Friday 13 September 2019

Robert (Roy) W Meikle, 1929-2019

1955/56 1st XV, Winners of the Unofficial Championship. Roy Meikle, back row, 3rd from left

It was with great sadness that we learnt of the recent death of Roy Meikle, one of the few remaining players from the legendary Accies 1st XV of 1955/56 who won the Unofficial Championship.

Although Roy spent his early childhood on the family farm near Grangemouth, his parents moved to Hardenden in Midlothian in his early teens and Roy joined the Edinburgh Academy. It was only natural, therefore, that he should continue his post-school rugby at Accies, where he played at prop (number 8 at that time) or in the second row throughout the 1950s.

The 1950s was a golden decade for Accies, winning the Unofficial Championship in 1955/56 and sharing the title with Jed-Forest the following season. Roy was part of that squad, alongside other Accies' greats such as WID Elliot, S Coughtrie, T McClung, KW Paterson-Brown, C Sleigh and MTR Marwick.

1957 marked the Club's Centenary, which was celebrated with a special Accies v International XV match at Raeburn Place on 26 October. Roy played in that game and treasured the match programme in which he was listed as "Aged 28 years [although he had actually just turned 29], 6ft 1 inch and 15 stone ... Farming in Midlothian."

Unfortauntely a shoulder injury (not rugby related) in 1961 put an end to Roy's rugby career, but he cherished the friendships and memories forged at Raeburn Place. He was a great supporter of Raeburn Place Foundation and its plans to redevelop the ground and ensure it remains open for play.

We send our sincere condolences to Roy's son, Robin, and daughter, Maureen, following their loss.

Centenary Match - Academicals v International XV. Roy Meikle, back row, 7th from left


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