GLASGOW chief executive David Jordan believes his legacy to professional rugby in the city will be a new stadium which can finally bring a success to the game in Scotland which has been missing in its eight-year history.
Along with Alastair Cranston at the Borders and Jim McKenzie, at Edinburgh, Jordan will walk away from his post as pro team chief executive at the end of the month, having fallen victim to cutbacks made before the recent leadership coup. None has been asked by the new men tasked with taking the game forward to return, despite general committee members having stated that they did not agree with the decision to sack them.
Jordan has ignored his imminent departure to instead focus on securing a new home for Glasgow at Scotstoun Stadium - the city council will next month finalise details to secure Scottish Executive funding for a complete new sporting facility - and he admitted he would be delighted if this was to prove his legacy to pro rugby in the city.
"I believe a facility like that proposed, a real sporting centre of excellence where all parts of the club can work and live together, could be the catalyst to making a success of pro rugby in Glasgow," said Jordan.
"Because we have been closely involved for the past two years we have been able to help with a design which has cut the athletics track from ten lanes to eight, and ensured there are no long jump pits in front of the stand, to really get supporters as close to the rugby as possible, and while there is still a bit to go yet before it is finalised, If it was up and running as planned in 2007 I’d feel quite proud of the work we’ve done. Professional rugby in Scotland has struggled with a nomadic existence. As a team whether as Glasgow or Glasgow Caledonians we have trained at Stirling, Dalziel, Scotstoun, Hughenden and Whitecraigs, and played games in Aberdeen, Inverness, Perth, Stirling, Ayr, Hughenden, Firhill and Scotstoun, and while we’ve worked hard recently to make Hughenden a home we’re only there on match days and the players, physios, admin staff etc are scattered all over the place.
Glasgow are in Wales today to face Newport-Gwent knowing victory would push them within touching distance of a place in the Celtic Cup and the Heineken Cup next season.
Newport-Gwent (v Glasgow at Rodney Parade, 2.30pm): P Montgomery; G Wyatt, H Luscombe, S Tuipulotu, K Morgan; C Sweeney, G Cooper; A Black, S Jones, C Anthony, I Gough, P Sidoli, J Ringer, M Owen, J Forster (capt). Subs: J Richards, R Snow, R Thomas, L Charteris, R Oakley, C Warlow, G Baber.
Glasgow: K Logan; D Millard, A Craig, A Henderson, R Lamont; D Parks, G Beveridge; K Tkachuk, G Bulloch (capt), A Kelly, J Beardshaw, D Turner, S Swindall, P Dearlove, C Mather. Subs: S Lawson, B Prescott, A Hall, J van der Schyff, A McFarlane, G Morrison , C Shaw.