Glasgow Hutchesons Aloysians RFC

Glasgow Hutchesons Aloysians Rugby Football Club, often abbreviated to GHA and colloquially referred to as G-HA!! /ˈhɑː/, is a rugby union club based in the Giffnock area of East Renfrewshire, Scotland. The club plays its home matches at Braidholm and currently competes in the Scottish Premiership, the top tier of Scottish club rugby.

GHA
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Full nameGlasgow Hutchesons' Aloysians Rugby Football Club
UnionScottish Rugby Union
Founded2002
LocationGiffnock, East Renfrewshire, Scotland
Ground(s)Braidholm[1]
PresidentBrian Tracey
Coach(es)Trevor Carmichael (Head), Calum Forrester, Iain Kennedy, James Eddie, D. T. H. van der Merwe
Captain(s)Tony Brogan
League(s)Scottish Premiership
2018–19Scottish National League Division One, 3rd of 12
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.gharugby.co.uk

HistoryEdit

The club was established by the 2002 merger between Glasgow Southern RFC and Hutchesons' - Aloysians' RFC.[2] The former club was originally known as Clarkston but was renamed in 1995 with the ambition of creating the premier side on the south side of Glasgow. The latter club was also formed as the result of an earlier merger between the former pupils (FPs) clubs of Hutchesons' Grammar School and St Aloysius' College. The merged club is now firmly established as the premier club on the south side of Glasgow.

Hutchesons' GSFPEdit

The Club was formed in 1923 playing out of Auldhouse, the school's sports ground in Eastwood (near Thornliebank). Admitted as a full member of the Scottish Rugby Union in 1937, the Hutchesons’ Club entered the National League system in Season 1973 at 2nd Division level, having dispensed with tradition to some degree by opting for "Open" status two years previously, a significant decision forced, by necessity, on many Scottish F.P. Clubs at that time.

1990 was to see further constitutional change when the club agreed amalgamation with close friends and one time rivals to form Hutchesons' Aloysians R.F.C.

Old Aloysians RFCEdit

By contrast, the Old Aloysians club was formed in 1955 for the sole purpose of undertaking a challenge match against the extremely successful Saint Aloysius' College 1st XV. The unexpected success of this venture resulted in a decision to seek regular fixtures which led to a continuing upsurge in interest and the inevitable and rapid expansion of the F.P. Club. The first fixture was against Hutchesons' Grammar FP RFC., coincident with the invitation from Hutchesons' Grammar School to Saint Aloysius' College 1st XV to undertake regular fixtures. This long standing friendship led to the amalgamation in season 1990–91.

Hutchesons AloysiansEdit

Richard Allan was selected as the club’s first full internationalist for the Irish fixture at Murrayfield in 1969, to be followed by other distinguished players who gained representative honours. Brothers Gordon and Alan Bulloch were to gain national caps, with the former captaining the national side on several occasions. Ray Nelson was to achieve caps for the United States national team the U.S. Eagles.

Clarkston RFCEdit

 
A view of the stand and club house at Braidholm, GHA's home field

Unlike the two Former Pupil Clubs now involved at Braidholm, Clarkston RFC, since its formation in 1937, had always been an "Open" club, created by a variety of former pupil rugby players who did not wish to undertake cross city travel to indulge in their sport. Significantly the first club chairman was a Glasgow Academical, the first President a Glasgow High former pupil and the longest serving club captain and coach, Andrew Williams a product of Allan Glen’s.

Playing initially at the local authority's Overlee ground, years of tireless fund raising saw the Club's new facility at Braidholm opened by S.R.U. President Charlie Drummond in January 1971. The club entered the new National League structure in 1973 at 4th Division level, rising through the years to division two. With three pitches, floodlights, 250 seater stand and expanded clubhouse, in recognition of its changing character and by a significant membership majority at the May 1995 A.G.M., the club altered its name to Glasgow Southern RFC.

Glasgow Southern RFCEdit

Over several years a variety of players graduated through the Club participation from both youth and senior level to achieve representative status. Full International caps were awarded to Gordon McIlwham, and Euan Murray while others have achieved selection at Youth level.

Further developmentEdit

Agreement reached with a development organisation saw the original 1970 clubhouse demolished to make way for a health club. A new, state of the art, clubhouse was formally opened by S.R.U. President Ronnie Young at Braidholm in January 2002. The Glasgow Southern name was only to survive for seven years before it became evident to all concerned that the sport on the south side of Glasgow would be best served through amalgamation, an initiative formalised in May 2002 with the formation of Glasgow Hutchesons' Aloysians Rugby Football Club. Plans for an all-weather artificial pitch at Braidholm were announced in 2018.[1]

Senior rugbyEdit

GHA run 4senior sides, catering for all abilities and attitudes[3] - The club's 1st XV and 2nd XV teams play at a highly-competitive national level, with the 3rd XV (known as the GHA Lions) competing within the regional reserve leagues. Additionally there is a long established veterans team (known as the GHA Gazelles) who participate in a variety of social, friendly and touring matches.

Recent resultsEdit

Following the amalgamation, GHA took the place of the newly promoted Hutchesons Aloysians in Premiership Division Two, with the new club achieving promotion to Premiership Division One at the first attempt. The club has since spent four seasons in the top division - 2003/04, 2004/05, 2007/08 and 2019/20. Following three seasons in Premiership Two which saw a wealth of the club's most experienced players depart, ended in relegation to Premiership Three for season 2011/12.

In Premiership Three, with the arrival of a new coaching team and experienced ex-professionals Andrew Henderson and Hefin O'Hare GHA managed to finish second but due to league restructuring were denied promotion. Within the newly regionalised third tier of 2012/13 the club achieved promotion by winning RBS Championship A thanks to a historic 23-0 final day, winner-takes-all match away to local rivals Cartha Queens Park.

Following a difficult first season back in the second tier the club once again had a complete change of coaching team, which almost saw a surprise return to the Premiership during season 2014/15, only to be denied 39-22 in a relegation / promotion play-off with Stirling County. In yet another severe reversal of fortunes, the club suffered a season of disappointment in 2015/16, flirted with relegation until safety was assured on the penultimate weekend of the season.

After two consecutive third place finishes in National League One; GHA were elevated to the Premiership for season 2019/20 due the restructuring of Scottish club rugby. With the creation of the SRU's new semi-professional Super 6 competition, six of the existing Premiership teams would be demoted to National League One with the top six teams in that league taking their place. The club had mixed success in a very competitive league; with very little separating play-off and relegation places, notable achievements did include first ever away victories at Edinburgh Accies and league leaders Marr. GHA secured their Premiership status with a losing bonus point in their final game against Selkirk. However, three weeks later the 2019/20 season was declared null and void by the SRU due to the coronavirus pandemic, with no promotion or relegation between leagues.

Playing overviewEdit

Season League Position Cup Notes
2002-03 Premiership Two 2nd Round of 16 Promoted to Premiership One
2003-04 Premiership One 9th Round of 16 -
2004-05 Premiership One 11th Round of 32 Relegated to Premiership Two
2005-06 Premiership Two 9th Quarter-Finals -
2006-07 Premiership Two 3rd Round of 32 Promoted to Premiership One
2007-08 Premiership One 11th Round of 32 Relegated to Premiership Two
2008-09 Premiership Two 6th Round of 16 -
2009-10 Premiership Two 5th Round of 32 -
2010-11 Premiership C 8th Group Stage Relegated to Premiership Three
2011–12 Premiership Three 2nd Round of 16 (West) -
2012–13 Championship A 1st Group Stage (West) Promoted to National League
2013-14 National League 8th Runners-up (West) -
2014-15 National One 2nd Round of 16 Premiership / National One Play-off
2015-16 National One 7th Round of 16 -
2016-17 National One 7th Round of 32 -
2017-18 National One 3rd Quarter-Finals (National League) -
2018-19 National One 3rd Round of 16 Elevated to Premiership
2019-20 Premiership 7th* Round of 16 Season Null & Void due to Coronavirus Pandemic
  • League cancelled with 4 matches remaining, potential finishing position was 7th - 9th.

Competitive playing record (2002–present)Edit

Record correct as of 01/04/2020

Opponent Pl W D L F A Diff. Win % Last Victory
Aberdeen Grammar Rugby 22 11 0 11 619 615 4 50% 13/10/2018
Ardrossan Academicals RFC 6 5 0 1 187 94 93 83.33% 22/12/2012
Ayr RFC 11 2 2 7 143 210 -67 27.27% 19/02/2005
Berwick RFC 2 1 1 0 56 40 16 75% 24/09/2005
Biggar RFC 18 13 0 5 431 328 103 72.22% 20/02/2016
Boroughmuir Rugby 9 0 0 9 152 328 -176 0% -
Broughton FP RFC 1 1 0 0 57 12 45 100% 16/02/2008
Cartha Queens Park RFC 14 9 1 4 376 250 126 67.86% 23/08/2019
Currie RFC 9 2 0 7 115 232 -117 22.22% 05/01/2008
Dalziel RFC 5 5 0 0 153 66 87 100% 14/12/2013
Dumfries Rugby Club 5 2 0 3 138 76 62 40% 26/01/2013
Dundee HSFP 19 6 0 13 352 525 -173 31.58% 01/12/2018
Dunfermline RFC 5 5 0 0 226 62 164 100% 03/11/2012
Edinburgh Academicals FC 15 5 0 10 220 385 -165 33.33% 14/12/2019
Edinburgh University RFC 1 1 0 0 24 6 18 100% 18/02/2006
Ellon RFC 1 1 0 0 29 14 15 100% 03/12/2005
Falkirk RFC 8 5 0 3 240 170 70 62.50% 17/02/2018
Gala RFC 18 10 1 7 414 345 69 58.33% 23/03/2019
Glasgow Academicals RFC 1 1 0 0 50 15 35 100% 01/11/2003
Glasgow Hawks 10 2 0 8 160 285 -125 20% 25/01/2020
Grangemouth Stags 3 3 0 0 94 40 54 100% 22/11/2003
Greenock Wanderers RFC 5 5 0 0 196 92 104 100% 07/12/2013
Haddington RFC 8 5 1 2 217 137 80 68.75% 03/03/2012
Hamilton RFC 8 5 0 3 226 198 28 62.50% 30/03/2019
Hawick RFC 11 3 0 8 184 274 -90 27.27% 01/12/2007
Hawick YM RFC 1 1 0 0 24 12 12 100% 20/01/2007
Heriot's FP 7 3 0 4 128 177 -49 42.86% 15/09/2007
Hillfoots RFC 1 1 0 0 28 3 25 100% 10/01/2009
Hillhead Jordanhill RFC 13 7 0 6 348 231 117 53.85% 21/03/2015
Howe of Fife RFC 7 4 0 3 166 205 -39 57.14% 11/02/2017
Jed-Forest RFC 22 6 1 15 434 596 -162 29.55% 19/10/2019
Kelso RFC 22 15 0 7 581 408 173 68.18% 19/01/2019
Kirkcaldy RFC 10 7 0 3 297 155 142 70% 12/01/2019
Lasswade RFC 3 1 0 2 87 69 18 33.33% 21/02/2009
Lenzie RFC 1 1 0 0 43 3 40 100% 30/10/2004
Livingston RFC 1 1 0 0 22 9 13 100% 02/11/2002
Marr RFC 10 2 1 7 173 286 -113 25% 07/12/2019
Melrose RFC 7 2 1 4 137 171 -34 35.71% 12/03/2005
Morgan Academy RFC 2 2 0 0 74 52 22 100% 19/11/2011
Murrayfield Wanderers FC 5 5 0 0 154 61 93 100% 24/08/2017
Musselburgh RFC 13 9 0 4 472 344 128 69.23% 22/09/2018
Orkney RFC 1 1 0 0 47 17 30 100% 27/08/2016
Peebles RFC 13 7 0 6 319 310 9 53.85% 03/10/2015
Perthshire RFC 4 3 0 1 228 49 180 75% 30/08/2014
Selkirk RFC 20 6 1 13 346 479 -133 32.50% 16/03/2019
Stewart's Melville FP RFC 18 11 0 7 468 429 39 61.11% 10/03/2018
Stirling County RFC 9 3 0 6 144 238 -94 33.33% 03/10/2009
Watsonian FC 15 3 0 12 262 467 -205 20% 06/12/2014
West of Scotland FC 2 2 0 0 66 20 46 100% 12/01/2013
Whitecraigs RFC 2 2 0 0 76 27 49 100% 23/02/2013
Total 424 213 10 201 10184 9617 567 51.42%

Current 1st XV SquadEdit

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Tony Brogan Prop   Scotland
Scott Carson Prop   Scotland
Sean Fisher Prop   Scotland
Michael Fox Prop   Scotland
Luis Barron Hooker   Scotland
Kirill Chernick Hooker   Ukraine
Hamish Clark Hooker   Australia
Adam Barnett Lock   Scotland
Jamie McCarthy Lock   Scotland (C)
Dario Ewing Flanker   Scotland
Elliott Hardie Flanker   Scotland
Adam Kerr Flanker   Scotland
Milan Marinkovic Flanker   Serbia
Mike Ryan Flanker   Ireland
Luke McCutcheon Number 8   Scotland
Player Position Union
George Baird Scrum-half   Scotland
Andrew Gillman Scrum-half   Scotland
Jack Anderson Fly-half   Scotland
Jamie MacKinnon Fly-half   Scotland
Andrew Hughes Centre   Scotland
Cameron King Centre   Scotland
Charlie Lonergan Centre   Scotland
Jack Reilly Centre   Scotland
Jackson Baillie Wing   Scotland
Jordan Craig Wing   Scotland
James Edgar Wing   Ireland
Aaron Purewal Wing   Scotland
Grant Mollison Fullback   Scotland

Centurions ClubEdit

The following players have represented GHA's 1st XV on more than 100 occasions. Appearances for the original constituent clubs are also included on this list.

These totals are accurate to 01/04/2020.

#100 Name Nationality Position Caps Debut 100th Cap Note
TBC Andrew Healy   Scotland Fly-Half TBC - - *(TBC)
TBC Alistair Menzies   Scotland Full-Back TBC 31/08/2002 - *(TBC)
TBC Euan Baillie   Scotland Fly-Half 210 30/08/2003 30/08/2003 (200)
TBC Rory Watson   Scotland Wing 162 31/08/2002 04/12/2004 (47)
TBC John Fitzpatrick   Scotland Back-Row TBC 31/08/2002 - (TBC)
TBC Ian Smith   Scotland Lock 160 30/08/2003 - *(110)
TBC James Noonan   New Zealand Fly-Half 172 31/08/2002 17/02/2007 *(40)
TBC Richard Nolan   Scotland Prop TBC 31/08/2002 - *(TBC)
TBC Trevor Carmichael   Scotland Lock TBC 31/08/2002 - (TBC)
TBC Martin Dunn   Scotland Fly-Half TBC - 19/01/2008 (TBC)
TBC Paul Harkins   Scotland Back-Row 131 - - -
TBC Chris Binnie   Scotland Centre / Full-Back 139 - - -
TBC Niall Cassie   Scotland Centre 130 - - -
TBC Andrew Boag   Scotland Back-Row / Scrum-Half TBC - - -
TBC Ross McClymont   Scotland Full-Back TBC - - -
TBC Andrew Rushforth   Scotland Centre TBC - - -
TBC Zander McIlwham   Scotland Prop TBC - - * (TBC)
TBC Iain Nelson   Scotland Hooker TBC 31/08/2002 - * (TBC)
19 Rangi Jericevich   Scotland Wing 168 06/09/2003 28/09/2013 -
20 Ryan Jenkins   Scotland Lock / Back-Row 117 08/12/2007 04/01/2014 -
21 Andrew Gillman   Scotland Scrum-Half / Full-Back 165 30/08/2008 29/08/2015 -
22 Andrew Henderson   Scotland Centre 102 27/08/2011 26/03/2016 -
23 Alan Auld   Scotland Back-Row / Wing 100 29/10/2011 23/04/2016 *(1)
24 Jamie Auld   Scotland Lock / Back-Row 116 03/10/2009 08/10/2016 -
25 Adam Barnett   Scotland Lock 129 21/08/2010 27/01/2018 -
26 Scott Carson   Scotland Prop 128 - 24/03/2018 -
27 Murray Houston   Scotland Scrum-Half 107 20/03/2010 20/10/2018 -
28 Donald Malcolm   Scotland Hooker / Back-Row 100 04/09/2004 10/11/2018 -

*Appearances include games played for Glasgow Southern/Clarkston
Appearances include games played for Hutchesons' Aloysians
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Junior RugbyEdit

GHA has a large junior rugby section consisting of over 300 boys and girls ranging from micros up to Under 18s. The junior section has contributed several players to the senior set up including James Eddie who subsequently signed for Glasgow's professional team, the Glasgow Warriors.

GHA's ongoing ties with Hutchesons' Grammar School and St. Aloysius' College can also be seen from the large number of pupils and former pupils of both schools playing at the club. Links have also been forged with local state schools, particularly Williamwood High School and Mearns Castle High School whose pupils and former pupils are also widely represented throughout the club.

 
The GHA Rugby Academy Logo

The GHA Rugby AcademyEdit

The GHA Rugby Academy was established in 2012 and is aimed at helping talented young players at the club to realise their potential and achieve their rugby ambitions.

The GHA Rugby Academy offers the club's most talented young players an opportunity to experience a professional approach to training and playing rugby. It was set up to produce future 1st XV players for GHA RFC, provide more players for the Glasgow district set up and ultimately get more players into National Age Grade Squads. It was seen as a necessary development and use of the clubs limited resources in order to develop the long term sustainability of the club and support its long term ambitions.

Notable playersEdit

This is a list of current and former GHA players who have gained full-time professional contracts within a full-time professional rugby squad and/or achieved senior International, International A or International 7s Honours.

This list does not include players who were allocated to play for GHA in the Scottish Rugby draft[4] whereby players from Scotland's full-time professional squads - Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby - are annually drafted by Scottish Premiership clubs to play for them on weekends when not selected for the professional teams. During GHA's spell in the Premiership, current Scotland Internationals Johnnie Beattie[5] and John Barclay[6] were among those to be allocated to play for them.

Post the 2002 amalgamationEdit

Pre the 2002 amalgamationEdit

Scotland Club InternationalistsEdit

Scotland U20/U21 Age Grade InternationalistsEdit

The following players gained either Under 20 or Under 21 Age Grade International honours whilst playing senior rugby at GHA.

Under 21 (Age group was disbanded after 2006 season)

Under 20 (Age group replaced Under 21s from 2007 onwards)

Club captainsEdit

Trevor Carmichael 2002 / 2003
Euan Baillie 2003 / 2004
Zander McIlwham 2004 / 2006
Rory Watson 2006 / 2008
Niall Cassie 2008 / 2011
Andrew Henderson 2011 / 2016
Paul Harkins 2016 / 2018
Tony Brogan 2018 / Present

Head coachesEdit

Gavin Walsh 2002 / 2003
David Wilson 2003 / 2005
Roddy Moir 2005 / 2008
Bill MacDonald 2008 / 2011
Gordon MacPherson 2011 / 2014
Craig Sorbie 2014 / 2016
Euan Clark 2016 / 2019
Trevor Carmichael 2019 / Present

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 55°48′31″N 4°16′51″W / 55.808549°N 4.280934°W / 55.808549; -4.280934