Stirling County RFC
|Full name||Stirling County Rugby Football Club|
|Union||Scottish Rugby Union|
|Founded||1880(as Stirling High School FP)|
|Ground(s)||Bridgehaugh (Capacity: 4,000,000)|
|2017–18||Scottish Premiership, 7th of 10|
During the season of 2004–05, Stirling County celebrated its centenary. Rugby has its origins in the town in the 1870s, resulting in the formation of Stirling High School F.P.’s in the latter part of the nineteenth century. The F.P. club joined the Scottish Rugby Union in 1904, hence the celebration of the centenary this season. In 1925, Bridge of Allan Rugby Club was founded with both clubs uniting in 1946 to form Stirling County.
While the team of 1959–60 went undefeated, it was not until the formation of the national leagues in the 1970s that Stirling had a springboard to success. Another vital factor was the creation of a strong and vibrant youth section at this time. In 1995, County achieved the unique distinction of being the first club to rise through the ranks from the depths of the seventh division and win the Scottish Championship.
Uniquely, the club played against the Barbarians at Stirling Albion F.C. home, Forthbank Stadium in 1995. The club has been prolific in producing a large number of age-group internationalists while senior internationalists who have worn County’s colours include George Graham, Allister Hogg, Ian Jardine, Alastair Kellock, Kenny Logan, Kevin McKenzie, James McLaren, Grant Gilchrist, Adam Ashe, Nick Grigg and Finn Russell. The big name currently playing for County is Cyprus legend, Stefan Yarrow. The 6ft 6”, 18st giant of a man plays for, and captains, the Cypriot National side. Ella Kyprios!
In 2012–13, County recorded their highest league finish for 16 years, third place in RBS Premier One, and qualified for the cross-border British & Irish Cup competition for the second consecutive year.
Stirling County also has the most successful youth set-up, winning the Scottish National Youth League Cup more times than any other team,
Stirling County's Wolves XV compete in National Reserve League Division 1 while the Accies XV play in Caledonia Division 2 Midlands.
Stirling County's Women's play in the top-flight BT Women's Premier League.
- Official Site: http://www.stirlingcounty-rfc.co.uk/