Hawick RFC

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Hawick
Logo hawick.png
Full name Hawick Rugby Football Club
Union Scottish Rugby Union
Founded 1873
Location Hawick, Scotland
Ground(s) Mansfield Park (Capacity: 5,000)
President Scotland Rory Bannerman
Coach(es) George Graham
Captain(s) Shawn Muir
League(s) Scottish Premiership
2017–18 Scottish Premiership, 8th of 10
Team kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.hawickrfc.co.uk

Hawick Rugby Football Club is an amateur rugby union side, currently playing in the Scottish Premiership and Border League. The club was founded in 1873 and are based at Mansfield Park at Hawick in the Scottish Borders.

One of Hawick's lesser known claims to fame is that they held the first floodlit match in Scotland in 1879.[1] Bizarrely, it is said that some of the players in the match attempted to tackle shadows.[1]

Early history[edit]

In October 1872, members of the Hawick and Wilton Cricket Club decided that in order to keep fit over the winter they should begin playing football. Both association and rugby union football were experimented with but the rugby format triumphed as it was considered "manlier and more congenial to the Border nature than the tamer association game". The club was formed on 8 December 1873 and played at Buccleuch Park, the home of the cricket club.[1]

However few games were played as there were not many other rugby clubs in the area, players had difficulty being released from their work, and Edinburgh sides were seldom willing to travel down to play individual club teams.

Establishment of the Club[edit]

1885 saw the rugby players reorganised themselves as Hawick Football Club, moving to new premises at the Volunteer Park, just beyond the cricket pitch. New colours were adopted, dark green jerseys and stockings with white shorts, and in 1886 Hawick was admitted to membership of the Scottish Football (later Rugby) Union, only the 19th club to be admitted, the only earlier Border clubs being Gala and Melrose RFC.

In 1888 Hawick Football Club moved to its present home, Mansfield Park, at the other end of the town. The early seasons brought keenly contested games against Edinburgh Academicals, Gala, and Watsonians, and in 1896 Hawick won their first Scottish championship.[1]

1945 to 1972 – Scottish Domination[edit]

Between 1945 and 1972 Hawick club firmly established among the leaders of Scottish rugby, winning the unofficial championship eight times, taking the Border League title fifteen times, and earning fame as sevens specialists.

In the 1950s, all 15 of Hawick RFC were approached by rugby league scouts from Yorkshire.[1]

In this period, Hugh McLeod, George Stevenson, Adam Robson, and Derrick Grant alone won 100 international caps between them, while fifteen other Greens played for their country.

1972 onwards[edit]

The official Scottish championship began in season 1973–74 and since that time Hawick has won the championship on twelve occasions. The proud record of winning the first Border League in 1901–02 and the first Scottish championship in 1973–74 was added to in 1995–96 when the club were also first winners of the Scottish Cup. Indeed, in season 2002–03, the Greens completed the treble, winning Scottish League championship, Scottish Cup and Border League championship.

In 2009 the club was relegated to the 2nd tier for the first time in their history. Hawick regained their place in the Premiership at the end of the 2012–13 season with a 39–38 playoff victory over Dundee HSFP.[2]

Honours[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Hawick RFC have already seen 58 players represent Scotland.

1888 British Isles tourists[edit]

Three Hawick players took part in the 1888 British Lions tour to New Zealand and Australia

Other famous players[edit]

The famous rugby commentator Bill McLaren also played for Hawick.[1]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  • Bath, Richard, ed. (1997). Complete Book of Rugby. Seven Oaks Ltd. ISBN 1-86200-013-1. 
  • Bath, Richard (ed.) The Scotland Rugby Miscellany (Vision Sports Publishing Ltd, 2007 ISBN 1-905326-24-6)
  • Godwin, Terry Complete Who's Who of International Rugby (Cassell, 1987, ISBN 0-7137-1838-2)
  • Jones, J.R. Encyclopedia of Rugby Union Football (Robert Hale, London, 1976 ISBN 0-7091-5394-5)
  • Massie, Allan A Portrait of Scottish Rugby (Polygon, Edinburgh; ISBN 0-904919-84-6)
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Bath, 1997, p89
  2. ^ RBS 2012/2013 Season Playoff Game Result
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Jones, p43,4