Having played for Cambuslang and Lanark John eventually saw sense and threw his lot on with Biggar. An erstwhile prop he was a doubty competitor.
Having retired he took up coaching firstly with the U14s in 2004, a team that contained Ian Renwick and Colin Arthur. Johnny continued training our 16s with Bob Paterson for a few years. John then took on the second team for 7 years eventually taking them to promotion. When son Euan turned to rugby after a dalliance with football, JB coached that team to unbeaten season and a Scottish Youth cup victory over our old adversaries Hamilton. As coach and youth convener JB worked hard to ensure his charges picked up the necessary skills with a particular interest in scrum technique. He coached the 2s while at the same time moved into the committee. Peter McDonald asked him to be Vice-President in 2017. Johnny was president last year when the club won Club of the Season in 2018/19 and the 1st team won promotion these acheivments were undoubtedly his proudest club moments and greatest honour.
An athletic lock whose career was virtually ended by a bad knee injury, James played in many promotion winning sides throughout the 80’s and early 90’s. He then coached for a number of years as son Jamie worked his way through Mini and Youth rugby. James could hardly have expected to be just so immersed in the club as he is today however with his four children all now involved and with wife Mara an ex-Ladies player.
James brings a ‘can do, hands on’ approach to the club which is of great benefit to all.
Nigel’s playing experience outwith school has been limited to a stellar appearance for Biggar at the Golden Oldies in Perth some years ago.
A fervent touchline supporter Nigel combines counting the pennies with a host of other vital tasks including
• completing a lot of the groundwork for our application for Charitable status
• jointly masterminding (with Peter) major infrastructure projects such as the changing room extension and pitch development
• undertaking much of the work to ensure the completion of same
• taking fantastic action shots of all sections of the club (see Gallery).
Someone of forthright opinion Nigel brings a wealth of experience to the committee.
Gordon Young - Sponsorship and Membership convener
Founder member and 1st XV prop Gordon or ‘GY’ as he is better known, was the cornerstone of the Biggar scrum through the 70’s and 80’s, his last 1st XV appearance being in 198?? He still dons a jersey for social occasions and especially against Peebles OAPees.
Our Bar Convenor when the clubhouse opened in 1991, he returned for a second term of office and has now been a firm fixture on the committee for almost 20 years.
There are very few who know more people in Biggar and far no one who spends more time on BRFC business. There is no task he is reluctant to take on…. he would still prop for the 1’s given the chance!
A prop from Jed Ian, or ‘Nottie’ was quick to join Biggar when he moved into the area back in 1980.
Nottie was a tough competitor and brought a Borders slant to the arts of front row play.
Having retired from playing he immediately took up the reins of coaching and with Jim Yuille coached all the age groups before taking over as Colts coach in 2002.
Nottie has been VP and President and in the past 4 seasons has overseen senior coach and player recruitment as well as dealing with all matters relating to the Senior game.
Graeme was an integral member of our Colts XV which, in 1994, became Scottish Youth Champions.
He graduated to senior rugby and following retirement and fatherhood, was quick to become involved as a Mini coach as his boys became mini members.
A gifted coach Graeme was one of 3 ex-Champion winning Colts to take charge of the Colts 3 seasons ago.
As if this is not enough he has also maintained close links with the Mini section and will assist coaches at s1 level this season.
Tammy came onto the committee in 2012 just as the Girls game began to grab the headlines and increase in popularity. Her enthusiasm for the girls has shown no bounds and she has overseen the increase in size and quality of those playing at Biggar. Her enthusiasm for the girls has shown no bounds and she has overseen the increase in size and quality of those playing at Biggar. Her period in office has so far seen the girls win Scottish Cup titles at both U15 and U18 age groups.
The Conference programme and especially the recent changes to the league structure have made this role difficult at times. Tammy is now the girls cis now the girls representative on the National youth forum committee where she has been involved in the recent changes to the national female youth structure which will now consist of playing groups at u12/u14/u16 and u18 level.
Having thoroughly enjoyed and approved of what the club had to offer daughter Rhiannon and son Callum when they played at Mini and into Midi level, Paula was persuaded to join the committee in 2012
She has never looked back and her management of Youth coaches combined with a no nonsense approach at committee and in dealings with visiting coaches and players means Paula is very well respected throughout the country. The role is a much more complicated one now that the Youth section has grown so much bigger and as the Conference programme has been introduced and with it the need to constantly progress standards just to stand still.
As a one time stalwart of the Ladies XV and someone who in another time and place would surely have gained international honours Laura’s elevation to Mini Convenor was just a matter of time – especially as she is married to a rugby daft husband and the mother to 3 rugby daft boys!
Laura’s organisational skills has ensured the continued success of the Mini section with our annual Mini festival in September a hugely popular and very successful event on our calendar.
Hugh was a regular on the touchline for many years before he offered to give the then Field Convenor Jock Muir a helping hand. As is so often the case his offer was immediately accepted and in no time Hugh soon took over the reins. This role is a challenging one because ‘how do you keep all the farmers who know best how to grow grass happy!?’ In addition, the job has increased in size by virtually one hundred fold with an ever increasing need for quality surfaces on all of our 5 (rather than 3) pitches, and as we are now responsible for grass cutting, a task hitherto undertaken by the Council. Our tractor has been a godsend for Hugh as is the additional ground maintenance equipment.
Pitch lining is another essential yet time consuming task in winter time which benefits from teamwork – volunteers always needed!!
A touchline supporter of many years standing, Peter volunteered for committee duties back in 2005 on the recommendation of good friend Tom Donnelly and has been integral to the committee ever since. He has been treasurer, served as Vice President and President (for 3 years). He was instrumental in driving our application for Charitable status and masterminded, alongside Nigel, the changing room extension and pitch developments. Having moved ‘upstairs’ he retains his place on the committee whilst also acting as Chairman of Trustees.
Doug had little knowledge of rugby until he came to live in the area but an interest in all sports, particularly football, meant that he quickly become a regular visitor here.
As a successful business man Doug has brought his knowledge and understanding and great experience to bear on the committee and for the benefit of the members. Keen to become as involved as possible, Doug was elected President when we were embarking on our Clubhouse extension and was to the fore when volunteers were required to assist.
Doug believed that he has more to offer the game and in 2014 he successfully sought election to become a member of the SRU Council as National 1 representative. He was a mine of information during the early days of super 6 and Agenda 3 and has been a very faithful servant to Biggar RFC.
As a founder member Al played through the promotion years of the 1980’s, captaining the side on two occasions with the Division 6 Championship in 1983/84 a real highlight. He has coached at all Mini and Youth levels and has had several roles on the committee including playing convenor and sponsorship. He has also served as Vice President and President, this latter role coinciding in 2015 with the 40th Anniversary Ball and following that the official opening of our new pitches. Al is also responsible for the 1st XV match reports…..
Andy has been development officer at Biggar RFC for 2 years and has been a fantastic asset since his arrival. With a wealth of coaching experience having spent time at George Watsons school winning 5 1st XV Scottish Youth School cups as well as serving as forwards coach for premiership outfit Currie Chieftains.
Andy is also the coach for the Cyprus National Team in addition to performing his role at Biggar RFC. Our youth is in good hands as Andy played a key part in the development of Scottish internationals like Stuart Mcinally in his previous roles.
John played for our 3rd XV when time allowed although he had played at a higher level down south. As a rugby man who appreciated the need for someone to take charge of the game, John would regularly drop out of the side to act as ref before taking up the whistle on a more regular basis.
He has long been our fixture secretary and fills a role which few appreciate or give credit for.
Howie is one of those rare individuals who can operate almost anywhere on a rugby pitch. Blessed with good hands, a siege gun boot and great awareness he has played across the backs while his size has always meant that he can quickly find a place in the pack with prop his now natural position.
With Kev Rob Howie has brought a bit of much needed Youth to the committee. His involvement with the 2nds has been hugely beneficial while he is an ideal link between player and committee.
Kevin has provided a much needed youthful angle to the committee. A senior player of much repute he is still a class act to watch when playing. Whenever required he makes the step up from 2nds to 1sts look easy. A fairly recent addition to the committee Kev is an asset and has accomplished much in his short time, particularly as Assistant Secretary but also as SCRUMS guru and in 2nd XV management. Out with the committee the construction of our pitch side shelter is perhaps his most obvious contribution although there are many others of equal importance around the club.