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The Incredible Journey

The Incredible Journey began in the summer of 1999 after a turbulent close season which saw London Scottish go into administration and subsequently demoted eight divisions.

From finishing 12th out of 14 in the Premiership, London Scottish found themselves playing competitive rugby in Herts-Middlesex 1 alongside the likes of Hackney, Belsize Park and Verulamians.

The professional set-up at the club had been disbanded and it was now left to the amateur section to regroup and rebuild, on and off the pitch, from the bottom of the RFU pyramid, and chart their way back to elite level.

Up the leagues they went racing through Herts-Middlesex 1, London 4NW, London 3NW, London 2N, London 1, National Division 3 South and National League One.

An astonishing seven promotions in 11 seasons was secured with London Scottish saving their most dramatic, memorable promotion until last.

Season 2010/2011 in National One began poorly for Scottish with three straight losses meaning promotion, even at that early stage, looked unlikely.

However, a run of 26 straight victories saw the promotion battle come down to the final day of the season - a straight fight between London Scottish and Barking at Goresbrook, with the winner heading to the Championship.

With seconds remaining on the clock, Barking led 13-10 and promotion seemed nailed on for the hosts.

As the referee checked his watch, the East Londoners recycled possession close to the Scottish try line but just as the travelling support - the vast majority of the 2,000 plus crowd - were resigned to another season in National One, Barking fly-half Will Nelson threw a long, speculative pass which was plucked out the air by London Scottish winger David Howells.

Howells then proceeded to run the length of the field to score an extraordinary try. The rest, as they say, is history.

After two seasons of Championship consolidation, Scottish finished fifth in season 2013/14.

The 2014 -15 campaign was another successful step forward ending with a third place finish in the Greene King IPA Championship.

This was the Club's highest placing in the English Leagues, earning a first play-off appearance with the chance of promotion to the Aviva Premiership and achieving the season's goal of a top four finish.

In a two-legged play-off semi-final, Scottish hosted Worcester Warriors in the first match at Richmond Athletic Ground.

After being 3-17 down, the Scots fought back brilliantly to lead 22-20 with just a minute to go only for the Warriors to score a converted try on the last play of the game which ensured them a five-point lead heading into the second match.

Travelling to Worcester's Sixways Stadium, London Scottish scored a fine opening try to draw level on aggregate and although the powerful Worcester Warriors then edged ahead, the visitors were only ten points behind at half-time.

Sadly Worcester were too strong and ran out worthy 38-15 winners on the night and 65-35 over the two matches.

Worcester Warriors then went on to beat Bristol Rugby by a single point scored with the last kick of the final match to earn an immediate return to the Premiership.

We want as many people as possible to experience the next chapter of The Incredible Journey.

Who knows what this new chapter holds but we encourage anyone reading this to get themselves down to Richmond Athletic Ground for London Scottish's next home match.

Encourage your friends, family, work colleagues, your own worst enemy....anyone who will listen..to become part of history.

The Incredible Journey...has only just begun.

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