Gordon Strachan (rugby union)

IntroScottish rugby union player
Was Athlete 
Rugby union player 
From United Kingdom 
Type Sports 
Birth 16 November 1947 
Death 3 May 2016 

(aged 68 years)

Gordon Matthew Strachan (16 November 1947 – 3 May 2016) was a Scottish former rugby union player who was capped five times by his country.


Strachan was born in 1947 in Littlemill, Ayrshire. After leaving Ayr Academy, he played rugby for Ayr RFC and then Jordanhill College. While a Jordanhill player, he played five times for Scotland at number 8, his first appearance being in the match against England in March 1971. He received his final cap against Presidents XV in 1973. He returned to Ayr in the late 1970s, when he captained the team, and after retiring from playing, coached Ayr, taking them from the third division to the first. He later worked as a P.E. teacher at Kyle Academy in Ayr.

His daughter Shonagh was a member of girl band Lemonescent in the 2000s.

He died on 3 May 2016, aged 68, after suffering from cardiac amyloidosis.