Alan Lawson (born 19 May 1948, in Kirkcaldy) is a former Scotland international rugby union player.

Alan Lawson
Birth nameAlan James Macgregor Lawson
Date of birth (1948-05-19) 19 May 1948 (age 74)
Place of birthKirkcaldy, Scotland
Notable relative(s)Rory Lawson (son)
Jim Thompson (nephew)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum Half
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
- Edinburgh Wanderers
Heriots
London Scottish
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Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
- Edinburgh District
Anglo-Scots
Middlesex County
()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1972-80 Scotland 15 (12)
123rd President of the Scottish Rugby Union
In office
2012–2013
Preceded byIan McLauchlan
Succeeded byDonald Macleod

Rugby Union careerEdit

Amateur careerEdit

He played for Edinburgh Wanderers. Lawson stated: 'When I played in the 1970s, Jimmy Thain, the head groundsman, regularly let us play on the international pitch, telling us: The pitch also has to be match fit.'

Lawson played for Heriots.[1][2]

In the late 1970s he moved to London Scottish.[3]

Provincial careerEdit

He was capped by Edinburgh District.[4] Unusually, he was capped by Scotland before he was capped by a District side.[5]

When he moved to London Scottish he represented Anglo-Scots[6] and Middlesex County.[7]

International careerEdit

He played scrum-half for Scotland on 15 occasions between 1972 and 1980.[8] He made his test debut for Scotland against France at Murrayfield on 15 January 1972 and he played his last match for Scotland against Wales at Cardiff on 1 March 1980.

Administrative careerEdit

Lawson became the 123rd President of the Scottish Rugby Union. He served a one-year term from 2012 to 2013.

FamilyEdit

He is married to Linda, the daughter of rugby commentator Bill McLaren.[9] The couple have three children: Rory, who is also a Scotland rugby union international; Gregor, a Scotland 7s international and entrepreneur founding fancy dress company Morphsuits; and a daughter Lindsay.

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.ukviewer/bl/0000578/19791222/427/0015[dead link]
  3. ^ "Alan Lawson of London Scottish and the Scotland rugby union team on..." Getty Images. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  4. ^ "BNA - 0000578/19791222/427/0015" – via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. ^ "PressReader.com - Digital Newspaper & Magazine Subscriptions". www.pressreader.com.
  6. ^ "The Glasgow Herald - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Print of Chris Ralston on the ball for Middlesex in 1975". Colorsport Photo Prints. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  8. ^ "Alan Lawson - Rugby Union - Players and Officials - ESPN Scrum". ESPN scrum.
  9. ^ Campbell, Denis (3 March 2002). "Now and then...the voice of rugby". The Observer. Archived from the original on 27 September 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2015.