Memories of Gordonian RFC’s heyday have been brought to mind by the club’s fourth round Scottish Hydro Electric Cup tie against Hawick RFC at Countesswells on Saturday. The Borders team is now five divisions above GRFC but on 4 October 1980 a crowd of 1250 watched Gordonians beat Hawick 26 -13 at Seafield in their first ever Division One match.
The team on that occasion was:
There were no substitutes in those days!
Nine or ten of the 1980 side will be present on Saturday, including Chris Snape in his role as Club President and Alan Hardie, who now coaches the Gordonian forwards.
As for the current crop of Gordonian players, they will be aiming to demonstrate that the club has come on leaps and bounds since withdrawing from the National Leagues in order to regroup and then embark upon the rebuilding process that has happened so successfully over the last few seasons.
Three successive league titles have seen the team climb up to National League Division 3 but there is no doubt that ‘The Green Machine’ will provide a very stiff test on Saturday, especially as Hawick’s most recent Premier League outing saw them record a very satisfying 20-15 victory over Boroughmuir RFC.
Such is the significance of the game that Gordonians’ treasurer and pie baron, Graeme McKay, has promised that spectators will not go hungry at half-time!
The match kicks off at 1.30pm and is one not to miss!