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Wanderers 150th anniversary celebrations

3 months ago By Murray Hastie

Sat 23rd Dec- Murrayfield Wanderers FC vs West Of Scotland FC

150th Anniversary

Murrayfield Wanderers is proud to trace its roots back to 1868 and the formation of Edinburgh Wanderers, with 2018 marking the 150th anniversary.

Launch Match

To launch the club’s 150th year we are delighted to announce that Murrayfield Wanderers FC will play West of Scotland FC on Saturday, 23rd December 2017 at Murrayfield.

This was a long-standing fixture between two of Scotland’s oldest clubs, the traditional open sides of Edinburgh and Glasgow*

Wanderers old and new as well as friends of the club are invited to join us at 1pm when the day will start with a drinks in the clubhouse with the game kicking off on the back pitches at 2pm.

It promises to be a great and significant day for the club and it would be fantastic to have a full clubhouse enjoying the day and to mark the occasion. Please visit and send any stories or images you have from your time at the club to:

*Wanderers played West on the exact same day in 1876 as the fixture card shows – no 1sts and 2nds in those days.

The 1876 team (below) included future captain George Turnavine Budd, (2nd from right in the back row.) Budd often shared a carriage to matches with his close friend Arthur Conan Doyle, a regular spectator. ACD described his friend as,”a great rugby forward though rather handicapped by the Berserk fury with which he would play!”

The game itself is a fitting curtain raiser for the Glasgow Warriors v Edinburgh Rugby, 1872 Cup match kicking off later in the day, (5.10pm).

Wanderers and West both provided players in the initial game in 1872 - the world’s first ever inter-district match. Playing with 20 a side Edinburgh ran out victors - by a drop goal to nil!

In what was perhaps an early example of selection bias Wanderers had to wait until the world’s fourth rugby international in 1874 before recording their first cap.

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Updated 20:24 - 18 Dec 2017 by Murray Hastie

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