Dundee HSFP is a former rugby union team that played their home games at the Mayfield Playing Fields, Dundee, Scotland. The club disbanded in 2021.[1]

Dundee High
Full nameDundee High School Former Pupils Rugby Football Club
Disbanded2021; 3 years ago (2021)
LocationDundee, Scotland
Ground(s)Mayfield Playing Fields
PresidentDerek Black
Coach(es)Alan Brown
Captain(s)Sean Gauld
1st kit
2nd kit

The team was founded in 1880 by former pupils of the High School of Dundee. The men's side played in Scottish National League Division One; the women's side, known as the Dundee Valkyries, played in the Scottish Womens Midlands & East One until 2021 when the club bought Morgan Rugby Club to form "Dundee Rugby Club".

History edit

Beginnings edit

No doubt inspired by Abertay's Louis Auldjo, Dundee's first international rugby player, who had represented Scotland against England at the Oval in 1878, Dundee High School Former Pupils' Rugby Football Club was formed in 1880 by a group of schoolfriends and rugby aficionados, David Hynd, David Hutchison and Tom Ferguson, the principals of the affectionately monikered "Maryfield Gang" after the scrap of wasteland on which they would play after school. With no sport on the school curriculum in the 19th century, the boys passionately followed local teams Abertay and Red Cross and upon leaving school met in The Victoria coffee house on 23 November 1880 and decided to form their own team.

That meeting produced the first office bearers of the club:

1st XV

  • Captain: David M Hutchison
  • Sub-Captain and Secretary: Thomas C Ferguson
  • Treasurer: David Hynd
  • Committee: Herbert Bell, James Martin, David Robertson

2nd XV

  • Captain: Alexander Hynd
  • Sub-Captain: G. Stevenson
  • Secretary: William Ross

The club changed to be no longer restricted to former pupils of the high school and was an open club.

Purchase edit

The club bought Morgan Academy RFC to form a new club Dundee Rugby in 2021. One of the main reasons for the purchase was to rescue both clubs and prepare a development plan to get the new club into the professional Super 6 league.[2]

Sevens edit

The club ran the Dundee Sevens tournament.[3] On the club's merger with Morgan in 2021 to form Dundee Rugby a new Sevens tournament began that year to announce the merger. The first winners of the Dundee City Sevens were Blazin’ Squad (Men) and the Howe Harlequins (Women).

Honours edit

Men's edit

Women's edit

  • Mull Sevens[10]
    • Champions (1): 2012

Notable former players edit

Men's edit

Scotland national rugby union team edit

British and Irish Lions edit

Others edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Introduction".
  2. ^ "Introduction".
  3. ^ "Dundee HSFP Sevens". 9 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Orkney Sevens". 8 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Glasgow University Sevens". 7 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Glenrothes Sevens". 7 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Midlands District Sevens". 7 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Howe of Fife Sevens". 7 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Stirling Sevens". 7 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Mull Sevens". 8 June 2019.

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