Rugby Club Parties to Thank Supporters
Sometimes the best reason to celebrate is to say a festive “thank you” to everyone who’s helped your cause during the year. West of Scotland Rugby Club did just that on 19th April when they once again held their annual dinner to pay tribute to their players, managers and supporters for working so hard during the season. Money raised from ticket sales will be used to fund the senior team tour in Barcelona this summer.
Based near Glasgow, the club has a history which spans over 146 years. Making “West the best” has always been their goal, and they have worked through challenges while innovating and helping the sport grow in Scotland. They started as an open club based at Hamilton Crescent in Partick, Glasgow as an off-shoot of the cricket club there.
West went on to become the first Scottish club to join England’s newly formed Rugby Union in 1871, and a year later the club met with five other Scottish rugby clubs to form the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU). Original club president W. H. Kidston went on to head the SRU, as have many West presidents since.
WWII saw the club give up their agreement with Hamilton Crescent, but when the war ended and they attempted to start up again with the cricket club, their petition was denied. West was without a permanent home base for 15 years, but after opening their own ground and clubhouse in 1960, the club went on to attract top talent by being the only senior open club in Glasgow for many years.
Rugby was one of several types of football played at English public schools in the 19th century. The sport is believed to have been developed at Rugby School, a boarding and day school in Rugby, Warwickshire, England, in 1823 when student William Webb Ellis caught the ball during a match and disregarded the rules by running forward while holding it. This version of the sport spread throughout the UK during the 1850s and 1860s, with the first Scottish match happening in December 1857.
Event organiser Donald Munro says they mainly used Facebook to promote the dinner, but also put up posters around the area and let older supporters know about it during games. He notes that planning was stressful, but the hard work was worth it. “On the day all stress was released and everything fell into place. Good planning makes for a good event.”
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