Blast from Past – 2020 Lockdown

Blast from Past

2020 Lockdown

During the lockdown of 2020, we featured a number of old matches, as part of our Blast from the Past. Here they are:

25 June 2020 Feature

Euan est le Gros Fromage!

AS Minorange  15  – 19  Linlithgow

Samedi 11 Fevrier 2017

L’homme du match pour Linlithgow était Euan Mochrie pour lequel il a reçu un fromage géant de nos hôtes. Un grand match entre deux équipes égales jouées dans un grand esprit. 

Rapport de match de barry

Revisit Last Season in Full

You can access all last season’s match reports and photos, covering both adult and youth rugby, on our special archive page for season 2019-2020.

Link to archive page

18 June 2020

Digging into the archives, we came across a feature from 2014, when a number of the Club’s youth members had a special training session with past Scotland star and current Scottish Rugby ambassador, Chris Paterson. The matches we feature this week both come from autumn 2015 and cover a high scoring home win for the Reds and a hard fought away Cup win for an understrength U18 side:

Training with Chris Paterson

Nine lucky Reds’ youngsters made the trip through to Murrayfield for a special visit and training session with Chris Paterson.

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Mikey Walker Grabs Hat Trick

Linlithgow  52 – 0  Hawick Linden

The Reds ran in 8 unanswered tries in this home league match from October 2015, with Mikey Walker claiming a hat-trick!

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Stewart ducks in for Winning Try!

Breadalbane  17 – 20  Linlithgow

Scottish U18 Shield

The Young Reds started this match with only 14 players and finished with 13 because of injuries. Going into the final minutes they were trailing and under the cosh, when Gregor Stewart intercepted the ball and weaved 80 metres through defenders and a paddling of ducks, that had just alighted on the pitch, to score the winning try.

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11 June 2020

We dip back three years to 2017 for our two matches, the Reds with a league and Edinburgh Shield double-header at Broughton and the 3s for an away match against Queensferry. We also pick up the Youth Awards from the previous season (2106-2017).

Classy Veterans Too Strong for the ’Ferry

Queensferry  5 – 25  Linlithgow 3s

Take a bunch of classy Reds’ veterans and sprinkle in a little youth and that’s what the Reds’ 3s had when they travelled through to Queensferry in October 2017. This was before the 3G pitch and, as the photo taken after the match shows, the Reds’ players revelled in the conditions!

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One Close Game: Two Good Wins for the Reds!

Broughton  16 – 19  Linlithgow

A late penalty from Rab Cairns had edged the Reds in front, but it took a last ditch tackle from Pete Millar to seal the victory in this double header in Edinburgh kin early November 2017. 

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View Graham’s match photos

Youth Awards 2016-2017

A great evening to end a successful season at youth level was held on Wednesday 29th March 2017.  With over 130 people in attendance, the evening included accounts of a successful season with Linlithgow Academy winning their conference, with 3 of the 5 age group sides remaining unbeaten.

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On the 11th June we went back over 5 years to two matches, the 2s first match in 2015 played away at Grangemouth and the penultimate match for the U18s played at home in March 2015:

Reds 2s Finally Get Game in 2015

Grangemouth 2s  0 – 19  Linlithgow 2s

Saturday 31 January 2015

With Mains Park covered in snow, the Reds 2s travelled down to Grangemouth where the Glensburgh pitch was in perfect condition. Nicky Cowan gabbed a brace of tries, with James Timlin claiming the third. Chris Ronalson kicked two conversions to complete the scoring.

Match report from Des

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St Columba’s Edge Tight Match

Linlithgow u18  5 – 12  St Columba’s

Saturday 21 March 2015

Having held St Columba’s to a 12-12 draw back at the start of the season – first game in fact – the Young Reds were narrowly defeated in their final home match of the season.

Match report

This week we go back in time nearly 5 years to October 2015, to cover the Wee Reds Home Mini Tournament and the Reds away cup tie in Edinburgh.

Wee Reds Mini Tournament

Sunday 11 October

Wee Reds Mini Tournament sponsored by Springfords, saw fine performances by all teams, with the P5s and the P7s both coming away with winners’ medals. The winning P5 squad is shown above.

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P7s Emphatic Winners

Away Win in Shield for Reds

Broughton  15 – 40  Linlithgow

Saturday 24 October 2015

The Reds made a trip through to Edinburgh to play Broughton in the Edinburgh Shield and ran in 6 tries in this match to progress to the semi-finals. Mikey Walker, shown above, was one of the Reds’ try scorers.

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Great Win in Borders for Reds 2s

Peebles A  19 – 21  Linlithgow 2s

Saturday 28 October 2017

To put this match into context, Peebles played two divisions above the Reds in the senior leagues, so this clash away at Peebles between both Club’s second string teams was always going to be a tough fixture for this young Reds team.

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View Hugh’s photos

France 15 Years Ago

RUC Guyancourt  19 – 51  Linlithgow

Half-backs Blair Stewart and Mark Packer were outstanding in this game, which also featured fine performances from young Mark Green and veteran Jon Blundell in the backs.

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This week we bring you another 2nd XV match from nearly 5 years ago and the Youth Awards Dinner from 2015. See if they bring back any memories:

Reds 2s Run in 8 Tries

Linlithgow 2s  48 – 5  Lismore 2s

Saturday 19 September 2015

The game was played on the top pitch in front of a few spectators who were keeping their eye on the World Cup rugby as well as their local team. In the early stages the young forwards who were being supported by veterans John Pauley and Stu Jamieson were enjoying Mains Park.

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Youth Dinner 2015

See who you recognise in some photos taken at the youth awards’ dinner 5 years ago.

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Wee Reds Mini Tournament

October 2014

Congratulations to all the players who turned out on Sunday at the Wee Reds Mini Tournament.  It was great to see so many youngsters and it looked as though everyone was having a ball!  We were delighted to welcome teams from Biggar, Forrester, Falkirk, Gala and Watsonians to Mains Park.

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2s v Forrester

November 2015

A home match on the day of the Fireworks’ Display, with Colin McMorrin making his debut for the 2s’ team that featured the Walker brothers!

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View Michael Nesbitt’s photos

Name the Players and Mascots

Linlithgow v Langholm

September 2010

This week we are setting you a challenge to name both the players and the mascots from a 2010 Reds’ home match.

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Caption Competition

A few weeks earlier in 2010, the Reds kicked off their season with a warm up match against Dalziel RFC. There were some interesting action shots from that match. Write what you think is an appropriate caption to any or all of the photos and return to  We’ll publish good ones in next week’s newsletter.

Link to action photos from Dalziel match

Another Blast from the Past!

Posted 09 April 2020

This week we delve deeper into history, rolling the clock back to March 2012 and a local derby league match which pitted the Reds against Livingston at Mains Park.

Reds Triumph in Fiesty Local Derby

Linlithgow  29 – 20  Livingston

Saturday 03 March 2012

Tries from Charlie Gillanders, Graeme McCallum (above) and a brace from Matthew Archer gave the Reds a bonus point victory, but having led 29-10 in the second half, they were made to sweat as Livi clawed back 10 points and threatened more.

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Blast from the Past!

3 Matches from 5 Years Ago

Posted 02 April 2020

With no rugby to report on because of the current lockdown, we’ve dug into the Club records to bring you 3 match reports from 5 years ago. Unfortunately, Graham Black was only on hand for two of these matches, with the Reds playing in their blue change strips on both occasions. We’ve also added in a Wee Reds’ P4 match report from 5 years ago!

Hat-Trick for Stand-in Captain

14 February 2015

Linlithgow  34 – 10  Duns

Captain for the day Les Richardson claimed a hat-trick, but the outstanding score came from scrum-half Dougie Thomson, whose score is shown below in a significantly speeded-up format!

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