From a group of enthusiasts, a preparatory meeting was held on 2nd October 1963, under the direction of Mr Ivor Tulloch, principal teacher of Physical Education, Liberton High School, attended by six former pupils. By Saturday 19th October, we were able to field fourteen former pupils and one pupil for our match with a Penicuik ‘Fifteen’ under the captaincy of Norman Speakman, recording a win of nine points to three. Our first Annual General Meeting was held on 6th November 1963 at Liberton High School with a good turn-out of 16 members, president, coach and general advisor. From our mediocre start, we gradually began to establish ourselves as a Club capable of playing good running rugby and able to run three ‘Fifteens’.
During the very successful Season 1972 Bruce Hay was selected for the under 23 ‘Fifteen’ and Edinburgh, a great honour for a junior Club and in 1973 Bruce Hay joined Boroughmuir and graduated from Edinburgh ‘Fifteen’ to combined Cities ‘Fifteen’ versus the All Blacks and a trial for Scotland followed by Scottish cap and Lions tour of New Zealand, followed by various Scottish caps and representative Honours.
In the same Season we also lost Brian Halliday and Ian McDonald to Boroughmuir. Brian Halliday gained Honours with Edinburgh ‘Fifteen’ and Scottish B cap.
The Club has had its ups and downs with winning the Edinburgh and Districts League for Season 1974/75 with the unbeaten record promoted to Division 7 of the National Leagues and went through a disastrous decline from 1976 through Division 7 to 2nd Division Edinburgh and District. Suffering from the loss of some of our prominent players who moved to senior status and having a lack of talent coming up through the teams.
Fortunately in Season 1979/80 we were promoted back to Edinburgh District first Division, a thriving Colts ‘Fifteen’ who finished up second in the Colts League and the fulfilment of the opening of our new Clubhouse which I hope will be the starting point of new successes and new names appearing with representative Honours.
It is with interest looking through the records that Norman Speakman, captain in 1963, is this season’s captain and still giving service to the Club, along with Ex-captains, Kenny Marr and Alan Hay. A special thanks to Ivor Tulloch, coach and advisor in the early days of the Club’s history, backed up by the work done by secretaries, John Calder and Bill McDonald. We wish to thank Bruce Hay for bringing a Star-studded International ‘Fifteen’ to the opening of our Clubhouse and supporting us, on this occasion by putting on a Liberton jersey once again as captain of the Liberton Select and Dougie Morgan for captaining the International ‘Fifteen‘.
In 2016 Liberton started their first ladies team who have played well in the Scottish womens rugby development leagues. Their numbers have grown with hard work and effort on their part but it has paid off. In 2019 they finally were promoted to the Scottish ladies east 1 league and in the season coming we hope that our ladies will continue to go from strength to strength.