a vital win in our most
important match for many years.
You can buy ground entry tickets or reserve grandstand seats in advance on
020 8940 2368.”