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Rugby Memories Meeting - Report


The first meeting of Stirling County RFC Memories Group was held in the Clubhouse on Tuesday
28th November.

Club member, Derek Young, explained that the idea to set up the group was inspired by the SFA’s
Football Memories project and the Scottish Football Museum – which aims to stimulate memories
through talking about teams and matches from the past, incorporating images and memorabilia.
The Scottish Rugby Union has recognised the initiative and there are established groups in other
areas of the country where former players or those interested in the sport come together to share
experiences, watch videos or take part in other activities to stimulate memories as well as to
socialise over a cup of tea or coffee.

The benefits of revisiting visual, verbal and aural memories and engaging in social discussion are
backed up with scientific evidence. Alongside physical exercise, Derek noted that these activities
are essential for maintaining mental and physical health.

At this inaugural meeting John Gibson, whose family has extensive and historical links with Stirling
County, gave a fact-filled and entertaining presentation on the club’s history.  He also outlined
County’s plans for future development as a community club with aspirations to remain at the top
table of Scottish Rugby. John illustrated his talk with some old team photos which generated many
memories, including a notable win against London Scottish, the Gala Match where we were
promoted to Division One and a game against the Barbarians. In fact there were so many
memories and reminiscences that it was decided we need another meeting!

The next meeting will be in the Clubhouse from 1.00 pm till 2.30 pm on Tuesday 16th January
2018 when the guest speaker will be the well-known BBC Alba rugby commentator Hugh Dan
MacLennan. We also plan to show a video of the All Blacks v Barbarians match at some point in
the future . There will be tea/coffee and biscuits.

If you require further information or would like to attend the January meeting please email Derek at
this address –

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