Forrester RFC

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Forrester
Forrester RFC.JPG
Full name Forrester Rugby Football Club
Union Scottish Rugby Union
Founded 1964
Location Edinburgh, Scotland
Ground(s) Broomhouse
League(s) East Regional League Division 2
2011–12 8th in Div 1
Official website
www.forrester-rfc.co.uk/default.aspx

Forrester RFC is a rugby union football club in the Scottish Rugby Union, located at South Gyle Access in Edinburgh and play in the RBS East Regional League Division 2 (season 2012-13).

History[edit]

Forrester Former Pupils Rugby Football Club and Sports Association was founded in 1964, by a number of ex-pupils of Forrester High School and members of the local community.

There followed 10 years of team and spirit building, normally in the confines of the Dorlin Hotel, St. John's Road, Edinburgh. The Club participated in the [Edinburgh and District League] and found success in a number of Sevens tournaments including the now defunct Edinburgh and District trophy, in 1976.

The former Clubhouse, situated in the grounds of Forrester High School, was opened in September 1977. In 1987 the existing structure was extended to include changing rooms and showers in addition to other facilities, not least of which was the addition of a small bar.

Having been pipped at the post for three successive years, the Club finally won the [Edinburgh District League] in 1986 gaining promotion to Division 6 of the National League in 1990. After reorganisation they found themselves in the Division 5 (East) Regional League at the start of season 1999/2000. They finished runners up to Irvine that year but, finally, won promotion to Division 4 by beating Hawick YM 13 - 12 in the final game of season 2000/2001.

The Committee were instrumental in setting up the River Series Cup (later the Alloa Series Trophy) in association with Boroughmuir RFC, which for ten years provided Cup competition in Scotland, and provided the springboard for the SRU Tennents cup competition and ultimately the BT Cellnet Cup. It was perhaps fitting that in the last year of this competition, the Castlemaine XXXX cup was won by Forrester in the gala event.

The Club now stands at a cross-roads, with a massive Youth development programme and ambitious plans for the development of facilities to nurture the talent and enhance the playing standards throughout the area. Although never a "closed" Club, "Former pupils" was dropped from the Club title at the end of season 2000/2001.

Now[edit]

A new clubhouse was built under the PPP (Public-Private Partnership) as part of the redevelopment of the area. St Augustine's and Forrester High moved on to shared a campus in January 2010, with the new school building situated on the former football pitches and site of the old clubhouse.

On Sunday the 19th of August 2012 founders, members, families, coaches, players and many more came together to celebrate the opening of the new rugby pitch at Forrester Rugby Club.

Club Presidents[edit]

  • 1965-1974 F. Langstaff
  • 1974-1976 A. Elliott
  • 1976-1978 A. Jenkins
  • 1978-1980 J. Nicol
  • 1980-1982 K. Elliott
  • 1982-1986 J. Connor
  • 1986-1991 J. Robertson
  • 1991-2002 T. Stevendale
  • 2002-2006 S. Kilpatrick
  • 2006-2010 C. Lewis
  • 2010- D. Panther

Club Captains[edit]

Season Captain Season Captain Season Captain
1965-1966 A. Elliott 1982-1984 T. Stevendale 1997-1998 G. McLoughlin
1966-1969 K. Elliott 1984-1985 G. Marshall 1998-1999 W. Whitelaw
1969-1970 K. Hepburn 1985-1986 K. Hamilton 1999-2000 C. Lewis
1970-1972 S. Fowler 1986-1987 G. Marshall 2000-2001 I. Beveridge
1972-1975 K. Elliott 1987-1989 K. Hamilton 2001-2003 A. Hamilton
1975-1976 A. MacEwan 1989-1990 S. Elliott 2003-2006 C. Bradford
1976-1977 B. Cockburn 1990-1992 W. Whitelaw 2006-2008 S. Roseburgh
1977-1978 A. Hogg 1992-1993 A. Cleland 2008-2009 C. Panther
1978-1979 K. Elliott 1993-1994 C. Lewis 2009-2010 N. Gunderson
1979-1980 D. Imrie 1994-1995 G. McLoughlin 2010-2011 S. Fulton
1980-1981 A. Bald 1995-1996 B. Duffie 2011-2012 P. Bree
1981-1982 C. Macrae 1996-1997 J. Bertram 2012- E. McComiskie

Notable players[edit]

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