|Union Scottish Rugby Union|
Location Edinburgh, Scotland
President Dave McIvor
Ground Stockbridge, Edinburgh
|Nickname(s) Accies, Acads|
Coach Derek Riordan
|Full name The Edinburgh Academical Football Club|
League Scottish National League Division One
The Edinburgh Academical Football Club, also known as Edinburgh Accies or Edinburgh Acads, is a rugby union football club in Edinburgh, Scotland. At present it plays in the Scottish BT National 1 and plays their home games at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh. They are coached by Derek O'Riordan and Iain Berthinussen.
- Early history
- Oldest rugby match
- Recent history
- Scotland Rugby League internationalists
- British and Irish Lions
- Scotland internationalists
- Other internationalists
The club regularly fields four teams with the addition of the BATS initiative which they run along with Edinburgh BATs Rugby (a Community Amateur Sports Club), Broughton RFC and Trinity Accies RFC.
The club was formed in 1857 and is the oldest rugby club in Scotland, the second oldest club in continuous existence in the world behind Dublin University Football Club (founded 1854). They are one of the founding members of the Scottish Rugby Union.
In the 1873–74 season, they played ten matches, and won all of them.
Oldest rugby match
The Academicals are also responsible for the oldest organised rugby match, between The Edinburgh Academy (the school from which the club was formed) and Merchiston Castle School which was first played in 1859.
The Accies' home ground, Raeburn Place is also significant as the location of the first ever rugby international. Seven players of the original Scotland side were Academicals, including the captain, FJ Moncrieff.
In season 2007–08, the Club's 1st XV finished second in the Scottish Hydro Electric Premiership Division 2, thereby securing promotion to the Scottish Hydro Electric Premiership Division 1. That same season they experienced a successful Scottish Cup run, reaching the final with victories over Premiership 1 teams Currie, Hawick and Boroughmuir. The team lost the final 24–13 to the Glasgow Hawks.
In season 2009–10 the Club's 1st XV was relegated to Scottish Premier Division 2 after they lost to Heriot's FP in the last game of the season and on the same day Watsonian's beat Melrose at The Greenyards. The Club's 2nd XV finished 3rd in the Scottish Reserve League National 1, the 'Blues' (3rd XV) finished 2nd in the Scottish Reserve League East 1, the 'Whites' (4th XV) finished 2nd in the Scottish Reserve League East 2 and the U20's finished the season unbeaten and were crowned champions of the Student & U20's Development League (Edinburgh).
In season 2010–11 the club were Premier 2 League champions and returned to the top level of Scottish club rugby, the Premier 1 League, for the 2011–12 season. They remained in the Scottish Premiership after the restructure of the Scottish league system.
The following former Edinburgh Academical players have represented both the Scotland national rugby union team and the Scotland national cricket team.
Scotland Rugby League internationalists
The following (not previously listed above) former Edinburgh Academical players have represented Scotland at full international level.
British and Irish Lions
The following (not previously listed above) former Edinburgh Academical players have represented the British and Irish Lions.
The following (not previously listed above) former Edinburgh Academical players have represented Scotland at full international level in rugby union.
The following former Edinburgh Academical players have represented their nations at full international level.