Rugby Memories Club
Murray Watson is the Hawick RFC Rugby Memories Club contact, and can be contacted by e-mail.
Hawick Rugby Football Club
Tales from the press box with Alan Lorimer
A view from the front row with Iain Milne
Remembering the Redskins with Jim Reilly
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
Dateline 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.
The Hawick Rugby Memories Club is planning to put together a "Walking Rugby" Group to provide fun, fitness and wellbeing for older rugby supporters of both genders.
Recognising the success of Walking Football, Sandy Carmichael the former Scottish and British Lions prop said this is a great initiative being taken in Hawick. anyone intersted in finding out more should contact Murray Watson by clicking here
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.