A Brief History of Peebles RFC, for more information dating to the very origins of Rugby in Peebles, please download the document from the bottom of the page.
The earliest record available of rugby being played in Peebles was of a game in 1877 in Kingsmeadows Park and Peebles Rugby Football Club was formed in 1879. The club ceased to exist about 1900 but was re-constituted in 1923. Now, we run two and occasionally three senior teams, and have a thriving colts and youth section. Strong links have been forged with all schools in the area through our Club Development Officer.
In 1974/75 Peebles joined the National Leagues and were placed in Division 5 East. Promotion to Division 3 came in 1989/90. The big jump came in 2001/02 to Division 2 and then to Division 1 in 2002/03. After 2 seasons in Division 1, there followed two successive drops to Premier 3 before gaining promotion back to Scottish Hydro Electric Premier 2 in 2007/08 where Peebles have remained since.
PRFC Team 1934-5 at Hay Lodge
Back Row T Douglas Ballantyne, John Park, Roy Nicholson, Hugh Bauchop, David Robertson, McVitie, Ted Christie
Front Row Jock Todd, Bert Bain J F F Foggo, John A L Preston, Ross, James Chisholm Lawrie (aka Hamish)
Squatting George Jardine, Robertson (but not certain)
PRFC 1938 at the Bowling Green
Jock Allan (Melrose - Referee), J F F (Fyn) Foggo, Val Swinton Committee, Hugh Bauchop, Bert Milne Committee, Joseph Murray, D Alston Committee
Harry Strawbridge, Roy Nicholson, W Sharp, J Clink, D Coulthard, W Kemp Nicholson, Basil Brown, George Dodds Committee
Jim Carruthers Committee, Den Todd, Bert Little, David Robertson (Captain), Jock Preston President, Jock Todd, J W D Coulthard, Jimmy Howitt.
Peebles Rugby Club 2001-2002 Squad Photo - Division 2 Champions
Back Row - Dave Dillon, Neil Cruickshank, Adam Moffat, Robbie Cumming, Danny Kashula, Gary Wheelan, Mark Stumbles, Njord MacIver.
Middle Row - David Cockburn(Coach), Alan Eddington, Michael Jack, David Cornwall, Neil Clark, Adam Clark, Gordon Pearse, Chris Evans, Kevin McKinnon, Stevie Hamilton, Scott Nichol(Player Coach), Peter Wheelan, John Wilson(bag man), Drew Brown(2nd Team Manager)
Front Row - Graham Knox, Colin Murray, Drew Moore, Alan Beveridge(President), James White(Captain), Bob Hogarth(Director of Rugby), Chris Foster, Jim Currie, Cameron Twigley, Jamie Hamilton(Mascot)
Missing from photo - Bruce Hirstwood, Colin Thatcher, Keith Nisbet, David Harvey, William Aitken, Steven Brockie, Mark Harvey, Calum Farmer, Ross Neilson
Peebles Most Successful Players.
Steven Ferguson, a prop has 6 A Caps and played in non cap games in Argentina during the 90's.
Peebles most capped player, Graeme Beveridge, who recently retired, moved from Peebles to Boroughmuir, and played for Edinburgh Gunners from 1996-1998, Glasgow Warriors from 2000-2007 and Bristol from 2007-2009 in his professional career, captained Scotland at U19 & U21 level, won 14 A caps, 8 Scotland caps between 2000-2006 with one non-cap game against the Barbarians.