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Penicuik Athletic
Established 1888
RAB BUCHAN Rab Buchan It was with great sadness that the club received the news that Rab Buchan, a club stalwart had passed away after a period if ill health. Our sympathy goes to his family, friends, colleagues and all who knew him. The minute book of 31st August,1969 records “The secretary informed the meeting that the club had signed player R.Buchan.” A Niddrie boy, Rab played juvenile with Portobello Thistle before turning junior with Bo’ness United. He moved on to Pumpherston and then Musselburgh Athletic before signing for Penicuik Athletic in 1969. A book binder to trade specialising in restoring old manuscripts and documents, Rab loved his football in his spare time. Famously, he was a member of Penicuik Athletics’ Cup final team of 1970, gaining a reputation as a combative, energetic midfield player. Indeed, one newspaper report of the time, the Edinburgh Evening News Special of Thursday 14th May, 1970, described Rab in its individual player profiles as a player who “revels in hard work”. The Athletic team lost out to the only goal of the game in the final replay to Blantyre Victoria after knocking out seven West of Scotland teams on their way to the final. After his playing days with Penicuik came to an end he joined Dunbar United for a short spell. It was not long before he returned to Penicuik as joint manager with his old Penicuik captain Willie Hume. They recruited well and put together a formidable team. Together they led Penicuik to their first East Region Junior title flag in 1978/79 and again in 1980/81. The season in between, 1979/80 saw Penicuik pipped on goal difference on the last day of the season preventing a unique hat trick. Rab made lifelong friendships with his team mates from that time and will be sadly missed by all. His achievements at the club are remembered by many and he kept in touch with the club over his later years. Well played, Rab.
That's the end of the 21/22 season -- so near to the league title only to lose out on goal difference