Glasgow Academicals RFC
The Glasgow Academical Football Club is the third oldest rugby football club in Scotland. The club was a founder member of the Scottish Football Union in 1873. In 1997 the decision was made to combine the first XV's of Glasgow Academicals and close rivals Glasgow High Kelvinside, something, predicted would happen only after "hell freezes over"; the combined team was named the Glasgow Hawks. The Hawks won the second division championship and the Scottish Cup in their first year and have since continued in the first division - winning the league in 2004, 2005 and 2006, the Cup again in 2004 and 2007. Glenn Metcalfe together with Derek Stark and Gordon McIlwham became Scottish Internationals while Mike Beckham and Tommy Hayes played for the Cook Islands. With the advent of the Hawks, the Glasgow Academicals lost many of their strong first XV but made the decision to continue as a league side for the following year - which under SRU rules meant that they had to rejoin the lowest league of Scottish rugby.
In 1998 the club competed in Glasgow District division 3. The club raced back up through the leagues, being promoted as league champions five years in succession. In 2016, their 150th year, they won West Regional League Division One giving them promotion to Scottish National League Division Three for 2016/17, after only losing one league game all season. Of the 157 clubs in the National and Regional leagues in 2015-16, only three had a winning % record which bettered Accies. Success came on the 9 April 2016 with a 26-7 win over Allan Glens at the Bearyards. Days after winning the league, the 150th year of the Club was celebrated in April 2016, with a 1st XV match against a team principally from West of Scotland F. C. but including representatives from the other six clubs who, along with Accies and West, had founded the SRU in 1873. In recent years, the club has toured overseas to destinations including Zimbabwe, United States, Poland, in the 150th year Luxembourg, most Budapest in 2017. In 2017 the club finished third.
They did win 13 games in a row, including a 163-10 defeat of Livingston, followed up by 95-0 against Greenock Wanderers the following week. The final “points for” tally in the league was 930 from 22 games – the highest in the national leagues – with a points difference of 600. In April 2018, Accies secured promotion to National 2 with an 8-try win at Murrayfield Wanderers. Scottish Club Championship Champions: 1871-72, 1872–73, 1873–74, 1875–76, 1876–77, 1882–83, 1903–04, 1904–05, 1912–13, 1921–22, 1923–24, 1924–25, 1925–26, 1929–30 Scottish League Championship, second-tier Champions: 1983-84, 1985-86 Scottish League Championship, third-tier Champions: 1979-80, 1995-96, 2003-04 Scottish League Championship, fourth-tier Runners-Up: 2017-18 Glasgow District 3 Champions: 1998-99 Glasgow District 2 Champions: 1999-2000 Glasgow District 1 Champions: 2000-01 Scottish National League Division Five Champions: 2001-02 Scottish National League Division Four Champions: 2002-03 BT Shield Runners-up: 2003-04 West League Champions: 2015-16 15 Glasgow Academicals have been President of the SRU: 1874-75 A. Harvey 1878-79 G. R. Fleming 1880-81 D. H. Watson 1882-83 William Cross 1884-85 Malcolm Cross 1886-87 James S. Carrick 1903-04 Robert C.
Greig 1911-12 William Andrew Walls 1924-25 Sir Robert C. McKenzie KBE CB 1933-34 John MacGill 1953-54 M. A. Allan 1956-57 Max Simmers 1963-64 Herbert Waddell 1969-70 George G Crerar 1977-78 Frank H. Coutts CBE DL Eighty-four players have played for Scotland, with five playing tests for the British Lions; the team has provided internationalists for New Zealand and Sweden. Massie, Allan A Portrait of Scottish Rugby http://www.glasgowacciesrfc.com/ https://web.archive.org/web/20090421091136/http://www.glasgowhawks.com/cms/history http://www.accies.ukf.net/Rugby/
Ardrossan Academicals RFC
Ardrossan Academicals is a rugby union team from Ardrossan, North Ayrshire and play in the BT National League Division 3 in the forth tier of Scottish club rugby. The team's home ground is Memorial Field, across the road from Ardrossan Academy. In 2005, they won the BT Bowl by beating Greenock; the following former Ardrossan Academicals players have represented Glasgow District at provincial level. Massie, Allan A Portrait of Scottish Rugby
Stirling Albion F.C.
Stirling Albion Football Club is a Scottish football club based in the city of Stirling. The club was founded in 1945 following the demise of King's Park after World War II; the club competes in Scottish League Two as a member of the Scottish Professional Football League. Its highest league position came in 1958–59 with a 12th-placed position in the top flight, its only major success is in the league where it has won the second tier of Scottish football on four occasions, the last coming in 1964–65. The club has more competed in the third or fourth tier following league re-construction in 1975 and 2013. Stirling's home ground is Forthbank Stadium, a 3,798 capacity stadium in the east of the city near the banks of the River Forth. Before the stadium was opened in 1993 the club was based at Annfield Stadium, the home of the club since it was founded in 1945. Stirling Albion was founded in 1945 after the town's previous football team King's Park had failed to survive the Second World War. King's Park's ground had been damaged during the war, having been hit by a German bomb on 20 July 1940.
This was one of only two bombs to fall on the town during the Second World War. The new club was the brainchild of local businessman Thomas Fergusson, a local coal magnate, he purchased the Annfield estate to build a new stadium. Annfield was situated within a quarter of a mile from the town centre and would be the home of The Binos until 1992; the name'Albion' came from the make of Fergusson's coal trucks. This however is an urban myth. Albion Coal lorries were used as grandstands but the Club was named at a meeting of fans long before a ball was kicked; the name Albion was chosen because it was an old word for Great Britain and held meaning for the founder. Between the 1940 and 1960, the club gained a reputation as a club, too good for the lower league but never quite good enough to establish themselves in the top flight, hence the club's nickname of The Yo-Yos. For a time it was a saying in Scotland that something or somebody was "going up and down like Stirling Albion". In 1966 the club became the first British team to play in Japan.
Under the vastly experienced Bob Shankly, Stirling made progress, achieving consecutive 3rd place finishes in 1971/72 and 1972/73, narrowly missing out on promotion to the top tier. On retiring to the boardroom, Shankly was succeeded for one season by Frank Beattie but handpicked his long-term protege, former Albion player Alex Smith, cutting his managerial teeth at Stenhousemuir. Smith’s first season in 1974/75 saw the club finish 8th, three points behind Alex Ferguson’s St Mirren in 6th; that slim margin would prove crucial as league reconstruction meant it was the difference between staying in the 2nd division or starting afresh in the new 3rd tier. Over the next two seasons, Smith began a major rebuild of the playing staff that would create one of Albion’s finest squads. To a core of long-standing regulars including midfielder Robert Duffin, half-back James Clark and goalkeeper George Young, he added, among others, centre-half John Kennedy from Partick Thistle, Clyde full-back James Burns and Hibernian youngsters Allan Moffat and David Steedman.
Midfielder Robin Thomson and teenage winger Graeme Armstrong arrived from non-league football. Albion opened the 1976/77 season with a League Cup campaign that saw them nearly topple Premier Division Aberdeen in the quarter-finals, losing the first leg 1-0 at Pittodrie but winning the return by the same score at Annfield with a Robert Gray header; the Dons won the replay at the neutral ground of Dens Park, Dundee, 2-0, before beating both Rangers and Celtic on the way to lifting the trophy. Albion went on to win the Second Division crown that season, conceding only 29 goals in 39 matches and taking the title with several games to spare. Back in the 2nd tier, Albion finished a creditable 5th in 1977/78 and enjoyed comfortable mid-table finishes in the subsequent two seasons. However, despite consolidation on the pitch, Annfield's infrastructure was in dire need of repair and the club’s cash supplies began to run low; the 1980/81 season started memorably with a stunning 1-0 win over Celtic in the first leg of their 2nd round League Cup tie thanks to a Lloyd Irvine goal.
They took an early lead in the 2nd leg at Parkhead too with a Matt McPhee free kick, but minutes away from a famous victory, a late Tommy Burns strike took the tie to extra time. Albion were overwhelmed and lost 6-2 on aggregate, a teenage Charlie Nicholas coming off the bench to grab his first two goals for the Hoops. Following a third match against Celtic – a 3-0 defeat in the Scottish Cup in February – goals and confidence dried up and 13 games without finding the net led to relegation back to the 3rd tier. Through necessity, Albion began to cash in on the squad’s better players, Smith was given the task of developing a conveyor belt of local talent to sell on and keep Albion afloat. George Young had signed for Rangers for £20,000 in 1979 but the exodus began to pick up pace. Defender George Nicol went to Dundee United in John Kennedy to St Johnstone a year later. Three of Smith’s local discoveries left in quick succession in 1983 and 1984: striker John Colquhoun to Celtic, midfielder Brian Grant to Aberdeen and Scotland youth defender John Philliben to Doncaster Rovers.
Meanwhile, stalwart goalkeeper Gordon Arthur departed for Dumbarton. Despite the calibre of the players leaving, Albion maintained consistent top-half finishes and, in 1984, racked up a record 20-0 Scottish Cup victory over Selkirk, which made headlines around the world. Following a bright start to the 1986/87 campaign, Smith was prised away to take charge of St Mirren, his assistant George Peebles took over at Ann
Stirling is a city in central Scotland, 26 miles north-east of Glasgow and 37 miles north-west of the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. The market town, surrounded by rich farmland, grew up connecting the royal citadel, the medieval old town with its merchants and tradesmen, the bridge and the port. Located on the River Forth, Stirling is the administrative centre for the Stirling council area, is traditionally the county town of Stirlingshire. Proverbially it is the strategically important "Gateway to the Highlands", it has been said that "Stirling, like a huge brooch clasps Highlands and Lowlands together". "he who holds Stirling, holds Scotland" is quoted. Stirling's key position as the lowest bridging point of the River Forth before it broadens towards the Firth of Forth, made it a focal point for travel north or south; when Stirling was temporarily under Anglo-Saxon sway, according to a 9th-century legend, it was attacked by Danish invaders. The sound of a wolf roused a sentry, who alerted his garrison, which forced a Viking retreat.
This led to the wolf being adopted as a symbol of the town. The area is today known as Wolfcraig. Today the wolf appears with a goshawk on the council's coat of arms along with the chosen motto: "Steadfast as the Rock". Once the capital of Scotland, Stirling is visually dominated by Stirling Castle. Stirling has a medieval parish church, the Church of the Holy Rude, where, on 29 July 1567, the infant James VI was anointed King of Scots by the Bishop of Orkney with the service concluding after a sermon by John Knox; the poet King grew up in Stirling. He was also crowned King of England and Ireland on 25 July 1603, bringing closer the countries of the United Kingdom. Modern Stirling is a centre for local government, higher education, tourism and industry; the mid-2012 census estimate for the population of the city is 36,440. One of the principal royal strongholds of the Kingdom of Scotland, Stirling was created a royal burgh by King David I in 1130. In 2002, as part of Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee, Stirling was granted city status.
The origin of the name Stirling is uncertain, but folk etymology suggests that it originates in either a Scots or Gaelic term meaning the place of battle, struggle or strife. Other sources suggest that it originates in a Brythonic name meaning "dwelling place of Melyn", with the first element being connected to Middle Welsh ystre-, "a dwelling"; the name may have been a hydronym, connected to Brittonic *lïnn, "lake, pool". It is supposed that Stirling is the fortress of Iuddeu or Urbs Giudi where Oswiu of Northumbria was besieged by Penda of Mercia in 655, as recorded in Bede and contemporary annals. A stone cist, found in Coneypark Nursery in 1879, is Stirling's oldest catalogued artefact. Bones from the cist were radiocarbon dated and found to be over four millennia old, originating within the date range 2152 to 2021 BC. Nicknamed Torbrex Tam, the man, whose bones were discovered by workmen, died while still in his twenties. Other Bronze Age finds near the city come from the area around Cambusbarron.
It had been thought that the Randolphfield standing stones were more than 3000 years old but recent radiocarbon dating suggests they may date from the time of Bruce. The earliest known structures on Gillies Hill were built by Iron Age people over 2000 years ago. Two structures are known: what is called Wallstale Dun on the southern end of Touchadam Craig, Gillies Hill fort on the northwest end of the craig. South of the city, the King's Park prehistoric carvings can still be found. Whether the ancient Maeatae or Manaw Gododdin tribes settled in Stirling is not clear; the castle rock has been strategically significant since at least the Roman occupation of Britain, due to its defensible crag and tail hill: the bedrock on which Stirling Castle was built. However, if the Romans were on the current castle site they didn't leave more than a coin or two. Stirling enjoys a unique position on the border between the Lowlands and Highlands, its other notable geographic feature is its proximity to the lowest site of subjugation of the River Forth.
Control of the bridge brought military advantage in times of unrest and. Unsurprisingly excise men were installed in a covered booth in the centre of the bridge to collect tax from any entering the royal burgh with goods. Stirling remained the river's lowest reliable crossing point until the construction of the Alloa Swing Bridge between Throsk and Alloa in 1885; the city has two Latin mottoes, which appeared on the earliest burgh seal of which an impression of 1296 is on record. The first alludes to the story as recorded by Boece who relates that in 855 Scotland was invaded by two Northumbrian princes and Ella, they united their forces with the Cumbrian Britons. Having secured Stirling castle, they built the first stone bridge over the ForthOn the top they raised a crucifix with the inscription: "Anglos, a Scotis separat, crux ista remotis. Bellenden translated this loosely as "I am free marche, as passengers may ken, To Scottis, to Britonis, to Inglismen." It may be the stone cross was a tripoint for the three kingdom's marches.
"Angles and Scots here demarked, By this cross kept apart. Brits and Sco
Hillhead Jordanhill RFC
Hillhead Jordanhill Rugby Football Club is a Scottish rugby union club based in Glasgow, Scotland. HJRFC has roots going as far back as 1904 with the formation of the Hillhead Sports Club, the rugby club as we know it today was founded in 1988 with a Women's section added in 1995, they have played at their current home ground, Hughenden in the West End of Glasgow since then. Despite their name, the club is not located in either Hillhead or Jordanhill, although the pre-merger clubs did have historical links with these areas. Hughenden is located in Hyndland beside Great Western Road. Men's 1st XV play in Scottish National League Division Three Men's 2nd XV play in West Reserve League Division 1 Men's 2A XV play in West Reserve League Division 2 Women's 1st XV Men's 1st XV Captain: Dan William Co-Captain: Conor Ferguson Women's 1st XV Captain: Louise McMillan Co-Captain: Hannah Telling The club was formed by the merger of Jordanhill RFC and Hillhead RFC in 1988; the culmination of season 2009–10 saw the club win the Scottish Premiership Division Three championship.
The following season the club consolidated their position back in Scottish Premiership Division Two with a new coaching team made up of Grant Sweenie and Colin Dickson as joint head coaches. The 2nd XV under Gareth Morris and Stuart Torbet had a strong season ending with promotion to the top reserve league. Season 2011–12 saw a change to the coaching team with Grant Sweenie stepping down due to work commitments and another former Hills player, Derek Busby, taking over as head coach assisted by Colin Dickson; the 2nd XV saw a change in coaching personnel with Gareth Morris stepping down due to work commitments with the new coaching team comprising club stalwarts Stuart Torbet and Murray Bell. Hillhead Sports Club was formed in 1902 as a private club for former pupils of Hillhead High School, catering for various sports including football, cricket and athletics. A rugby team, Hillhead High School Former Pupils RFC, was formed in 1904; the club used the Scotstoun Showgrounds before seeking to find a permanent home after the First World War, purchasing land at Hughenden in 1922.
The club's new home, with its pavilion designed by W. Hunter McNab, was opened on 24 May 1924. Since Hughenden has hosted a variety of sports including hockey and tennis, although it has been most associated with rugby; the first major sports tournament held at the club was the West of Scotland Tennis Championship in 1925. Due to the growing popularity of the rugby team, a grandstand was built alongside the pitch in 1934, designed by local consulting engineers FA MacDonald; the stand was built of reinforced concrete with a cantilevered roof, unusual for the time. It was first used for a match between Hillhead and Glasgow Academicals. In 1969, the clause restricting entry to the club to former students of Hillhead High School is removed to allow better recruitment and the club becomes Hillhead RFC; the ground had an upgrade of their floodlights in 1977. Hughenden is a multi-sports venue in the Hyndland area of Scotland, it has been the home since 1924 of Hillhead Sports Club, a private members' club catering for cricket, rugby union and tennis.
Hughenden is the home ground of Hillhead Jordanhill RFC. It was used as the home ground of the professional Glasgow Warriors rugby team from 1996 to 2007. Prior to the demolition of the grandstand, the main rugby ground had a capacity of 6,000. 2009-10: Sarah Beaney Cup 2012–13: BT Women's Premier League & Sarah Beaney Cup 2013–14: BT Women's Premier League 2016–17: Sarah Beaney Cup 2017–18: BT Women's Premier League & Sarah Beaney Cup 2009–10: Scottish National League Division Three Aaron Collins Bill Dickinson, Scotland Rugby Union Coach, 1971-77 Richie Dixon, Scotland Rugby Union Coach 1995-98, Glasgow Warriors Head Coach 1999-2002 Hugh Campbell, Glasgow Warriors Head Coach 2003-06 William Alexander Ross Allan Cameron W. C. W. Murdoch Iain Ross I. A. A. MacGregor Dougie Hall Gordon Simpson Ron Glasgow Ian McLauchlan Gordon Strachan Tonci Buzov Nico Nyemba Jason Adamson Blair McKenzie Dougie Hall Alasdhair McFarlane Gordon Simpson Dougie Hall R. C. Graham I. E. Dawson I. Wilkie A. S. Nicolson J. D. Niven Allan Cameron K.
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Glasgow Hutchesons Aloysians RFC
Glasgow Hutchesons Aloysians Rugby Football Club abbreviated to GHA and colloquially referred to as G-HA!!, is a rugby union club based in the Giffnock area of East Renfrewshire, Scotland. The club plays its home matches at Braidholm and competes in Scottish National League Division One, the second tier of Scottish club rugby; the club was established by the 2002 merger between Glasgow Southern RFC and Hutchesons' - Aloysians' RFC. The former club was known as Clarkston but was renamed in 1995 with the ambition of creating the premier side on the South Side of Glasgow; the latter club was formed as the result of an earlier merger between the former pupils clubs of Hutchesons' Grammar School and St Aloysius' College. The merged club is now established as the premier club on the South Side of Glasgow; the Club was formed in 1923 playing out of Auldhouse, the school’s sports ground in Thornliebank. Admitted as a full member of the Scottish Rugby Union in 1937, the Hutchesons’ Club entered the National League system in Season 1973 at 2nd Division level, having dispensed with tradition to some degree by opting for "Open" status two years a significant decision forced, by necessity, on many Scottish F.
P. Clubs at that time. 1990 was to see further constitutional change when the club agreed amalgamation with close friends and one time rivals to form Hutchesons' Aloysians R. F. C. By contrast, the Old Aloysians’ club was formed in 1955 for the sole purpose of undertaking a challenge match against the successful Saint Aloysius’ College 1st XV; the unexpected success of this venture resulted in a decision to seek regular fixtures which led to a continuing upsurge in interest and the inevitable and rapid expansion of the F. P. Club; the first fixture was against Hutchesons’ Grammar F. P. R. F. C. Coincident with the invitation from Hutchesons’ Grammar School to Saint Aloysius’ College 1st XV to undertake regular fixtures; this long standing friendship led to the amalgamation in season 1990–91. Richard Allan was selected as the club’s first full internationalist for the Irish fixture at Murrayfield in 1969, to be followed by other distinguished players who gained representative honours. Brothers Gordon and Alan Bulloch were to gain national caps, with the former captaining the national side on several occasions.
Ray Nelson was to achieve caps for the United States national team the U. S. Eagles. Unlike the two Former Pupil Clubs now involved at Braidholm, Clarkston R. F. C. since its formation in 1937, has always been an "Open" club, created by a variety of former pupil rugby players who did not wish to undertake cross city travel to indulge in their sport. The first club chairman was a Glasgow Academical, the first President a Glasgow High Former Pupil and the longest serving Club Captain and Coach, Andrew Williams a product of Allan Glen’s. Playing at the local authority’s Overlee ground, years of tireless fund raising saw the Club’s new facility at Braidholm opened by S. R. U. President Charlie Drummond in January 1971; the Club entered the new National League structure in 1973 at 4th Division level, rising through the years to division two. With three pitches. Floodlights, 250 seater stand and expanded Clubhouse, in recognition of its changing character and by a significant membership majority at the May 1995 A.
G. M; the Club altered its name to Glasgow Southern R. F. C. Over several years a variety of players graduated through the Club participation from both youth and senior level to achieve representative status. Full International caps were awarded to Gordon McIlwham, Euan Murray while others have achieved selection at Youth level. Agreement reached with a development organisation saw the original 1970 Clubhouse demolished to make way for a health club. A new, state of the art, Clubhouse was formally opened by S. R. U. President Ronnie Young at Braidholm in January 2002; the Glasgow Southern name was only to survive for seven years before it became evident to all concerned that the sport on the south side of Glasgow would be best served through amalgamation, an initiative formalised in May 2002 with the formation of Glasgow Hutchesons’ Aloysians Rugby Football Club. GHA run 4 senior sides, catering for all abilities and attitudes - The club's 1st XV and 2nd XV teams play at a highly-competitive national level, with the 3rd XV competing within the regional reserve leagues.
Additionally there is a long established veterans team who participate in a variety of social and touring matches. Following the amalgamation, GHA took the place of the newly promoted Hutchesons Aloysians in Premiership Division Two, with the new club achieving promotion to Premiership Division One at the first attempt; the club has since spent three seasons in the top division - 2003/04, 2004/05 and 2007/08. Following three seasons in Premiership Two which saw a wealth of the club's most experienced players depart, ended in relegation to Premiership Three for season 2011/12. In Premiership Three, with the arrival of a new coaching team and experienced ex-professionals Andrew Henderson and Hefin O'Hare GHA managed to finish second but due to league restructuring were denied promotion. Within the newly regionalised third tier of 2012/13 the club achieved promotion by winning RBS Championship A thanks to a historic 23-0 final day, winner-takes-all match away to local rivals Cartha Queens Park.
Following a difficult first season back in the second tier the club once again had a complete change of coaching team, which saw a surprise return to the Premiership during season 2014/15, only to be denied 39-22 in a relegation / promotion play-off with Stirling County. In yet another severe reversal of fortunes, the club suffered a season of disappointment in 2015/16, flirted with r
Falkirk Rugby Football Club is a rugby union club based in Falkirk, Scotland. They compete in Scottish National League Division One, the second tier of Scottish club rugby; the club play. The club's roots in Falkirk can be traced back through the Falkirk Herald Archives to 1906 when Falkirk Rugby Football Club was first formed; the Club is recorded as having played at both the Tryst and Windsor Parks before they became a casualty of the First World War. For over half a century Falkirk did not feature on the Scottish rugby map until 1972 when the ICI Grangemouth RFC transferred its assets to Falkirk. ICI Grangemouth RFC had been in existence for over a decade, founded in season 1962–63 by ICI employees Bill McMillan and Lyn Jones; the club growth was restricted, however, by ICI and the decision was made to move to Falkirk and start afresh. Bill McMillan was elected as the first club president in 1972 and the clubhouse was opened by Harry Ewing MP in 1980. For the first 25 years of the new club progress was slow and movement out of the lower league divisions difficult.
Three successive relegations had taken the Club to a nadir. Club members voiced their concern and a new administration took over in 1997 with Alex McQuade as president elect. Thereafter the club's first notable appointment was that of former Scotland, Caledonia Reds, Dundee HSFP and Hillfoots prop John Manson as club coach. Under Manson's leadership the club won the Scottish Shield in 2007 and achieved five consecutive league championship titles between 2003–04 and 2007–08; these achievements were recognised by the SRU and culminated in the club being awarded the "SRU Club of the Year" for the 2007–08 season. Scottish League Championship, fourth tier Champions: 2007-08 Scottish Rugby Shield Winners: 2006-07