Hartreemill, Biggar, ML12 6JJ

Archie Stott

Archie Stott

Biggar RFC was reeling again following the sudden passing of founder member Archie Stott.

 

Coming so quickly after the death of Dr Mike Bewsher, the club has now lost two of the 'famous five' founder members in the space of a fortnight.

 

A larger than life character who was fulfilling his 'grumpy old man' role of gateman at the Biggar/Marr game just a fortnight ago, Archie was a much respected and much-loved member of Biggar RFC.

 

He was a Hawick/Hawick Trades man through and through and while his affection for Biggar was immeasurable his Hawick ties were ever strong. It was Archie who helped negotiate the donation of an old set of light blue Trades strips when Biggar was formed. An open meeting at that time decided that the club colours should be black, this decision as much to do with the fact that the light blue would be hidden best by black dye (Archie was in the textile industry) as it was to the preference those present had for black!

 

Archie was on the committee in the early days and then graduated to the role of spectator as he and his wife, the late Chris, enjoyed following the club to games. A doting dad to daughters Karen and Lyndsaye and son Cameron, Archie's pride in Cameron's club and 1st XV involvement was huge.

 

Archie has been a regular on the Hartree Mill touchline for many years, enjoying the company of his fellow 'old grumpies' on the gate and at numerous match post mortems and also at many club dinners. He was always ready for a laugh and a joke, but was also forthright in his opinions about how the game was played and should be played and the relative merits and demerits of players and referees he watched!

 

Archie, along with son Cameron and grandson Sandy, have been proud Ball Sponsors for several years. Indeed it is the three generations of Stotts who are named as Ball Sponsors for the Jed game next March.

 

The thoughts of all at Biggar RFC go to Archie's family - Karen, Lyndsaye and Cameron and their families. 

 

The 1st XV are playing in Jedburgh on Saturday but as a mark of respect to Mike and Archie the 2nd XV will observe a minutes silence before their match against Edinburgh Accies at Hartree Mill. KO 2pm

 


Mike Bewsher

Dr Mike Bewsher 1930-2014

Biggar RFC was a much poorer place following the death a fortnight ago of founder member Dr Mike Bewsher. Mike was a local GP at the time of the club’s inception and he was one of the ‘famous’ five who were at the heart of the early organisation.


A wing forward with Melrose in his playing days in the late 1950’s early 60’s Mike also represented the South District and the Co-optimists. He was renowned as being a very tough competitor and one who hit hard in the tackle – this coming from Tom Wight, another of the five and who also played at The Greenyards.


A visit to Mike’s surgery involved a quick yet thorough diagnosis of one’s troubles before the subject was quickly turned to rugby. Other patients time was much reduced as the Biggar team and the club’s prospects were discussed.

 

He was a real gentleman, a wonderful character and while he left Biggar some 4 years ago to set up home in Banchory he was always keen to hear how the club fared. Our thoughts are with Anne and the girls.


A minutes silence had been organised prior to the 2nd XV Currie match but as this game did not take place the club will recognise Mike’s passing at the first available opportunity.


What’s on this weekend (29th/30th November)

It would be great to see all supporters down at one of the many games to be played this weekend.

Saturday
1st XV v Jedforest BT National League 1 (A) KO 2pm (tbc)


2nd XV v Edinburgh Accies Blues BT Reserve League East (H) KO 2pm


Colts v Lasswade Edinburgh U-18 League (A) KO tbc


Sunday
Micro training 11am


Mini v Penicuik (A) KO tbc


S1/2 v Heriots (A) KO 1.25pm


U-15 v Portobello (A) KO tbc


U-16 v Dunbar (H) KO 1pm

 

Girls U-15 v Royal High Cougars (A) Union Park, Edinburgh KO 1.30pm

 

 


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