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Past Captains (scroll down for Internationalists)

 

Season

1st XV Captain

Vice-Captain

2nd XV Captain

Vice Captain

1922 - 23

W.Scott

G.Wilson

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-

1923 - 24

R.T Gibson

R.Middlemiss / G.Wilson

-

-

1924 - 25

R.Gibson

G.Knox

-

-

1925 - 26

G.Knox

-

-

-

1926 - 27

T.Jardine/G.Wilson

-

-

-

1927 - 28

T.Jardine

-

-

-

1928 - 29

C.Halliday

-

-

-

1929 - 30

G.Halliday

-

-

-

1930 - 31

R.Oliver

S.Woodcock

-

-

1931 - 32

T.Jardine

G.Woodcock

-

-

1932 - 33

T.Fraser

J.Boyd

-

-

1933 - 34

J.Boyd

H.Guardhouse

-

-

1934 - 35

H.Guardhouse

J.Peden

-

-

1935 - 36

J.Peden

J.Lyle

-

-

1936 - 37

J.Lyle

J.Goodfellow

-

-

1937 - 38

R.J Wilson

C.Anderson

-

-

1938 - 39

C.Anderson

W.Irvine

-

-

1939 - 40

W.Irvine

R.Irvine

-

-

1940 - 45

Second World War

-

-

-

1946 - 47

R.Patterson

T.Storrie

-

-

1947 - 48

A.Storrie

J.Brown

-

-

1948 - 49

J.Turnbull

R.Murray

-

-

1949 - 50

R.Nichol

H.Mitchell

-

-

1950 - 51

R.Hume

J.Tofts

-

-

1951 - 52

J.Frost

E.Herbert

-

-

1952 - 53

E.Herbert

M.Henderson

-

-

1953 - 54

M.Henderson

J.Scott

-

-

1954 - 55

R.Crozier

J.Fraser

-

-

1955 - 56

R.Corbett

J.Fraser

-

-

1956 - 57

R.Crozier

D.Johnstone

-

-

1957 - 58

J.Anderson

D.Johnstone

-

-

1958 - 59

B.King

I.Stavert

-

-

1959 - 60

D.Johnstone

W.Cranston

-

-

1960 - 61

R.Knox

J.Fraser

-

-

1961 - 62

R.Valentine

R.Welsh

-

-

1962 - 63

R.Welsh

R.Knox

-

-

1963 - 64

V.Sharp

W.Gray

-

-

1964 - 65

J.Wilson

V.Sharp

-

-

1965 - 66

W.Gray

A.Graham

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-

1966 - 67

W.Russell

V.Sharp

-

-

1967 - 68

J.Tait

G.Hogg

-

-

1968 - 69

T.Kennedy

E.Marshall

J.Wilson

L.Robertson

1969 - 70

J.Sommerville

D.Lyall

L.Robertson

R.Hislop

1970 - 71

D.Lyall

R.Hislop

D.White

E.Brown

1971 - 72

J.Pearson

J.Gaffney

R.Beattie

J.Paxton

1972 - 73

D.Lyall

W.Russell

R.Hislop

J.Paxton

1973 - 74

D.Lyall

R.B Welsh

R.Hislop

J.Paxton

1974 - 75

W.Murray

R.Charters

W.Russell

J.Matthews

1975 - 76

D.Aitken

W.Murray

J.Matthews

N.Turnbull

1976 - 77

R.Charters

D.Lyall

N.Turnbull

J.Matthews

1977 - 78

D.Lyall

W.Murray

S.Scott

R.Tumblety

1978 - 79

D.Aitken

B.Nichol

B.Logan

A.Walker

1979 - 80

B.Nichol

F.Neish

A.Walker

W.Dickson

1980 - 81

R.Charters

C.Sutherland

A.Walker

W.Robson

1981 - 82

R.Nichol

C.Sutherland

W.Dickson

K.Cottrell

1982 - 83

C.Sutherland

K.Campbell

J.Pearson

A.Thomson

1983 - 84

D.Charters

F.Neish

B.Nichol

J.Millar

1984 - 85

C.Sutherland

R.Graham

B.Nichol

A.Thomson

1985 - 86

R.Graham

A.Thomson

K.Baillie

A.Stirling

1986 - 87

R.Graham

A.Thomson

A.Stirling

A.Young

1987 - 88

S.Hogg

A.THomson

C.Brown

K.Lawson

1988 - 89

S.Hogg

D.Gray

K.Lawson

C.Brown

1989 - 90

A.Thomson

D.Gray

A.Stirling

D.Oliver

1990 - 91

S.Hogg

C.Sutherland

A.Stirling

A.Renwick

1991 - 92

J.Rae

G.Alexander

R.Black

A.Stirling

1992 - 93

D.Gray

D.Naylor

A.Young

R.Black

1993 - 94

D.Gray

S.Hogg

D.Blair

K.Lawson

1994 - 95

A.Johnson

N.Scott

B.Renwick

M.Patterson

1995 - 96

R.Allott

J.Tait

D.Oliver

M.Patterson

1996 - 97

R.Allott

J.Tait

D.Oliver

-

1997 - 98

J.Tait

-

-

-

1998 - 99

D.Forrest

M.Stanger

-

-

1999 - 00

A.Brown

-

-

-

2000 - 01

A.Brown

-

-

-

2001 - 02

G.Robertson

S.Levell

-

-

2002 - 03

K.Brown

R.Patterson

-

-

2003 - 04

J.Tait

R.Patterson

-

-

2004 - 05

G Cannon (Resigned), K.Brown

G.Richardson

-

-

2005- 06

B.Wear

-

-

-

2006 - 07

B.Wear

-

-

-

 2007 - 08

 K. Brown

-

-

-

 2008 - 09

 L. Stewart

-

-

-

 2009 - 10

 B. Sutherland

-

-

-

 2010 - 11

 W. Davies

 S. Bouglas

-

-

 2011 - 12

G. Colville

G. Stirling

-

-

 2012 - 13

B. Sutherland

B. Willison

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-

 2013 - 14

S. Fairbairn

-

-

-

 2014 - 15

 G. Colville

 -

-

-

 2015 - 16

 G. Wardle/R.K. Beattie

 -

-

-

 2016 - 17

 G. Anderson

P. Drysdale 

-

-

 

Internationalists

JOCK BEATTIE

Jock was Linden's first international cap and as a young lad was a founder member, playing in two winning Border Semi League teams. He then moved onto Hawick and was capped against France in 1929. As reported in the press at the time he was "just passed his 22nd birthday, 6 feet tall weighing in at 13 stones." He was regarded during his international career as one of the best forwards in Britain. Jock was to get the nickname "Jock the Bleck" for his habit of saying the words "the bleck" instead of swearing. In cidentally, his son would follow on as "Rob the Bleck," but Rob didn't mince words, he just swore! Jock would go on to represent Scotland 23 times, captaining Scotland in his last international against England.

ROB BARRIE

Rob would be Linden's next cap, winning it against England in 1936. This would be Rob's only cap, winning it on the day of Jock Beattie's last cap appearance. He played in the 1929 - 30 winning Border Junior League side, before moving onto Hawick and captaining them in two seasons before the war. After retiring from rugby, Rob would emigrate to America.

ADAM ROBSON

Adam would be Linden's first cap after the war, making his debut against France in 1954, the first of 22.Though born in Hawick at Douglas Road and resident in Twirlees Terrace until called up to the army, Adam took a roundabout route to the Linden. After demob he played for various clubs before settling for the Edinburgh College of Art team while studing there. He even played for them against Linden. Andra Gordon, who related through marriage, suggested that he come to Hawick, play for Linden, than go on to the "Greens." This he doubted at the time but thought he would give it a go. Adam is not sure when he joined Linden, but probably in the spring of 1952. It did not take him long to move on to Hawick and his first cap. He would later move on to be President of the SRU in their historic Grand Slam year of 1984.

GEORGE STEVENSON

George gained hi first cap against England in 1956, coming in the "back door," for he had not figured in that season's trials, to celebrate he scored a brilliant debut try. "Stevie," as he was nicknamed, first played for Linden as a 16 year-old. A local paper at the time reported he "played at stand-off and showed promise." After playing in the winning Border Junior League team, he moved on to Hawick. George played the game for fun, not a thing to be taken too seriously, but with flair. One minute dropping a goal from the touchline, the next running half the length of the feild, beating several defenders then dropping the ball over the line! He would go on to collect 24 caps.

BILLY HUNTER

Billy gained his first cap against France in 1964, four years after playing his first international trial. He would go on to gain 7 caps in all. Big Billy first played for Linden in 1952 and after in the 1953 - 54 winning BOrder Junior League team, moved on to Hawick. While at Linden Billy was an expert at goal kicking. One remembers as an eighteen year old at a Hawick trial up against Billy who was in his later years. First line -out and your raw recruit found he could not jump as Billy's foot was firmly planted on his own. Second line out and still unable to make vertical movement as Billy's elbow was firmly planted on his shoulder! Two lessons from Billy in five minutes.

ROB WELSH

Rob would gain the first of his two caps against Ireland in 1967. He started playing for the Linden in 1959, the same season helping the PSA win the Semi-Junior League title. Rob was elected captain in season 1962 - 63, moving on to the Hawick side. He was a member of the victorius seven which won ten conseccutive senior sevens in a row. Rob played in all of them, starting with Gala in 1966. When his Hawick career ended, Rob returned to  Linden, playing a prominent part in the Border Junior League winning teams of 1969 - 70 and 1972 - 73. In his later years Rob played for the 2nds for fun and bringing on younger players. On retiring from playing, he coached  Linden for three seasons.

DEREK DEANS

Derek gained his only cap against England in 1968, thoughhe was and had been understudy for the previous two seasons to Frank Laidlaw of Melrose. Interestingly, Frank's father was an ex-Linden player, he even gave Frank, Linden as a middle name. Derek first played for Linden in 1965 coming in as a late replacement against Haddington. Promotion to the Hawick team was quick, also to representative rugby, playing in the first international trial of 1966.

IAN BARNES

Ian gained his first cap against Wales in 1972 at Cardiff. Ian or "Barney" as he is more commonly known, first played for Linden in 1966 against Mussleburgh on the morning of an international. For some reason the bus was late , the game only lasted 20 minutes each way in a no-scoring draw. He played in the 1967 - 68 Border Junior League winning team before moving on to Hawick. When his playing career ended he took to coaching Hawick and then several Edinburgh teams, returning to coach Linden in season 1989 - 90. He was also Linden Auditor for 11 seasons. He has since moved on to coaching at representative level. Ian would gain 7 caps for Scotland.

GRAHAM HOGG

Graham or "Greco" gained 2 caps both as replacements, first was against  France in 1978. Graham first played for  Linden in 1965, starting off as stand-off but being a natural ball player he could play in most positions in the backs as Hawick were to use him most effectively. He played in Linden's Border Junior League winning teams of 1967 - 68 and 1968 - 69. On leaving Hawick he joined Boroughmuir where he gained his caps. On retiring from play he coached Boroughmuir and Currie before moving to coach at representative level. 

JOHN ANDERSON

John, or as he is better known,"Darcy," and his brother Carl both played for Linden before the war. After, a disagreement with Hawick who wanted him to play fullback., Darcy, who was pretty pacey, returned to Linden to play on the wing. Returning from the war after spending 4 years as a POW, he was to discover that brother Carl had been killed in action. In his first of post war internationals he played on the wing against New Zealand Army, scoring 2 tries in their historic 11 - 6 victory in January 1946. These were regarded as unofficial and no caps were awarded. This seems strange as the match is recorded in the SRU history handbook. It is recorded that in scoring both tries, Darcy's pace was the deciding factor. Shortly after he signed professional forms for Huddesfield.

ROB VALENTINE

Rob on leaving school started his rugby career with the Wanderers moving on to the Linden in 1958 - 59 season. A very good sevens player, well built and very mobile, he picked up several seven's winners' medals with Linden before moving on to a regular Hawick place in the early sixties. In November 1963 he represented the South Of Scotland team at wing forward against the New Zealand "All Blacks" at Mansfeild Park. He signed professional forms for Huddesfield shortly after his game, spending the next  7 years there before moving on to Wakefield Trinity and Keighley. There he teamed up with another Linden player John Hegarty. In November 1967 he gained his Great Britain international cap against the Australians at loose forward.

WATTIE DAVIES

Wattie, though never a full internationla cap must be regarded as the unluckiest. Selected to play against Wales in 1973, he decided to play for Hawick the week before instead of taking a rest as most new caps do. Unfortunately he was injured in that game and was forced to withdraw. Some consolation would come in 1976 with a "B" cap against France.

ALISTER CAMPBELL

Alister or "Sally" as he is better know, gained his first cap against Ireland in the Grand Slam year of 1984. What a start, Triple Crown decider, then two weeks later a Grand Slam decider. Alister first played for Linden in 1975 but did not become a regular until 1976, moving quickly on to Hawick that season. sadly his rugby playing career was cut short by a serious leg break. On retiring and regaining fitness he moved onto coaching and was rewarded when PSA won the Semi-Junior League in 1994 - 95. After making his debut at a recent  Linden dinner, he is considering whether to take up after-dinner speaking. Alister would gain 12 caps in full.

TONY STANGER

Tony gainedhis first cap in 1989 against Fiji. He made his debut for Linden in 1985 as a sixteen year-old schoolboy, becoming a regular the next season, he quickly moved on to Hawick. Who can forget the try he scored in the Grand Slam decider against England in 1990? Tony was a member of the World Cup squad to South Africa in 1995. At the moment he has scored 20 tries for Scotland and gained 52 Caps.

JIM HAY

Jim bring's Linden's internationalists total to 15, gaining his first cap against Western Samoa in 1995. He finally got the call at the age of 31, a most deserved cap, after being close several times and several tours with  Scotland squads. Jim first played for Linden in 1981 becoming a regular the season after. He played in the Border Junior League winning team of 1986 - 87, moving on to the Hawick side in 1987 - 88 after Colin Deans retired.

 

Other "B" caps without further international honours :

BRUCE WHITE - 1974 & 75 v France

DONALD McLEOD - 1978 -  Ireland & France

BILLY MURRAY - 1984 - Italy & Ireland

TIM PATERSON-BROWN - 1987 France, 1988 France & Italy

RONNIE NICHOL - 1988 France