Historic capital clash revived

On Saturday 29 March, The Edinburgh Academical Football Club will rekindle a rugby tradition not seen since 1884. The Academicals and The Merchistonians, two of the oldest rugby clubs in the world, will be clashing once more at Raeburn Place (2pm) to raise money for Hearts & Balls, a charity which provides for players and their families who have suffered grievous injury on the sportsfield.

With a line-up of former international players such as Duncan Hodge, Barry Stewart, Stuart Moffat and Craig Joiner, it’s set to be an exciting and closely-fought contest.

Ex-Scotland coach and former Merchiston Director of Rugby, Frank Hadden, said:

“I’m honoured to be involved in the rebirth of the fixture and to be a part of what should be a great day for a very worthwhile cause.”

The match will be followed by a gala dinner in The President’s Suite at Murrayfield Stadium. An auction and silent raffle will be helping to raise money for Hearts & Balls as well as Edinburgh Accies and Merchistonian.

Hearts & Balls Director, Jim Littlefair, said: “We would like to congratulate those who have reformed one of the most historic rugby clubs in Scotland – The Merchistonian Football Club – and would like to thank them for considering the charity suitable for their support.

“All financial resources are targeted towards making a difference to those less fortunate than ourselves.”

Please contact Amy McGoldrick on on 0131 312 2262 or merchistonians@merchiston.co.uk for further details.