1st XV host GHK 1st XV Pre-season friendly - Sat 17 Aug at 1:00 pm

Last year the annual Instonians versus Glasgow High Kelvinside fixture was brought back to life after too long a gap. The match was played at Anniesland in Glasgow, with the home side winning 31-30. This match had a very strange ending, ask about it on Saturday!!


This Saturday 17th Aug its Instonians turn to play host as GHK travel to Shawsbridge, Belfast for a 1:00 pm kick off. Let’s hope for another exciting game, close finish and a home-side victory.


Both clubs have tremendous histories with inter-club matches starting back in the 1920’s.

A piece published in a book celebrating GHK’s Centenary in 1984 called ‘Chocolate and Gold’ was written by a President of Instonians, who said

The matches between Instonians and Glasgow High School Former Pupils began in the 1920’s. In an account of an early match, the Inst School Magazine of Christmas 1925 describes the High School Pack as the best Pack in Scotland. It goes on the record that over 80 members of the High School sat down to the dinner after the match – an indication of the strength of the club and a compliment to the visitors.

Over the years the two clubs have supplied many players to their National sides and whilst at present neither club is probably as successful as in former years, the real spirit of the game is maintained and the friendships that have been made over the years continue, and new ones are made.

These sentiments are as true today as they were when written over thirty years ago by Past President Cecil Oakes, father of Willie and grandfather of Gavin. As another Past President said on his return from a trip to GHK – ‘By Jazes, these are our people.’


The 2019/20 season sees both sides with many new players on show, so get down to see what lies ahead for this season.

Meet and greet: our Scottish visitors, our brand new coaching and management set up, our players from last year, our past players who have returned and our new players who have just joined.

With more than 40 attending senior training, competition for places is strong.




Sat 17th August


Pre-match soup and sandwiches

Contact Robin McKelvey to book a place - 0797 492 0447


Kick off at 1:00pm

Full Normal Match


Food in the club afterwards


Then Instonians v GHK in some other interesting challenges!!


Internationals on TV

17 August: Wales vs. England (2.15pm; Principality Stadium, Cardiff; live on Sky Sports) 

17 August: South Africa vs. Argentina (4.05pm; live on Sky Sports)

17 August: Italy vs. Russia (5.25pm)

17 August: France vs Scotland (8pm; Allianz Riviera, Nice; live on Premier Sports) 

Come along for what promises to be a great day.

Tell others and bring them too