Edinburgh Wanderers

Edinburgh Wanderers was a nineteenth-century and twentieth-century Edinburgh-based rugby union club.

Edinburgh Wanderers
Full nameEdinburgh Wanderers Football Club
UnionScottish Rugby Union
Founded1868
Disbanded1997
LocationEdinburgh, Scotland
Ground(s)Murrayfield Stadium

FormationEdit

The rugby club was formed in 1868.[1] The club was initially known as St. Andrew's Wanderers, as it was formed by St. Andrew's University graduates based in Edinburgh.[2]

Early historyEdit

The club quickly became known as Edinburgh Wanderers - and the side established itself as one of the best in Scotland. In the world's first provincial match - between Glasgow District and Edinburgh District - in 1872, the side was already known as Edinburgh Wanderers and provided 3 players to the first Edinburgh District side:- A. Ross; J. Forsyth and A. R. Stewart [3]

The club would have been the ninth founding club of the Scottish Rugby Union had the club secretary made it to the inauguration meeting of the union in 1872.[1]

Instead it initially joined the English Rugby Union in that same year.[1] However a year later as the Scottish Rugby Union grew, the Wanderers resigned from the English union to join the SRU.[1]

The Wanderers team of 1876-77 in noted as one of the best in its history.[4]

MergerEdit

The club merged with Murrayfield RFC in 1997 to form Murrayfield Wanderers.

HonoursEdit

Notable former playersEdit

British and Irish LionsEdit

The following former Edinburgh Wanderers players have represented the British and Irish Lions.

Scotland internationalistsEdit

The following former Edinburgh Wanderers players have represented Scotland at full international level.

Notable non-Scottish playersEdit

The following is a list of notable non-Scottish international representative former Edinburgh Wanderers players:

Edinburgh District playersEdit

The following former Edinburgh Wanderers players have represented Edinburgh District at provincial level.

Professional playersEdit

Professionalism began in rugby union in 1995 - and in Scotland it came a year later in 1996. Edinburgh Wanderers ended with its merger with Murrayfield Rugby Football Club in 1997. These players went on from the Wanderers to professional teams:

Notable also outside of rugbyEdit

The following is a list of notable former Edinburgh Wanderers players who have achieved notability in fields outwith rugby:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Information - Murrayfield Wanderers Football Club".
  2. ^ "University of St Andrews Rugby Football Club". Archived from the original on 22 October 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "The Glasgow Herald - Google News Archive Search".
  4. ^ "The Story of Scottish Rugby".
  5. ^ "Clifton RFC History - Arthur Budd".
  6. ^ "The Glasgow Herald - Google News Archive Search".
  7. ^ "The Glasgow Herald - Google News Archive Search".
  8. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=GjpAAAAAIBAJ&sjid=XFkMAAAAIBAJ&pg=5619%2C60176
  9. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=n0hAAAAAIBAJ&sjid=44sMAAAAIBAJ&pg=6046,2983750