Whatever the result there is a return match

“J.M. Bishop capped for Scotland 1893”

This Friday as we gather in the shadow of Remembrance Weekend a great old rugby rivalry will be played out yet again when GHK host Glasgow Accies under the lights of Old Anniesland
This rivalry has played out since the 1880s and has endured two World Wars.  The matches have been played on pitches across the west end of the Second City
Pitches at Jennings Track, Scotstoun Showgrounds, Balgray, Old and New Anniesland have all been used   The club rivalries were mirrored and still are by the school rivalries between High School of Glasgow, Glasgow Academy and Kelvinside Academy.
The rivalry since 1983 has taken the form of Accies v GHK following the amalgamation of Kelvinside Accies RFC with Glasgow High RFC but that has never reduced the passion or bragging rights of the fixture.
The fixture has been a moveable feast over the 130 years so when the owner of the cap pictured captained Glasgow Accies, the Accies home ground at the time was Old Anniesland.  The cap was awarded to the grandfather of Glasgow Hawks’ own Hugh Barrow

Whatever happens on Friday and whoever triumphs in this Glasgow Derby there will be a return match.  For the record the last Glasgow Accies v Glasgow HSFP match before the outbreak of WW1 was a win for Accies on 7th March.1914 by 8 points to nil. Scorers – T Stout, G.Ure Reid ; G. L. MacEwan kicked one goal.
Tommy Stout the try scorer was killed in action at Gallipoli a year later.

There was no return match in 1914

KO at Old Anniesland in Friday is 7.30 pm.

Reprinted by kind permission of Hugh Barrow.

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