Aberdeen Grammar Rugby (originally Aberdeen Grammar School FP RFC) was founded in 1893 and is the North of Scotland’s premier rugby club.
The Club has been playing at its Rubislaw grounds since the 16 acre facility was jointly purchased in 1914 by the Aberdeen Grammar Former Pupils Club and the then Aberdeen City Corporation.
The facilities have been upgraded over the years with the FP Club constructing the Fine Pavilion and then the Stand in 1993 which marked the centenary of the Club. More recently, new floodlighting and changing rooms were both completed in 2009 with funding from Aberdeen City Council.
The Club Centre at 86 Queens Road is approximately 400 metres from the Rubislaw pitches. The Centre features two bars which show BT Sport, a Gymnasium, Snooker Room and Petanque Piste. There is also a large garden area with fixed barbeques for the use of members and which can be hired for corporate hospitality events.
The Club has a long history of producing Scottish internationalists, with the late Dr Donny Innes and Dally Allardice being our most capped players during the 1940’s (8 caps) until Robbie Russell was awarded 27 caps from 1999 until he retired in 2007.
More recently Johnny Beattie, Moray Low, Murray McCallum and Ruaridh Jackson have all been capped by Scotland after playing for Aberdeen Grammar Rugby.
The current club squad also contains a number of Scotland age-grade international players, as well as players who have represented Scotland on the senior international 7’s circuit. Our squads have also included internationally capped players, like Rod Seib (Australia) and currently Matthias Schosser (Germany).
The Club has produced five Presidents of the Scottish Rugby Union, the most recent being the late Charlie Ritchie in 1997/98. D.W.C. (Doug) Smith is also remembered as being the manager of the victorious 1971 Lions Tour to New Zealand and Australia.
In season 1996/97, the Club was playing in the old National League Division 2, often in the shadow of their long-time local rivals, Gordonians.
An ambitious 5-year plan saw the Club rise to Premier 1 in season 2000-2001, thereafter finishing in the top half of this league for 5 seasons before being relegated in 2007.
Premier 1 status was regained in 2010-2011 and consolidated during Season 2011-2012 when the Club became members of the new streamlined 10 team Premiership.
In 2012-2013 the club finished 5th in the Premiership, missing out on British & Irish Cup involvement by a single point. The Club did, however, win the Caledonia Cup that season.
Unfortunately, the Club was relegated in 2014 and has finished mid-table in National League Division 1 since then.
The Club currently has around 60 registered players across its 2 senior sides. For Season 2018/2019, the First XV is competing in Tennent’s National League Division 1 while the Second XV are playing in Tennent’s Caledonia North 2.
There are also currently around 250 players across the Club’s successful Juniors (S1-Under18’s) and Mini/Micro sections (P1–P7) which are open to both boys and girls.
As a result, The Club is able to field teams at every age level in local and national competitions.