Our President Rab Ramsay was another who, as a founder member, played in the clubs first ever match in 1975.
An ever present in the 1st XV for several seasons, playing as flanker and/or scrum half, Rab was also a very active member of the committee holding a variety of posts, including the roles of social convenor, fund-raising and his current role of Referee Secretary which he has now held for a number of years.
He was instrumental in the marquee weekends and took a very prominent role in any construction project including the building of the original clubhouse and all additions since. A keen tourist Rab never missed an Easter tour to anywhere: Inverness, Aberdeen and of course Canada! And he was very often the bus driver as well with the family firm of Ramsays of Elsrickle providing transport for these trips.
Mike hasn’t played Rugby since 1975 – the year he went to sea on a BP Tanker, so claims no fame in the game. His understanding of the rules hails from the same era, which is why he can be seen most home games disagreeing with the referees decision on a regular basis. (In a gentlemanly manner of course). Both of his boys enjoyed playing and training with Biggar youth sides which is where his attachment to the club began. He has continued to be an ardent supporter and member being able to see so much more of the team since his retirement from foreign travelling 3 years ago. Enjoying retirement too much, he was delighted to be asked to help the club in the position of Secretary last November.
Nigel’s playing experience outwith school has been limited to a stellar appearance for Biggar at the Golden Oldies in Perth some years ago.
A fervent touchline supporter Nigel combines counting the pennies with a host of other vital tasks including
• completing a lot of the groundwork for our application for Charitable status
• jointly masterminding (with Peter) major infrastructure projects such as the changing room extension and pitch development
• undertaking much of the work to ensure the completion of same
• taking fantastic action shots of all sections of the club (see Gallery).
Someone of forthright opinion Nigel brings a wealth of experience to the committee.
Gordon Young - Sponsorship and Membership convener
Founder member and 1st XV prop Gordon or ‘GY’ as he is better known, was the cornerstone of the Biggar scrum through the 70’s and 80’s, his last 1st XV appearance being in 1989. He still dons a jersey for social occasions and especially against Peebles OAPees.
Our Bar Convenor when the clubhouse opened in 1991, he returned for a second term of office and has now been a firm fixture on the committee for almost 20 years.
He is currently Bar Convenor, International Ticket chief, Sponsorship Convenor and Clubhouse Manager, while only last year did he pass on the role of Membership Secretary.
There are very few who know more people in Biggar and far no one who spends more time on BRFC business. There is no task he is reluctant to take on…. he would still prop for the 1’s given the chance!
A prop from Jed Ian, or ‘Nottie’ was quick to join Biggar when he moved into the area back in 1980.
Nottie was a tough competitor and brought a Borders slant to the arts of front row play.
Having retired from playing he immediately took up the reins of coaching and with Jim Yuille coached all the age groups before taking over as Colts coach in 2002.
Nottie has been VP and President and in the past 4 seasons has overseen senior coach and player recruitment as well as dealing with all matters relating to the Senior game.
Having played for Cambuslang and Lanark John eventually saw sense and threw his lot in with Biggar. An erstwhile prop he was a doubty competitor.
Having retired he took up coaching firstly with the U14s in 2004, a team that contained Ian Renwick and Colin Arthur. Johnny continued training our 16s with Bob Paterson for a few years. John then took on the second team for 7 years eventually taking them to promotion. When son Euan turned to rugby after a dalliance with football, JB coached that team to unbeaten season and a Scottish Youth cup victory over our old adversaries Hamilton. As coach and youth convener JB worked hard to ensure his charges picked up the necessary skills with a particular interest in scrum technique. He coached the 2s while at the same time moved into the committee. Peter McDonald asked him to be Vice-President in 2017. Johnny was president last year when the club won Club of the Season in 2018/19 and the 1st team won promotion these acheivments were undoubtedly his proudest club moments and greatest honour.
Graeme was an integral member of our Colts XV which, in 1994, became Scottish Youth Champions.
He graduated to senior rugby and following retirement and fatherhood, was quick to become involved as a Mini coach as his boys became mini members.
A gifted coach Graeme was one of 3 ex-Champion winning Colts to take charge of the Colts 5 seasons ago.
As if this is not enough he has also maintained close links with the Mini section and will assist coaches at U15 level this season.
Lesa is our Girls Convenor. As a rugby mad Mum Lesa first followed her son Stuart through age grade rugby and then her daughter Cerys who plays for the U18 girls side.
The Girls section continues to expand and Lesa's role is one which is becoming increasingly important and demanding. Always keen to help with any task Lesa was quick to take up the reins as Girls Convenor and proved quickly that she was well up for the role.
Katrina was a member of the Ladies XV in the 1990's and returned as a committee member to the club 3 seasons ago, replacing sister-in-law Laura as Mini Convenor.
She brings a wealth of experience to the role and quickly recruited several new faces to the coaching team. Her organisational skills are excellent and will help keep the burgeoning Mini section in order.
As a one time stalwart of the Ladies XV and someone who in another time and place would surely have gained international honours Laura's tenure as Mini Convenor was just a matter of time - especially as she is married to a rugby daft husband and the mother to 3 rugby daft boys!
She has now moved 'up' the take over the Boys Youth Convenor role where once again her organisational skills are put to the test.
Hugh was a regular on the touchline for many years before he offered to give the then Field Convenor Jock Muir a helping hand. As is so often the case his offer was immediately accepted and in no time Hugh soon took over the reins. This role is a challenging one because ‘how do you keep all the farmers who know best how to grow grass happy!?’ In addition, the job has increased in size by virtually one hundred fold with an ever increasing need for quality surfaces on all of our 5 (rather than 3) pitches, and as we are now responsible for grass cutting, a task hitherto undertaken by the Council. Our tractor has been a godsend for Hugh as is the additional ground maintenance equipment.
Pitch lining is another essential yet time consuming task in winter time which benefits from teamwork - volunteers always needed!!
A touchline supporter of many years standing, Peter volunteered for committee duties back in 2005 on the recommendation of good friend Tom Donnelly and has been integral to the committee ever since. He has been treasurer, served as Vice President and President (for 3 years). He was instrumental in driving our application for Charitable status and masterminded, alongside Nigel, the changing room extension and pitch developments. Peter retained his place on the committee and acted as Chairman of Trustees until this year when he stood down from that role. His knowledge of the club's finances and his experiences in managing developments means he has been co-opted onto the committee where he will support the workings of the finance group.
As a founder member Al played through the promotion years of the 1980’s, captaining the side on two occasions with the Division 6 Championship in 1983/84 a real highlight. He has coached at all Mini and Youth levels and has had several roles on the committee including playing convenor and sponsorship. He has also served as Vice President and President, this latter role coinciding in 2015 with the 40th Anniversary Ball and following that the official opening of our new pitches. Al is also responsible for the 1st XV match reports…..
Howie is one of those rare individuals who can operate almost anywhere on a rugby pitch. Blessed with good hands, a siege gun boot and great awareness he has played across the backs while his size has always meant that he can quickly find a place in the pack with prop his now natural position.
With Kev Rob, Howie has brought a bit of much needed Youth to the committee. His involvement with the 2nds has been hugely beneficial while he is an ideal link between player and committee.
Kevin has provided a much needed youthful angle to the committee. A senior player of much repute he is still a class act to watch when playing. Whenever required he makes the step up from 2nds to 1sts look easy. A fairly recent addition to the committee Kev is an asset and has accomplished much in his short time, particularly as Assistant Secretary but also as SCRUMS guru and in 2nd XV management. Out with the committee the construction of our pitch side shelter is perhaps his most obvious contribution although there are many others of equal importance around the club.
While Annie has never been a playing member of Biggar Rugby Club, she has been involved in the Club for many, many years. She was a part of many fund-raising activities while raising money to build the original clubhouse and spent many hours working behind the bar after home games. Annie continues to support the club from the side-lines and at the many social events which are now an integral part of the club each year.
After home games Annie can normally be found at the table under the TV with the other ladies doing their bit to support the bar takings. She is keen to get involved in the development of the club, hence her involvement as a Trustee.
An experienced 'whistler' Roger played rugby for a number of clubs including Tynedale. He has been a massive assist since arriving at the club and regularly referees several games of a weekend.
Ready to lend a hand at whatever level and regardless of task Roger was the very obvious choice to become our referee secretary. He is determined to develop refereeing at the club and has the approach which will see him succeed.