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1980–81 John Player Cup

1980–81 John Player Cup
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The 1980–81 John Player Cup was the tenth edition of England's premier rugby union club competition at the time. Leicester won the competition for a third consecutive year defeating Gosforth in the final. The competition was extended with extra rounds replacing the previous format of 32 teams only.[1] The event was sponsored by John Player cigarettes and the final was held at Twickenham Stadium.[2]

Draw and Results

First Round

Team One Team Two Score
Sutton & Epsom Crawley 3-13
Upper Clapton Woodford 13-4
Metropolitan Police Fullerians 22-12
High Wycombe Midsomer Norton 12-9
Havant Maidstone 10-9
Oxford Bournemouth 3-3*
Matson Exeter 8-14
Hereford Walsall 15-15*
Coventry Welsh Kettering 19-12
Alnwick Broughton Park 0-12
Nottingham Birmingham 33-10
Derby Westleigh 12-7
Aspatria Hartlepool Rovers 10-10*
Sale Morley 29-10
Abbey Redruthy 6-9

Away team progress*

Second Round

Team One Team Two Score
Upper Clapton Crawley 18-0
Metropolitan Police High Wycombe 25-9
Bournemouth Havant 18-10
Blackheath Exeter 11-15
Walsall Coventry Welsh 6-4
Camp Hill Broughton Park 6-3
Nottingham Derby 12-9
Hartlepool Rovers Sale 8-17
Guildford & Gosalming Redruth 3-9
Stroud Southend 13-16

Third Round

Team One Team Two Score
Bournemouth Exeter 15-19
Moseley Bedford 25-0
Camborne Metropolitan Police 9-16
Harlequins Rosslyn Park 9-20
Camp Hill Nottingham 0-18
Richmond Bath 6-12
Waterloo West Hartlepool 17-0
Gosforth Fylde 17-7
Roundhay Leicester 3-34
Upper Clapton Bristol 3-22
Northampton Sale 13-20
Saracens Coventry 7-15
Wasps London Scottish 9-15
Orrell Walsall 24-3
Redruth London Irish 4-12
Southend Gloucester 6-12

Fourth Round

Team One Team Two Score
London Irish Gloucester 13-22
Waterloo Gosforth 9-12
Exeter Moseley 7-15
Metropolitan Police Rosslyn Park 15-6
Nottingham Bath 4-3
Leicester Bristol 27-14
Sale Coventry 18-12
London Scottish Orrell 12-10

Quarter Finals

Team One Team Two Score
Leicester Sale 21-7
Moseley Metropolitan Police 22-6
Nottingham Gosforth 3-23
London Scottish Gloucester 9-9*

London Scottish progressed on more tries rule*

Semi Finals

Team One Team Two Score
London Scottish Leicester 12-18 aet
Gosforth Moseley 24-3


2 May 1981
Leicester 22-15 Gosforth
Try: Steve Kenney Try
Tim BarnwellTry
Dusty HareTry
Con: Dusty Hare 2
Pen: Dusty Hare 3
Try: Bob Cunnimgham Try
Con: David Johnson
Pen: David Johnson 2
          Brian Patrick
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 24,000
Referee: Roger Quittenton (London & Sussex Societies)
O Dusty Hare
N Kevin Williams
L Clive Woodward
M Paul Dodge
K Tim Barnwell
J Les Cusworth
I Steve Kenney
G Garry Adey
H Ian "Dosser" Smith
F Steve Johnson
E Nick Jackson
D Nick Joyce
C Steve Redfern
B Peter Wheeler (c)
A Robin Cowling
P Angus Collington for Johnson (82m)
Q Chris Tressler
R Wayne Richardson
S Mick Merriman
T Andy Key
U Brian Hall
Chalkie White
15 Brian Patrick
14 Stuart Archer
13 Richard Breakey
12 Alan MacMillan
11 Neil McDowall
10 David Johnson
9 Malcolm Young
8 John Butler
7 Simon Smith
6 Terry Roberts
5 Steve Bainbridge
4 Bob Anderson
3 Jeff Bell
2 Bob Cunningham
1 Colin White (c)
16 Steve Gustard
17 John Storey
18 Ian Ramage
19 Stuart Lewis
20 John Blissett
21 Paul Simpson
David Robinson


  1. ^ Jenkins, Vivian (1981). Rothmans Rugby Yearbook. Rothmans Publications Ltd. ISBN 0-907574-05-X.
  2. ^ "Times Archives". Oxfordshire Libraries.