Presidents Message May 2020

Message from the President – May 2020


Dear members,

I am writing during, what I’m sure, is a very difficult time for everybody. These are times none of us have experienced before and I hope that you, your family and friends remain healthy during this
corona virus pandemic.
I’m sure like me, you are all missing socialising with family and friends, sport, holidays (the list could go on), but it is obviously important that we adhere to the guidance issued in order to maintain our
healthy lifestyles and look forward to getting back to some semblance of normality, in the not too distant future.
With regards to the club, we are obviously closed but we still have payments to make. We have applied for a couple of grants, one to the SRU for a grant from the Community Hardship Fund; we
are currently awaiting their response. Brian Campbell has done a great job in managing our expenses and I hope that this will be sufficient enough to ensure we can still operate when we can eventually
open up again. Thanks Brian for your hard work in this area.
In the last few days, as you may have seen, we have lost Andy Duncan as our Development Officer.
Andy has decided to take a step in a different direction and has obtained a job in marketing. I am very thankful to Andy for all of the work and effort he has put in over the years. Andy has been
playing at the club since he was a boy and he has been an integral part of our club since then. As DO, he has done great work in the local schools and has really enhanced our youth section. Thank you Andy.

I, the club, and I’m sure all of you, wish him every success in his new career. I sincerely hope that Andy will continue to remain around the club in a playing capacity and provide some guidance as we
continue to strive to improve.
With regard to rugby, the season was brought to an abrupt halt and I’m sure all of our players, from mini to seniors, and supporters will have missed it. Unfortunately, the 1 st XV season was declared
null and void as there were a number of fixtures unfulfilled. I don’t envisage rugby starting anytime soon and some are of the opinion that it may not be until the end of this year or even January,
before contact rugby starts again. Hopefully this isn’t the case and we can get back to coaching, playing and supporting soon.
Lastly, we have a new coaching team for the ladies; Callum Smith and Shelley Main. Obviously this has come at a time when there is no opportunity to get started, but when the time comes, I’m sure
they will raring to get going. Good luck.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Brian Reid in his former role as coach to the ladies. He was very dedicated and proactive. I wish Brian luck in his new role at Irvine Rugby Club.
I hope all of you keep safe and well and see you at the club for a much needed party when lockdown measures are lifted.

Take care,

President’s message- AARFC vs. Lasswade RFC, 3pm Saturday 7th March and Howe of Fife, 19:30pm Thursday 12th March 2020

President’s message- AARFC vs. Lasswade RFC, 3pm Saturday 7th March and Howe of Fife, 19:30pm Thursday 12th March 2020

Unbelievably we’ve not played a game since our hard fought away victory to Murrayfield Wanderers on January 18th. Today we are back in action against Lasswade RFC, and we also play Howe of Fife on Thursday in our rearranged game from January, at Inverclyde Sports Centre, Largs. I expect both games will be extremely difficult, given both teams are near the top of the league.

I would like to extend a warm welcome to both Lasswade RFC, and their supporters to Memorial Field for today’s Tennent’s National League Division 3 game. Lasswade are having a very good season and are currently in 2nd position in the league and in the earlier fixture this season, Lasswade came out on top in a very competitive encounter. We will obviously be hoping to reverse that result in order for us to continue our push for promotion. Whatever the result, I would like to wish Lasswade a safe trip home and all the best for the rest of the season ahead.

Just a reminder that our rearranged game with Howe of Fife is on this Thursday, 12th March, 19:30 kick off, as both teams have a number of players away in Cardiff for the Wales game and requested not to play on Saturday 14th. This game will be played at Inverclyde Sports Centre in Largs. I would like to extend a warm welcome to the Howe of Fife committee and players and I would like to thank them for agreeing to play midweek. It will be our first game at Inverclyde on the 4G surface and I would expect a highly entertaining game. Therefore, if members can come along and support, that would be great.

Howe have been enjoying a good season and, at the time of writing this, lie just 2 points behind us in the league. Again, like Lasswade, Howe enjoyed the victory against us in the reverse fixture in another tight game, and we will be hoping that we can get the victory we need.

Unfortunately, it has been very stop start recently with the lack of games and very poor weather but we have won our last 5 games and we, therefore, go into the remaining games in a very positive mood and hopefully that positivity will shine through today. It is very tight at the top of the table with up to 5 teams vying for promotion and every game is a must win. Your support will be vital and it’ll be great to see you both home and away if you can manage.

I would like to thank our match sponsors for the upcoming games, Arran Dairies, Art’N’Joy, DW Skip Hire and Breen Roofing for their continued support, and to Neil Baillie and Wylie Nichol for sponsoring the match balls. Thanks again, it is greatly appreciated and the club is very grateful to all of our sponsors for their support.

Unfortunately our game away to Greenock Wanderers was postponed and is now on April 11th.

As you will most likely be aware the 6 nations is in progress at the moment. Scotland plays France on Sunday (8th) and with all games on in the bar, it would be great to have you come along to the club and support the nation together.

We have a couple of functions on throughout March and April, including Sponsors day on March 28th and the mini/micro fundraiser that evening. This is sold out but there may still be horses to purchase and your support in this would be hugely appreciated. If interested please contact Kimberley Guffie, via Facebook if possible. If not, please speak to myself and I can enquire for you.

In April we have ‘Accies Got Talent’. This has been hugely entertaining over the last number of years and is great fun. Tickets will be on sale soon, so please keep an eye out and come along for a great night.

For all other functions and fixtures, please visit the club website for further information.

Peter Gossman



Upcoming fixtures

Thursday 12th March- AARFC v Howe of Fife (19:30pm kick off at Inverclyde Sports Centre)

Saturday 21st March- Hillhead Jordanhill RFC v AARFC (3pm kick off) Spaces on the bus for supporters

Saturday 28th March- AARFC v Berwick (3pm kick off)

President’s message- Ardrossan vs. Caithness RFC, Saturday 30th November 2019

President’s message- Ardrossan vs. Caithness RFC, Saturday 30th November 2019

I would like to extend a warm welcome to Caithness RFC, and their supporters to Memorial Field for today’s Tennent’s National League Division 3 game. It’s a mighty long trip, as we experienced at the beginning of the season, so a big thank you to all those who have made the effort to travel.

We have now played all of our opponents once in the league and we are now at the stage of return fixtures. In our first game of the season, we travelled up to Caithness and ground out a good bonus point win. Since then, we continued in that good form but faultered recently. Last week’s win against West was much needed and a good win.  We will hope to follow that up with another victory this week to keep up the pressure on those at the top of the table.

For Caithness, the first half of the season has been a struggle. Given our first game against them, that has surprised me, but with a good win last week versus Perthshire, this will have given them some confidence and encouragement for this week’s game. Whatever the result, I would like to wish Caithness a safe trip home and all the best for the rest of the season ahead.

I would like to thank our match sponsors for the game today, McLaughlin Construction and DM Hall for their continued support, and to Danny McGreish 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.

With Christmas coming up it becomes a busy time for everyone with shopping and celebrating. On Saturday 21st December we are hosting a Christmas Party. It’s sure to be a joyous night, with festive cocktails, and disco and karaoke as entertainment. It would be great to see a good number down and enjoy a festive drink with friends. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased behind the bar or by contacting myself.

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

Peter Gossman



2019 Upcoming Events

Saturday 14th December- Ardrossan vs Carrick (2pm kick off)

Saturday 21st December- Christmas Party 7:30pm

Friday 27th December- Family Quiz with Margaret Anderson (7:30pm)

1st January 2020- Annual Over 35 vs Under 23 match (kick off TBA, bouncy castle for kids)

Club Results 26/10 & 27/10

Saturday 26th October

National League Cup: Ardrossan Accies 1st XV 12-56 Peebles RFC 1st XV

Pictures Available here, thanks to Scott Lendingham Park for the photos.

Galant Conference B U18s: Stirling County U18s B 71-22 Ardrossan Accies U18s

Sunday 27th October

Galant Conference B U16s: Garnock RFC U16s 15-22 Ardrossan Accies U16s

Galant Conference B U15s: Ardrossan Accies U15s 101-10 Waysiders Drumpelier U15s

Galant Conference B U13s: Ardrossan Accies U13s 34-4 Dalziel U13s

Minis & Micros hosted Greenock Wanderers RFC and Kilmarnock RFC

Club Results 28/9 & 29/9

Saturday 28th September

Tennents National League 3: Howe of Fife 1st XV 26-20 Ardrossan Accies 1st XV

Sunday 29th September

Tennent’s West Region League (Ladies): Hamilton Ladies 10-53 Ardrossan Accies Ladies

Pictures available here

Galant Conference B U15s: Ardrossan Accies U15s 60-21 Kilmarnock U15s

Minis & Micros took part in a tournament at Cumnock RFC

President’s Message – Perthshire 14th September

I would like to extend a warm welcome to Bob Lindsay, George Clunie , the players of Perthshire RFC and their supporters to Memorial Field for the Tennent’s National League Division 3 game.

In the first league game of the season, last week, Perthshire had a narrow home defeat to Greenock. I’m sure they will be disappointed with that result and will looking to bounce back from that and, so, we expect a tough game today against a team we know well from our encounters over the last few seasons. Whatever the result today, I would like to wish Perthshire RFC all the best for the season ahead.

For Ardrossan, we are hoping to build on a good start to the season with our victories over Berwick (National league cup) and away to Caithness (league). To obtain a bonus point was a great start to the season and it is hoped that we kick on from that. Unfortunately, we have lost a couple of players, Bruce Hunter and Euan Thomson, to injury in the first couple of games and I wish them a speedy recovery.

Today is our first sponsor’s day of the new season, which gives us a chance to thank all of our programme and ball sponsors for their support of the club. I would like to thank them for their continued support and hope that those that manage along enjoy the day and, most importantly, the game. It would be great to see you down throughout the season.

Our match sponsors for the game today are The Kandy Bar, Digby Brown and James Frew Ltd and our ball sponsor is Owen Phillips. Thanks again, it is greatly appreciated and the club is very grateful to all of our sponsors for their support.

As I mentioned in my message for the Berwick game, 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. This coincides with a home game against Carrick that day, so why not start early and enjoy your day at the club. 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

Friday 20th September- Quiz hosted by Dr. Jamie Monaghan (starts 19:30)
Saturday 21st September- New Zealand V South Africa (ko 10:45am)- breakfast and pint £5
Sunday 22nd September- Ireland V Scotland (ko 8:45am)

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

Events 2018

2018 Events

Fri 19th January – Lounge Opening

Sat 17th February – Mad Hatter Tea Party

 Fri 23 February – Burns Supper

Sat 10th March – Accies Got Talent


Details will be on Facebook nearer the time

New Years Day Celebrations Everyone Welcome

Bouncy Castle

Mini Micro Game

Main Event – Under 23’s v Over 35’s

KO – 2.00pm


fixtures 17-18

Ardrossan Academicals RFC

Fixture list 2017-18

1st XV

Date                                      Opponents                                                                         Venue

Aug. 26  CUP                      Hillhead Jordanhill                                                           Away

Sept. 2     L                           Glasgow Accies                                                                 Away

Sept.  9    L                           Dalziel                                                                                   Home

Sept, 16   L                          Perthshire                                                                           Away

Sept. 23   L                          Orkney                                                                                 Home

Sept. 30   L                          Haddington                                                                        Away

Oct.  7      L                          Murrayfield Wanderers                                                 Home

Oct.  14    L                          Highland                                                                              Away

Oct.  21    L                          Gordonians                                                                        Home

Oct.   28   L                          Newton Stewart                                                               Away

Nov.  4     L                           Hillhead Jordanhill                                                           Away

Nov. 18                                 (Cup 2nd  round)

Dec.  2     L                           St. Boswells                                                                        Home

Dec.  9     L                           Glasgow Accies                                                                 Home

Dec. 16    L                           Dalziel                                                                                   Away

Jan.  6      L                           Perthshire                                                                           Home

Jan. 13     L                           Orkney                                                                                 Away

Jan. 20     L                           Haddington                                                                        Home

Jan. 27     L                           Murrayfield Wanderers                                                 Away

Feb. 17    L                           Highland                                                                              Home

Mar.  3    L                           Gordonians                                                                        Away

Mar. 24    L                          Newton Stewart                                                               Home

Mar. 31    L                           Hillhead Jordanhill                                                           Home

Apr.  7                                  St Boswells                                                                         Away




2nd XV

Date                                      Opponents                                                                         Venue

Sept.  2                                 Greenock Wanderers                                                     Away

Sept.  9                                 Dalziel 3                                                                               Home

Sept. 16                                Lenzie                                                                                   Home

Sept. 23                                Cumnock                                                                             Away

Sept. 30                                Whitecraigs                                                                        Home

Oct.  7                                   Kilmarnock                                                                          Away

Oct. 14                                  Allan Glens                                                                         Home

Oct. 21                                  Annan                                                                                   Away

Oct. 28                                  Marr 3                                                                                   Home

Nov.  4                                  Hillhead Jordanhill 2A                                                     Away

Dec.  2                                   West of Scotland 2A                                                        Home

Dec.  9                                   Greenock Wanderers                                                     Home

Dec. 16                                 Dalziel 3                                                                               Away

Jan.  6                                    Lenzie                                                                                   Away

Jan. 13                                   Cumnock                                                                             Home

Jan. 20                                   Whitecraigs                                                                        Away

Jan.27                                   Kilmarnock                                                                          Home

Feb. 10                                  Marr 3                                                                                   Away

Feb. 17                                  Allan Glens                                                                         Away

Mar.  3                                  Annan                                                                                   Home

Mar. 24                                 Hillhead Jordanhill 2A                                                     Home

Mar. 31                                 West of Scotland 2A                                                        Away