The Edmonton Clansmen Rugby Club
A Brief History - updated in January 2013
The Clan was founded on November 17th 1967 by Davie Graham, who, with the help of Sean O’Connor-Parsons and Vince Moroney, entered two teams into the Edmonton Rugby Union. One team would be in the First Division, and one in the newly formed Second Division. Most of the players recruited to the Club were absolutely new to the game, and, after all that time, some are still with us! That first season, 1968, we were on the losing end of most games but we did win the Edmonton Sevens Tournament. The history of a very successful rugby club had started.
The 70’s saw us take possession of the legendary “Grottie Towers”, a three storey building in downtown Edmonton . A Clan member, Bob Campbell, was waiting to develop the property so he let us have the building for free! The use of a clubhouse certainly helped develop the Club and create a few legends. We went on to create “Grottie Two” and “Grottie Three” before buying our present Clubhouse at Airways Park from the Edmonton Optimist Club.
We arranged for the use of the surrounding fields with The City Parks Department and indeed established an underground sprinkling system on the main field along with a major upgrading of the Field and the building. An addition to the Clubhouse includes changing rooms and showers etc. for the growing Women’s teams. There is also an upper room, complete with wet bar and deck. This is referred to as”The Bearsden” in honour of its major patron, has become the haunt of the Old Boys.
· To date, January 2013, our forty fifth season, The Clan has won an incredible 59 City, and Provincial Championships, Last year, 2012, we won The Edmonton Men’s First division Championship, The Edmonton Under-19 championship, and The Harcourt Trophy once again.
· The following Clansmen swept The Edmonton Rugby Union MVP Awards . Brodie Henderson (Senior Men), Kelly Brazier (Senior Women), Kerry McEllhaney (Men’s U-19), and Grace Quaale (Women’s U-19).
· Two-thousand and five saw a Clan conglomerate get the Gold Medal in The World Masters Games Over-35 Rugby Event in Edmonton We have won 24 Provincial Championships in the various Divisions plus numerous Seven-a-side Competitions.
· Pride of place must go to The Harcourt Trophy, which goes to the Club with the best overall performance. The Clan has won this trophy nineteen times in the thirty two years that the award has been in existence!
· 1983 saw another first. The Clan became the only Club ever to win all three Edmonton Championships and then went on to become the only Club ever to win all three Alberta Championships in the same year! A Clanslam!
· 1998 saw us add a women’s team to the Club. We have also toured Australia, Europe, Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, Bahamas, Australia and New Zealand plus numerous short tours to the USA.
The Edmonton Rugby Union has not suffered from a lack of Clan members filling Executive Offices (Two at present), and the Referee’s Society can count on nine members from our Club. We also had the first Albertan to play professionally, Danny Baugh (Clansmen, Albert, CCSD and Canada ), who played for Cardiff in The UK.
The Clan has been blessed over the years with members who have supported the Rugby ethic by involving themselves in all the important Off-the-field activities that make the playing successes possible. We can use people of all ages, sizes, shapes, who are interested in maximizing their own Rugby potential, be it in playing or organizing.
Someone like you perhaps? Rugby does not only create character, it also discovers it.
A thousand Highland welcomes tae ye!
Created by: Clansmen -- Last updated:May 10, 2013