Monday 31 January 2011

Bill Hogg OBE

We are saddened to learn of the death of Bill Hogg, who passed away at his Edinburgh home at the weekend. He was 70.

Mr Hogg gave a lifetime of service to the game that he loved. Even though he retired from his post in June 2005 he remained indefatigable in his commitment to the sport, whether as the honorary administrator of Scottish rugby’s injured players’ charity, the Murrayfield Centenary Fund, or as a referee of school matches at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh.

Bill, a CA by profession, was a proud member of the Watsonian club, from which he refereed at senior club level for many years. Bill was also a friend to all club's and we much appreciated his visits to Raeburn Place, the last of which was late last year. His friendly face will be sadly missed by all at Edinburgh Accies.

He joined Scottish Rugby as treasurer in 1978-79 and succeeded John Law as secretary of the Union in 1983. He held the additional post of Chief Executive from season 1992-93 until 1997-98. He was Scotland team secretary from 1983 to 1996, being the manager's assistant at the Rugby World Cup tournaments in 1987, 1991 and 1995 as well as on the Scotland tours of New Zealand (1990) and North America (1991). He retired as secretary in June 2005.

He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of what moulded Scottish rugby over the years and represented the SRU on bodies such as the International Rugby Board, European Rugby Cup and Six Nations Committee. Earlier this month he even represented ERC as match commissioner at both Glasgow Warriors’ match against Wasps and Edinburgh’s contest against Cardiff Blues, while he also remained a member of Scottish Rugby’s Discipline Panel.

Bill was awarded an OBE for services to Scottish Rugby in June 2006. He said at the time: “I am honoured to receive this accolade for something which has not only been my profession, but also something that I thoroughly enjoy. It has been a pleasure having contact with all clubs around the country and attending games every weekend. I have been fortunate enough to be on five Scotland tours and it has been a particular privilege to be involved with the Murrayfield Centenary Fund assisting injured players.”

Current SRU President and former Scotland captain and British and Irish Lion, Ian McLauchlan added: “It is a sad day for Scottish Rugby. Bill served the union with a fastidious yet benevolent eye. He will be a hard man to replace.”

We send Edinburgh Academical FC's sincere condolences to Bill’s wife Louise, his children Alisdair and Jane, his grand-children Beth and Evie and all his friends.


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