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Memories Group Meeting - 8th.May


Memories Group Meeting - 8th.May

The latest meeting of the Stirling County Rugby Memories group took place on Tuesday 8th May.

The session was kicked off by Derek Young who noted that recent research from the British Psychological Society has shown that membership of a group enhances social identity and general mental well-being. This is stronger when the group has special relevance in terms of the activity or focus and in our case a common enjoyment of rugby.

Graham Law from the Scottish Rugby Union had spoken at a conference about the memories project across Scottish sport and offered to bring the Calcutta Cup to our meeting this week. He explained how the beautiful cup was made in India from silver rupees donated by the Calcutta Football Club to the RFU in1878. The cup is photographed with some of our group in the background. To the right of the photograph is Stirling County legend Stewart Hamilton who captained the club to the First Division Championship in 1995.

Stewart then entertained us with his memories from a long and illustrious rugby career after taking up the game first at the age of 22. He had previously played football but given his size, speed, skill and general strength found that rugby was a game made for him. He played in many representative teams and on tours. Of course he played for Scotland “B”, beating France ” B” for the first time in many decades. He was so close to a full Scottish cap with Bill McLaren saying to him after a superb trial in the Probables v Possibles that he could not be denied a first cap. Bruising tactics by some opposition players left him with a broken nose in his next outing thus denying him the cap – Stewart’s reaction to their actions was as phlegmatic as much of his playing days “Fair Enough”. His friendships from rugby span the world, his many team mates can reflect on the lifelong bonds they made and spectators /fans of his Stirling County days will long remember how he helped the club to the top of Scottish rugby.

Stirling County memorabilia has now begun to be included in the national sports archive based at Hampden making it accessible through the Sports Heritage web-site archive.

The next meeting will be at the club at 1.00pm on Tuesday  12th June. There will be a speaker who will be confirmed on the club web-site, a rugby quiz and update on the digitalisation programme .  Plans for next season will also be confirmed. All are welcome.
Contact if you wish to attend or come along on the day.

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