Haddington RFC

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Haddington RFC
Full nameHaddington Rugby Football Club
UnionScottish Rugby Union
Founded1911; 108 years ago (1911)
LocationHaddington, Scotland
Ground(s)Neilson Park
PresidentKeith Wallace
Director of RugbyBob Snodgrass
Coach(es)Kieran Cooney
Captain(s)Gary Cockburn
League(s)Scottish National League Division Three
2017–18Scottish National League Division Three, 10th

Haddington Rugby Football Club is a rugby union team based in Haddington, East Lothian.

Founded in 1911, the team plays its home games at Neilson Park. They compete in BT National League Division 3, the 3rd tier of Scottish club rugby.[1]

The club boasts five internationalists, Andrew (Jock) Wemyss,RJC Ronnie Glasgow, Derek White, Grant McKelvey and Cammy Murray. Wemyss at 17 was one of the five founder members. The Internationalists were honoured in a lunch in 2017, with tributes paid amongst others by Finlay Calder, Dave Rollo, Craig Chalmers, Barry Stewart and, for Wemyss the President of the Barbarians Mickey Steele Bodger.

White toured with the 1989 Lions, and Glasgow played for a World XV in 1964.

The Club is rightly proud of its history, which includes: Wemyss founding the Co-optimists following a Barbarians inspired match in Haddington in 1924; Our Sevens dating from 1926 the 10th oldest surviving in the World; and our minis section set up almost 50 years ago by the late, great Bill Hamilton.

The minis and our School of Rugby with Knox Academy are key to our ongoing success serving as nursery for players. We currently have over 100 kids in each, and are delighted that we recently managed to play a couple of girls matches as we seek to develop a ladies team.

We have a great tradition of families serving the Club, with many sets of brothers, fathers sons and grandsons turning out.

This was never more shown than on 12th August 2018 when the Club set a World Record of 458 for the most players in a game of touch rugby which is awaiting verification from Guinness World Records. in the game players from 5 to 73 turned out, including 18 from the Snodgrass Family, covering three generations a former President and two former Captains.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fixtures & Results: Haddington RFC". Scottish Rugby. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  2. ^ http://www.k7s.co.uk/history/walkerburn/