Scottish Rugby is saddened to hear of the death of the former Scotland B, Glasgow and Stirling County winger Alan Armstrong. He was 55. Armstrong passed away at Strathcarron Hospice last night after a long and courageous fight against cancer.Scottish Rugby is saddened to hear of the death of the former Scotland B, Glasgow and Stirling County winger Alan Armstrong. He was 55.
Armstrong passed away at Strathcarron Hospice last night after a long and courageous fight against cancer.
Richie Dixon, who coached Armstrong at both district and B international level, led the tributes. "Alan was an unassuming, nice guy but when it came to his rugby he was very competitive.
_x001C_He was an under-rated player, deceptively quick and very much part of Stirling County's elevation to the upper echelons of Scottish club rugby.
_x001C_I'll remember his committed performances whether for Jordanhill, Stirling, Glasgow or Scotland B."
A graduate of Jordanhill College, Armstrong taught PE at Denny High School where he joined the staff in 1976. Prior to becoming a teacher he had served in the Merchant Navy.
Armstrong, who played his club rugby for Jordanhill and Stirling County, represented Glasgow on 26 occasions between 1979 and 1985, scoring eight tries. He notched a hat-trick in a match against the Irish Army and also faced the touring New Zealanders in 1980 and the Wallabies in 1982.
He played twice for Scotland B, against their French counterparts in 1981 and 1982, marking his B debut with one of Scotland's two tries in an 18-4 success at Millbrae, Ayr.
He was also keen on basketball playing for Stirling in the National League and sprinted competitively for Falkirk Victoria Harriers in athletics.
When his playing days were over Alan took on a coaching role with the same gusto and was involved at first XV level at Stirling County and then, for a number of years, with under-18 teams.
He loved the outdoors and travelling. He had climbed every Munro in Scotland and had also scaled a number of peaks in the United States and Africa.
Scottish Rugby extends its sincere sympathies to Alan Armstrong's mother, brother and sister and all his friends.