14th May 2020 @ The Hurlingham Club
More information will follow on the 2020 Legends Dinner.
2019 Event review
The 2019 event was sponsored by Carbon Financial Partners Ltd.
Last night the 2019 Legends Dinner was held at the prestigious, exclusive members club The Hurlingham Club in Fulham.
The event went down a storm with the 300+ guests in attendance. They were treated to a fantastic 3-course meal, silent and live auctions, entertaining speeches and a very well-organised event.
The Club was lucky enough to be joined by some distinguished guests including Scotland Head Coach Gregor Townsend and Hall of Famer Mark Bright. The Calcutta Cup even made a very exclusive trip down to The Hurlingham with Gregor. Guests were incredibly fortunate to get photos with the Cup, Scotland had retained at Twickenham back in March, on the evening.
The focal point of the evening’s proceedings was to welcome the four inductees into the illustrious Hall of Fame, joining the likes of Gavin Hastings and Sir David Reid. The four who entered this year were former player and President Robin Marshall, ex-British and Irish Lions Billy Steele and Rob Wainwright and former London Scottish player and coach and current Head Coach of England Sevens, Simon Amor. All four richly deserved their inductions after their various achievements and dedication to the Club.
London Scottish President Paul Burnell was the first to give a speech on the evening as he reflected on a largely successful season for the Club eluding to the Melrose 7s victory, the Lions’ successful first season and the ever-growing Girls, Mini and Junior sections. Gregor Townsend spoke briefly to a very appreciative crowd as he touched on the build up to the World cup in Japan and recounted some brilliant stories from his time as Scotland Head Coach.
Guests were also treated to a witty speech from Guest Speaker for the evening, international referee and barrister Wayne Barnes, who has just been selected to referee at the upcoming 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. He gave many a tale from his time at forefront of refereeing the Men’s game.
Throughout the evening David Kurk led proceedings in exemplary fashion as the MC. Willie Allan MBE was in charge of the auction and had the room laughing away as the Club raised money for both the forthcoming 2019/20 season and the charity partner for the evening My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.
The Club was fortunate to align with the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation as charity partner this year and help raise some money for their incredible charity which is working tirelessly towards the goal of finding a cure for the awful Motor Neurone Disease.
The Club would like to thank Carbon Financial for its support in sponsoring the 2019 Legends Dinner, without their backing, the event would not be possible.
The 2020 Legends Dinner will be a special anniversary dinner which has already been planned and will take at The Hurlingham Club again on Thursday 14th May 2020. Ticket information will be released in the coming months, keep your eyes peeled across social media and the eZine.
Special thanks must go to the Commercial team of Louise West and Scott Cherry who worked ever so hard and ably assisted the outstanding leadership team of Brenda Roberts, Lesley Taylor, Ian Smellie and Lindsay Forbes.
2019 Hall of Fame inductees
Simon Amor, a former London Scottish player/coach from 2008 to 2013. He helped Scottish to the National Two title in 2009 and followed that with the National One title in 2011. Amor also coached the Scots during their first two Championship seasons from 2011-2013. Simon was an England rugby Sevens phenomenon as a player, winning World Sevens Player of the Year in 2004, and is now England Sevens Head Coach. Simon also coached the silver medal-winning GB 7s team at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Former Scotland international flanker Rob Wainwright represented London Scottish in the 1990s. During his career he amassed a magnificent 37 Scotland caps and led his country as captain on 16 occasions. Rob was a member of the 1997 British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa and received his Lions cap after starting the third test at Ellis Park, Johannesburg in front to 62,000 people.
Billy Steele won 23 caps for Scotland making his debut appearance at Twickenham in1969. He was a member of the 1971 ‘wham-bam’ team that secured two victories over England in a week and he was part of the unbeaten British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa in 1974, starting two tests. Steele played most of his rugby with the RAF, where he was employed as a physical training instructor. He played for London Scottish during the 1970s.
Robin Marshall played in the late 1950s and 1960s and is most remembered and lauded for his role as captain of the London Scottish side that won the prestigious Twickenham Sevens five years in a row. He also was part of a London Scottish side that won at the Melrose 7s in 1962. Robin returned to London Scottish after his playing days, becoming President of the Club in the 1990s.
2016/17 Event Review
Iain Morrison and Mark Bright were both inducted in to the London Scottish Hall of Fame at Gaucho Piccadilly, in a memorable evening for the club.
The annual Legends’ and Hall of Fame Dinner began with an introduction from CEO Rod Lynch, who thanked all of the club’s long-standing sponsors and reflected on the season in the company of some of the clubs greatest players.
The event was once again a huge success, with plenty of other amusing moments including a speech from legendary All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick, and auction from Jonny Gould.
Iain Morrison was first to be inducted. Morrison won two Blues with Cambridge University after which Iain played for London Scottish throughout the remainder of his adult career from 1985 to 1996. Not only did he play in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Divisions, he also played for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams….and the Picts.
A useful sevens player, Iain helped London Scottish win the London Floodlight Sevens five times in succession.
Success also came on the international stage. Making his debut for Scotland against Ireland at Murrayfield on 16 January 1993, Iain went on to gain 15 Scottish caps between 1993 and 1995. The Scottish team for the match against Ireland was littered with fellow London Scots – Gavin Hastings (captain), Damian Cronin, Paul Burnell – and Kenny Logan was on the bench.
Iain continued to play sevens for several years. Returning to help coach the London Scottish Sevens squad in 1998, he ended up playing for the team at Twickenham, beating Wasps before being thumped by the Barbarians. He toured with the Barbarians and captained them against Leicester at the traditional end of year match.
Since hanging up his boots, Iain has quit his job in the city and has worked as a sports journalist.
Mark Bright was also inducted in to the Hall of Fame. Since joining London Scottish from Redruth in 2011, Mark Bright has become one of the greatest players to wear a London Scottish shirt, making 123 appearances and scoring an incredible 81 tries in the process.
The number eight was voted Player of the Season in 2012/13, the same year in which he was included in the RFU Championship Dream XV.
During the 2013/14 season, ‘Brighty’ scored 21 tries in 28 games and was shortlisted for the Championship Player of the Year Award as well as being named, once again, in the Championship Dream XV.
In 2014/15 he was the top try-scorer in the league, crossing the line 28 times in 26 matches and captained the Scots to their highest ever finish of third in the Greene King IPA Championship.
The following year, he was yet again the top try scorer at the club, scoring 19 times in 27 matches. Bright became just the fourth London Scot in the professional era to make 100 appearances for the club, alongside Colman McCarthy, Matt Johnson and Adam Kwasnicki.
He also represented the England Sevens team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, adding to his striking rugby CV.
Peter Lydon was also presented with the Player of the Season Award by Watches of Switzerland CEO Brian Duffy. The full-back was gifted a Tag Heuer Formula One watch after scoring 210 points in 26 matches throughout the campaign.
Departing Club Captain Adam Kwasnicki was also recognised in front of over 130 attendees Gaucho.
Sean Fitzpatrick then provided an entertaining speech, where the former New Zealand captain recalled some of his fondest moments in the sport from his illustrious international career.
The evening was ended with an auction, with prizes such as Bill McLaren’s commentary notes, a Calcutta Cup oil painting, and an entire family of Glengoyne whisky all available.
You can find the full album of photos from the evening on our Facebook page by searching London Scottish.