AS Selkirk Rugby Club prepares to host its 2012 Sports Dinner & Auction in the Philiphaugh Suite this Friday, special interest will centre on one of the items to be auctioned – a framed limited edition copy of Bill McLaren’s match sheet for the 1982 international between Wales and Scotland.
The Scots ran out 34-18 winners – their biggest win on Welsh soil – and in the Scotland team that day were Selkirk players Iain Paxton and John Rutherford.
“It was an incredible match and one I’ll never forget,” said Rutherford.
“The die was cast when Roger Baird collected Gareth Davies’ chip into our 22 and, without a moment’s hesitation, burst up the left touchline.
“Packy carried on the move right into the Welsh 22, and despite being caught by Clive Reese, managed to get the ball away to Alan Tomes. He passed to Jim Calder on his left, who went over for a fantastic try.
“We never looked back!”
No-one was more appreciative of the breath-taking nature of the score than Bill McLaren, sitting high up in the BBC commentary box, who told BBC viewers: “What a try! That surely must be the try of this season’s internationals.
“An incredible score for Jim Calder, his second for Scotland. A marvellous try.”
Rutherford went on to drop a goal in the match, with Scotland skipper Andy Irvine – by coincidence the Selkirk Sports Dinner’s main speaker – converting four of his team’s five tries.
As well as Bill McLaren’s match sheet and signed photographs of Rutherford and Paxton, the framed montage includes two official match programmes, an original enclosure ticket from the match, plus a special inscription from the Bill McLaren Foundation authenticating the match sheet.
Other items up for auction at the dinner include a signed Scotland rugby jersey donated by Lee Jones, a day’s fishing at the Yair, hospitality for two at Kelso Races, hospitality for two at a Celtic match, a half-day’s mountain bike coaching, two cashmere sweaters, especially commissioned for the Sports Dinner, a rugby ball signed by members of the All Blacks’ 2011 World Cup squad, and a painting by Allan Cameron.
Anyone wishing to make a bid for any item (or items) in the auction can do so by contacting auction organiser John Smail by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by telephone (01750 21616).