Rugby Memories Club


Murray Watson is the Hawick RFC Rugby Memories Club contact, and can be contacted by e-mail.

Full details:

Murray Watson
Hawick Rugby Football Club
Mansfield Park

Forthcoming meetings

Hawick RFC Rugby Memories Club


Hawick Rugby Memories in association with Alzheimer Scotland runs monthly meetings for anyyone interested in rugby from the 1950s to the present day. The sessions are particularly beneficial for those with memory problems, their carers, people living on their own, indeed all rugby fans.

Meetings take place on the first Thursday of the month during the rugby season from 14:30 until 16:00. The venue is Mansfield Park. Meetings are usually kicked of with a short journey down memory lane in the company of a weel kent rugby character sharing memories from yesteryear. We then have tea, with time to persuse a wide range of memorabilia and old photos before showing a video of a game from the era when a try was only worth three or four points. Every meeting is accompanied by much laughter, banter, fun and enjoyment.

Previous guest speakers have included Gerald Adams, Gary Alexander, Ian Barnes, Finlay Calder, Vern Cotter, Alastair Cranston, David Ferguson, George Keown, Linda and Alan Lawson, Jim Renwick, Tony Stanger, Jim Telfer and Gregor Townsend


4th January 2018, Mansfield Park: Back by popular demand Johnny Gray came over from Netherdale for his second appearance at the Hawick Rugby Memories Club. Johnny introduced a film of the 1971 Gala Sevens in which he helped the Maroons win their own trophy for a third year in a row. We saw Hawick lose narrowly to Bridgend thanks to the speedy skills of Welsh winger J J Williams. Bridgend lost in the final largely as a result of two sparkling tries from Nairn McEwan who, according to Johnny, was alate substitute dragged out of the tea tent after eating two pies.

1st February 2018, Mansfield Park: Journalist Alan Lorimer explained how life-threatening threats from crocodiles, elephants and runaway trucks faced members of the Scotland rugby team touring in Zimbabwe at this month’s meeting of the Hawick Rugby Memories Club. Alan’s memories concentrated on his work reporting on various Scotland tours between 1988 and 2000. His views from the press box introduced members to a different perspective of the game. The next meeting will take place at Mansfield Park at 14.30 on Thursday 1 March when the guest will be Iain ‘the Bear’ Milne.




Robert Scott was the lucky name to be drawn out of the hat for the signed jersey by Stuart Hogg in the recent online survey.

Major new Rugby Visitor Centre being considered for Hawick

Plans that include a range of ideas for important memorabilia in Hawick are being considered in a 12,500 feasability study. A collection of some 20,000 historic rugby artefacts belonging to Hawick Rugby Club and the Bill McLaren Foundation, many of which have been in storage for years, have been examined and catalogued over the past year.

Funding from SSE and Clyde Windfarms Ltd has enabled Hawick Rugby Club to appoint award winning consultants, Alan Jones Associates from Inverness, to conduct a feasability study and appraisal.

Hawick Rugby Club members Murray Watson and Ross Cameron have asked that five options to preserve, store and display this rich and unique collection of rugby memorabilia be studied by the consultants. The options to be assessed range from simply digitising and archiving the material right up to the creation of a new visitor centre with modern facilities situated somewhere in the town.

John Thorburn, the Hawick Rugby Club President said, "the prospect of securing and sharing Hawick's rugby heritage and that of the Voice of Rugby is exciting for the club, the town and rugby supporters everywhere." Linda Lawson, Bill McLaren's daughter added, "Dad would have been very pleased and proud of these plans. He was an invetorate collector and rarely threw anything away. We have fantastic memories from his schooldays right up to the time he hung up his microphone."

Lindsay Dougan, SSE Comunity Investment Manager said "SSE and Clyde Wind Farm Ltd are delighted to support this fantastic project. The Bill McLaren collection provides a unique insight into the heritage of rugby in both the Scottish Borders and across all of Scotland."

Amongst the thousands of artefacts in the collection are international caps dating from 1896, international jerseys, souvenirs from the British Lions tour, one of the largest collections of club and international programmes, autographed balls, hundreds of rugby photographs, trophies, Bill McLaren's extensive research material, his big sheets, videos, commentaries and a lot more.


The Hawick Rugby Memories Club is organising a “Walking Rugby” Group to provide fun, fitness and wellbeing for older rugby supporters of both genders.

Here are our draft laws for walking rugby. We would welcome your views and invite your thoughts or comments; please pass them on to Allan McCredie or Murray Watson.

We are planning to hold the first playing session on either the Thursday or the Friday before the Borders Festival of Rugby on Saturday 21 April. So put those dates in your diary and come along and have some fun.

Please note these are draft experimental laws and they may change after playing experience. In that respect we will be no different from the IRB!


Playing time

Two halves of ten minutes each way.
Game starts with a pass off from centre spot.


Length 25m to 30m, width 12m to 15m approx. Markings required, two goal lines, two touchlines and a halfway line centre spot, e.g. a netball court.


Five or seven aside on field.
Unlimited substitutions.
Teams may be mixed gender.


Suitable clothing for exercise. Bibs will be provided.


Use size five or size four ball.


Only at normal walking pace.
Ball can only be passed, not kicked.
No player allowed within one metre of any opposition player.
Penalty, free pass from point of infringement - the opposition cannot try to interfere with a penalty pass. Pass count restarts (see 3 below).
Pass cannot be scored from free pass directly.

There should always be 2 (3) members of a team in each half

Penalty, free pass from centre spot.
Pass count restarts (see 3 below).


A try, worth one point, is scored by catching the ball over the goal line.
No defender allowed over the goal line.
Penalty, free pass from centre spot.
Pass count restarts (see 3 below).

Possession changes when:

1- A try is scored.
Play restarts from centre spot.
2 - Ball not passed within five seconds.
Play restarts from where play is stopped.
3 - Eight passes have been completed.
Play restarts from where play is stopped.
4 - Ball is dropped or touches ground.
Play restarts from where ball is dropped.
5 - Ball is touched by opposition (it does not have to be caught).
Play restarts from where ball is touched.
6 - The game must be played within the confines of the pitch except when scoring tries.
Play restarts where the ball crossed the line.


A referee plus one official from each side to assist the referee (e.g. to count passes and make substitutions).

Important notice

Playing is at participants’ own risk and after seeking any necessary medical advice.