Edinburgh Rugby appoint honorary chairman

Edinburgh Rugby today announced that long-serving rugby administrator, John Davidson, has been appointed as honorary chairman, taking over from Jim Calder.

Hailing from Northumberland, Davidson (62) played his rugby for Newcastle Northern, Northumberland Colts, Alnwick, and Jed-Forest RFC, where he has held various posts on the club’s committee since 1977, including president (2006-09), while running a number of his own businesses.

A past president of the Border League (2006/07) and member of the steering group for the Borders College of Sporting Excellence, Davidson was elected to the Scottish Rugby Council in 2008, the Scottish Rugby Board in 2010 and was appointed as a Director of Celtic Rugby Limited later that year.

Edinburgh Rugby managing director, David Davies, said:

“I’m delighted to announce that John Davidson is joining Edinburgh Rugby as club Chairman, and would like to thank Jim Calder, a living legend of the game, for his work as the previous incumbent.

“John is a club man through and through. He has a huge amount of knowledge and experience of the Scottish domestic and professional club scene, and has a boundless enthusiasm for Edinburgh Rugby and the game in Scotland as a whole, as he’s shown in over 50 years in the game.

“He’s a fantastic addition to our team and I’m looking forward to working with him to bring greater success to the club, particularly with our work off the field.”

Newly appointed Edinburgh Rugby chairman, John Davidson, added: “I’m really looking forward to getting started and definitely want to take a hands on approach, get my sleeves rolled up and get involved.

“Primarily I want to use this opportunity to further enhance the club’s strategy of engagement in our rugby regions of the Lothians, Borders, Tayside and Fife.”