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            The first rugby International Scotland v England 1871
                The Scottish XX included 6 Glasgow Academicals
               History of Rugby
              Rugby Chronology
    Those who drink the water, ought remember those who dug the well"
                          

Although Glasgow  Hawks were only formed in 1997 the founder clubs Glasgow Accies 1866 and GHK 1982 (Glasgow High School F.P 1884 .,and Kelvinside Accies 1888) played a major role  in the history and development of the Sport of Rugby Union in Scotland  dating back to its inception in the 1860s.
1836 The passing of the New Anniesland Turnpike Act leads to the building of Great Western Road

RUGBY UNION- the game comes to Scotland
Alan Massie's History of the game,click below
Rugby's great leap forward
1866  Glasgow Academical Football Club formed (the same year as Harlequins) the club did not see it necessary to include the word Rugby in its title because the Association game only appeared with the formation of Queens Park in 1867.The Club's first home being Burnbank(between Great Western Road and Woodlands Road)

1867  Glasgow Accies play West of Scotland in a fixture that is now one of the oldest surviving football matches in the world.
1868/69   Accies play West twice and win on both occasions and in the following season 1869/70 again play West twice winning on one occasion and the second match ending "in dispute"
One incident worthy of note occurred in the West match of 1869.The ball was kicked over the West goal line but also over a fence into adjoining land and Arthur of Accies jumped over the fence and touched down.It was taken as a try but West disputed the touch and a goal was not attempted.
1870  Glasgow Accies become the first Scottish football club of either code to tour England playing matches against Manchester and Liverpool
J.W.Arthur Glasgow Accies puts his signature to a letter challenging the clubs of England to play Scotland under the rugby code.This led to the first international being played at Raeburn Place in 1871

The letter of challenge issued on behalf of the Senior Scottish Clubs:

Sir,

There is a pretty general feeling among Scotch football players that the football power of the old country was not properly represented in the late so-called International Football Match. Not that we think the play of the gentlemen who represented Scotland otherwise than very good - for that it was so is amply proved by the stout resistance they offered to their opponents and by the fact that they were beaten by only one goal - but that we consider the Association rules, in accordance with which the late game was played, not such as to bring together the best team Scotland could turn out. Almost all the leading clubs play by the Rugby Code, and have no opportunity of practising the Association game even if willing to do so. We therefore feel that a match played in accordance with any rules other than those in general use in Scotland, as was the case in the last match, is not one that would meet with support generally from her players. For our satisfaction, therefore, and with a view of really testing what Scotland can do against an English team we, as representing the football interests of Scotland, hereby challenge any team selected from the whole of England, to play us a match, twenty-a-side, Rugby rules, either in Edinburgh or Glasgow on any day during the present season that might be found suitable to the English players. Let this count as the return to the match played in London on 19th November, or, if preferred, let it be a separate match. If it be entered into we can promise England a hearty welcome and a first-rate match. Any communications addressed to any one of us will be attended to.

We are, etc.
A. H. Robertson, West of Scotland FC
F. J. Moncrieff, Edinburgh Academical FC
B. Hall Blyth, Merchistonian FC
J. W. Arthur, Glasgow Academical FC
J. H. Oatts, St Salvador FC, St Andrews

During this period Glasgow Accies joined the(English) Rugby Football Union which was formed in 1871 as no governing body existed in Scotland.
The match was played on Monday 27 March 1871at Raeburn Place Edinburgh and the Scotch team won by a goal and a try.to a try.Six Glasgow Academicals were included in the Scottish XX.A match report was carried on page 5 of the Glasgow Herald on 28 March 1871 next to an article on coursing.

1871  Glasgow Accies play host to worlds oldest district match the inter city against Edinburgh. The match was played at Burnbank(between Gt Western Road and Woodlands Road.
T Chalmers Accies capped against England is one of an elite group of dual internationalists also being capped by Scotland at Cricket.
1873  The Scottish Football Union formed at a meeting held in the Glasgow Academy then situated in Elmbank Street,and later to become Glasgow High School.The meeting took place at 4.30 p.m. following the Scotland v England match played at Hamilton Crescent.
The purpose of the meeting was to form a Football Union in Scotland on a similar basis to the Rugby Union in England
Glasgow Accies become one of the Founder Clubs.
Glasgow Accies win their first Scottish Club Championship.
Glasgow Accies involved in the first club merger in Scotland combining with Merchistonians.Accies first tour Ireland beating Norh of Ireland.

1875   Manchester come north and play Accies,the Manchester team included A.N.Hornby who captained England at both Rugby and Cricket.
1876 H.M.Napier a former pupil of High School is capped against England whilst playing for West
1877 Five Accies plus H.M. Napier play in the Scotland v Ireland match this being the first Scottish international played as 15 a side.
1878 Accies become first Scottish club to play in London beating Blackheath. Accies match with West ended by "mutual consent " after a disputed drop goal by Watson of Accies.It was reported in a journal at this time "no club that I know can play better in mud than Accies"

During this period the Canadian Lacrosse Team played a match on the ground owned by the Caledonian Cricket Club where the Glasgow Academy now stands.
1882 Glasgow Accies and Edinburgh Accies combine to tour England as Scottish Academicals playing Oxford University and Manchester.
1883  Glasgow Accies move to the ground now known as Old Anniesland.

Glasgow Accies become a founder member of The Scottish Amateur Athletics Association
1884   Glasgow High School F.P. formed and play on a ground on the opposite side of Crow Road to the present pitches.and play against the 1st Lanark Volunteers.One of the founder members was T.Connell who had set a disputed Scottish Record for 440 yards at the Kilmarnock F.C. Sports in 1882.
The club played at various locations in the Anniesland,Crow Road area until the early years of the Twentieth Century
J.S. Carrick Accies was delegated by the Scottish Football Union to settle the issue of the disputed match against England held at Blackheath by awarding the match to England on condition that future disputes be referred to an International Board.
1885 A match between Accies and West ended by mutual consent after disputed scores.
1886 Glasgow High agree to rent West pitches at Anniesland for a token payment of 2 10s for the season.
1887 Accies provide players(Mckendrick and Woodrow) to West for their match against Bradford at Hamilton Crescent
1888  Kelvinside Academicals formed and play on a pitch adjacent to the present  school.The School having previously played on a makeshift pitch in Hyndland.Kelvinside Accies combine with West to play Hawick in a challenge match played over 2 days to mark the Great Exhibition . West use ptches at Old Anniesland.    

1892 J.W. Woodburn becomes Kelvinside’s first Scottish internationalist
        Accies undertake their first Border Tour playing Gala and Melrose.
1898 J.M.Dykes becomes Glasgow High’s first Scottish internationalist,although 4 players from High School had played for Scotland as members of West,D.S. Morton,H.M.Napier,A.S.Hamilton and D.Fisher.
1901 Kelvinside Accies move to Balgray and open a 500 seater stand in 1904.The first pavilion being the Boathouse on Bingham's Pond where the Pond Hotel now stands.The next pavilion was the press pavilion from the Great Exhibition  which was purchased and relocated to Balgray
Robert Stronach Accies capped against Wales was also a double International as he represented Scotland at Athletics.
He won the AAA 120yards Hurdles Championship in 1904/05/06           .
1903  Glasgow Accies move to their present ground at New Anniesland
1906   T.Sloan and L.L. Greig (Accies) and G.M.Frew (GHSFP) play in Scotland's first match against the Springboks which was played at Hampden Park
1908 Glasgow High play in the Cameronian colours of green,blue and white the colours change to chocolate and gold in 1911.Accies open the New Anniesland Pavilion also in 1908 the ceremony was performed  by Sir William Bilsland ,Lord Provost of Glasgow.
1910 Accies purchase additional pitches for School use known as the "Alps".This year saw Accies tour the London area playing Cambridge University and LondonScottish.
.1918 Of the Glasgow Accies Championship Team of 1913/14 ; 6 were wounded and 8 were killed in the 1914/18 War

1919 Glasgow High purchase Old Anniesland.
1921 The stand at Old Anniesland was built..
During this period crowds of several thousand were commonplace at matches at Anniesland,and a crowd of 2000 watched the school match between Academy and High School.
Glasgow High  play their first match against Instonians at Ravenhill

Accies provide 10 players for Glasgow who beat Edinburgh in the Inter City
1922   A crowd of 10,000 watched Glasgow Accies play Heriots at New Anniesland this remained a record for a Scottish club game for 74 years.

1924 Glasgow Accies and Glasgow High share the Scottish Championship.,Accie's J.C.Dykes and High School 's J.M. Bannerman and L.Stuart play for Scotland/Ireland against England/Wales at the Close, Rugby School to mark the centenary of the Game of Rugby Union
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1926 Glasgow Accies complete a hatrick of Scottish Championships and saw  a 100% record.
       .The first Scottish team to beat England at Twickenham included 4 Accies and 3 High School players.
        This team included Jimmie Ireland.         .
1927 Old Anniesland Memorial Pavilion opened.
1930 Accies Internationalists Jimmy Nelson and Max Simmers help to organise two benefit matches to assist West who at that time were in financial difficulties.Playing in these matches were such as Herbert Waddell,Jimmie Ireland,Ian Shaw and J.M.Bannerman

(L-R) SCOTLAND'S JAMES NELSON, HERBERT WADDELL, JAMES DYKES AND WILLIAM SIMMERS
Date of photography: 05/02/1926 
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1936 Glasgow High wins Scottish Club Championship.
1938    Wilson Shaw Glasgow High captains Scotland to the Triple Crown,
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            Wilson Shaw
1939  Old Anniesland Pavilion taken over by The Army
1940 The Outcasts made up of Accies.Kelvinside Accies,High school and Hillhead play at Balgray.
Glasgow/Edinburgh Team beat an Army XV at Old Anniesland.

Alan Massie continues his story
The Battling Years (28-Jan-03)
1948   Legendary commentator Bill McLaren played his last match for Hawick on the September Holiday Monday against Accies prior to his premature retirement having been diagnosed with Tuberculosis
1945/49   Kelvinside Accies combine with West to play as Kelvinside West
1947  12,000 attend Cammanachd Cup Shinty final at Old Anniesland
1951,1954 Glasgow High win Scottish Championships.during this period West play regularly at Old Anniesland having been evicted from Hamilton Crescent.West at this time also obtained agreement from Accies and GHSFP to retain gate money from matches played at Anniesland but classified as "home" matches for West
1953 Donald Cameron,Hamish Kemp GHSFP Alan Waddell and Hamish Dawson Accies play for   Glasgow/Edinburgh against the All Blacks at Old Anniesland.The All Blacks captained by Bob Stuart included the legendary Bob Scott at full back.
1955 Angus Cameron Glasgow High appointed vice captain of the British Lions in South Africa when they beat the Springboks at Ellis Park Johannesburg.
1956 The Scottish Rugby Union publish the coaching manual "Raise the Standard" under the presidency of Max Simmers
1955 Glasgow Accies share disputed Scottish Championship with Boroughmuir and Hawick.
The "Unofficial Championship"was recognised in different ways by various national newspapers.
At this time New Anniesland plays host to a Scotland v England Womens Hockey International.
1957 Owing to clash of fixtures Gala could not  play the normal September weekend fixture Accies play Kelvinside Accies at Netherdale.
1962 Glasgow High win the Scottish Championship under the captaincy of Ian Docherty
1969 Accies host their first Easter Sevens Tournament which took place on an annual basis for 30 years.Winners included London Scottish,Rosslyn Park,Loughborough Colleges and Western Province.
1971 Glasgow High go "open"

1973  The introduction of League Rugby
Alan Massie concludes his story
The age of Telfer.
1982  Glasgow High play their last match against Kelvinside Accies.
         Glasgow High and Kelvinside Accies amalgamate as GHK
1984 John Beattie plays for Scotland's Grand Slam winning Team,John also played for the British Lions.
1988  Accies play the Barbarians at New Anniesland in the Herbert Waddell Memorial Match.The Barbarians team included Will Carling of England and Jonathon Davies of Wales
1993  Old Anniesland hosts Scotland A against New Zealand A.
1994 Scottish Districts play the Springboks at Old Anniesland.
1997 Glasgow Accies and GHK combine at senior level to form Glasgow Hawks under the chairmanship of Brian Simmers.              GHK wins Scottish Shield.False Bay from Cape Town play Accies and GHK.This was one of the first mixed coloured teams to leave South Africa after apartheid.
1998 Hawks win Scottish Cup and Scottish Second  Division Championshipwpe2.jpg (772 bytes)
        Hawks beat Toulouse at Old Anniesland.

        Hawks 2xv win The Inter-City 2xv league Division 1.
        Derek Stark and Glenn Metcalfe become the first Hawks to win Scottish Caps
        Accies tour Zimbabwe

1999 Kelvinside Academy sells Auchenhowie pitches to Rangers F.C to develop a Soccer Academy
2000 Hawks lose to Boroughmuir in the Scottish Cup Final.
        The opening of the Jimmie Ireland Stand at Old Anniesland.
        The occasion being marked by a match between Hawks and the Co -Optimists
        Hawks combine with West to play the Co-optimists to mark the opening of the new stand at Burnbrae
2001 Glasgow Accies and GHK go back into the National Leagues                            .
        GHK and Accies become "associate clubs"
         Andy Henderson wins his first cap against Ireland.
Andrew Henderson
2002  Hawks lose 17-20(after extra time) to Hawick in the Scottish Cup Final
         Accies tour North Carolina
         Scotland lose 8-58 to England in an "amateur" Rugby League at Old Anniesland
2003  Runner up in Integrated Tournament(Pro-Am).Hawks tour South Africa and win all three matches
2004  Hawks win Premier 1 Championship and Scottish Cup
                      
                        
HAWKS CAPTAINS                                 
1997/98 DAVID WILSON                                 
1998/99 DAVID WILSON                                   
1999/00 SCOTT HUTTON                                
2000/01 SCOTT HUTTON                                  
2001/02 CHRIS DOCHERTY                               
2002/03 IAIN LEIGHTON 
2003/04 CHRIS DOCHERTY
2004/05 ERIC MILLIGAN    


DIRECTOR OF RUGBY
1997/99 IAIN RUSSELL
1999/00 KENNY HAMILTON
2000/03/O4 JOHN ROXBURGH

HAWKS COACHES
1997/98 IAIN RUSSELL/BILL MACDONALD
1998/99 IAIN RUSSELL/BILLMACDONALD
1999/OO BILL MACDONALD/SHADE MUNRO
2000/01 SHADE MUNRO/DAVID WILSON
2001/02 SHADE MUNRO/JIM BARRIE
2002/03 SHADE MUNRO/JIM BARRIE
2003/04 PETER WRIGHT/ROB ACKERMAN
2004/05 PETER WRIGHT/ROB ACKERMAN                                

HAWKS PLAYERS CAPPED

GLENN METCALFE
GORDON MCILWHAM
DEREK STARK
ANDY HENDERSON
TOM PHILIP
GRAEME MORRISON

HAWKS PLAYERS AWARDED S.R.U./GLASGOW/EDINBURGH CONTRACTS

DANNY ABLETT 1997
STEPHEN BEGLEY 1997
MATT MCGRANDLES 1997
GLENN METCALFE 1997
SHADE MUNRO 1997
MURRAY WALLACE 1997
DEREK STARK 1997
CAMMY LITTLE 1997
CHAS AFUAKWAH 1997
MIKE BECKHAM 1997
DANNY PORTE 1997
TOMMY HAYES 1998
GORDON MCILWHAM 1998
ANDY HENDERSON 2001
EUAN MURRAY 2001(S.R.U. SCHOLARSHIP)
RORY MCKAY 2002
TOM PHILIP 2002
KENNY SINCLAIR 2002
STEVE GORDON 2002(S.R.U. SCHOLARSHIP)
GRAEME MORRISON 2003
EUAN MURRAY 2003
STEVEN DUFFY 2004
FERGUS THOMSON 2004

ALLOCATED PRO PLAYERS
2002/03
ANDY KELLY (GLASGOW)
KENNY SINCLAIR (GLASGOW)
2003/04
ANDY HENDERSON
GLENN METCALFE
GRAEME MORRISON
DAN PARKS

DRAFTED PRO PLAYERS 2003
CAMERON BLADES (GLASGOW)
IAN MCINROY (GLASGOW)
ALISTAIR DAVIDSON (BORDERS)

HAWKS COACHES AWARDED PROFESSIONAL CONTRACTS
SHADE MUNRO 2003 GLASGOW RUGBY

SEVENS HONOURS
GALA 1998
GREENOCK WANDERERS 1999,2001
CAMBUSLANG 2002,2004
CARTHA 2002
GLASGOW UNIVERSITY 2004

LARGEST ATTENDANCES   
17,833   HAWKS V KELSO, SCOTTISH CUP FINAL 1998
13,139   HAWKS V BOROUGHMUIR SCOTTISH CUP FINAL 2000
18,129   HAWKS V HAWICK SCOTTISH CUP FINAL 2002
10,623   HAWKS V DUNDEE HSFP SCOTTISH CUP FINAL 2004

HISTORICAL FOOTNOTES

GLASGOW ACCIES

HAVE WON THE SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP 14 TIMES AND HAVE HAD 82 PLAYERS CAPPED.THE MOST CAPPED BEING MAX SIMMERS AND 3 PLAYERS HAVE REPRESENTED THE BRITISH LIONS.THE CLUB HAS ALSO SUPPLIED 13  PRESIDENTS OF THE SCOTTISH RUGBY UNION

 

GLASGOW HIGH SCHOOL F.P.. 


HAVE WON THE SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP 5 TIMES AND HAVE HAD 29 PLAYERS CAPPED 5 OF WHICH CAPTAINED THEIR COUNTRY,1 BRITISH LION.THE MOST CAPPED BEING J.M.BANNERMAN(4 PLAYERS CAPPED PLAYING FOR WEST PRIOR TO 1894).THE CLUB HAS SUPPLIED 5 PRESIDENTS OF THE SCOTTISH RUGBY UNION.

 

KELVINSIDE ACCIES


HAVE HAD 13 PLAYERS CAPPED (ALTHOUGH MORE WERE CAPPED PLAYING IN THE COLOURS OF WEST PRIOR TO 1888)

 

GHK

HAVE HAD 3 PLAYERS CAPPED

 

HAWKS

HAVE HAD 5 PLAYERS CAPPED                                                   
Derek Stark
Glenn Metcalfe
Gordon Mcilwham
Andy Henderson
Tom Philip
Graeme Morrison

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Kenny Sinclair A Cap and Commonwealth  Games Sevens Team 2002

 

BROTHERS WHO HAVE PLAYED FOR SCOTLAND

R.W.AND I. SHAW (HIGH)

A.AND D. CAMERON (HIGH)

J.C. AND A.S. DYKES (ACCIES)

 

FATHER AND SON WHO HAVE PLAYED FOR SCOTLAND

W.M.AND B.M. SIMMERS(ACCIES)

H AND G.H WADDELL (ACCIES)

UNCLES AND NEPHEWS
J.M. DYKES(GHSFP) AND J. C DYKES AND A S DYKES(BOTH ACCIES)

 

DOUBLE INTERNATIONALISTS
T. CHALMERS(ACCIES) CRICKET

R.STRONACH(ACCIES) ATHLETICS

 

YOUNGEST CAP

A ARTHUR( ACCIES ) 17Y 11M

 

SOURCES;

THE GLASGOW ACADEMY 150 YEARS BOOK
GLASGOW ACADEMICAL CENTENARY VOLUME 1966

CHOCOLATE AND GOLD 100 YEARS OF RUGBY 1884/1984

WEST OF SCOTLAND FOOTBALL CLUB 1865/1965

THE HISTORY OF SCOTTISH RUGBY BY SANDY THORBURN

FEET,SCOTLAND FEET BY DEREK DOUGLAS

ALONG GREAT WESTERN ROAD.BY GORDON URQUART
SCOTTISH ATHLETICS 1883-1983 BY JOHN KEDDIE

 

HUGH BARROW (SECRETARY)

 


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