On Saturday Feb 17th, London Scottish take to the battlefield against the runaway league leaders Bristol Rugby, so ahead of what is sure to be our toughest test of the season… we’re galvanising the troops!
Right now we’re a bit too close to the drop zone after our slow start to the season. However, we are a team that always fights back in the face of adversity.
So we’re calling on all London Scottish fans to recruit their friends and family to help roar the lads to victory in our battle against our tough, top of the table opponents.
This year will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, a war in which players from the Scots fought and sadly lost their lives. In the spring of 1914, with the domestic rugby season drawing to a close, London Scottish fielded 4 teams against Blackheath – a total of 60 men in all. Although formal records were hard to come by in these days, it has been reported that of those 60, 45 were to be killed on active service in the First World War. Out of only 15 survivors, only one played on in the post-war years.
Although the club suffered greatly at this utter devastation, and still honour those brave men who lost their lives to this day, we managed to continue to prosper, establishing an excellent playing reputation and attracting many fine players who represented their country, some of whom went onto play for the British Lions.
And it’s this ’never give up, never say die’ spirit we are looking to summon up again – from players and supporters – as we go up against Bristol in this clash.
Scottish hit hard times again in the late-1990s. After an initially successful start to the professional era, they were forced into administration in 1999 and demoted 9 leagues by the RFU.
In typical London Scottish style though, we recovered from this monstrous setback in incredible fashion. In what has now been dubbed the ‘Incredible Journey’, London Scottish embarked on a string of promotions to return to the Championship in 2011, achieving seven promotions in just 10 seasons.
We aren’t prepared to head back down the leagues anytime soon, we want to climb the Championship ladder, so we’re issuing a call to arms for all Scottish fans to head down to Richmond Athletic Ground on February 17th and stand with us as we go toe to toe with Bristol.
Kick off is at 3pm, to buy tickets CLICK HERE or pick them up at the Ticket Office outside the ground.
The incredible journey is far from over, but your London Scottish need you to help us win this battle!