American football: Bute student helps Stirling to Scottish title

Stewart Bicker helped the Stirling Clansmen to the Scottish division championship in the British Universities League.
Stewart Bicker helped the Stirling Clansmen to the Scottish division championship in the British Universities League.

A former pupil at Rothesay Academy has helped his university American football team to the Scottish championship title.

Stir ling University’s team, The Clansmen, secured the prize with a 54-0 win over close rivals Glasgow University - giving them an 8-0 winning ratio and making them uncatchable in the Scottish division of the British League.

Among the Clansmen’s ranks is former Rothesay Academy school captain Stewart Bicker, who plays in the offensive line as running back or wide receiver, as well as having a place in the special teams that defend and attack kick offs. This is the Clansmen’s second Scottish title in a row and the eighth in their history. They now go forward to the British play-offs hoping to improve on their defeat at the hands of Loughborough in last year’s quarter-final and reach the heady heights of 2003, when they were UK champions.

Stewart dabbled with American football while at school, travelling to Cambuslang to play, but joined the Clansmen on entering university and after a very rigorous selection process gained a spot in the squad.

Voted offensive player of the year in 2010 and wide receiver of the year in 2011, he was elected club secretary in 2010 and is now in his senior and last year at Stirling. What a way to finish his playing career with the Clansmen should they go on to lift the British title!