Plymouth Albion: Peter Vosper hoping to provide fresh funding

Peter Vosper
Peter Vosper runs a chain of car dealerships around the South West of England

Plymouth Albion chairman Peter Vosper says he will do his best to help director of rugby Graham Dawe rebuild the squad if they are relegated.

Albion must win their last two matches to have any chance of retaining their place in the Championship.

They travel to second-from-bottom Moseley on Saturday, knowing defeat will relegate them to National One.

"He will tell us the kind of squad that we need in order to get back," Vosper told BBC South West.

"We will do our best to give Graham the funds that he needs."

Plymouth Albion's season of struggle
Albion have won just three league matches all season
The club almost went into administration in January
Head coach James Shanahan was sacked at the end of March after defeat by Cornish Pirates, with Graham Dawe taking over rugby responsibilities

If Albion are relegated from English rugby's second tier, they will lose their central funding from the Rugby Football Union, which is due to

"We only get about £25,000 (if we go down), so it's a totally different situation, and unlike the Premiership we don't have any parachute payment, so we're going to have to raise that money ourselves," Vosper said.

"We've been talking about corporate sponsorship, and we do have a long term plan, but I'm going to be talking to a number of key people to enable us to have that funding to take us forward and get the opportunity to come back."

He after the club

Albion have won just three Championship games all season, and did not pick up a victory until they beat Moseley in January, which they followed with victories over beat Jersey and Rotherham.

"One thing that has been a concern for some of the sponsors was whether or not the club was going to go into administration.

"There is a feeling now that there is some stability here, but at the same time people, are looking for value for what they get, and we've got to make sure we listen to what they want and provide very good reasons, and we've put some really good ones on the table," Vosper added.

"This city deserves a Championship club and at the least it deserves to be supported in National One if that came to it."

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