Presidents Message – Carrick 21st September 2019

President’s message-  Ardrossan vs Carrick RFC, Saturday 21st September

I would like to extend a warm welcome to Carrick RFC and their supporters to Memorial Field for the Tennent’s National League Division 3 game.

In the first league game of the season, a couple of weeks ago, Carrick had a narrow away defeat and then, unfortunately, did not have a game last week as Caithness could not fulfil the fixture. I’m sure they will be disappointed with that, and will looking forward to get back to playing and will be hoping to get a result over us. Whatever the result today, I would like to wish Carrrick RFC all the best for the season ahead.

For Ardrossan, we are hoping to build on a super start to the season with 3 good victories in league and cup. To obtain bonus points in our first 2 league games is very pleasing and we will be hoping to continue this today. Hopefully, we will see some players returning, which will also be good news for the 2nd XV.

Our 2nd XV are away to East Kilbride/Cambuslang and our Ladies play Greenock away. Good luck to those teams and all youth teams this weekend.

I would like to thank our match sponsors for the game today, Central Car Auctions, Paul Stevenson Funeral Directors and J.D Bannatyne and Campbell for their continued support, and to David Hogarth for sponsoring today’s match ball. Thanks again, it is greatly appreciated and the club is very grateful to all of our sponsors for their support.

The Rugby World Cup has now kicked off and the bar has an extended license for early morning kick offs. Scotland also plays their first game tomorrow, Sunday 22nd at 8:45am, versus Ireland, which is an extremely important game in a tough pool. It would be great to see people down at the club to enjoy the games, new and old faces, so please come along.

I hope you all have an enjoyable day and may the best team win.

Please visit the club website for further information regarding upcoming matches and social events.

Peter Gossman




2019 Upcoming Events



Sunday 22nd September- Ireland V Scotland (8:45am kick off)

Friday 4th October- AAFPHC Race night

Sunday 13th October- Scotland v Japan (11:45am kick off)

Saturday 19th October- Past player’s day, Ardrossan vs Greenock Wanderers (3pm kick off)

Saturday 9th November- Ladies Day, Ardrossan vs Hillhead Jordanhill RFC (2pm kick off)

New season 2019-2020 – Letter from the President

August 2019

Dear Member,

We are now approaching the new season and my first as President of Ardrossan Academicals Rugby Football Club. It’s not something that I would have envisaged 15-20 years ago whilst I was still playing, but I am extremely proud and privileged to be in this position. Along with my vice-president Douglas Tyler and fellow committee members, I will do my very best to maintain the club, continue to strive to achieve the best and adhere to the core values; Enjoyment, Engagement, Ambition and Respect.

It has been a busy period settling into the role, however despite some challenges I am looking forward to the new season starting. The 1st XV and 2nd XV have a couple of friendlies arranged at home in August against Ayr, Irvine and Kilmarnock before the current season commences on 31st August against Berwick in the National Cup competition at Memorial Field.

The Ladies section continues to grow and improve and I have confidence that this will continue. Our participation in women’s rugby is important in terms of the development of women’s rugby in Scotland, this is very much a hot topic within rugby at the moment with the World Rugby ‘Try and Stop Us’ global campaign at the forefront and it is key that we are part of the greater movement to increase women’s participation in sport. It is also important within the club that we continue to promote diversity and equality for all, this theme will underpin my role as President.

We will also have an Under 18 team this season; this is great for the club and I hope will produce the future 1st and 2nd XV players that the club requires to continue to compete at the higher levels in Scottish rugby. I hope that this season will be successful on all fronts and that the 1st XV can achieve promotion from National League Division 3.

We have a large number of youth players ranging from 4-18 years old, which is great and it’s fantastic to see so many boys and girls about the club enjoying the game of rugby; this is a testament to our enthusiastic and inspiring volunteer youth coaches who give up so much of their time to the development of our youngsters.

I hope you will continue to support the club in all different ways, this is so important to the development of the club from supporting the senior 1st XV, 2nd XV and the women’s team to those teams in the youth sections. The club are always looking for volunteers to assist with all different tasks and roles within the club. If you have an idea for a fundraiser or event or wish to volunteer in any capacity please contact myself or Dougie, your assistance is always welcome.

In terms of on field support, it would be tremendous to see the support at games grow and I invite you to witness for yourselves the diverse range of talent we have in our teams, either home or away;  fixtures can be accessed via the club or Scottish Rugby website. Everyone is welcome and I look forward to seeing you in and around the clubhouse. There are often spaces on the buses for away games; if you are interested please contact either myself or David Frazer

Ardrossan Academicals Rugby Football Club was founded in 1922, therefore excitingly, we are approaching the 100th year anniversary. We aim to have a number of functions throughout the period and we will notify the members nearer the time.

As part of this celebration, we are also exploring the idea of introducing a Centurion membership. Please see letter enclosed and for further details please contact Brian Campbell or Ian Hunter. Contact details for any of the matters above can be accessed by contacting club secretary Gordon Christie at

Lastly, please also find undernoted details of subscriptions on offer. I would urge all members to pay their subscription fees timeously, your financial support sustains the club and without your support the club would not survive. It is vitally important that we maintain and grow membership to allow the club to develop and improve. I aim to increase membership throughout my tenure as President and I ask for your ongoing support and assistance with this.

I look forward to welcoming you throughout the coming season and beyond.


Yours Sincerely,

Peter Gossman



Fees for the new Season:

Full playing Membership £120 (£10 per month)
Full non-playing Member £84 (£7 per month)
Full Membership via Affiliated MF Club membership £20
Senior citizens(60+ years) £70
House Membership £60
Social Membership £36
Age grade Coaches £60
Junior Members (16-21years) £60
Student members (still studying) £60



Membership forms can be accessed on the club website under ‘Membership’ and Standing order forms can be obtained from behind the bar





40th Ardrossan Highland Games

The club will be running a beer tent at the Highland Games this year. Volunteers required to put up and take down the tent, plus also assist with serving and collecting empties.

We will be having a bottle stall again so we need donations of bottles- could really do with them by Friday so we can get organised – you can drop off at the Club. We will also need help setting up and manning the bottle stall.

Even if you can’t help it would be good if you could make it down.

1st XV fixtures Season 2019-2020


PDF file available here.


07 September 2019 – Caithness v Ardrossan Academicals

14 September 2019 – Ardrossan Academicals v Perthshire

21 September 2019 – Ardrossan Academicals v Carrick

28 September 2019 – Howe of Fife v Ardrossan Academicals

05 October 2019 – Ardrossan Academicals v Murrayfield Wanderers

12 October 2019 – Strathmore v Ardrossan Academicals

19 October 2019 – Ardrossan Academicals v Greenock Wanderers

02 November 2019 – Lasswade v Ardrossan Academicals

09 November 2019 – Ardrossan Academicals v Hillhead Jordanhill

16 November 2019 – Berwick v Ardrossan Academicals

23 November 2019 – Ardrossan Academicals v West of Scotland

30 November 2019 – Ardrossan Academicals v Caithness

07 December 2019 – Perthshire v Ardrossan Academicals

14 December 2019 – Carrick v Ardrossan Academicals

11 January 2020 – Ardrossan Academicals v Howe of Fife

18 January 2020 – Murrayfield Wanderers v Ardrossan Academicals

15 February 2020 – Ardrossan Academicals v Strathmore

29 February 2020 – Greenock Wanderers v Ardrossan Academicals

07 March 2020 – Ardrossan Academicals v Lasswade

21 March 2020 –Hillhead Jordanhill v Ardrossan Academicals

28 March 2020 – Ardrossan Academicals v Berwick (Cup Semi Final take priority)

04 April 2020 – West of Scotland v Ardrossan Academicals


Stand by dates

01 & 22 February 2020

14 March 2020

11,18 & 25 April 2020

02, 09 & 16 May 2020


NL Cup Dates (League stand-by if no Cup match)

31 August 2019 –NL Cup Preliminary Round

26 October 2019 –NL Cup Round 1

25 January 2020 –NL Cup Quarter Finals

28 March 2020 -NL Cup Semi Finals

18 April 2020 –NL Cup Final

Club Presidents

As we approach the end of the season it is time to say thank you to our outgoing co-presidents, Ian Hunter and Brian Campbell.
Both have worked very hard over the last two years for the club, giving up their own time to ensure the club has a better future.
A great deal of what they did is not acknowledged, however both have achieved what every president aims for. The club is now in a better position than when they took office.
I hope everyone will join me in thanking both Ian and Brian for all of their hard work.

Welcome to our new president and vice-president, Peter Gossman and Dougie Tyler.
Both are lifelong Accies with a long family history with the club. They will build on the work of their predecessors taking the club forward.
I know everyone will join me in wishing them good luck and offering them support to ensure the success of the club.

Ali Cairns

Six Nations 2019

 It’s finally here – the 2019 Six Nation.

  • Scotland kick off their 6 Nations campaign with a home game against Italy. Kick Off is 2.15pm Saturday 2nd Feb.
  • This is followed by Ireland v England at 4.45pm.
  • This Friday night (February 1) the Six Nations kicks off with France v Wales. KO is 8.00pm.
  • All games are on at the club, lets make the day a busy and fun times.

To celebrate there will be drinks and food promotions at the club:-

  • Pints £2.00
  • Spirits £1.80
  • Small bottles of wine £1.80
  • Pies (at half time) will be £1.00

Get down to the club and enjoy the games.