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RHSFP Rugby Club History

1868 - 2002

 

Annual Records

 

The RHSFP Rugby Football Club may be unique in Scottish annals in that it has a record of all matches played during the lifetime of the Club along with individual performances of all those players who were involved in each individual year.

It has been decided to limit the annual records in this website, each of which consists of a team photograph and tabular information, to around a dozen specific and memorable years.   It is also intended to produce a CD in due course which will contain records of all one hundred and thirty four years.

 

Topic List

 

The following topics are the selected Annual Club records.    Click a topic to view it, and click back to top (which can be found at the end of each topic) to return to the index of topics.

 

1871-1872 - Angus Buchanan

1875-1976 - A G Petrie

1883-84 - Nat Watt

1895-96 - J.W. Simpson

1912-13 - G.A. McLaren

1933-34 W.D. Emslie

1951-52 - A.W. Harper

1962-63 - J.P. Fisher

1963-64 - E.J. Ireland

1976-77 - R.G. McCosh/ J.C. Stewart

1981-82 - R.M. Ross

 

 

1871-1872 - Angus Buchanan

 

   

Captain Angus Buchanan played in the first International fixture at Raeburn Place, and scored the first try in International rugby in that game against England which was won by Scotland.

         

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1875-1876 - A G Petrie

   

A. Gordon Petrie captained the side for four years from 1875-76, and this year and the next (P11 W7 D1 L3).   He played eight consecutive times against England - 1873-1880.

 

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1883-84 - Nat Watt

 

   

This year, Nat Watt's last after four as captain, was one of the FP's most successful.  The record of P15 W11 D3 L1 (the loss to West of Scotland) made them the 'Recognised Champions of Scotland'.  The Scotsman newspaper previewed the season by noting that Watt's team would be short of six regulars from the previous season, but that good football would be looked for at Grange Loan.

 

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1895-96 - J.W. Simpson

 

   

This was the second season that J.W. Simpson had captained the Club.    The season's result, P20 W11 D5 L4 was excellent considering that the four defeats were all very narrow.    C.H. Adamson scored 10 tries out of a total of 36 scored by all players.    Mark Morrison was in his second season.

 

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1912-13 - G.A. McLaren

 

picture needed     1912-13 was the second last in a run of seven where the games won exceeded the games lost.    This was statistically the most successful, the record reading P21 W15 D0 L6, to enable 5th place in the unofficial championship.    R.S. Paterson scored 19 tries in the season, including 8 against Clydesdale!
 

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1933-34 - W.D. Emslie

 

   

W.D Emslie Captained the Club for the second time this year when it shared the unofficial Scottish Championship with Hillhead (to whom they lost 14-8).    The team won their opening sixteen fixtures, finishing the season with a record of P26 W22 D0 L4.

 

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1951-52 - A.W. Harper

 

 

    The picture shown is 1952-53, but Alec Harper was in his second year as captain and most of the personnel are the same.  The year's result was P22 W18 D0 L4.    I.W. Nicoll scored 14 tries out of a total of 49, while Fraser Bowman appeared for the first time and Tom McGlashan passed 100 games.
 

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1962-63 - J.P. Fisher

 

   

1962-63 was badly punctuated by weather related cancellations, only one game out of twelve being played early in 1963.   Despite that the record of P22 W14 D0 L8 is one of the best of this era.    Jim Lacey scored 136 points, and the most frequent appearances were by Stuart Macmillan and Arthur Orr with 20 apiece.

 

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1963-64 - E.J. Ireland

 

   

Normal service in terms of games was resumed with the playing record showing P35 W25 D2 L8.   Jim Blake topped the try scorers with 11 while Eric Ireland himself topped the appearances list by turning out for all 35 games.

Tom McGlashan bade farewell to the XV in his game against Penarth (his 249th) in a career dating from 1942-43.

 

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1976-77 - R.G. McCosh/ J.C. Stewart

 

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1981-82 - R.M. Ross

 

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