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Gordonians Hockey Club was formed in 1911 to provide former pupils of Robert Gordon's College with the opportunity to continue playing hockey after their school years and to maintain contact with each other. Although it was initially an exclusive club for former pupils , we now have an open membership policy as well as ladies and youth teams. We continue to enjoy a strong relationship with the school and benefit from the use of the fantastic hockey facilties at Countesswells where two pitches were laid in 2004 - one water-based and one sand-based.

Gordonians played in friendly matches until the North District Leagues were formed in the 1960’s. The 1st XI was invited to join the newly formed National Leagues in 1976, and was placed in Division 3. They won Division 3 in their third season, won Division 2 the following season, and held their place in Division 1 of the National Leagues from 1980/81 to 2008/09 - a record 29 seasons. Since then our 1sts have had spells in Division 2 and Division 1. They will compete in NL1 in 2018/19.

Although we have not yet won the NL1 title, our 1st XI came within one point of the Scottish Championship in 1996 and were runners-up again in 1998. We have, however, had considerable success in cup competitions having won the Scottish Cup 4 times and as a result represented Scotland in the European Cup Winners Cup in Poznan (1994), The Hague (1996), Rome (1998), and Eindhoven (2002). We also took part in the inaugural European Cup Winners Cup in Barcelona in 1990, having finished as runners up in the 1989 Scottish Cup to the league champions that year.

The 2nd XI have won the National Scottish Districts Cup for 2nd X1 teams 8 times, only bettered by one other club. The 2nd XI joined the Scottish Regional League North in 2000 when the regional leagues were formed and won it 10 times until it ended in 2014 . Our 2nd XI then returned to North District Division One which they have won a total of 15 times since 1977.

The formation of the regional leagues allowed the 3rd XI the opportunity to dominate North District League One from 2000, winning it 7 times. The 3rd XI have also won the National Scottish Reserve Cup 6 times. In 2009 the 3rd XI stepped up to the Regional League North but returned to North Division One in 2015 when the Regional League ended. The club's 4th XI play in the North District League Division One winning the title for the first time in 2007 and again in 2008. In 2008 the 4th XI also won their first national trophy, the Scottish Reserve Plate.

In May 2001, Gordonians merged with Merlins Ladies Hockey Club to form a combined club which can provide hockey to both male and female former pupils of RGC and other members . Merlins Gordonians won the Scottish Districts Cup in 2005 and elected to move up from the North District League to the National League 3 in 2005/6. They won NL3 in only their second season in 2007 and finished a very creditable 4th in NL2 in 2008, but due to the loss of some key players to universities elsewhere were relegated back to NL3 in 2009 but became NL3 Champions for the second time in 2010 and are back playing in NL2. In 2013/14 they finished 2nd in NL2 to reach the NL1 play-offs and although they did not gain promotion it gave them valuable experience of what it would be like to compete at that level.

The Club has been running a very successful Youth Coaching programme for over 25 years with over 140 boys and girls attending weekly coaching sessions, and competing in national competitions at U-14, U-16 and U-18 level. We have taken our U-18 boys on tour to Holland eleven times since 2004 and many of these boys have gone on to play in National League teams. In 2008/9, a club record of nine boys were selected for Scotland training squads across three age levels.

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