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October Memories Meeting

31/10/2019

October Memories Meeting

The Stirling County Rugby Club Memories meeting of 29th October welcomed Alan Lawson as the guest speaker. Alan played for Scotland as scrum half in the seventies and eighties. His successes included three wins and a draw against England with only one loss against the auld enemy. Alan is photographed sharing his memorabilia with some of the group. This included photographs and strips exchanged after playing against rugby adversaries who were world renowned. He played for the famous Select team The Barbarians thirteen times alongside and against most of the great rugby characters of that era.

Alan spoke of the cultural experiences he gained when playing around the world. From his school days at Falkirk High, very much a footballing school, he then played at Strathclyde University helping them win against Herriot Watt for the very first time. He moved on to Edinburgh Wanderers, one of the few top open clubs at the time, where they often played on the international pitch at Murrayfield. He next moved to London Scottish for some good weather rugby and some matches against the big English teams. They had success in the inter-county championships down there. When he returned to Scotland he was allowed to play for Heriots as an invited guest in the still closed system. Wins at two Melrose sevens tournaments, but ten years apart, marked him out for the length of  his stay in this golden period of Scottish rugby.

Alan reflected on the current need for Scotland to develop more players at the top level, having reached a point where they can compete at times but not consistently. He also talked about how difficult it was in the past to amass fifty caps when there were only 40 international matches in the decade that he played, whereas now there are so many more international opportunities.  It did make us appreciate our first guest speaker, Sandy Carmichael, who gained his fifty caps as a prop and in consecutive matches – truly remarkable men in a remarkable period.
We were also happy to welcome members from Alloa RFC and Falkirk RFC an happy to do so in future to anyone interested in rugby. Those attending benefit from sharing rugby memories and experiences. 

Our next meeting is at 1.00pm on Tuesday 26th November when Jim  Fleming former international referee will be joined by Eddie Inglis from Hillfoots RFC as our speakers. 

All are welcome for a cup of tea or coffee and a bit of cake.
 
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