Army v Navy Rugby Match: Twickenham, 27 April 2013

On Saturday 27th April 2013, a small party of shipmates, serving RN personnel, family and friends, departed Huntingdon for the annual battle of the services at Twickenham.

On arrival at London, we decided to prepare for the day ahead…ok, we went for a quick bite followed by a pint…or two!

Shipmates Karl Webb and Pete Aston in preparation for the day ahead!
Shipmates Karl Webb and Pete Aston in preparation for the day ahead!

The Union Jack Club became a massive meeting place for serving and ex-serving forces and their families. Pretty busy before the game, and we expected it would be even more packed later (and it was).

But as the day was getting on, we jumped onto the tube and headed towards Twickenham.

Underground to Twickenham
Underground to Twickenham

Arriving at the station we encountered thousands of people heading towards the ground, including some colourful characters.

Packed Streets
Packed Streets
Flying the ensign for the Senior Service.
Flying the ensign for the Senior Service.

Twickenham…

Outside of the home of British Rugby
Outside of the home of British Rugby

We had a great view from our seats.

The Stadium from our seats
The Stadium from our seats

And so we were here, now to see how the Navy fair against the Army.

Shipmates Debbie Brooker, Hilary Meers, and Pete Aston
Shipmates Debbie Brooker, Hilary Meers, and Pete Aston
Shipmate Karl Webb and son, David
Shipmate Karl Webb and son, David

A cracking start by the Senior Service, we take an early lead.

On the way to the first try!
On the way to the first try!

Really looking good…Go Navy!

Down the line for the RN
Down the line for the RN

Chalking up a few points, twenty minutes into the game and we were well up!

The points come rolling in
The points come rolling in

But, could it last?

The Army get into the game
The Army get into the game
...and run away with the ball
…and run away with the ball
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Did they, didn’t they?
Over to the ref!
Over to the ref!
The tension, the tension!
The tension, the tension!

The person updating the scores believes the Army have it!

The Army have it
The Army have it

…and so do the refs. The come-back is on!

Game on
Game on
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Navy are keeping up
Army on the run again
Army on the run again
Army are keeping control
Army are keeping control

Well, it appears that the Navy will have to try again next year, the army were in full control during the second half.

Nelson makes an appearance!
Nelson makes an appearance!

So, back to the game…

They are off again!
They are off again!
A quick look back!
A quick look back!
Let's talk tactics
Let’s talk tactics

A little too late for the RN!

They are off again!
They are off again!
The big guy gets in on the action
The big guy gets in on the action
Top attendance this year
Top attendance this year
A final push for the Navy
A final push for the Navy
Are we on the way back?
Are we on the way back?

…sadly, not! But as we have said before, a great game. So, the final score…

Well done Army, we played Navy, good game by all
Well done Army, we played Navy, good game by all
Final handshake...before heading to the bar!
Final handshake…before heading to the bar!
The great escape
The great escape
Local pubs were packed
Local pubs were packed

So we headed back to the Union Jack Club for a nightcap.

A great way to end the day
A great way to end the day
But as you can see, we all loved it
But as you can see, we all loved it

A long, but fruitful day. We shall be looking forward to next year…up the Navy.