Signing Off

I have thoroughly enjoyed my three years as Gordonians’ webmaster but the time has come to sign off. These days, there’s only one way to do that – with a top ten list!

The difficulty, of course, with narrowing down my choice to ten highlights is that there are so many brilliant moments and memories that don’t get a mention. The list has therefore been compiled after much consideration.

In reverse order, it is as follows:

10. Those very personal moments made special by individual characters such as when Bruce Paterson, Steve Taylor and Bob Robertson took such pleasure in the tries that they finally scored … and the times that John Farquharson retired … and then returned for more!
9. The banter with players, officials and supporters on the touchline, at the Seafield Club or online through messages of support for the club sent in from around the world
8. The haiku series which led to features in the ‘Press and Journal’ and on Radio Scotland about rugby being combined with poetry
7. The culinary delights conjured up by Graeme McKay to tempt supporters along to games, the pièce de résistance being the green pies that he served up against Hawick!
6. The awesome efforts of the pack from the Leask era though to the powerhouse scrum of Bartlett, Wildridge, Willis, Devlin etc under the tutelage of Alan Hardie
5. The flair of backs such as Messrs Garden, Cooney, Lamont, Mocevakaca, Simpson, Prentice, Estachy etc, and their ability to score great solo and team tries.
4. The crowd-inspiring 52-10 victory over RAF Kinloss at Countesswells which effectively sealed the Caledonia League Division 2 (North) league title and showed the club’s supporters that their team could turn on the style even when the pressure was on.
3. That amazing fight-back from 13-0 down to defeat Mackie 16-13 in the sleet, followed by the presentation of the Caledonia League Division 1 trophy
2. The courage, skill, determination and inspiration that the players showed in fending off relegation at the end of this season and, in particular, their heroic away victory over Strathmore in that crucial final game.
1. Winning Scottish Rugby’s Club of the Month Award for March 2008, a tremendous achievement and one that confirmed that Gordonians had bounced back magnificently from the brink of oblivion.

My thanks go to the players, officials and supporters of the club, who have all been brilliant. I wish them all the very best for the future. I will continue to appear at Countesswells from time to time to see how the team is faring … but without my notepad and camera!

In the meantime, this is a special week for Gordonians with the AGM taking place on Thursday evening and the Annual Dinner the following night. There is no doubt that both will be very enjoyable and celebratory occasions – and rightly so!

Yours aye

Mike Elder