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Glasgow Accies pitch in to celebrate arrival of Webb Ellis Cup

By on June 16, 2015

Glasgow Academy, representing Glasgow Academicals, and West Under 18s, representing the West of Scotland FC, met for a match at Scotstoun yesterday to celebrate the arrival of the Webb Ellis Cup.

This trophy commemorates the famous incident on The Close at Rugby School in 1823, when football was a catch-all sporting term until William Webb Ellis picked the ball up and ran with it at Rugby School.

The Glasgow sides played on the artificial grass, which was a far cry from the pitch they first met on in January 1868, in 20 a-side “rugby rules” some five years before the birth of the Scottish Football Union (SRU)

These two pioneering clubs first met on the historic cricket ground at Hamilton Crescent in Partick, just over mile from Scotstoun, a ground that was to host the first ever football (as in the term we understand now) international against England in 1872.

Hamilton Crescent was also home to Glasgow from 1873 to 1922 when they moved their matches to New Anniesland home of Glasgow Accies … and Edinburgh turned up with a useful winger called Eric Liddell.

* The international Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour has taken the Webb Ellis Cup around the world as part of the build-up to this year’s tournament. On June 10 the trophy began a 100-day tour of the UK and Ireland, marking the final countdown to this year’s showcase Rugby World Cup 2015 which opens at Twickenham on September 18.

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