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London Scottish
London Scottish Logo.png
Full nameLondon Scottish Football Club
UnionMiddlesex RFU, Scotland RU
Nickname(s)The Exiles, Scottish
Founded1878; 141 years ago (1878)
LocationRichmond, Richmond upon Thames, London, England
Ground(s)Athletic Ground (Capacity: 4,500 (1,000 seated))
PresidentPaul Burnell
Coach(es)Dave Morris
League(s)RFU Championship
2017–1811th
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
londonscottish.com

London Scottish Football Club is a rugby union club in England. The club is a member of both the Rugby Football Union and the Scottish Rugby Union. The club shares the Athletic Ground with Richmond.

History[edit]

Founding (1878)[edit]

In early 1878, three Scottish members of a team called St. Andrew's Rovers FC decided to break away to form their own club for Scots.[1] These men, George Grant, Neil Macglashan and Robert Arnot attracted a number of responses to a circular they sent out. The London Scottish Regiment in particular were very warm to the idea. Very soon after, on 10 April 1878, London Scottish FC was founded[2] in The Queen's Head, in Water Lane Blackfriars London (universally known as MacKay's Tavern, frequently miss-recorded, as Ned Mackay the jovial Scottish landlord ran the pub),[3] initially played on Blackheath Common,[1] and later at Richmond Athletic Ground in Surrey.[2]

They had a sizable fixture list and played some of the leading clubs of the time immediately, such as Ravenscourt Park Football Club and Queen's House Football Club (the latter being the only London team to have never lost to London Scottish).[1] They also played St Andrew's Rovers that season. St Andrew's, who had lost the core of their best players lost twice to London Scottish and folded at the end of the season.[1] London Scottish had a very successful first season, and having played 15 matches they only lost four (against already well established sides, Flamingoes, Guy's Hospital, Queen's House and Wasps).[1]

Early history[edit]

London Scottish was the first of the "Exiles" rugby clubs to be founded, and the last of the main three - after London Irish and London Welsh - to go "open" in 1996.[2]

London Scottish made the John Player Cup Final in 1974, where they lost 26–6 against defending champions Coventry.

The club regularly featured at the Middlesex Sevens tournament, winning the trophy in 1937, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965 and 1991. They have twice won the Melrose Sevens, in 1962 and 1965.

Professional era (1996–present)[edit]

Scottish turned professional in 1996. Tony Tiarks bought the club for £500,000 in 1996.

In the summer of 1998 Scottish, co-tenants of Richmond at the Athletic Ground, were promoted to the top division via a play-off, and Tiarks forced through an ill-fated groundshare with Harlequins and London Broncos at the Stoop Memorial Ground.

In the 1998–99 season, Scottish made their only appearance in the English Premiership. Under coach John Steele, and despite limited resources, the team finished 12th out of 14 teams, which would have saved them from relegation had they not fallen into administration at the season's end. Notable wins that season included: versus Bath (13–11), Saracens (24–7) and Newcastle Falcons (27–17). That season's squad included Scottish international stars Ronnie Eriksson, Simon Holmes and Derrick Lee, Australians Simon Fenn and Eddie Jones, and the South African Jannie de Beer.

Midway through the 1998-1999 season, Tiarks became disillusioned and discussed selling Scottish's place in the Premiership to second-division Bristol. He bailed out in the summer of 1999. The professional club London Scottish Rugby was placed into administration in 1999 and nominally merged into London Irish along with Richmond, who were also placed into administration.

The original amateur club rejoined the RFU leagues at the bottom of the pyramid after effectively having been relegated nine divisions by the RFU. The club progressed back up through seven divisions in 10 seasons to RFU Championship for the 2011–12 season.

The club was promoted to the English National leagues (National Division Three South) for the 2007–08 season after an eight-year absence. The club was unbeaten in the 2008–09 season, earning promotion to the revamped RFU National 1 Division for the 2009–10 season. In 2009–10, the club finished second in their first season in RFU National 1 Division.

The club secured promotion to the RFU Championship for the 2011–12 season. During the 2012–13 season, the club made the switch to a full-time professional set-up, with many of the club's part-time professional players leaving and new coaches brought on board, this included former Leicester Tigers hooker James Buckland and France and London Wasps legend Serge Betsen. The fully professional set-up was credited for an impressive performance away to Championship leaders Newcastle Falcons, where three penalties brought them to the brink of a shock win, but they lost 12–9. There followed significant wins in the second half of the season, including a 26–23 victory over Bedford Blues, a 25–13 win over Nottingham and a 17–20 win away at Cornish Pirates. Scottish were still challenging for a place in the top four of the Championship until as late as March, when they were beaten by Leeds Carnegie, and they ended the season in mid-table.

The Scottish again finished mid-table in the Championship in the 2013–14 season. The team had four players named in the Championship Best XV — American international Eric Fry, Tomas Francis, Mark Bright and Championship top try-scorer Miles Mantella.[4]

Following a mediocre 2016/2017 campaign, the club appointed Loughborough Students director of rugby Dave Morris as director of rugby and the club saw a change at the top, with Malcom Offord becoming chairman of the club and Carson Russell as CEO.

Sevens[edit]

London Scottish have been great exponents of rugby sevens winning the Melrose Sevens (twice), Middlesex Sevens (seven times) and the Rosslyn Park London Floodlit Sevens (seven times).

Captains and league position (since 1999–2000)[edit]

Season Division Captain Position
1999–00 Non League (London Senior Clubs) Ewan Kearney Winners of Merit table
2000–01 Herts/Middlesex 1 Damian Lilley Runners up
2001–02 London 4 NW Steven Wichary Champions
2002–03 London 3 NW Magnus Macdonald Champions
2003–04 London 2 North David Watt Champions
2004–05 London 1 Karl Hensley 4th
2005–06 London 1 Karl Hensley 3rd
2006–07 London 1 Alex Alesbrook Champions
2007–08 National Division Three South Alex Alesbrook 4th National
2008–09 National Division Three South Gary Trueman Champions
2009–10 National League One Gary Trueman 2nd
2010–11 National League One Ian McInroy Champions
2011–12 The Championship Lewis Calder 9th
2012–13 The Championship Lewis Calder 8th

Head coach and management (since 1999–2000)[edit]

Season Division Head Coach Manager
1999–00 Non League Iain Morrison Colin McIntyre
2000–01 Herts/Middlesex 1 Brett Cookson Colin McIntyre
2001–02 London 4 NW Kevin Powderly Colin Mcintyre
2002–03 London 3 NW Kevin Powderly Colin McIntyre
2003–04 London 2 North Rick Scott Colin McIntyre
2004–05 London 1 Rowly Williams Colin McIntyre
2005–06 London 1 Rowly Williams Colin McIntyre
2006–07 London 1 Terry O'Connor Colin McIntyre
2007–08 National Division Three South Terry O'Connor Colin McIntyre
2008–09 National Division Three South Brett Taylor Colin McIntyre
2009–10 National League One Brett Taylor Colin McIntyre
2010–11 National League One Simon Amor Colin McIntyre
2011–12 The Championship Simon Amor Ross Macgregor
2012–13 The Championship Simon Amor Ross Macgregor
2013–14 The Championship Simon Amor Laurence Bruggemann

Overall league statistics[edit]

Season Division Played Won Draw Lost Points
For
Points
Against
Points
Diff
Points Pos
1987–88 National League 2 11 4 1 6 141 158 –17 9 7th
1988–89 National League 2 11 3 1 7 146 160 –16 7 11th
1989–90 National League 3 11 11 0 0 258 92 166 22 1st
1990–91 National League 2 12 7 0 5 240 178 62 14 5th
1991–92 National League 2 12 11 0 1 304 130 174 22 1st
1992–93 Premiership 12 3 1 8 192 248 –56 7 10th
1993–94 National League 2 18 6 0 12 232 325 –93 12 8th
1999–00 Non-league 26 19 1 6 775 341 434 1st
2000–01 Herts/Middlesex 1 18 17 0 1 554 118 436 34 2nd
2001–02 London 4 NW 18 14 0 4 533 214 319 28 1st
2002–03 London 3 NW 18 16 0 2 560 199 361 32 1st
2003–04 London 2 North 22 20 1 1 752 277 475 41 1st
2004–05 London 1 22 15 0 7 676 343 333 30 4th
2005–06 London 1 22 16 1 5 840 324 516 33 3rd
2006–07 London 1 22 20 0 2 997 235 762 40 1st
2007–08 National Division Three South 26 17 0 9 633 410 223 83 4th
2008–09 National Division Three South 26 25 1 0 1092 328 764 120 1st
2009–10 National League One 30 22 1 7 938 569 369 108 2nd
2010–11 National League One 30 27 0 3 958 516 442 132 1st
2011–12 The Championship 22 6 0 16 422 543 −121 34 9th
2012–13 The Championship 22 10 0 12 456 610 −154 45 8th

Club honours[edit]

Current standings[edit]

2018–19 RFU Championship Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
1 London Irish 14 13 0 1 499 221 278 11 1 64
2 Ealing Trailfinders 14 11 0 3 454 350 104 10 1 55
3 Cornish Pirates 14 8 0 6 401 310 91 11 4 47
4 Bedford Blues 14 9 0 5 375 370 5 5 3 44
5 Jersey Reds 14 8 0 6 375 272 103 7 4 43
6 Nottingham 14 6 1 7 342 376 -34 6 2 34
7 Coventry 14 6 1 7 303 370 -67 4 4 34
8 London Scottish 14 6 0 8 309 353 -44 5 3 32
9 Doncaster Knights 14 6 0 8 371 353 18 4 3 31
10 Yorkshire Carnegie 14 5 0 9 245 369 -124 3 2 25
11 Richmond 14 3 0 11 257 371 -114 2 3 17
12 Hartpury College 14 2 0 12 230 446 -216 1 3 12
  • If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points for and against
  3. Total number of points for
  4. Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams
  5. Number of matches won excluding the first match, then the second and so on until the tie is settled
Green background is the promotion place. Pink background is the relegation place.
Updated: 9 February 2019
Source: "Greene King IPA Championship". NCA Rugby.

Current squad[edit]

The London Scottish squad for the 2018–19 season is:[7][a]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Ollie Adams Hooker England England
Peter Austin Hooker England England
Brad Clements Hooker England England
Craig Duncan Hooker England England
Billy Harding Hooker England England
Jared Saunders Hooker South Africa South Africa
Jordan Brodley Prop England England
Phil Cringle Prop Scotland Scotland
Jonny Harris Prop England England
Jimmy Litchfield Prop England England
Richard Palframan Prop South Africa South Africa
Dino Waldren Prop United States United States
Byron Hodge Lock Australia Australia
Tjiuee Uanivi Lock Namibia Namibia
Theo Vukasinovic Lock England England
Mark Bright Back row England England
Matt Eliet Back row England England
Luke Frost Back row England England
Jack Ingall Back row England England
Matt Marley Back row Wales Wales
James Tyas Back row England England
Mike Wakeling Back row England England
Lewis Wynne [b] Back row Scotland Scotland
Player Position Union
Jeoy Barton Scrum-half England England
Grayson Hart Scrum-half Scotland Scotland
Ed Hoadley Scrum-half England England
Rory Jennings Fly-half England England
Jacob Perry Fly-half England England
Fraser Lyle Centre Scotland Scotland
Ben Mosses Centre England England
Henari Veratau Centre Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
Richie Vernon Centre Scotland Scotland
Matt Davidson Centre Scotland Scotland
Robert Beattie Wing Scotland Scotland
Charlie Ingall Wing England England
Miles Mantella Wing England England
Rob Stevenson Wing England England
Joe Luca-Smith Fullback England England
  • Notes:
  1. ^ Lewis Wynne joins London Scottish on a season-long loan from Glasgow Warriors[8]
  2. ^ name"Wynne"

Current Staff[edit]

First team

  • Director of Rugby – Dave Morris
  • Head Coach - Nic Rouse
  • Backs Coach - Gareth Steadman
  • Team Manager – Doug Cowie

Commercial

  • Chief Executive Officer – Carson Russell
  • Chief Financial Officer – Nick Igoe

Scotland national team players[edit]

The following players have represented both London Scottish and the Scotland national team. London Scottish have produced more than 220 Scottish international players, more than any other club.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Dick Tyson, London's Oldest Rugby Clubs, p96 (JJG Publishing), 2008
  2. ^ a b c Bath, 1997, pp86,87
  3. ^ http://pubshistory.com/LondonPubs/StAnnsBlackfriars/QueensHead.shtm
  4. ^ "Greene King IPA Championship Dream XV" Archived 31 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine, RFU.com, 26 May 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  5. ^ http://www.hampshirerugby.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=393&Itemid=199
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Squad". London Scottish. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Glasgow Warrior Wynne heads to London Scottish on season long loan" (Press release). London Scottish. 23 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  9. ^ "A Brief History". London Scottish FC. Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.

External links[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 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)
  • Massie, Allan A Portrait of Scottish Rugby (Polygon, Edinburgh; ISBN 0-904919-84-6)