Thursday 24 August 2017

Celebrating 160 years - rugby storms the home of Scottish football

The 2017/18 season marks the Club’s 160th anniversary, a milestone worth celebrating.

The significance of our 160th season has been recognised by the National Football Museum at Hampden, which is hosting a temporary exhibition in our honour. At first glance, this may surprise some people, but as the Museum’s curator, Richard McBrearty, said:

“As the oldest surviving Scottish football club of any code, the history of Edinburgh Accies is inextricably linked to the origins of modern football. It is exciting for us to host an exhibition celebrating the 160th anniversary of this significant club."

The exhibition mainly focuses on the Club’s role in the development of international rugby. Our predecessors were a pioneering bunch and were deeply involved in the first international match, the establishment of the RFU, Scottish Rugby and World Rugby.

The fact that the first rugby international (which is also recognised as the first football international) was organised and hosted by the club on 27 March 1871 is well known. Perhaps not so well known is that three Accies were instrumental in bringing that match about and that the Club provided the first Scottish captain and another eight of the forty players on the pitch that day.

As a Club we have also provided two of Scotland's three Grand Slam winning captains (GPS Macpherson and David Sole), as well as the first official Lions' captain (Bill Maclagan). We have also produced more than 120 Scotland caps, more than any other Scottish club.

Speaking about the Hampden exhibition, our new President, Frank Spratt, said:

"We are delighted to be given a place in the National Football Museum in our 160th season. We are deeply proud of our shared football heritage, as well as our own place in rugby history. The exhibition is a fitting tribute to our Club.”

A sample items on display at Hamden, from the old to the new

As part of the international focus of the exhibition, David Sole's Scotland, Barbarians and British & Irish Lions' are on display, along with the Kingsburgh Cup and the match ball from our 150th anniversary match against the Barbarians

Images (c) National Football Museum, Hampden



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