Bill Cochrane


We are sad to report that one of the club’s oldest members, Bill Cochrane has died. Bill was over 90 years old and was a player for the club for many years. He lived just across the road from the clubhouse for many years and so was the first port of call when any problems arose.

Bill was a President of the club, and in recognition of his contributions, he was made a life member.

Our thoughts are with his family.

Presidents Message 29th May 2020

Dear members,

I hope that everyone remains well and healthy during this difficult time. Thankfully some restrictions have been lifted now, which will allow for a bit more flexibility in your lives. Unfortunately, still no mention of when rugby can restart, so we await to hear that. However, I do not expect this to be the case for a number of months, but we can always hope that it won’t be too long.

Anyway, the main reason for my message is that I have to report, with regret and disappointment that our head coach, Rory Couper, has decided that he wishes to take a break from rugby and will no longer continue in the aforementioned role.

Rory has been head coach of our senior teams for the last 7 years, and has brought some real drive and enjoyment to his training sessions and has allowed the team to really express themselves on the pitch, resulting in a really exciting brand of rugby. I know the players really enjoy his coaching methods and will miss him greatly. This season, we were in a great position for promotion, until the season was brought to an abrupt halt, something I know frustrated Rory, the players, the committee, and I’m sure you, the members, very much.

I would like to thank Rory so much for all of his dedication and hard work over the period and wish him well. Hopefully, we’ll still see him about the club as a supporter.

Obviously with Rory and Andrew Duncan leaving, we now need to fill 2 positions. I and the committee are determined to work hard to identify replacements for these roles, as rest assured, we do not want to regress from the fantastic work that both Rory and Andy have done over the last 7-8 years.

In other news, Scott Campbell is moving on from his role as Youth convener, and I would also like to express my thanks to Scott for the great job he did. He is still going to continue in his playing and coaching capacity and we are very grateful for that. We have identified new Youth Conveners to continue running this fantastic section and we hope to name them soon, however we must wait until after the AGM.

I would like to reassure members that, as highlighted above, we do not want to regress in this area either and we hope that you understand the predicament that we are in. We hope that the commitment of coaches and volunteers continues and I can’t thank them enough for their time and efforts they make week in week out. Nobody could have envisaged this pandemic and, unfortunately, it has had an impact on the rugby club, as it has throughout other areas of society. I will do all I can to ensure we, as a club, continue to strive. If anyone wishes to speak with me then please email me- . I will do my best to answer your questions.


Please take care and I hope to see you all soon,


Peter Gossman

President AARFC

Club Results 21/9 & 22/9

Saturday 21st September

Tennents National League 3: Ardrossan Accies 1st XV 38-8 Carrick RFC

Tennent’s West Region League (Ladies): Greenock Wanderers Ladies 140-10 Ardrossan Accies Ladies

Sunday 22nd September

Galant Conference B U16s: Ardrossan Accies U16s 67-7 Strathaven U16s (Development game played, insufficient numbers home team)

Galant Conference B U15s: Ardrossan Accies U15s 50-54 Wigtownshire U15s (Development game played, insufficient numbers home team)

Minis took part in a round robin tournament at Cartha QP RFC

Club Results 14/9 & 15/9

Saturday 14th September

Tennents National League 3: Ardrossan Accies 1st XV 44-10 Perthshire 1st XV

Sunday 15th September

Tennent’s West Region League (Ladies): Ardrossan Accies Ladies 24-95 Biggar Ladies

Galant Conference B U16s: Kilmarnock U16s 60-10 Ardrossan Accies U16s

Galant Conference B U15s: Loch Lomond U16s 50-7 Ardrossan Accies U15s

Galant Conference B U13s: Ardrossan U13s 34-4 Greenock U13s

Club Results – 7/9 and 8/9

Saturday 7th September

Tennents National League 3: Caithness 1st XV 22-27 Ardrossan Accies 1st XV

Tennents West Reserve League Division 3 South: Marr 3rd XV 31-14 Ardrossan Accies 2nd XV

Pictures available here Marr 3rd XV photos

Sunday 1st September

Tennent’s West Region League (Ladies): West of Scotland Ladies 28-0 Ardrossan Accies Ladies (Ardrossan unable to fulfil due to insufficient numbers)

Galant Conference B U16s: Ardrossan Accies U16s 20-26 Dalziel U16s

Galant Conference B U15s: Ardrossan Accies U15s 47-97 Dalziel U15s (Development game played due to insufficient numbers away team)

Galant Conference B U13s: East Kilbride U13s 21-23 Ardrossan Accies U13s

Minis & Micros travelled to Kilmarnock and played in matches from Micros – P7


Club Results – 31/8 & 1/9

Saturday 31st August

National League Cup: Ardrossan Accies 1st XV 50-17 Berwick RFC

Match photos can be found here: 1st XV v Berwick

Galant Conference B U18s: Oban U18s P-P Ardrossan Accies U18s (Game postponed due to waterlogged pitch)


Sunday 1st September

Galant Conference B U16s: Ardrossan Accies U16s 31-65 Cambuslang U16s

Galant Conference B U15s: Ardrossan Accies U15s 7-67 East Kilbride U15s

Galant Conference B U14s: Ardrossan Accies U14s 7-67 Garnock U14s

Galant Conference B U13s: Ardrossan Accies U13s 36-44 Cambuslang U13s

Girls AGLV Festival: Ardrossan Accies Girls U16s & U18s participated in a development event at Inverclyde NSTC

Minis & Micros hosted Alan Glens RFC and Paisley RFC in round robin matches from Micros – P7


Thanks to this weekend’s sponsors Jas Campbell & Co​, Rightcars Ltd​ and Sunnyside Nursery​ and to the 1st XV match ball sponsor Willie Gibson for their support.

Presidents Message – Berwick 31st August

I would like to extend a warm welcome to Berwick RFC and their supporters to Memorial Field for the National League Cup game.

Berwick had a fantastic season just past, winning both the Tennents East Region League Division 1 and the National Shield, and have thus gained promotion to National 3 this season. Although this is the first game of the season, this game today will possibly provide both teams with some insight to what challenges lie ahead for the coming season. Whatever the result today, I would like to wish Berwick all the best for the season ahead.

For Ardrossan Academicals, we are hoping to build on last season’s 3rd placed finish and push for promotion. We have a couple of new additions to the squad and we are pleased at retaining the remainder of the team, so we feel we are in a good place to achieve our aims for the season. Our preseason has been good with excellent wins over Ayr and Irvine and we had a really good training session at Inverclyde sports centre last Saturday, which we are hoping to use for training and potentially a game over the season.

I would like to thank our match sponsors for the game, Jas Campbell and Co., Right Cars and Sunnyside Nurseries for their continued support, and to Willie Gibson for sponsoring today’s match ball. It is greatly appreciated and the club is very grateful to all of our sponsors for their support. Our sponsors’ day is September 14th versus Perthshire and I would like to invite all sponsors, including ball sponsors, to this, starting from 1:30pm for a 3pm kick off.

I would also like to thank our members for their continued support and it would be great to see you all down supporting all sections of the club this season.

As you know the Rugby World Cup is starting on September 20th and the bar has an extended license for early morning kick offs. You will see below one of the games highlighted with breakfast + a pint for £5. Scotland also plays their first game on Sunday 22nd at 8:45am versus Ireland. 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


14th September- Sponsors day


21st September- New Zealand V South Africa (10:45am)- breakfast and pint £5

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





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