Eric Liddell’s lost Scotland rugby cap to be ‘re-issued’

Eric Liddell is pictured sitting in the front on the right as a member of the Scotland rugby team in 1922.  Picture: Ian Rutherford
Eric Liddell is pictured sitting in the front on the right as a member of the Scotland rugby team in 1922. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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Scottish Rugby is to re-issue the lost Scotland cap of Olympic hero and former rugby international Eric Liddell.

Liddell’s daughter, Patricia Russell, will travel almost 5,000 miles from her home in Canada to accept the cap in her father’s honour at the Eric Liddell Centre’s inaugural Going for Gold Fundraising Gala at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Edinburgh on 5 December.

The centre specialises in care for the elderly and dementia services with the aim of supporting people to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.

Eric Liddell won seven caps for Scotland between 1922 and 1923. His first cap was won against France at the Colombes Stadium in Paris where, two years later, he won Olympic gold in the 400 metres.

When news of the cap being lost reached Scottish Rugby, they decided to replicate it as a special one-off copy and return the prestigious item to Liddell’s family. The gift received the blessing of the current Scotland management, led by head coach, Gregor Townsend, who, like Liddell, is alumni of Edinburgh University.

Ian Rankin, a past president of Scottish Rugby and chairman of its own charity, the Murrayfield Injured Players Foundation, said: “Eric Liddell is part of our rugby family and his achievements on both rugby field and athletics track were truly inspiring.

“There is huge symbolism around a cap. It means as much today as it did 95 years ago when Eric made his first appearance for Scotland.”