Huntingdon Branch: Army v Navy Rugby 2017

On Saturday 29th April 2017, shipmates from Huntingdon & District Branch, and a former member of the army, went to Twickenham to attend the 100th Army v Navy Rugby match at Twickenham.

The day started with everyone meeting up at Sandford House in Huntingdon for a hearty breakfast (and a quick pint to wet the whistle) before heading down to the train station and the journey to London.

The first stop in London was the traditional visit to the Union Jack Club, where as normal, serving and former members of the Armed Forces had gathered for pre-game drinks.

Shipmates stop at the Union Jack Club for pre-match refreshments

With everyone fed and watered, it was time to catch the tube to Twickenham. On arrival we joined the mass of people heading towards the stadium.

The home of English rugby

Once seated there was time for a quick photo before watching the Band of HM Royal Marines take their place on the pitch as the Army and Navy ensigns were held out for all to see.

Shipmates await the 100th Army v Navy match

Opening the game was HRH Prince Harry, who also met the teams and wished them luck for the 100th match.

HRH Prince Harry meets the players
Army v Navy 2017

The match itself started off well for the Army, by half time they were 11 to 3 up. Would the navy be able to turn the game around in the second half? Only time would tell.

Army v Navy 2017

The navy did far better in the second half, but sadly, not enough to prevent the Army winning the match 29 to 20. Attendance for the day was 81, 577, a record for an amateur match.

The final score

As Twickenham was still crowded, the Huntingdon contingent made their way to the Turks Head pub for more refreshments and then on to the train station for a nightcap in the Victory Services Club before finally heading back to Huntingdon.

An excellent day out, Huntingdon Branch will look forward to next year’s match.

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More photos from the Huntingdon & District Branch outing at Twickenham (click on an image to view):