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1997: Glasgow Accies and GHK combine at senior level to form Glasgow Hawks under the chairmanship of Brian Simmers.  GHK wins Scottish Shield.  False Bay from Cape Town play Accies and GHK.  This was one of the first mixed coloured teams to leave South Africa after apartheid.
 
1998: Hawks win Scottish Cup , Scottish Second  Division Championship and 2nd xv League Champions..  Hawks beat Toulouse at Old Anniesland.  Hawks 2xv win The Inter-City 2xv league Division 1.  Derek Stark and Glenn Metcalfe become the first Hawks to win S cottish Caps.  Accies tour Zimbabwe
 
1999: Kelvinside Academy sells Auchenhowie pitches to Rangers F.C to develop a Soccer Academy
Hawks play Athletico Rosario from Argentina
 
2000: Hawks lose to Boroughmuir in the Scottish Cup Final.  The opening of the Jimmie Ireland Stand at Old Anniesland.  The occasion being marked by a match between Hawks and the Co -Optimists.  Hawks combine with West to play the Co-optimists to mark the opening of the new stand at Burnbrae
 
2001 Glasgow Accies and GHK go back into the National Leagues.  GHK and Accies become "associate clubs".  Andy Henderson wins his first cap against Ireland.
 
2002: Hawks lose 17-20(after extra time) to Hawick in the Scottish Cup Final Accies tour North Carolina.  Scotland lose 8-58 to England in an "amateur" Rugby League at Old Anniesland. Hawks play Malone in Belfast
 
2003: Runner up in Integrated Tournament(Pro-Am). Hawks tour South Africa and win all three matches
 
2004: Hawks win Premier 1 Championship, Scottish Cup and 2nd xv Championship-Glasgow Accies runners up in Shield
         Scotland play Wales in RL international at Old Anniesland
 
2005:  Hawks retain Premier 1 Championship and 2nd xv League Championship
 
Winners of the inaugural Murrayfield Sevens
 
Accies celebrate 100 years of rugby at New Anniesland. 
Hawks beat Racing Club of France in Paris
 
2006: When Hawks secured the hatrick of Championships at Meggetland  it was the first time in 80 years that a club from Glasgow has achieved this honour.You have to go back to 1926 when Glasgow Accies completed three in a row and before that it has only ever been done twice Glasgow Accies in 1874 and West in 1892
Hawks play in Rome and lose to Capitolina
 
 
 
 
2007 Hawks win the Scottish Cup for the third time beating Edinburgh Accies in the final and GHK win the Plate beating Crieff on the same day
 
2006 Six Hawks capped for Club International XV
Steven Duffy, Richie Maxton, Murray Strang, Sandy Warnock, Stewart Smith, Mike Adamson
 
2009 Hawks win Scottish Shield beating Peebles in the Final and inaugural Black Grouse Trophy(15aside tournament)
 
2011 Hawks play Belfast Harlequins at Deramore Park
 

 

 

THE FIRST TEN YEARS

 

A short history of the short history of Glasgow Hawks RFC

 

In Paris on 27th August 1995 a meeting of the International Rugby Board declared that amateurism was no more.

 

It is worth noting that, at the end of the league season immediately following this historical decision (1995/96), Watsonians played Melrose in the deciding game for the league title in front of a crowd of 5,000! 

 

At that time there were differing views as to whether Districts or Premier clubs in Scotland would take the game forward into the professional era and, with a number of top Glasgow players moving east, Glasgow rugby was looking extremely vulnerable. 

 

It was suggested that hell would freeze over before Glasgow Academicals (1866) and GHK(1884) might merge but during season 1996/97 Brian Simmers decided it was worth looking at. After meetings with the SRU – Dunc Paterson, Bill Watson, Jim Telfer and Bill Hogg – and meetings with senior players from both clubs – Fergus and Murray Wallace, Walter Malcolm, Cammy Little, Gordon Mackay, Chas Afuakwah, Stuart Simmers – he produced a proposal for rugby at Anniesland which created a new club, Glasgow Hawks, but retained the "founder" clubs, Glasgow Academicals and GHK. Discussions had also taken place with West of Scotland to come on board but these did not progress. However the "W" in HAWKS still remains! 

 

This initial structure was finalised with the help of Sandy Neilson(GHK), Lorne Crerar (GHK), Richard Eadie(GHK), Graham McKnight(GA), Sandy Bannerman(GAC), David Jerdan(GHK), Kenny Hamilton(GHK), David Williams(GHK) and Hugh Barrow and it was agreed that this was preferable to a straight merger as it would maximise player numbers at Old and New Anniesland. Ownership of Glasgow Hawks RFC Limited would be one share (50%) each held by Glasgow Academicals Sports Club (now Glasgow Academical Club) and GHK (now Glasgow High School Club Ltd.).  It was also agreed that Hawks 1 st XV would play alternately at Old and New with the 2nd XV playing at the unused ground. (For cost and facility reasons Hawks moved entirely to Old Anniesland in 2001 and as a result of poor ground conditions, Hawks 2 nd XV agreed, in 2007, to play at New Anniesland).

 

Brian Simmers established with the SRU that Hawks would take over the top club's (GHK) position in Premier 2 from the end of season 1996/97 but was unable to persuade them to allow GHK and Accies a position in the National Divisions and they therefore had to start at the foot of the Regionals. 

 

This structure was presented to each of the "founder" clubs at EGMs, both held on 3rd June 1997, and a massive majority at each club agreed the proposal. Glasgow Hawks was in business! In June 2003 Glasgow Hawks became a full member of the SRU. 
 
 
 
 
 

Now to the important part. Rugby!

 

In season 1997/98 contracted players were playing for Premier 1 clubs and Hawks, funded by generous sponsors, had managed to pull together a formidable squad. The majority were Scottish representative players with eventual internationalists Glenn Metcalfe, Derek Stark and Murray Wallace joined by Cook Island internationalists Tommy Hayes and Mike Beckham. Hawks won the second division league title, the Scottish Cup and were 2 nd XV league champions. At the end of this very successful season 8 players moved out of Hawks to professional rugby in Scotland and beyond.

 

1999/2000 Hawks lost to Boroughmuir in the Scottish Cup Final and played the Cooptimists to mark the opening of the Jimmie Ireland stand at Old Anniesland and combined with West of Scotland, again to play the Cooptimists, to mark the opening of their new stand at Burnbrae. 

 

2001/02 Hawks are runners-up to Hawick (losing in extra time) in the Scottish Cup Final.

 

2003/04 Hawks win Premier 1 Championship, Scottish Cup and 2nd XV Championship.

 

2004/05 Hawks retain Premier 1 and 2nd XV LeagueChampionships 

 

2005/06 Hawks secure the hattrick of Premier 1 Championships at Meggetland, the first time in 80 years that a club from Glasgow has achieved this honour.

 

2006/07 Hawks win the Scottish Cup for the third time and in May 2007 beat the Royal Navy in a memorial match for Craig Hodgkinson.

 

It has always been a policy of Hawks to test themselves against "foreign" opposition:
1998 – Toulouse, France 1999 – Athletico Rosario, Argentina 2003 – Tour of South Africa (3 matches) 2004 – Sale Academy 2005 – Racing Club of France 2006 – Capitolina, Rome. All of these games were won except against Capitolina. 

 

It is perhaps worth noting that Hawks has obviously accepted the introduction of the professional districts and agree with the decision by the SRU in 2007 to reduce the number of districts to two on the grounds that they are effectively funded and therefore should become successful in Celtic and European competition which must be of benefit to the national team. 

 

Hawks also believe that the next level below these teams should be Premier 1, which should include periphery professional and academy players, playing in their club of origin, competing in a strong domestic league and in a X Border competition against the English Academy sides thus creating a very strong second tier of semi professional rugby. 

 

In their "foreign" fixtures Hawks has proved time and again that Premier 1 clubs can succeed at that level and as a result Hawks has been able to serve the Scottish game effectively by preparing and producing players capable of taking the next step into professional and international rugby 

Over 10 years:

 

Directors of Rugby:
1997/99 Iain Russell 1999/00 Kenny Hamilton 2000/07 John Roxburgh. 2007/08 Hamish Fyfe,2008 Peter Wright 

 

Hawks Coaches:
1997/99 Iain Russell/Bill Macdonald 1999/2000 Bill Macdonald/Shade Munro 2000/01 Shade Munro/David Wilson 2001/03 Shade Munro/Jim Barrie
2003/05 Peter Wright/Rob Ackerman/Colin Ireland(2005) 2005/06 David Wilson/Mark Sitch 2006/07 David Wilson/David Cockburn/Keith Robertson. 2007/08 David Wilson/David Cockburn 2008/09 Peter Wright/Davie Wilson/Jamie Dempsey

 

Hawks 1st XV Captains:
1997/99 David Wilson 1999/01 Scott Hutton 2001/02 & 03/04 Chris Docherty 2002/03 Iain Leighton 2004/06 Eric Milligan 2006/07 Steven Duffy. 2007/08 Mark Sitch

 

Hawks Players Capped: 9 Scottish Caps, 1 "A" cap, 5 Sevens caps
Scotland "Club" Caps: 6. Scotland U 21 Caps: 25. Scotland U19 Caps: 11
Hawks Players awarded professional contracts: 37
Hawks Coaches awarded professional contracts: Shade Munro, Peter Wright.
Glasgow Award for Services to Rugby: 2004 John Roxburgh 2005 Tom Howie
Glasgow Player of the year: 2004 Mark Sitch.
Scottish Rugby Team of the year: Glasgow Hawks 1998 and 2004.
Scottish Premier 1 Player of the year: 2005 Richard Maxton.
Glasgow Team of the year – all sports: 2004 Glasgow Hawks

 

Officials:
Chairman:
1997/2002 Brian Simmers 2002/04 Tom Howie 2004/05 Brian Simmers
2005/08 Kenny Hamilton
Secretary:
1997/2007 Hugh Barrow 2007/08 Gordon McCallum
Treasurer:
1997/03 Richard Eadie 2003/07 Kenny Wilson
Chief Executive
2008 Kenny Baillie

 

 

Sponsors:
Each and every one of our sponsors has been enormously important to the success of Hawks over the past 10 years. It would be wrong to mention individual sponsors apart, perhaps, those who have been with us from the start – M&Co.(Mackays), Greaves Sports and Gibson Pension & Investments . Very many thanks to you all.

 

 

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