Thursday 5 February 2015

President's Blog - 6 February 2015

Not much happened last week as both of last Saturday’s scheduled games were cancelled. We only learnt about the Whites games when we got a second-hand message on Friday afternoon saying the City of Edinburgh Council had cancelled all games in Inverleith park. That’s the same council that wants to be “the most sports active City in Europe by 2020” - nae chance! As it happens, the park was perfectly fit for play when we looked on Saturday morning.

The 2nd XV’s opponents, Haddington, called off at 8pm on Friday evening as they couldn’t raise a team. If the cancellations had been the other way round we could have at least fixed to play the Whites at RP, which was perfectly playable, but it wasn't to be.

This week we seem to be in a similar state. A week ago we had arranged for the 1st XV to play Gala in a friendly on Saturday. They cancelled that earlier this week and we haven’t been able to find a replacement.

The 2nd XV are supposed to be playing Biggar 2nds in the Edinburgh Reserve League Cup but it now looks as if that is off as Biggar have a rescheduled game which we didn’t find out about until the referee organiser explained why no referee had been allocated to our match.

The Whites opponents RHC 3rds cannot get a side, though there is a possibility of a game against Edinburgh Northern.

It’s all very unsatisfactory.

Probably not many people realise that the Edinburgh Academical FC became a member club of the Rugby Football Union in 1872 and remained a member until we became a founder member of the Scottish Football Union in March 1873.

Last week the RFU celebrated it's 144th anniversary and as a former member club we send them our congratulations. At their first meeting in the Pall Mall restaurant on Regents Street, one of the sub-committees set up was to answer the challenge from Scottish Clubs (including Accies) by selecting a team to contest the world’s first representative international football match that was to be played at Raeburn Place later that year, on the 27 March 1871. We all know the outcome of that - Scotland won.

Another famous Scottish occasion was 25 years ago with David Sole's side's Grand Slam decider against England at Murrayfield. And we all certainly know the outcome of that - Scotland won 13–7, their third Grand Slam.

We will be having our own celebration of both those events, 144 years to the day of that first international, at the Sheraton Hotel, Edinburgh, where we will be joined by Davis Sole and many of his Grand Slammers. Make sure you are there – for more information, click here.

Finally, a week on Sunday, 15 February - the day Scotland play Wales at Murrayfield - we will see another first at our historic ground. We have seen the first Club game in Scotland, the first ever international, the first Calcutta Cup game, the Women’s World Cup final and now Raeburn Place will host its first unified rugby game, when the Edinburgh Clan will play Swansea Gladiators at 12pm. For more details, click here.

I hope the Club gets some rugby this weekend - we will keep the website and Facebook up to date re fixtures - and that we see you at one or both of the above events.

Regards
John

 

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