London Scottish Football Club was formed in 1878 at McKay’s Tavern in the City of London by a group of ‘Exiled’ Scots wishing to play the game of Rugby Football. London Scottish was one of the most successful clubs of the amateur era producing 224 International players for Scotland, the most by any club for any country. The club has also provided four Captains of the British & Irish Lions, an achievement equalled only by Leicester Tigers of the English Premiership.
In 1998, the London Scottish Professional side had financial difficulties and went into administration and the re-formed amateur club was demoted from the top level of English club rugby (now called ‘The Premiership’) down eight leagues. Thus began ‘The Incredible Journey’ which has seen London Scottish win 7 promotions in 11 seasons. The 1st XV squad is once again fully professional and now competes in the second tier of English club rugby which is called ‘The Championship’.
Recognition of this level of achievement came on January 26th, 2012 when H.R.H. Princess Anne, the Patron of the Scottish Rugby Union, agreed to also become the Royal Patron of London Scottish F.C.
London Scottish has an Academy for aspiring 18 – 21 year old professional players and four senior amateur teams. The club organises a full programme of mini and junior rugby for boys and girls aged from 6 to 18 years old.
To have the resources to make the next step up to ‘The Premiership’ and complete ‘The Incredible Journey’ London Scottish needs the support of all ‘Exiled’ Scots. The American Friends of London Scottish membership is reaching out to the 15+ million Americans of Scottish descent with a warm welcome and a great offer to become part of a very special rugby club. Follow us on the internet and then make a visit to see us at our home in West London at the Richmond Athletic Ground.