Monday, 15 April 2013

West Of Scotland Rugby Football Club

West Of Scotland Rugby Football Club
Burnbrae Ground Milngavie ( Near Glasgow ) Capacity 2,500
Pictures Taken Sunday 7th April 2013

Formed in 1865, they played a founding role in establishing international rugby in Scotland and have provided a number of SRU Presidents and players. The club originated at Hamilton Crescent in Partick, Glasgow as an off-shoot of the Cricket Club. The bye laws of West of Scotland Football Club were agreed on 15 October 1865.
In 1867, they played their first game against another club, Edinburgh Academicals, in a fixture that is one of the earliest rugby football matches in the world. In 1872 the formation of the Scottish Rugby Union took place at a meeting at Glasgow Academy on Elmbank Street, and the first members were Edinburgh Academicals FC, West of Scotland FC, Royal High School FP, Glasgow Academicals, Merchistonians, Glasgow UniversitySt Andrews University and Edinburgh University.
West have played in red and yellow coloured strips since 1871, which the then local football club Partick Thistle decided to copy in the 1930s when they also switched from dark blue strips.
In 1952 after some 15 years without a home they moved to Burnbrae in Milngavie. They were an open club and able to attract new players into the area as any others were closed to Former Pupils (FP's) until the 1990s. West of Scotland played inPremiership Division One having won promotion from Premiership Division Two in 2008, having only been promoted from Premiership Division Three the previous season. They will play in Premiership Division Two in season 2011/12 following relegation at the end of the 2010--/11 season.
It was on Saturday 29 March 2008 that West secured their promotion from Premiership Division Two as champions. The 2nd XV and 3rd XV teams also won their leagues, making 2007/08 a historic season for the club.From Wikipedia