Our history

Following a reorganisation of league structures in Scotland, GHK was placed in West Regional League 1. 2014/15 GHK won this league with a 100% record and were promoted to National League 3. The following season (2015/16) GHK won National League 3; again being unbeaten until after the championship was secured.  GHK were promoted to National League 2 (the third tier of Scottish Rugby) and remain there.

1982 Events

Glasgow High/Kelvinside was formed in 1982 by the merger of Glasgow High School FP (founded 1883) and Kelvinside Academicals (founded 1888) rugby clubs. From its formation, the merged club was known as GHK and the name of the club was changed officially to GHK in the 1990s.


The newly merged GHK club started life in season 1982/83 in the second tier of Scottish Rugby. In the amateur era, GHK played most of its rugby in the second tier of the Scottish game.

1993-1997 Events

In season 1993/94, GHK were promoted to the top tier following an unbeaten league season.  This league win added to unofficial championships won by GHSFP in 1923/24 (jointly with Glasgow Accies), 1950/51, 1953/54 and 1961/62.

When professionalism was finally allowed by the International Rugby Board in 1995, it was anticipated that clubs in Scotland would become professional.  GHK recognised that it would be unable to run a professional club.  Accordingly, along with Glasgow Accies they formed Glasgow Hawks.

GHK dropped out of league rugby at the end of season 1996/97 with Glasgow Hawks taking their place.


GHK also won the Scottish Rugby Shield at in 1996/97 beating Hawick 46-18 in the final at Murrayfield.

1999-2009 Events

The intention was for GHK to play “social rugby”.  However after two seasons and with friendly matches proving difficult to arrange, in season 1999/2000 reentered league rugby at the very bottom of the Glasgow District structure.

Over the next 10 years, GHK moved up through the Glasgow District leagues finally being promoted to the National leagues in 2008/09.


In this period GHK also won the SRU Plate in 2006/07 beating Crieff & Strathearn 34-29 in the final at Murrayfield.

GHK - Wall of Fame

GHK has provided three full internationalists to the Scottish team (Alan Watt, Shade Munro and Murray Wallace) as well as several age group and “A” internationalists.  This adds to the role of honour of X Scottish internationalists who played for founder clubs GHSFP and Kelvinside Academicals.

Alan Watt

Shade Munro

Murray Wallace