This will be the third time this season that Moseley will have played London
Welsh. So far honours are even; in the opening match at Billesley Common on
August 30th last year the Welshmen beat Moseley 15-19, but in the EDF Trophy
Quarter Final at Old Deer Park on 28th February we won 27-21, an away
victory that convinced the players that they were capable of going all the
way to Twickenham.
Saturday’s return away league match was originally to be played at Old Deer
Park on 13th December last year, but was cancelled due to bad weather and
pitch flooding. Due to the absence of free Saturdays and cricket’s
precedence over rugby in April at ODP, it was not possible to rearrange this
fixture until after the end of the scheduled National League One season. The
game will be played on Esher’s ground in Molesey Road, Hersham, Surrey.
The results of London Welsh’s last three matches are:
25th April Cornish Pirates 8 v London Welsh 10
18th April Esher 21 v London Welsh 32
11th April Coventry 36 v London Welsh 30
The relative positions of Moseley and London Welsh in National League One
P W D L BP P Pos
London Welsh 29 18 0 11 16 86 6th
Moseley 28 12 0 16 19 67 10th
The Welsh have been in National League 1 since season 2000-01, after having
suffered the ignominy of playing in Courage 5 (South). This season they
became fully professional and make use of loan players when the inevitable
Their record since then is:
07-08 7th remarkable consistency!
In the 1970s it was said that all London Welsh the club had to do to recruit
high class players was to go down to Paddington Station every September and
meet the trains from the Principality, bringing young rugby players who had
just arrived in London to study medicine or enrol on teacher training
courses. How life has changed!
London Welsh RFC, founded in 1885 for London’s Welsh community, is a club
with a famous history. Its ground is in Old Deer Park, in Richmond, near to
Kew Gardens. Our two clubs first played each other on November 21st 1925
and, since the Leagues started in 1988-89, Moseley has recorded five wins to
seven by the Welsh. At the start of last season, however, Moseley won 40-10,
at ODP, one of the club’s best away wins.
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, but this has come to an end since Wales moved to home
based regional teams, from which their international players are now
A debated issue at Old Deer Park had been whether the club should turn its
back on the English leagues and seek to become an extra Welsh team in the
Magners League. However this appears to have been resolved as the club has
qualified for the new Championship next season.
The London Welsh club, like Moseley, has worked hard to retain the amateur
ethos of enjoying a game and a pint on a Saturday. The club runs several
sides and also has a vibrant social section which attracts many Welsh men
and women, who live and work in west London, who are not necessarily
followers of rugby. Among the most famous members was the film star Richard
Burton, who was often accompanied by his wife, Elisabeth Taylor. The
reserved seats they used to sit on are now considered to be one of the
Can Moseley beat London Welsh again? Certainly, if they play with the
confidence, fire and elan they showed when beating Plymouth on Wednesday
evening. That the game will be played on a neutral ground will help, but
there must be some doubt whether part-time professionals can play at this
level of intensity for a third time in eight days even though 9th place in
the league would be assured if the game is won. If the game is lost most of
the club’s loyal supporters will understand and wish the players well for
the final match of the season at Otley. After all, few teams this season
have provided us with such excitement in such a short time.
London Welsh v Moseley - Saturday 2nd May 09 -
Gates Open at Midday, Kick off 3pm.
Grandstand Upgrade £5
Car Park admission will be charged at £5