50th Anniversary Plans

Outline Plans for 50th Anniversary Season

Next season will be the Club’s 50th anniversary and we are planning a number of things to mark this occasion:

Anniversary Season Launch

Saturday 5th September 2020
Probable date – dependent on East Region Committee

  • Special lunch to launch the Anniversary Season
  • Opening League fixture at home

Exhibition in Town Museum

1st November 2020 to 28th February 2021

  • The Rugby Club will be featured in the “guest exhibition” area for 4 months

Club’s Birthday

Tuesday 17th November 2020

  • Small evening event to mark 50th anniversary of formation of Club

November Anniversary Weekend

The exact weekend timings are dependent on timing of Scotland’s Autumn Test match against the All Blacks, which is scheduled for the weekend of 20/21/22 November.

Friday 20th November 2020 – evening

    Sportsman’s Dinner in Clubhouse featuring guest speaker(s)

Saturday 21st November 2020

  • Hospitality Lunch in Clubhouse
  • Rugby afternoon – either Reds at HOME or Scotland Autumn Test v All Blacks
  • Birthday Party – Social Evening and buffet

Sunday 22nd November 2020

  • Special Anniversary Match – Linlithgow Select XV v Currie Select XV
  • (Marks 50th anniversary of first ever match – Currie v Linlithgow)
  • After match curry for players and spectators

Golf Day – Charity Fundraiser

Early May 2021

  • All day tournament (teams of 4) at Kingsfield Golf Course

‘Big Bash’ End-of-Season Weekend

Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th May 2021

This weekend will close out our 50th anniversary season. The aim is to involve everyone in the Club, including families of youth players, in a fun weekend of activities, with players from all ages playing some form of rugby.

The rugby will include:

  • a special representative match (Linlithgow Presidents’ XV v East Region Select XV),
  • a match involving youngsters from our French twin town of Guyancourt, 
  • other rugby for everyone.

The weekend will include:

  • beer and gin tasting
  • food stalls,
  • live music, 
  • a members and families night
  • and lots more.

Other Events During the Season

Regular events during the season, eg Fireworks, St Andrew’s Day coffee morning, etc would be organised as usual with 50th anniversary season branding as appropriate. In addition, we plan to produce an illustrated publication to mark the 50 years of Linlithgow Rugby Club, as well as having a range of special merchandise to mark the season.

Your Input Welcome

We have an Anniversary Season “2020 Coordination Committee”, which consists of current representatives from all sections of the Club in addition to Past Presidents of the Club. This group has met several times over the last few months and we now have subgroups working on the main areas listed above. If you would like to help in any area or have ideas that you think we should consider or, indeed, ideas you feel strongly about, then please contact any of the following directly:

  • Gavin Brown – Exhibition about the Rugby Club
  • Bert Lawson or Ken Richardson – November Anniversary Weekend
  • Mark Osborne or Jean McKeown – ‘Big Bash’ End-of-Season Festival Weekend
  • Colin Wells – Golf Day
  • Jean McKeown or Craig Young – other events
  • Ken Richardson – publications and branding
  • David Mitchell or Euan Mochrie – Special rugby fixtures
  • John Smith – Merchandise

Or contact either Jean or me on any general matters.

Ken Richardson