A look-back at a season of silverware and a near miss

Alnwick Rugby 1st XV against Sunderland .
Alnwick Rugby 1st XV against Sunderland .

Alnwick Rugby Club showed off four silver trophies – the highlight of a highly successful season – at its 53rd annual meeting last Thursday.

Club chairman Robert Robinson said: “What a season! Congratulations to the seconds and thirds for both doing their league and cup doubles. The success of the junior sides along with the continuing expansion of the youth and mini sections can only be seen as a testament to the health of the club in general.

“Commiserations to the first team for missing out so narrowly on promotion. The play-off was a great finale to the season nevertheless.

“Off the field the long-proposed changing-room extension has begun and there is a chance that we might be able to extend the car park by moving the old railway embankment backing onto the football club. So fund-raising has to be at the top of the agenda. The target is £85,000.”

Chairman of rugby Tim Burgess said: “The first team have had a very good season, losing only seven games all season including the play-off.

“We have earned a reputation for playing attractive attacking rugby which we should be proud of.

“Andrew Shell has again led from the front with another outstanding season and the long-term hard work put in by coach George Robson is clearly now paying off.”

He added: “We have got to learn from our experiences this year and target promotion in 2012-13.

“The seconds and thirds could not have achieved more in this season, both having won their leagues and county cup competitions.

“Each team lost only one match all season, both early in September leading to 20-match winning streaks.

“Both cup finals were heroic efforts won against the odds against teams in higher leagues.

“The Colts had again enjoyed a good season, while the minis go from strength to strength with 279 registered players and they had another very successful season.”

The treasurer Brian Fergie reported a profit of just over £4,000 with income and expenditure increasing over the year, the bar being successful.

Chairman of ladies rugby Colin Davidson said the ladies would be giving £2,000 toward the planned £85,000 clubhouse target.

Questions were asked about the delay in the on-going club extension.

It is hoped that these would be up and running by mid-September.

Officials elected: President Robert Robinson, temporary chairman Ken Fairbairn, secretary Clare Owen-Smith, treasurer Brian Fergie, county representative Ken Fairbairn, chairman of rugby George Robson, Chairman of mini rugby: Ian Scith, chairman of development and junior vice president Scott Beresford, chairman of facilities Bill Thompson.