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

Youth Round-Up 1st October

Youth report 1st October

By Murray Grayston



Marr came to the Memorial fields this weekend in what was a wonderful day for rugby – and neither team disappointed. The Accies showed great work and physicality at the breakdown, winning several penalties, and took advantage of them with some great evasive running. However, it was Marr who drew first blood in the game. The boys came back well though and if it were not for a few late tries would have won the game. An excellent effort against a strong Marr team with a large pool of players. A huge well done to the boys and a special thanks to the catering staff who were great as usual!


For Jordan’s full reports go to






A long trip for the boys this weekend – made even longer by some poor navigation by Accies coach – took the boys down the Wigton to face Newton Stewart. Sadly due to low numbers this game was played as a development game due to a lack of numbers on the Accies part. However, the first period (of three 20 minute thirds) ended with the Accies in the lead after a great half playing some really impressive rugby. The final period also saw the Accies taking the game to their hosts but sadly the 20 minutes in-between seemed to cost them as they lost out by the narrowest of margins. A big well done to the lads who always seem to underestimate themselves every week and then continue to prove themselves wrong! Also thanks to Newton Stewart for their hospitality and lastly the bus driver for putting up with Scott’s navigation!


For Scott’s full report go to






The Accies headed to Stewarty for this week’s fixture on a lovely, crisp autumn day. Sadly a very disappointing turnout for the second week in a row saw only 9 fit players make the trip – out of a pool of 25 players! The game itself saw Stewarty give us a man to ensure contested 5 man scrums so a huge thanks for that. Sadly the result was a bit of a rout with Stewarty seeming to score at will and the game was all over at half time. However, the boys choose not to mix the teams for the second half and instead took a few more Stewarty players to make up a 13-a-side game. The second half also resulted in a fantastic consolation try with our new recruits for the day standing watching from their wing, showing what this team can really do! This result shouldn’t dishearten the boys as this is a very good and well drilled side we faced. Big thanks to Stewarty for their post-game hospitality. Finally, let’s get all the boys down to training, start working hard and the results will come!


For Murray’s full report go to






Training Times


We are always looking for new players to join our teams and everyone is welcome, regardless of playing experience. For further information and contact details for each age group go to the relevant page under the youth rugby tab.


Minis: Wednesday 6pm-7pm

Sunday 12.30pm-2pm


U13s-U16s: Wednesday 7pm-8.30pm

Sunday 12.30pm-2pm


U18s: Tuesday 6pm-7pm

Thursday 7pm-8.30pm

Saturday 12.30pm-2pm

Youth Management Recruitment

Thank you to all for attending the youth meeting on Monday 20th June. Please find attached the minutes for your information.
The main issues of the meeting was highlighting the fact that we are increasing from 8 teams to 15 mini and youth teams. To enable the youth section to operate effectively, we need a lot more people to help. The different jobs include coaching, coaching assistants, team managers, fixture secretaries and co-ordinators, membership admin, communication and marketing, treasurer, social events and kit co-ordinator.
We would like to stress that you don’t need any rugby experience or knowledge, just a willingness to help.
If you would like more information, or think that you may like to be involved at some level, then please get in touch or post under here.
Our next committee meeting is on Wednesday 6th July at 7pm.