SOUVENIR EDITION of Moseley Matters
After the overwhelming number of messages of
congratulation from throughout the rugby fraternity and beyond, the Club
issued the following statement:
President, Management and Players of Moseley Rugby Club would like to thank
most sincerely all those very many people and from many different clubs who
have sent congratulations by email and/or posted very kind messages on
Message Boards after our Cup win.
Our club has been
trying to rebuild itself after the self inflicted traumas of the last decade
and we are pleased just to be able to be playing against many traditional
rivals and enjoying the company of friends afterwards. The messages of
support and gracious congratulations from people within the rugby fraternity
and elsewhere are therefore much appreciated”.
“…..with 6 mins to go two THOUSAND
subs stepped onto the pitch!” - Anon
……….reflecting upon the fantastic support from Moseley
supporters during the final few minutes.
EdF ENERGY NATIONAL
Leeds 18 Moseley 23
Match report from the Rugby
“Moseley FC win EDF Energy National Trophy”
Moseley FC are 2009 EDF Energy National Trophy
champions after overcoming National One leaders Leeds Carnegie at Twickenham
Stadium. Two converted first half tries by Dan Norton and Andy Binns secured
their victory and sent recently promoted Leeds Carnegie home empty handed.
Moseley's Head Coach, Ian Smith said: "I think it's
testament to how hard these boys have worked. If I'm perfectly honest I
don't think we really thought we'd get the result we did but we had a great
defence which was well organised and patient.
Moseley were 3-0 up after five minutes Tristan Roberts
making up for missing a 2nd minute penalty after Leeds were penalised for
obstructing Jack Adams who was running for the touchline.
Moseley's lead didn't last for long
giving away a kickable penalty which Alberto Di Bernardo took full advantage
of to keep the scores level 3-3. Some sloppy handling by Leeds Carnegie's
Juan Gomez sent Moseley's Norton up field with a solo effort from his own
half to kick the ball to the touchline to score under the posts. Roberts
converted to put Moseley up 10-3.
Di Bernardo scored his second penalty in the 23rd
minute to take Leeds within four points of Moseley on 6-10. But a Moseley
lineout resulted in Adams sending Binns in for a try on the half hour and
Roberts added the extras to extend their lead to 3-17.
Di Bernardo was unlucky to miss a penalty when the
ball just went wide of the posts just before half time when Moseley were
penalised for hands in at the ruck and the score remained at 6-17 at the
Leeds gifted Moseley another three points early in the
second half from the boot of Roberts to take Moseley's score to 20-6.
Replacement Ollie Thomas couldn't add to Moseley's lead on the hour with a
missed penalty to keep the scores at 6-20.
After some consistent pressure from Leeds they were
rewarded in the 67th minute when prop Mike MacDonald powered over but they
failed to convert taking the score to 11-20.
A drop goal from Thomas in the 75th minute extended
Moseley's lead to 11-23.
But Leeds answered back at full
time with a converted try from Kearnan Myall taking the final score to
18-23. - Jessica Chambers
15 A Binns, 14 H Trinder, 13 J Adams, 12 A Reay, 11 D Norton, 10 T Roberts,
9 G Taylor (capt), 1 N Williams, 2 A Caves, 3 T Sigley, 4 A Muldowney, 5 R
Stott, 6 N Mason, 7 R Bignell, 8 J Rodwell. Reps: J Pasqualin for Taylor 57,
D Williams for R Stott 57, O Thomas for Binns 58, P Arnold for Mason 68.
15 L Hinton,14 L Blackett,13 R Vickerman, 12 S Barrow, 11 J Goodridge, 10 A
Di Bernardo, 9 J Bedford, 1 M MacDonald (capt), 2 R Rawlinson, 3 J Gomez, 4
E Lund, 5 J Pendlebury, 6 C Clark, 7 H Fourie, 8 R Oakley. Reps: F Pala’amo
for MacDonald 45-57, V Ma’asi for Rawlinson 48, K Myall for Fourie 48, D
Paul for Oakley 61, S Mathie for Bedford 55, H Paul for Barrow 61, J
Hepworth for Vickerman 55.
Referee: Mr Llyr Ap Geraint-Roberts (RFU)
Attend: 9,998 or at 3.00pm our
traditional ko time: 49,998. (Well, did you expect any other figures?!
Leeds (3) 18 Moseley (17) 23
Tries: MacDonald, Myall Norton, Binns
Con: Di Bernardo Roberts (2)
Pen: Di Bernardo (2) Roberts (2)
The match – as it happened
Player Stat Time Score Stat Player
Tristan Roberts Pen 4 3-0
8 3-3 Pen Di
Dan Norton Try 17 8-3
Tristan Roberts Con 17 10-3
23 10-6 Pen
Andy Binns Try 28 15-6
Tristan Roberts Con 28 17-6
Half time 17-6
Tristan Roberts Pen 45 20-6
68 20-11 Try
Ollie Thomas DG 70 23-11
78 23-16 Try
78 23-18 Con Di Bernardo
45 (Mins) - Fosi Palaamo ON (Mike McDonald) OFF
48 (Mins) - Viliami Ma'asi ON (Rob Rawlinson) OFF
48 (Mins) - Kearnan Myall ON (Hendre Fourie) OFF
55 (Mins) - John Hepworth ON (Rob Vickerman) OFF
55 (Mins) - Scott Mathie ON (Joe Bedford) OFF
57 (Mins) - Jordi Pasqualin ON (Gareth Taylor) OFF
57 (Mins) - Dan Williams ON (Richard Stott) OFF
58 (Mins) - Oliver Thomas ON (Andy Binns) OFF
61 (Mins) - Henry Paul ON (Scott Barrow) OFF
61 (Mins) - Danny Paul ON (Rhys Oakley) OFF
68 (Mins) - Paul Arnold ON (Neil Mason) OFF
16 George Davis
17 Dan Oselton
18 Paul Arnold
19 Dan Williams
20 Jordi Pasqualin
21 Oliver Thomas
22 Nathan Bressington
“GROWN MEN CRYING”
“I saw some of the
great wins we had in the 80's but I can honestly say I have never been so
proud as today. I'm not ashamed to say that I had a lump in my throat and a
tear in my eye as the team came up to collect the trophy.
The entire playing
and management staff were outstanding. The team was magnificent, the
tackling monumental. I cannot deny it I had a tear in my eye as they raised
the cup. To the entire set up - thank you for a great, great day” – JDS
on the Message Board
MOSELEY’S CUP FINAL WINNING SQUAD
As reproduced from the Birmingham Post’s Cup
Final Special with the kind permission of Brian Dick:
In his second season at Billesley Common, Williams has built a reputation as
one of the best loose heads in National One. His powerful scrummaging is
complemented by exquisite handling and a turn of pace that has embarrassed
more than a few defenders in the last couple of years.
Caves has come through the Moseley system and like no one else understands
how much work has been put in to get the club back into the limelight. The
dynamic hooker is having an outstanding season and is one of the leading
contenders for player of the year combining his aggressive defence with his
excellence at the set-piece.
Moseley and Sigley seem inexorably attracted to each other. The veteran
tighthead is in his third stint with the club and looks set to end his
career in the Red and Black. Having also played at Gloucester, Northampton
and Sale there are few more experienced front rowers in the division and few
possess the enforcing edge Sigley brings to the Mose pack.
The discovery of the season, Muldowney came from Stourbridge with a decent
but unproven reputation as an athletic and mobile lock. Since then he has
put a quiet start and concerns over his conditioning behind him and has
become first choice second row with a good-work rate and nose for the line.
An outstanding ball-carrier.
Stott is nearing a decade of service to Moseley having joined from
Gloucester in 2000 and is closing in on 200 appearances. His stay at the
club is broken only by a season with rivals Coventry for which he has more
The policeman is enjoying another solid campaign for Mose. He remains
Moseley's most reliable lineout target despite changes made to the set-piece
by the Experimental Law Variations.
Mason is another home-grown product though his skills were fine-tuned at
Worcester where he helped the Warriors win the National One title in 2004.
He is producing yet another oustanding season and while discipline remains a
constant effort his powerful ball carrying make him indispensible at
Moved to Moseley from Bristol in 2006 since when he has made the No 7 shirt
his own and provided the side with a nose-over-the-ball openside in the
classic mould. He has been virtually ever present this season and - when
he's not been trying chip kicks in his own half - he has been a thorn in
opposition sides with his ability at the breakdown.
Position: No 8
“The Thing from Tring” hooked up with Moseley having been spotted playing
for Birmingham University and has barely stopped dazzling National One with
his searing pace from the back row. He remains as valuable as ever to
Moseley but his skills as a broken field runner have seen him called up for
England Sevens on a regular basis, usually at times when his club need him.
Position: Scrum Half
Taylor joined Moseley in 2003 and has seen off all-comers in the battle for
the No 9 jersey, indeed he is so integrated into what the club is about he
has once again emerged as first team captain. The former Nottingham and Bees
half back has returned to his consistent best this season after missing an
entire campaign with a foot injury and continues to lead by deed and mouth.
Position: Fly Half
One of Moseley's dual registered starlets who has been given the task of
keeping the club in National One - and winning the National Trophy - despite
limited senior experience with previous club Cinderford. Roberts has played
virtually unbroken since the turn of the year and has been both inspiring
and inconsistent within the same game. He is, though, a constant threat with
his skating runs from outside half.
Another dual registered youngster the fleet-footed wing played for Moseley
for the first time last season and ended up as their leading try scorer. And
he's right back in form again. After a poor start to the season when his
defensive deficiencies were exposed he has come into his own once more with
a regular supply of tries including two scintillating efforts in the semi
final against Exeter.
Like Sigley Reay is in his third spell with Mose but until this term had
only ever been on loan from Bristol. For the first time in years Moseley
have a solution to the troublesome No 12 berth. He has been outstanding this
season and seems to have combined a defensive fortitude to his line-breaking
prowess. He has also proved a useful foil for younger players inside and
Adams is another dual registered Kingsholm Kiddie but unlike Norton and
Roberts he has considerable Premiership experience with Gloucester and it
shows when he plays for Moseley. This has been a difficult campaign for
Adams who has spent much of his time oscillating between Gloucester, Moseley
and the England Sevens set up. He has, however, recently settled into the No
13 shirt at Billesley Common and is improving with every game.
Trinder belongs to Gloucester and his ascendant star is merely orbiting
Moseley for a short while - of that there is no doubt. Even so Moseley
should consider themselves fortunate because there is something magical
about the youngster.
He has only played ten times of the club this term due to commitments with
his Kingsholm paymasters and England Under 20s, but he has scored ten tries.
Position: Full Back
Wearing the Red and Black at Twickenham will mean more to Andy Binns than
any other player. He arrived at The Reddings in 1994 and 15 years and 280
games later he's still a vital part of the first team. His standards have
been typically high in what will be his last season. Once more his defensive
and kicking work have been as reliable as ever even though tries are
becoming ever rarer.
Former Plymouth and Exeter tighthead Davis is almost as experienced as
Sigley, the man he has been stuck behind in his first season at Billesley
Sigley's form and a couple of niggling injuries have restricted the
electrician to just five starts but he is a crucial part of the squad in an
area where there's not much depth.
The former Darlington, Newcastle and Bedwas hooker move to Birmingham in
2007 and has been Caves' back up ever since making just 16 appearances.
This season has brought a mere two starts as Caves has been the model of
consistency but a highlight came against Sedgley Tigers when he finished off
an outstanding break by Norton to score his first try for the club.
The much travelled second row seems to have settled at Moseley after playing
for Orrell, Sedgley Tigers and Nottingham and moving from Meadow Lane in
2006. Unusually he has not been a regular starter at Billesley Common this
season having been used as an impact player off the bench following the
emergence of Muldowney. He remains a dynamic ball-carrier, however.
Position: Lock/Back Row
Williams is dual registered and is developing into a versatile and powerful
back-five forward in his first full season with Moseley, which he has marked
with an England Under 20s call up in February. He has made nine appearances
for Mose this season and started the last two at flanker and most
impressively at No 8 against Leeds two weeks ago.
Position: Scrum Half
Dual registered Pasqualin has been a regular member of the Moseley squad in
his first season in senior rugby and has done sufficiently well to win a
call up for England Under 20s. The teenager's smooth service and pace around
the fringes complements Taylor's qualities and he has made 17 appearances
this term with four starts.
Position: Full Back
Having come through the ranks before leaving there is something of the
Prodigal Son scenario about Thomas return to Moseley, albeit on loan from
Cornish Pirates until the end of the season. The full back has not had the
impact he would have hoped since coming back but he has lost none of the
attacking flair that made him a favourite as a youngster.
Bressington arrived at Moseley via Stourbridge, where he lit up National
Two, and Bees, where he didn't, to lead the club in tries for three seasons
until Norton broke that run. Tries have not been so bountiful this term
although it is difficult to argue that is any fault of Bressington's. His
sparkling 60m sprint to open the scoring against Exeter served as a reminder
to his potency.
23rd AND 24th MEN:
Vasey move to Moseley last summer after growing impatient with a lack of
first team opportunities with his home town club Leeds. He made a brilliant
start kicking 15 of his first 16 goal attempts and guiding the club to three
wins in their first five matches. Things did not go so smoothly as winter
came and he has lost his starting place to Roberts.
Adam Whitney -Position:
Flanker - Age: 24
Adam moved from Wales during the summer but the form
of man in possession of the no 7 shirt, Ritchie Bignell has kept him out of
the starting position for most of the season.
Mark Evans (back row),
Paul Cox (centre), and
Ben Buxton (prop)
PLAYING MANAGEMENT TEAM AT TWICKENHAM
Ian Smith -
Position: Head Coach
Don Caskie -Position:
John Caves -
Position: 1st XV Manager
Peter Grimes -
Position: Club Doctor
Sarah Cummings -
Alan Thomas: -
Position: Kit man
THE NATIONAL MEDIA SAID
Times Online, 19 April & EURONEWS 24
“MOSELEY stunned National One champions Leeds Carnegie
by winning the EDF Energy National Trophy final 23-18 at Twickenham
Leeds, who secured their return to the Guinness
Premiership last week, were always behind as first-half tries from Dan
Norton and Andy Binns handed Moseley the initiative. Two Tristan Roberts
penalties extended the lead before an Ollie Thomas drop goal four minutes
from time sealed a famous win”.
Er - (that’s it!)
LOCAL MEDIA DID!
Moseley’s cup final exploits
have had massive local media coverage before, during and after our epic
victory at Twickenham.
Many thanks to The Birmingham Post, Birmingham
Mail, Sunday Mercury, BBC Midlands, ITV Central, Radio WM, BRMB, Yorkshire
Post and others who have given such brilliant exposure to the team’s
Local Broadcast Media
Broadcast media rejoiced in our victory: The match was
broadcast live by Radio WM, including pre-recorded pre-match interviews and
live match commentary; local TV stations gave excellent pre-match build-up
in the week before the final and BBC Midlands Today broadcast live from
Billesley on Monday, 20 April, including match highlights and interviews
with President Derek Nutt, captain Gareth Taylor and Man of the Match Adam
Local Print Media
The local print media coverage has been equally
fulsome. There follows a selection of the post-match print media stories:
BBC Sport, 20 April
“Moseley had not played at Twickenham since 1982.
…..Moseley won the EDF Energy National Trophy final with a shock victory
over National One champions Leeds Carnegie at Twickenham on Saturday.
Dan Norton and Andy Binns both scored first-half
tries, with Tristan Roberts converting both and scoring a penalty to give
Moseley a 17-6 half-time lead.
Carnegie rallied after the break and captain Mike
MacDonald gave them hope with a 67th-minute try. An Ollie Thomas drop goal
sealed the win before Kearnan Myall's consolation”.
BBC Sport, Rugby Union, 20 April
“Taylor honoured to lift Trophy. Fans played
massive part in win”
Taylor said the travelling fans played a massive part
in the Trophy win
Moseley captain Gareth Taylor believes the club's EDF
Energy National Trophy win was the culmination of years of hard work at
Billesley Common. They upset National One champions Leeds Carnegie 23-18 at
Twickenham, 27 years on from their last major final.
"It's fantastic, it's taken seven or eight years of
hard work to get the club to where it is today," Taylor told BBC WM after
lifting the Trophy. "It's great, not just for the team, but for the fans as
More than 2,000 Moseley supporters clad in red and
black travelled to Twickenham with the club sending 18 coach-loads from
their home ground, and Taylor says they made their presence felt.
“Leeds are a full-time team, they're going to be
putting us under pressure in the last 20 minutes, but the crowd got us
through the last 20 and we managed to come out winning," said the
29-year-old teacher from Solihull. "We just got a couple of tries in front,
and that's how it stayed pretty much right until the end when they crossed
“BEALIE’S EXTRA SENSORY
John Beale, our beloved outgoing Director of Rugby,
was the “expert” summariser on Radio WM's excellent live commentary at
With a few minutes remaining John, showing commendable
confidence and “verbal agility”, commented: "I can nearly smell the Cup."
The “Colemanballs” column in Private Eye has taken
note! - Ed
THE LOCAL MIDLANDS MEDIA SAID!
Birmingham Post, 20 April
“Moseley win EDF Energy National Trophy at
Gareth Taylor became the first Moseley captain in the
club’s 136-year history to lift a trophy at the most famous stadium in rugby
– and not find a Gloucesterman hanging on the other side.
When current president Derek Nutt did so in 1982,
unfortunately for him Cherry and White skipper Steve Mills was there to
help, after the two famous institutions battled each other to a two-hour
Thankfully for Taylor and his wonderful, wonderful
team this was no half-measure of a triumph. Moseley were undisputed and
deserved winners and whatever the ungracious Neil Back said afterwards about
the victors having just one cup final this season set against Leeds’ 35,
Taylor need simply point to the scoreboard.
Instead, when the stalwart scrum half dragged himself
wearily up the steps to collect the spoils it was another Red and Black
hero, Andy Binns, who was there to offer assistance.
Like the John Player Cup, the EDF Energy National
Trophy has a pair of handles but unlike the old tin-pot both of them were
grasped by hands from Birmingham.
That is not to say there wasn’t a hint of Cherry to
A brilliant display from Jack Adams, a typically
clinical score from Dan Norton and an excellent effort with the boot from
Tristan Roberts laid the foundations for a famous win.
But on top of those foundations were indestructible
bricks forged in the furnace of a relegation battle.
While the Moseley backs grabbed all the points, the
forwards set up the success with a pugnacious and indomitable performance.
They would not be quelled. For a second time in three weeks they matched
their full time opponents in the scrum and fought like men possessed in the
loose. To name names would be an invidious process.
But let’s do it anyway. Earlier this month, when the
sides met in the league at Billesley Common, Leeds gorged themselves on the
Moseley lineout and for the fact he helped his team to parity in this area
on the highest stage of all, huge credit must go to Adam Caves.
But the hooker not only hit his targets at the
set-piece he was also a destructive force in defence and unrelenting in
attack, his was a deserved man of the match award.
As he slurped down his well-earned champagne though,
he might have wondered whether the bottle could have instead belonged to any
other member of his pack. It would have been a brave man who tried to
wrestle it from him, however.
The Moseley eight, ten if you include replacements,
were the embodiment of a Red and Black force that would not be denied. Not
by swaggering Leeds, intoxicated on their own self-satisfaction, not by
But that unity dissolved a little at the end of a
tumultuous afternoon as the difference between supporters, coaches and
players, was neatly underlined.
While the Billesley hordes bounced in the stands and
their victorious heroes cavorted on the pitch, the men with the brains
behind this famous triumph strode about with little more than a satisfied
As happy as they clearly were, Ian Smith and Don
Caskie looked as though they had just negotiated a particularly tricky piece
of self-assembly furniture rather than led a famous old club to its first
piece of silverware in three decades. There was a distinct lack pogo-ing and
Much of that is down to the fact that if Moseley do
not win two of their remaining four league matches, there is a strong chance
their newly acquired cup will adorn National Two’s most weighed down trophy
But that’s for another day. Moseley must be allowed
their time in the sunlight; they must enjoy their moment because days such
as these come round so rarely.
“To hell and back”
As was said after the outstanding semi final victory
over Exeter, this is a club that has been to hell and back twice since it
was last in this part of London.
Gloucester were a hated enemy rather than a useful
ally. This time Moseley couldn’t have done it without their dual registered
starlets. Roberts showed more poise than his infinitely more experienced
opposite number Alberto Di Bernardo.
The youngster missed his first goal attempt, a rather
optimistic pot-shot from inside his own territory, but was faultless with
the four that followed.
The Argentine meanwhile missed twice, the second an
inconceivable slice that would have put Leeds within a score with 13 minutes
But while Carnegie’s two second half tries came
through brute force, Moseley’s first half strikes were the products of
inspiration. With the scores tied at three and a quarter of an hour on the
clock, Adams forced Leigh Hinton to fumble, Norton latched on and hacked the
ball to the sticks.
The pacy wing beat Jon Goodridge to the ball and
strode over as it sat up kindly.
After half an hour Adams broke through once more.
Binns trundled up in support and had enough in his old legs to make the
line. Roberts’ conversion made it 17-6 at the break.
No one knew it at the time but it would be enough to
take the cup to the Common – this time for 12 whole months. - Brian Dick
Sunday Mercury, 19 April
“Binns ensures Moseley discard decades of hurt
with Twickenham triumph
just as he has done for the last
Stalwart full back Andy Binns scored his third try of
the season and led from the back in an outstanding defensive effort that saw
the Billesley Boys make up for 27 years of hurt.
Not since 1982 have the Red and Blacks left Twickers
with any silverware but they made it absolutely clear they were not going
home without it on a sun-baked afternoon in the capital.
Half an hour had passed when the 32-year-old supported
a dazzling break by Jack Adams to give his team an advantage they would
never lose against a strangely out-of-sorts Leeds outfit. That put the
Birmingham Boys 17-6 up following an earlier score from try-machine Dan
But despite securing the National One title last
weekend, Neil Back’s side were not given a chance of making it a double by a
Moseley team who are amazingly still threatened with exiting the division
via the backdoor.
However, it was impossible to tell which club
possessed the multi-million pound squad as Mose tore into their illustrious
opponents from first minute to last.
Their first half went like a dream. They knew they
would spend long spells without the ball and they did just that.
But apart from a penalty count that was slightly too
high they managed to do everything they had planned by slowing down Leeds’
possession and maximising their own.
They had the chance to lead in the second minute when
Leeds failed to roll away at a ruck. But Tristan Roberts was well short with
an over-ambitious goal attempt from inside his own half and Leeds were able
They were soon back on the offensive though and a
break from Adams led to the first points. The 22-year-old cut away from his
man and raced into the 22. Faced by Leigh Hinton he put a grubber kick
through but was blocked off by the former Moseley man. That gave Roberts an
easier penalty and the young fly half stroked it over for a 3-0 lead.
Mose spent the next 20 minutes working to keep Leeds
out, though. Adam Caves did so illegally in the ninth minute when he didn’t
roll away on Alberto Di Bernardo and the Argentine picked himself up to boot
a simple three points.
Seconds later the Red and Blacks needed heroics on
their line as Leeds tried to bundle over a catch-and-drive lineout.
Mose did brilliantly to stem the tide and turn over
Hendre Fourie as he looked to cross. That was typical of the efforts they
were having to put in. So it was a real surprise when they grabbed the
opening try just after the quarter-hour.
Leeds were pouring into the 22 when Hinton coughed the
ball and Jack Adams prodded it upfield. Norton pounced and hacked to the
Leeds posts. The quicksilver Gloucester man scorched ahead, beat ex-Bees
back Jon Goodridge to the final bounce and then accepted it gratefully to
coast under the posts. Roberts converted and out of nowhere the Brummies led
Leeds resumed their onslaught straight away though and
by the 24th minute had cut the deficit to four. Scott Barrow chipped behind
Norton and the wing gathered well but was forced to hold on. Di Bernardo
made him pay with his second penalty. But after that Mose edged into the
match and began to exert their own pressure.
That told on the half-hour when Adams burst away once
more. The Bristol-bound centre scythed through and found veteran Binns on
his shoulder in support. The full back took Adams’ pass in stride and had
just enough pace to make the line. Roberts improved to make it 17-6.
Di Bernardo should have reduced the arrears near the
break after Caves infringed at a ruck but his attempt skewed wide. Although
the second half was much more cagey and Mose were unable to break through as
they had in the first, they had much more position.
Six minutes in Roberts landed another penalty after Di
Bernardo failed to release James Rodwell on the floor. Ollie Thomas missed a
much harder effort from the touchline and then Leeds’ Mike MacDonald surged
through Andy Reay to score from close range. Incredibly Di Bernardo missed a
simple conversion and Moseley stayed two scores clear.
Thomas nicked the momentum with four minutes to go,
though, with a sweet drop goal. Kearnan Myall’s late, late try was worth
Birmingham Mail, 20 April
“Twickenham glory for underdogs Moseley”
THE cavernous stands of Twickenham echoed to the
sounds of Billesley Common as Moseley triumphed spectacularly in the final
of the EDF Energy National Trophy.
Ian Smith’s heroes blew away league champions Leeds
Carnegie with a first-half try burst from Dan Norton and Andy Binns and held
on with a composed display in the second period.
And for the first time in nearly three decades a
corner of rugby’s most famous stadium belonged to the Red and Black army,
who travelled down in their thousands and made light of their underdog
status – both on the pitch and off it.
But it wasn’t easy and at times it was all hands to
the pump as the Birmingham side out-fought and out-thought opponents with a
playing budget six times bigger than their own.
Despite Norton and Binns’ heroics they needed a
determined rearguard action to keep out Premiership-bound Carnegie, who laid
siege to the Mose line for much of the opening period.
Props Nathan Williams and Terry Sigley and back-row
forwards Neil Mason and Richie Bignell led the fight but it was hooker Adam
Caves who put in a man-of-the-match performance.
The 26-year-old was a force of nature in defence and a
willing runner in attack and demonstrated an accuracy in the lineout that
gave his team the platform to more than match complacent Carnegie.
But it was also an outstanding team performance.
Tristan Roberts and Jack Adams inspired the backline as the young fly-half
kicked four of his five goal attempts and the Bristol-bound centre made both
First he forced Leigh Hinton into a fumble that
allowed Norton to scoot clear and then he made the break that enabled Binns
to mark his 15 years’ service to the club with a glorious try and a cup
Birmingham Mail, 20 April
“We shocked ourselves, admits Moseley's Trophy
hero Adam Caves”
Moseley’s glorious cup triumph was a shock not only to
the rugby world but to the victors themselves, admitted man-of-the-match
Adam Caves. The 26-year-old inspired his team to a remarkable success at
Twickenham on Saturday with a superb display that was both passionate and
But even though they were in control of the match from
the moment Tristan Roberts opened the scoring with a fifth-minute penalty,
no-one could quite believe the perfunctory manner in which Moseley dismissed
a team that has romped away with the National One title.
First-half scores from Dan Norton and Andy Binns, both
converted by Roberts, gave Ian Smith’s men a 17-6 advantage Leeds never
looked capable of breaching. Much of that was down to a hugely committed
defensive effort, which was always too much for the league champions to
But even after lifting the club’s first senior trophy
for 27 years, Caves could barely believe what his team have achieved.
“It is such a shock,” he said. “We worked hard all
week and even harder in the game. The last five minutes felt like a third
half but we just kept going and I don’t think they could get anywhere in the
“It’s a massive confidence boost. People are working
for others now, there is great team spirit and morale is good in the camp.
It’s not just the 15 lads on the pitch, it’s the bench, the backroom staff.
Everybody has worked their socks off to help us get here.”
But Caves accepts that even though Mose already have
some silverware in the cabinet, they are still not sure of their place in
next season’s Championship. If results above them go according to the
formbook they will have to win two of their remaining four matches, if not
it could be three – starting at Grove Park on Saturday.
“We are under no illusion that Manchester will want to
spoil our party so we have got to carry on with what we left out there in
terms of our effort and consistency,” Caves said.
IS BRIAN DICK CLAIRYOYANT?
CJBI on the Message Board on assesses BD’s pre game
Looking back at the Post pull-out from last
Thursday, and checking BD's pre match write-up of the squad:
Nathan Williams: "He has a big job neutralising the Leeds scrum ...
proved he is up to the job when the sides met a fortnight ago" - check.
Adam Caves: "He will need to have a good day throwing in on Saturday"
Richard Stott: "Assuming Caves can find him and his lifters can get
him off the ground Stott could dominate the Twickenham airways" - check.
Tristan Roberts: "His kicking, out of hand and from the floor, will
determine how well Mose compete" - check.
Dan Norton: "Carnegie will fear his pace" - check.
Jack Adams: "His job ... will be to release the speedsters outside
him. Do it and Mose have a chance ..." - check.
Andy Binns: "All his career needs is a winning cup final try" -
Ollie Thomas: "... the supporters would love nothing more than a
Thomas try" - Close thing, but the drop-goal will do nicely.
Many of the other summaries were also very close to
the mark. Can we get him to tell us who will win the Derby, the result of
the next General Election and who will be the next Pope now?!!
THE TICKER TICKING!
“It's rumoured that Moseley Director Alan Adam found
the last 20 minutes so tense he went walkabout. Of course the extra £8,000
of very welcome funds for the club for winning the Cup had nothing to do
with it! – Ed)
THE LOCAL LEEDS
Yorkshire Post, 18 April
“Final misery for Leeds”
Guinness was the drink of choice for Leeds Carnegie
players last Sunday, but it was Trophy bitter six days on. Countless cans of
the Celtic brew were sunk on the Headingley pitch to mark Leeds' promotion
to the top-flight against Newbury last weekend.
But this time around, any champagne to toast a famous
double was conspicuous by its absence as the underdogs had their day, just
as Leeds famously did against Bath in the Powergen Cup final at the same
venue almost four years to the day.
Quite simply, Leeds fluffed their lines horribly. Any
bystander watching the sides for the first time would have been bewildered
to be told it was the men from Yorkshire who had just been promoted and not
a side struggling to stay in National One.
An even bigger mystery was just how Moseley could find
themselves at the wrong end of the table after a well-executed and
thoroughly deserved victory. Despite plenty of territory, Leeds, by
contrast, were predictable and lethargic.
Head coach Neil Back and director of rugby Andy Key
have plenty to think about as their thoughts turn to plotting Carnegie’s
assault on the Guinness Premiership.
Back made six changes to the starting line-up which
took the field in last weekend's title party against Newbury, with South
African flanker Hendre Fourie making his first appearance since damaging
ankle ligaments against London Welsh in January.
The big surprise saw no place for Tom Biggs, the only
player still at the club who started in the famous 20-12 cup win over Bath.
Jon Dunbar, on the bench that day, was also omitted, although club captain
Rob Rawlinson – the third surviving member of the squad involved – started
at hooker. The weight of pressure was undeniably on Carnegie's shoulders.
Sporting their change kit, just as they did in 2005,
Carnegie made the first penalty indiscretion early on, but Tristan Roberts'
attempt from just inside his own half, fell short.
Moseley showed a willingness to run with ball in hand
from the off and their dynamism ensured they drew first blood on five
minutes. A flowing move down Carnegie's right saw Leigh Hinton take out Jack
Adams in full flight and Roberts slotted over the three-pointer.
Carnegie restored parity thanks to the boot of Alberto
Di Bernardo after Moseley were penalised for not releasing. After a sluggish
start, the Carnegie juggernaut showed glimpses of clicking into gear with
Back's troops' starting to go through the phases up front and enjoy the
lion's share of possession.
Fourie went close, but desperate defence and a
relieving clearance from free-scoring Dan Norton denied Leeds as the
favourites pressed. But the Midlanders stunned Carnegie with a breakaway
score on 18 minutes.
Hinton spilled Di Bernardo's pass, with speedster
Norton hacking the loose ball forward. The winger then won the race with Jon
Goodridge before gathering and diving over the line for the sweetest of
scores. Roberts kicked the extras to make it 10-3.
Leeds found a way back on 24 minutes. Norton was
penalised for holding on following Scott Barrow's intelligent kick – a rare
moment of quality attacking nous from Carnegie in the first-half – and Di
Bernando reduced the arrears with a penalty. Virtually all of the polish in
the first 40 came from Moseley with Carnegie a pale shadow of the side who
had pretty much swept all before them this term.
Moseley made them pay with some slick three-quarter
play involving skipper Gareth Taylor, Roberts, Andy Binns and Adams which
ended with Bradford-born Binns going over just before the half-hour, Roberts
kicking the goal. Few could have begrudged Moseley's 17-6 advantage.
Carnegie spurned the chance to eat into Moseley's lead
just before the break, with Di Bernardo off beam with a penalty.
The second-half didn't get much better with Moseley
increasing their lead with an early penalty, thanks to the unerring boot of
Roberts. Carnegie, despite pressing and throwing caution to the wind, lacked
guile and the clear heads all seemed to belong to Moseley.
A flurry of activity from the replacement bench pepped
up Leeds with Rob Vickerman's offload close to the line agonisingly finding
a red-and-black shirt and not a Carnegie one.
Replacement Scott Mathie was then held up close-in and
Fosi Pala'amo was held up, with every piece of relieving defence from the
Midland outfit greeted with hearty chants of 'Moseley'.
Carnegie's contingent had precious little to shout
about and had to wait until the 68th minute for their team's first try when
skipper Mike MacDonald bulldozed over from a few yards out. Di Bernardo
missed the kickable goal to keep the score at 20-11 in Moseley's favour.
A grandstand finish never ensured with replacement
Ollie Thomas rubbing salt in the wounds for Carnegie landing a 25-metre drop
goal. With virtually the last action of the game, Kearnan Myall went over
for a consolation score for Carnegie, Di Bernardo kicking the goal. But it
was too little, too late for Back's crestfallen troops. - Leon Wobschal
Yorkshire Post, 20 April
“Carnegie fail under big-stage spotlight”
Premiership clubs will be licking their lips in
anticipation after this insipid performance from the latest team to gain
ascension to their elite clique.
Leeds Carnegie, who celebrated the National One title
a week ago with a 27th win from 29 matches, turned in one of their worst
efforts of the season at the worst possible place to do so as they
deservedly lost to Moseley.
Playing at Twickenham in front of Premiership fans and
the national media, Andy Key and Neil Back's side had the opportunity to
show they would be returning to the top flight with a lot more fight,
character and ability than what they departed it with 12 months ago.
What the waiting Premiership clubs witnessed, was a
team strangely low on confidence with ball in hand, error-strewn in defence
and unable to break down a side high on energy and enthusiasm but low on
bulk and brilliance.
Leeds's season does not deserve to be pigeon-holed
into this one 80-minute shocker – their promotion is warranted for their
physicality and mental superiority – but on the biggest stage of the season
when they needed to demonstrate they would be no pushovers next time, they
showed none of those attributes.
Moseley took advantage of slack handling in the first
half to score two opportunistic tries, the second a flowing five-man move
that owed much to their greater dynamism on the day.
Leeds, who have scored 194 tries this season, took 67
minutes to puncture Moseley's marvellous defence, by which time the deficit
was insurmountable, even owing to the never-say-die spirit Leeds have
demonstrated numerous times this season.
"We are going to have be shrewd where we spend our
money," said Back, who faced the first searching questions about Leeds's
Premiership survival four months before the season has even started.
The World Cup winner has already recruited two players
and continues to scour the Premiership, Super 14, French 14 and the Magners
League for experienced bargain-basement buys to bolster his squad but with
resources significantly inferior to the 11 teams they will be competing
against next season, this performance further underlines the uphill task
"We know we've got a lot of hard work to do but I'm
confident we'll get a squad together," he added. "This game had no relevance
to next season. It was a cup final, a one-off.
"We've had 34 'cup finals' this season with opponents
raising their games. This was Moseley's cup final and full credit to them."
Moseley looked hungrier from the outset with Tristan
Roberts booting an early penalty after Leigh Hinton pole axed rampaging
centre Jack Adams.
Alberto Di Bernardo levelled the scores but after a
super kick to touch from the Argentinean, Leeds coughed-up possession from
the lineout, allowing Moseley to escape.
Leeds had snuck into the ascendancy only for it to be
ripped from their grasp when Adams got revenge on Hinton by stripping him of
possession just outside Moseley's 22.
Adams thumped the ball forward to a scampering Dan
Norton, who beat Jon Goodridge in a foot race to score between the posts.
Not even another penalty from Di Bernardo could stem the flow as Moseley
tore Leeds apart with a stunning second after a mis-tackle in midfield.
Roberts, Gareth Taylor and Andy Reay were all involved
before Adams played a reverse pass into the onrushing Andy Binns and the
Bradford-born 32-year-old scurried over.
"The game-plan was that if we got enough ball to our
strike players we'd have a chance," said Binns, whose side have four games
in which to secure their National One survival. "But it was probably our
defence that won it for us. Leeds struggled to get over the gain line."
Time and again Leeds were pushed back. Juan Gomez was
penalised for holding on when the try line beckoned and Rob Vickerman
dropped the ball after a sustained surge.
By that time, another penalty from Roberts had
extended Moseley's lead to 14 points. The Gloucester fans who arrived ahead
of schedule for their cup final with Cardiff Blues would have been forgiven
for thinking it was Moseley who had just won promotion to the Premiership.
By the midway point of the second half, Back had used
all his replacements in an attempt to alter the tempo of a game which had
deteriorated into a territorial battle as Moseley tried to slow the game
Eventually, a try arrived for the Leeds fans to
celebrate, captain Mike MacDonald crashing over 13 minutes from time. Di
Bernardo missed the relatively routine conversion leaving a two-score
deficit to overcome.
The trophy was put out of reach when Ollie Thomas
landed a drop goal from 10 metres out and not even Kearnan Myall's try could
deny Moseley their moment.
"It would have been fantastic to do the double,"
lamented Back, a man who has had some memorable days at the home of English
rugby, of which this was not one. We played most of the rugby early on but
didn't convert our opportunities. We made errors that they capitalised on."
“Well done to all at
Moseley. Thoroughly deserved victory. Great to see so many Moseley fans
there who really cared about their team”. - John Bedford (Leeds player
Joe Bedford’s Dad)
REPORTS FROM LEEDS WEBSITE
Leeds Carnegie website, 19 April
Defeat for Leeds Carnegie at Twickenham
Champions Leeds Carnegie suffered a 23-18 defeat to
Moseley at Twickenham in the EDF Energy National Trophy Final. Late tries
from Mike MacDonald and Kearnan Myall were not enough as the Moseley were
able to hang on to a 17-6 half time lead.
Leeds Carnegie returned to the stage of their finest
ever victory four years on and with a place in the top flight of English
rugby secured. The game was played in bright sunshine as both teams looked
to finish their season on a high.
Moseley had the first chance to score when fly half
Tristan Roberts attempted a long range penalty from just inside his own half
however it fell ten metres short and Leeds were able to clear their lines.
However they did take the lead after four minutes when
Roberts was on target from much closer in when Carnegie were penalised for
taking out a chasing runner after Jack Adams had broken through in midfield.
Leeds would have expected a whirlwind start from the
team who are battling to avoid relegation, however the Champions maintained
their composure and good work by the forwards, in particular the returning
Hendre Fourie, took them forward and eventually Moseley gave away a penalty
within kicking range and Alberto Di Bernardo levelled the score after eight
Carnegie came close to a try after 10 minutes when
Fourie powered for the line from a ruck close in but he was lost control of
the ball as he stretched out for the try.
Leeds were growing in the ascendancy however they
suffered a sucker punch against the run of play when Leigh Hinton and Juan
Gomez combined to spill the ball 25 metres from the Moseley line and winger
Dan Norton hacked on before beating Jon Goodridge to the bounce and going
over to score between the posts. Roberts added the conversion to make it
10-3 after 18 minutes.
Once again Leeds regrouped and came back at the
Midlanders. They nearly created their first try when a clever kick from
Scott Barrow caught Moseley unawares and Lee Blackett chased through to
harass the defence and earned his side a penalty. Di Bernardo kicked the
chance to make the score 10-6 after 24 minutes.
If Moseley's first try had an element of good fortune
in it, their second certainly did not as they crafted a well worked try with
quick hands and good angles of running. Eventually full back Andy Binns was
the man to break the Leeds line and went over for the try from ten metres
out. Roberts added the conversion to make it 17-6 after 28 minutes.
Di Bernardo missed the chance to cut the deficit with
two minutes remaining when he pulled his penalty attempt wide from just 20
metres out to leave the score 17-6 at the interval.
Moseley extended their lead six minutes into the
second half when Roberts added a simple penalty chance from right in front
of the posts to make it 20-6.
The Leeds Carnegie coaching staff rang the changes
just before the hour mark as they tried to breath life in their side's
attempt to find a way back into the match.
It looked like Leeds would get their first try of the
game with 15 minutes to go when Vili Ma'asi and Fosi Pala'amo burst down the
touchline however, the latter knocked on as he tried to stretch out and
Even the chance was not gone as Carnegie shuffed
Moseley off their own put in at the scrum and gained a five metre scrum
themselves. Eventually the pressure told and skipper Mike MacDonald crashed
over from short range. Di Bernardo missed the conversion leaving Carnegie
with a mountain to climb in the final 12 minutes.
The result was put beyond doubt with four minutes to
go when replacement Oli Thomas kicked a 25 metre drop goal to give the
Midlanders a famous victory.
In the last second Kearnan Myall managed to wriggle
his way over the line following a powerful run. Di Bernardo's conversion
make the final score 23-17 and left Leeds with just the consolation of
returning to the Guinness Premiership next season to ease their pain on the
long journey home to Yorkshire.
Leeds Carnegie website
“Back disappointed to see his side defeated in
Leeds Carnegie's Head Coach Neil Back expressed his
disappointment at seeing his side lose out to Moseley in the EDF Energy
National Trophy final at Twickenham but paid credit to his side for their
achievements over the season.
Speaking after the game Back said "I've enjoyed some
great days at Twickenham but also some disappointing ones and unfortunately
today was one of those. The squad have done fantastically this season and
our first priority to was achieve promotion and we have done that. It would
have been fantastic to do the double by winning this competition today but
it was not to be.
I thought in the early stages we played all the rugby
but we did not convert our chances and Moseley did and that was the
difference. We made some errors, two critical ones, and Moseley took their
opportunities and were able to score from them. Over the season we have been
the team that everyone has stepped up their game against and in effect it
has been like playing 30-35 cup finals, Moseley have had one Cup final and
they one it and that's what it is about.
Over the season our squad have done fantastically
well, they have moved on, not only their skill levels but also performance
wise. We'll have a good pre season and we know we've got some hard work to
do but I'm confident we can build a squad who can help us achieve our aim of
consolidating our place in the Premiership and we are looking forward to the
Leeds Carnegie captain Mike MacDonald spoke of how the
team were felt they had let themselves down in the game but said the team
still had the desire to go on and finish the season on a high in their final
league game, "We are disappointed today and we feel like we have let
ourselves down. We knew Moseley would come at us strongly and we were
prepared for that but we made too many mistakes and it cost us.
At the end of the day we achieved our first aim which
was to win promotion and to win today would have been the icing on the cake
but it didn't work out that way. Credit to Moseley, their defence was good
and they took their chances well. Next week we will travel to Plymouth and
although we have already won promotion the motivation will still be there to
put in a good performance as we don't want to finish the season on two
This season the team have come on so much, we have
improved our skills and fitness levels and the addition of some new players
over the summer will only improve our squad."
“Well done Mose, I
think I am right in saying that you are the only club so far to beat both
Exe and Leeds this season (Donny has a chance next week). Warmest
congratulations”. – Exeforever
“A LIFE IN THE DAY” OF A MOSELEY MAN
The Day that Mose Captured the Cup...
One Moseley man’s reflections on a great, great day in
Moseley’s illustrious history:
6.30 am; the clubhouse is full and the bar’s open!
It’s six-thirty and the clubhouse is full. Can’t believe how many Mose
supporters are here already. Can’t believe how chirpy they are. Coaches
start arriving and getting loaded. Sweet journey down the M40. Hope the
match is this trouble-free.
9.45 am; we’re at Twickenham!
It’s only 9.45 and we’re parking up alongside the huge
concrete oval of Twickenham. See lots of familiar faces wandering around in
the sunshine. Feels good to be part of the Mose army.
11.30: anticipation builds
Anticipation starts building with an hour to kick-off. By kick-off
Twickenham seems to have been painted red and black. Great swathes of the
West and North stands blocked out in Moseley attire. Below the pitch looks
huge. Hope the vaunted Leeds wingers don’t get a free run. The announcer is
running through the Moseley team. Huge cheer as each Moseley player is
named. This seems surreal seeing Moseley come on to the pitch led by Gareth.
12 noon: The game
Leeds kick off. A super-safe take by Mose. Phew. No
nerves there. We win a pen in front of the posts, but back in our own half.
We’re taking the kick. Maybe a good choice to give Tristan the feel of the
ball and conditions. The kick falls short.
12.03: Adams checked
Minutes into the game Adams is screaming down the wing
and chipping over the last line of defence, he’s blatantly blocked and
crumples to the ground. Incensed shouts from Mose supporters which are
doubled as the big screens show the replay of him being illegally stopped
Could be a card, even a red. Really hope it’s not red, it would ruin the
game. Ref gives a telling off and awards a pen. No gimme, but the ball cuts
the uprights and Mose are ahead.
12.08: all square
Not for long... Leeds square it with a pen.
12.17 Mose try!
Leeds starting to apply pressure in our half. They spill it and a Mose boot
hacks it forward. It’s a replay of recent games as Norton sprints after the
ball along with chasing Leeds players and deftly kicks forward.
It’s a one-on-one race and the crowd rise to their feet as one man as Norton
kicks to the line, the ball sits up into his arms and he’s over. Mose fans
going crazy with arms aloft.
12.20 Hall’s hooter
Can’t believe how well Mose are playing. They look like
the Premiership side. Coping brilliantly with any Leeds pressure and looking
dangerous themselves. We’re applying pressure again in the far corner.
Another score would really lift the roof. Phil Hall’s
“Moooooooooseleeeeeeey” soars above the other shouts. Raises a cheer. This
feels more like Billesley.
12.28 Binns’s belter!
The ball is moved at pace down the line, Adams running
powerfully and “old man” Binns cuts a beautiful line to take the ball and
just makes the ten yards to the line. Unbelievable. 15-3; no, 17-3 as the
conversion is landed.
Maybe, just maybe...
12.37 Leeds getting rattled
Leeds seem shocked at how well Mose are playing. We deserve to be ahead and
they seem to know it. But with the clock edging to half-time, Leeds get a
pen. It’s missed and there’s a huge Mose cheer of relief.
12.40 Half time. Heavens, we could win this!
It’s half-time and Waggy and other Mose players applaud the fans as they
skip off the pitch. They look as if they really believe.
The Moseley fans are buzzing at half-time. Beforehand the talk was all ‘Hope
the lads give a decent account of themselves, don’t get humiliated, enjoy
the day’. Now it’s all different. We could win this. It’s all starting to
feel much nervier now.
It’s going to be a long second half.
12.55 Second half, Leeds look lost and lonely
Leeds players back on the pitch. They’re spread out and looking lonely. Mose
come out and get into a huddle while the Leeds players stand around. Love to
know what’s being said in that bonding session. Who cares, they look like a
team who will fight for each other, come what may.
Wonder what Neil Back has said to his players at half-time? He can’t be
happy. Hope he hasn’t inspired them too much. They look more determined. The
Mose tackle count is going up. “Moseley, Moseley” ringing round the ground.
Not much sound from the Leeds fans; even that pesky drum doesn’t sound very
13.00 Mose extend lead!
Mose pressure earns a pen. It’s slotted. 20-6. Leeds need two converted
tries just to draw level.
13.05 the tackles keep going in
Leeds only seem to have plan A – hammer down the middle. They’ve got no
chance with that. They’re leapt on every time by what looks like a swarm of
red and black wasps. No plan B seemingly. Mose keep stopping them in their
tracks, knocking them back five yards, picking them up and dumping them.
Huge cheer as a Leeds player on the charge is hit and driven back by Mose
tacklers. Even bigger cheer as another is lifted off his feet and marched
back unceremoniously. Leeds apply even more pressure. Still fifteen minutes
to go. Is that Twickers’ clock faulty? Every minute seems like five.
13.23 Leeds pressure pays
Leeds surge over our line – held up brilliantly. Leeds through again – great
Mose defence causes a spill. Leeds drive forward again and they’re through.
20-11 with an easy conversion to come. Mose players behind the posts geeing
each other up. Conversion missed. That could be crucial – still two scores
needed. Thirteen minutes to go. An age.
13. 25 Moseley’s sixteenth man gets going!
A wall of sound greets every Mose tackle, every hard-won drive forward. And
suddenly we’re close up to the Leeds line far out left. It’s us applying
some pressure. Leeds concede a pen far out. Ollie given the ball. Struck
well but it falls agonisingly short.
Still 20-11, but it’s all eating up time. Mose fans are watching the clock
as much as the game. The play is still well in Leeds territory. They can’t
do any harm from there.
13. 30 Ollie’s drop goal. Lead extended
Mose pack has a scrum in the middle of the Leeds half. They’re controlling
it. Ollie’s positioned. We’ve been here before. Ball passed to Ollie, short,
crisp swing of the boot and the ball is sailing through the posts sweet as
you like. 23-11.
13.35 fourteen mose man mauls
Leeds need two tries. It should be ours now. No certainty though as Leeds
pile forward in desperation. Mose commit fourteen players to the ruck, just
a lone winger out wide. They’re controlling it brilliantly. Pick and drive
two yards. Protect the ball. Drive another two yards.
13.40 80 minutes up on the clock but…
Mose fans counting down the seconds. Whistle blows. Fans
think it’s all over but it’s a Leeds penalty which has to be taken. Leeds
need two scores and can’t win but still find a gap (or were they just let
through to finish the game). It’s a try under the posts.
Two thousand Mose fans swivel to look at the clock. It is
80 minutes and it matters not. The Mose players are already hugging
each other under the posts. Conversion made and ref signals full-time. It’s
ours. The cup is ours!
13.50 Brilliant watching the lads getting the trophy
Mose fans in full voice as the presentations are prepared
and now Gareth and Binnsy are holding the Cup aloft. “Moseley, EDF Energy
National Trophy winners 2009”. Grins on the players’ faces so big the top
halves of their heads are in danger of falling off. Mose fans completely
hoarse from cheering.
14.00 onwards: the celebrations begin!
Mose fans drift down the tunnels of the stadium. Walking on air as they head
into the sunshine. Just a brilliant feeling. Most fans go back to watch the
Gloucester-Cardiff game and see a fantastic display of complete rugby from
Cardiff. Sadly, little from Gloucester. It’s a relief to admire Cardiff
without being emotionally involved and drained.
Some time later: Nutty won’t let go of the Cup!
Then it’s a stroll to the coaches and the Moseley hordes head back to
Billesley. The cup travels back in coach number three in the loving grip of
A bit after that: Old stalwarts remembered
The EDF tassles on the handles are removed and replaced by black and red
silk scarves brought along by someone on the coach. Not just any old
scarves, but the ones taken to Twickenham 27 years ago by the late Enid
Smallwood. Jean Nutt movingly tells the coach she hopes Enid is smiling down
Early evening back at Billesley; “website Dave” steals
Back at Billesley the clubhouse is packed and humming;
the fans are euphoric with the headiness of triumph rather than beer. And
then the cup appears held aloft by ‘Website Dave’ as his son wheels him into
the clubhouse. A fantastic cheer goes up and the joy just goes on and on as
just about everyone is photographed holding that precious, 18-inch tall bit
Who cares what time it is now!
Proof for all that “I Was There”. There were two
thousand-plus at Twickers. Ten thousand will claim to have been, but those
photos are personal proof. What a day!
“One supporter's wife went the full hog with the
club's colours and selected black and red underwear for the day! (see
Message Board quotes)
LIFE IN THE DAY” OF A LEEDS TYKE
Spare a thought for the Leeds fans who travelled to
Twickenham with high expectation and found a fired up Moseley too hot to
handle. Nevertheless, in true rugby spirit the Leeds fans were equally as
magnanimous in defeat as Exeter’s had been a few weeks before.
Still an awful long journey back to Yorkshire,
though, when you’ve had your hopes of silverware dashed. Here’s how one
Leeds fan felt about his 19-hour day out at Twickenham in a piece posted on
“No Icing on this Cake”
By Martyn Horwell
It was Carole King who wrote the words ‘What shall I
write, what can I say?’, and had she been at HQ on Saturday, she would
certainly have struggled to put words together to describe Leeds’
performance in the National Trophy final.
It wasn’t even ‘sparrowfart’ when I left our house in
the dark, full of optimism of seeing another piece of silverware winging its
way back to Headingley. All the signs were good. Crowned ND1 champions the
previous week, the heat was off. Team selection had turned a few eyebrows,
but surely it was a strong enough team to deliver the goods.
….and they’re off!
The convoy of supporters coaches left gate E almost on
schedule, and after one or two changes in the race order down the M1 we
assembled at the Northampton services, with the excitement mounting, and we
compared our entries into the bit of fun known as the prediction league.
Nobody got that right.
As we approached Twickers, a few of us on our coach
had a guess as to what time Leeds would score their first try. Needless to
say nobody was within spitting distance of getting that one right either.
Nose bleed seats!
It seemed appropriate, given the proximity to
Heathrow, that our West Stand seats were at an altitude of 3,000 feet, but,
with no other passenger traffic in the vicinity we moved down a few feet to
be nearer the pitch. Amazingly, there were hundreds, if not thousands of
empty seats around us, yet four Gloucester supporters arrived midway through
the first half, and guess what? The seats we had moved to belonged to them.
We obligingly moved. They got what they deserved!
The match itself has by now been previewed to death,
and dwelling on the events of Saturday may not be too constructive. However,
in many respects, many of the shortcomings that have caused concerns among
the supporters were there in abundance on Saturday. Players, playing out of
position, slow delivery from half back, poor decision making, and terrible
Deserved victory for Moseley
If Saturday’s performance has caused Neil and Andy
sleepless nights over contracts for next season, then maybe that is no bad
thing. There was no reason whatsoever for Leeds not to win on Saturday,
except nobody told Moseley, and they grasped the bull by the horns and were
deserving, if surprising, winners.
The journey home was subdued, although we were amused
when a coach full of football supporters who were jumping up and down went
past us on the M1. We only realised the extent of their happiness when we
discovered they were Barnsley fans ‘celebrating’ a 0 - 0 draw at Reading.
Leeds players return to face the fans
Just after 9.00 we returned to the Long Bar, where
most of the players were’ enjoying’ the social evening with the supporters.
Most sat with their families, but also they came and said sorry for letting
There were however, three players, who in my opinion
showed a complete lack of respect for the club and the fans. They sat
isolated from the rest of the group, one had changed into jeans and a
jumper, and the other two looked as if they had crawled out of a nightclub
at 5am in the morning, with shirts completely undone, and a completely new
way of wearing a tie. There is a time and a place for everything, and
Saturday night was not it.
19 hours round trip
I eventually arrived home at 11.30, 19 hours after
beginning my journey. What started out as a day of tremendous expectation
had fallen flat. This week we are on our travels again, this time to
Plymouth, and I hope to see a much better display from Leeds. Somehow, I
think we may get it.
Please let us hope, for a massive improvement next
season, otherwise our fate will be sealed before Christmas, and we will be
even more disappointed than we are now. Having said all that, lets not
forget, what a wonderful season we have had, it was such a shame we couldn’t
put the icing on the cake.
ODE TO DAI AND JOHN
“The ball boy” recalls a trip down Memory Lane
Here is a trip
down Memory Lane for those who remember the special day 30 years ago when
Moseley as a club was last at Twickenham. On that occasion the outcome
wasn’t quite as good. Final score: Moseley 12-15 Leicester Tigers. A match
report is on this website – click on history. Jeremy Summers recalls that
famous day 30 years ago and how last weekend all those memories flooded
Saturday 21st April 1979
John Player Cup Final
Moseley v Leicester Tigers, Twickenham
Some things just linger in the memory until they’re
stirred – 30 years later! Here are the thoughts of the ball boy that day 30
It was a sunny day
at Twickenham. I was, as the Editor still insists on calling me, “the ball
boy”. It never occurred to me that we would lose, and yet suddenly it was
15-12 and the game was done.
No need for ice or the physio table for me but it
really hurt nevertheless. Listen carefully at Billesley and you can hear
people still dissecting how Steve Kenny got over from the base of the scrum.
Scroll forward 30
years. April 18 2009. It was another sunny spring day. Same pitch, new
stadium. Reassuringly Nutty and Bealey are there again, but replaced on the
park by Rodwell and Mason.
A man of the match performance by Caves, tries by
Norton and Binns, composure when it mattered from Adams and Thomas and the
rest, as they say, is history.
Reflecting on the intervening years last week, I
thought about some of the Moseley folk now gone who would loved to have been
at the game, and as it turned out see us finally lift the cup outright.
So many people have contributed so much in so many
different ways – Dave and Freda Cathcart, Harry and Enid Hill, Edmund Leach,
Nigel Morris, Charles and Enid Smallwood and Peter Woodroofe - just some of
the names, and powerful memories, that came back from my youth.
However, two images somehow came to my mind more than
most; Dai Jones and John George. Both were unsung heroes in the glory days
at The Reddings, and whilst they will not mean much to many now, if you look
hard enough you will find their pictures staring out from the clubhouse
Dai was a sometimes erratic, and often grumpy, trainer
but he kept the boys running with a toolkit that seemed to comprise no more
than a sponge, hot spray, cold spray, liniment and a heat lamp that would be
condemned by Health and Safety today.
Then there was John, quiet dependable John, who for
years ran the changing rooms and week after week put out the shirts, cut the
oranges, ran the baths and found spare studs. That he washed his hair with
carbolic soap tells you all you need to know about John.
Unlike the players that they looked after they were
not heroes, nor did they aspire to anything even remotely approaching
recognition. But they were, undoubtedly, part of the lifeblood of the club
that has made it so special.
So I salute you Dai
and John and, if there is a great changing room in the sky, hope that you
and the other Moseley greats in there with you had as much fun on Saturday
as we did on the day. - Jeremy Summers
AND FOR THE REST OF THE LEAGUE
Sunday Mercury, 19 April
Bressington confident Moseley can beat the drop
Wing commander Nathan Bressington has backed Moseley
to come out fighting in their battle to beat the drop. The Billesley brigade
return to National One action at Manchester next Saturday when they will be
looking for their first league victory in a month.
Since beating Exeter they have fallen behind Esher,
Plymouth and Rotherham in the Championship chase and will probably need to
win three more matches to avoid relegation. And the in-form Bressington
insists his team can do exactly that, starting at Grove Park in six days
“We have got to fight in every game now,” Bressington
says. “When we have got our backs against the wall it seems to bring the
best out in us. Ever since we have been in the First Division we have been
able to win when we needed it most.
“Waterloo away in our first season is the one that
sticks out.We had to go there and win on the final day to stay up and we did
just that. Since then we have won important games against Otley and against
some of the big teams. We seem to play well under pressure.”
There will certainly be plenty of that on Saturday at
a venue where the Red and Blacks were left red-faced on their last visit.
That came on the final day of the 2005-06 campaign when Ian Smith’s men had
already secured the National Two title and promotion.
They massively under-performed that afternoon and, a
side that featured Bressington slipped to a shock 18-15 reverse.
“We put in a really poor performance because we were
looking forward to going out at night rather than having our heads on the
game,” he recalls. “Going up there this year is going to be the complete
opposite – we are fighting for our lives.
“Hopefully we won’t need to but it’s looking like we
have got to win three of our remaining matches,” he said. “You have to
target games like Manchester and Otley but there will be no complacency. It
is a must win game.”
If Mose do reach safety they can turn their attention
to what should be an exciting 12-team competition next term. Although, like
most of the squad, he has not agreed a new deal yet, Bressington hopes to be
part of that process.
“I am looking to stay next season,” he says. “We have
had some discussions and we’ll be able to talk more in a few weeks. I’d
certainly like to remain at Moseley for a while yet.”
“Congrats too to the
club and volunteers who did such a great job sorting out transport, tickets,
parking, etc. Just brilliant”. - Red ‘n’ Black
The messages of congratulations on Moseley’s
remarkable triumph have flooded in. In the following pages we give just a
….MOSELEY MESSAGE BOAD
“Well, what a day.
The team was magnificent, the tackling monumental. I cannot deny it I had a
tear in my eye as they raised the cup. To entire set up - thank you for a
great, great day” - JDS
“Listening in Boston
I just couldn't believe what I was hearing. Glad I got up at 06:45 on a
Saturday for this. Pure Brilliance! Thank you to radio WM for the coverage.
The result just made the day!” - Capt Slapdash
“Well done Moseley -
from supporters to the gaffers at the top - a real team effort. Sadly, I
couldn't be there today though the commentary on WM Radio had me hooked”. -
Glos with Bristle Overtones
“No more to add -
outstanding and thoroughly deserved win. Two great tries.....brilliant
defence”. - Delighted
“What a day, great
support! It was like playing with 16! Make sure we all see you when we play
Plymouth!!! - Arnie
“Yes, there were 15
heroes on the pitch at all times there, with some absolutely stupendous
tackling that denied Leeds ground time and time again, plus some fabulous
groundwork by our forwards, who held pretty much rock steady in the scrum
and even made Leeds look shaky at times.
Nobody will beat Dan
Norton in a straight race for the line! Absolutely fitting that Binnsy
should get the second try. If he still insists on retiring, he can do so
with maximum honour.
Well kicked by Tristan, nice drop from Olly. Overall,
we beat Leeds because we played the better game. Their backs didn't seem to
have the cutting edge that you imagined they would, and that is because we
smothered them before they got far. In the second half we even looked like
scoring again, not sure how we didn't quite make it.
Anyway, now to the
real business of staying up! See you for the Plymouth game on the 29th”.
“I turned down an
invitation to a friends daughter's wedding - Ana insisted on a weekend in
London in a nice hotel - shopping and eating. Cost me a fortune - was it
worth it? Of course! Congratulations to all - fans and (especially) the
players who were a credit to the club.
We must now have the confidence that we can match and beat the best in the
league. Concentration needed now to secure our place in the league and then
aim for a top 4/6 finish next year? I agree with Arnie - we need all these
fans to come to Billesley regularly! See you all at the Plymouth game”. -
Gary - ps “Ana
has just told me off because I did not say how much she enjoyed the game
too!” - Gary
“Well, I'm now home
wallowing in what I can only call glory. I have always been proud of my
city, Birmingham, and my club, Moseley. I've been watching the Red and
Blacks for thirty years man and boy. I was there in '82.
I saw some of the great wins we had in the 80's but I
can honestly say I have never been so proud as today. I'm not ashamed to say
that I had a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye as the team came up to
collect the trophy. The entire playing and management staff were
And then to learn
that London Welsh had beaten Esher was the most enormous and sumptuous
cherry and a huge, moist, delicious cake.
congratulations to all and everyone involved today. There was no luck... it
was passion, pride, commitment, determination and no small level of skill.
You have made me and many others I'm sure, proud and happy. Now.. go and
secure the ten points for the Nat Div One survival that you and the club
“Just got back from
Twickers. What a superb performance. And I'm a bit hoarse now but I think I
was heard around the stadium yelling out the Moseley rally. And I was so,
so, pleased for Binnsy when he scored. He will tell his grandkids about that
one……… Moseley stated from the kick off that they wanted the trophy and
nobody was going to stop them. Well done lads and thank you”.
“A class performance
lads, well done. Nice touch by Derek Nutt letting the travelling fans get
their hands on the cup on coach park. All the best for the run in”. -
massive - I feel so proud. What a performance, what a defence, what heart,
what support!! Best rugby day of my life - thanks guys”.-
“What a great day
out. Fantastic atmosphere; fantastic team performance; fantastic support.
deserved win - Mose wanted it more, tackled ferociously and attacked with
skill when they had the chance. Superb team spirit always looked as if it
would absorb and repel whatever Leeds could throw at them. Those last
fifteen minutes still went awful slowly though..Congrats too to the club and
volunteers who did such a great job sorting out transport, tickets, parking,
etc. Just brilliant. - Red ‘n’ Black
“I have to say what
a great, fantastic, superb performance, And that’s just us, the mere mortals
who support our Team! To the Coaches and Players absolutely the BEST
SPORTING DAY I CAN REMEMBER! You guys gave us everything, when we just
expected your best, desire and the will to win takes some beating, and
hopefully Leeds will take that into their Premiership Campaign. I am so glad
to have been there, let’s not leave it so long next time. The
Revival Continues”. - lawto95
“Neil - you should
have been there when they all got back. Derek gave the cup to website Dave
in his wheelchair, and he was suddenly wheeled into the clubhouse holding
the cup aloft and spent a couple of hours letting us all hug it and kiss it
and take the odd pic or thirty. Well done everybody, on and off the pitch
fabulous effort. You made an old man very happy!” - Hogan (Fantastic work
Dave Bettis – sorry Website Dave from now on - does for the club too- MM Ed)
“On the way down the
M40 yesterday at about 08:50, John Humphries on Radio 4 introduced an item
where Mose got a mention. The item was about the winning mentality and how
Leeds Carnegie were using not only fitness and rugby skills but were working
on the psychological side to get the very best out of each and every player.
With the greatest respect to Leeds, who after all have
achieved their primary aim of the season, it is not sports psychologists who
motivate individuals - it comes from the inside; perhaps the psychologists'
job is to help players find it. Rugby, however, is a team game and Mose had
the belief, heart, guts and sheer bloody-mindedness to score a magnificent
win yesterday against the odds.
Congratulations to all of the players in the 22, but
also to those missing through injury or not quite making the cut - you too
have played your part in this magnificent victory.
Ian Smith, Don Caskie, Dave Warren, Alan Adam and co.
have done an incredible job to get the club to 14:00 yesterday afternoon.
The foundations have one more brick to put in place - Championship rugby for
2009/10 (and 8th place should still be the aim!)
The club must now
build on the foundations. This squad of players, if it can be held together,
can take Mose a long way over the next two seasons. The support was
brilliant yesterday and the Leeds drum was silenced! Can you all come to
Billesley regularly please? Well done everybody!” - Mark D
“One outcome of our
reaching this Final has been the interest shown by the local media -we
really need that to continue to help pull in new support.
As someone who went
to a soccer-playing Grammar School in the early 60's, I can recall that my
own conversion to rugby and Moseley was brought about by exposure to 5
Nations matches on TV together with regular Saturday afternoon commentary
from the Reddings on Radio Birmingham (as it was then)”. - Sorrento
“What a day! Even
better than the last time when we shared the Cup. Congratulations to all the
players and management, you are a great credit to a club with a long and
proud history. In this current bleak time of credit crunch you have given
the supporters something priceless.
In the last month
this group has demonstrated it has the capability to take on any team in the
league. This is a team that can now go forward next season, find some
consistence and show everyone what it is capable of”. - GB
“The events of
yesterday still leave me speechless - and not just from shouting "MOSELEY!!
MOSELEY!!" to drown out that pesky drum!”
out thought and contest-wise out fought Leeds at Twickenham. Two weeks ago I
wondered whether we had seen the best from Leeds as they did just enough to
Yesterday confirmed that they have a Plan A (passing
back inside) and not much else in the pot apart from a bit of brute force.
And even then for solid periods we Munster'd them out of the match to deny
them opportunities to score. All the composure and class that Moseley
possess cannot be bought.
Smithy and Caskie are deserving of just as much praise
as every single player donning the red and black hoops for giving us
supporters the opportunity to sing the praises of Moseley on the greatest
stage. We were hoarse, somewhat tired and emotional at the end, but felt
like we were walking on air. That it has taken so long to enjoy such
delights isn't an issue, but a repeat performance would be most welcome!
Just not in another 27 years eh lads?!?
One final thought -
would it be fair to consider that Mose allowing Leeds to score the final
points of the match was a charitable act?” - Steve@Mose
“Would like to add
yet more praise to all the other posts. Took the family for a day out at
twickers with them under strict orders not to get carried away - but it
didn't last for long - they all got screaming and shouting, despite my
advice. A great day and this makes it easier to bring some to the next home
match. Thanks to the coaches; all the players; trip organisers; all the
vocal supporters; it all came together on a very special day. - Noddy
“Yesterday was the
most fantastic experience - a day that will deservedly live on for a long
time in the memory of everyone who was there. Why? Because Moseley
out-played and out-fought a team who seemed to have come along with the idea
the Trophy was theirs by right.
With 20 minutes of the game left, Leeds looked like a
team who had run out of the few ideas they'd turned up with. Moseley's
tackling, support play, intensity and teamwork from start to finish was
second-to-none, and it was an absolute joy to see us produce on the biggest
of stages the kind of performance the team have always been capable of.
Well done to the team, the coaching staff, and
everyone else who's been involved in making this possible. You made my
weekend - an Ireland Grand Slam and Moseley silverware in the same year. If
only I'd bet £10 on that happening....See
you all at the Plymouth game - I may have my voice back by then!” -
“I'd just like to
repeat what others have already posted. A very big thank-you to the whole
club (players, coaching staff, volunteers etc..,) for getting a team and a
sizeable (and vocal) body of supporters to a Twickenham final and winning a
major trophy. It was well worth the 04:00hrs departure and the 10hr
round-trip - I'm still smiling and keep finding Moseley shirts to wear! Keep
believing and we'll be an even greater force next season”. - Westcountry
“Thanks to the
players, coaches, management and fellow supporters for a truly memorable day
yesterday. Watching the last twenty minutes of the match count down on the
stadium clock was shear torture!” - Donald
“A big thank you to
all involved at the club for making our day a special one. The organisation
of getting people on coaches and away on time was extremely well done, and
all members of staff and all the Moseley men and women behind the scenes
deserve a big pat on the back. Thank you one and all”. - jerry atrick
“What a day !!!
Fantastic journey to Twickers, beautiful weather when we arrive, fantastic
stadium and the best Part ...............Fantastic play from Moseley and we
win the Cup ! Great day for all fans and of course the players, you did
Birmingham proud Well done lads you deserve this. Moseley Rugby club "
Champions" has a great ring to it !!! – Miss B
"OMG just off to bed
and seen that the wife has put out her clothes ready for the early morning
start ,,,very efficient..... but I think that she has taken the RED n BLACK
thing too far there is a RED BRA & BLACK KNICKKERS ..... unless she gets the
ERICA ROWE feeling only I will ever know ~ COME MOSE !!!!!-
Mose born n bread (Is she still wearing them? Ed)
FALLEN GIANTS – GRACIOUS IN DEFEAT.
Leeds fans were genuinely magnanimous in defeat and
recognised Mose thoroughly deserved their victory. From their message board:
from Leeds on playing a great cup final” - Madtyke
“Well done Moseley.
The best side on the day won. All the best wishes for the remainder of your
season. Hope you manage to secure your place ND1 (Championship) for next
season” - Bobba
“Well done to all at
Moseley. Thoroughly deserved victory. Great to see so many Moseley fans
there who really cared about their team”. - John Bedford (Leeds player
Joe Bedford’s Dad)
“Yes well done
Moseley. I have just posted something similar on HMF's thread but we didn’t
play at all well today and Moseley did. They deserve their win. Good luck
for the future and congratulations! If they play like they did yesterday and
against Exe, in their remaining games I’m sure there ND1 status will be
secured”. - Tyke93
“Let's not take
anything away from Moseley, they thoroughly deserved their win.
position defies belief.......Beating the Chiefs in the S/F and us in the
Final. They are undoubtedly better than their League position suggests. Many
Congratulations to them. I'm sure there's a few hangovers in Moseley this
morning”. - Headingley / Roundhay
“Yes well done
Moseley you did your homework, I bet you watched the Doncaster tape”. -
“Well done, Moseley.
Your lads were really up for it and deserved the win. best of luck” -
“Well done Mose, I'm
glad we didn't snatch it from you with that performance - it would have been
a very hollow victory. Had a cracking day out, so it all came good in the
end! - Hendo
“I heartedly agree
that all that Moseley achieved yesterday was tremendous. No doubt that we
were dire - it is a day I want to forget and move on”. - Baaartman
Moseley a very well deserved win. Speaking to a few supporters after the
game, who didn’t gloat in victory but wished us every success in the GP.
They are a good team
and deserve to stay in this league, I wish the players and supporters alike
the very best and Good Luck for the future. - Tartan Tyke
CONGRATULATIONS FROM EXETER
“DEFEATED OPPONENTS – MAGNANIMOUS
Exeter fans – despite our victory over them a few
weeks back effectively ending their season – were also delighted for us:
“They should be
renames Wasps, come on strong at end of season, and end up winning a trophy.
Well Done Moseley” - Chalan
least we can now say that we lost to the Cup winners! - A senior Exeter
“Well done Moseley,
if I am right the only side to beat both Exe and Leeds this season (so far,
Donny fans!!) and to do it in the semi and final of the cup is even more
impressive”. - Exeforever
“Cracking result for
Moseley. very pleased for them” - Chiefswatcher
“Great result, well
done Moseley hope you enjoyed your day” - Chief caps
yesterday they were the better team and were leading 11 23 when Leeds scored
with the last play of the game. they probably had more then double the Leeds
fans and made some noise. Well done!” - Chief in exile
“Could be a practice
run for next season! Come 8th, bring in some new/loan players, do well in
the play offs and win the po final. Could be a practice run for next season!
Come 8th, bring in some new/loan players, do well in the play offs and win
the po final”. - 3 wheels on my wagon (Well almost magnanimous! – Ed)
“Well done Moseley.
Great result” - Orangechief
“They were better
side by far and made much more noise”. - TEE HEE HEE
THE WIDER RUGBY FRATERNITY
The club has received amazing levels of congrats
from fans across the rugby fraternity. We might be rivals on the pitch, but
there has been real warmth in their recognition of the team’s fantastic
achievement. A cliché, but the spirit of rugby is the winner. Here are just
a few from the National League One message board and elsewhere:
“Is this a wind
up?????? Seriously??? BLOOMIN WELL DONE!!! Made my day!
“Well done Moseley.
Great result. I bet you lot got well pissed on Saturday night! - A senior
Bedford Committee man (who shall be nameless!)
“Many congratulations to Moseley on
winning the EDF Trophy. We can rightfully say now that we lost to the
winners in the Cup!” - Mike Berry, President Bridgewater and Albion RFC
“Phenomenal” – Bill Greenhalgh,
Toronto Scottish RFC
“Well done Mose! A
performance so good it deserves two threads! -The DeepEnd
“Well done Moseley
for a remarkable win”. –Jez (from BEES)
“Fantastic result -
well done Mose!!!!! - Nottmrugbymad
“This is from a
couple of Northampton Saints fans who won tickets for the finals...well done
you guys! You played to your strengths, brilliant support from the fans and
a well deserved win. You guys were some of the best fans we met last season
and Jimmy and I were rooting for you (even though we were in the West Stand
Surrounded by Yorkies)”. - Chris
everyone at Moseley!!!!! Don't you know you've just provided the answer to a
future Question of Sport question!! - Barford Blue (What was the
question? - Ed
“Well done to all at
Moseley. Hope this is the shape of things to come for all of you”. –
“Well done Mose,
sounds like you were really up for it and we didn't turn up. Hope you go on
to secure your league status too”. - Albert Fishwick
Well done Moseley” - Handsintheruck
“Was at the game
today supporting Moseley. Congratulations to the team, thought you were
fantastic. Leeds really need to recruit heavily to stand a chance of
avoiding relegation next season”. - Die hard blue
“Well done Mose, I
think I am right in saying that you are the only club so far to beat both
Exe and Leeds this season (Donny has a chance next week). Warmest
congratulations”. - Exeforever
Shows that the entire league is competitive and not just the top few”. -
“Well done indeed to
Moseley. Isn’t it curious that based on your current League position the RFU
think you are not entitled to be playing in the second tier of English rugby
next season? Having outplayed a club already promoted to the top flight it
further demonstrates the ridiculous nature of the league restructuring”.
Moseley. Lifted me up when I heard about it, and made the work bearable!” -
“Yes, well done.
Your team was certainly up for it and deserved to win”.- Blues Tog
“Well done Moseley.
Many Congratulations. Good luck in your quest to stay up. Just so long as
it's not at Albion's expense”. -