‘Flash’ Gordon Dickson

Full name Gordon Dickson, Team Galashiels, Major teams Scotland, Scotland 1st XV International Player From 1978-1982 Position Flanker

All Tests1978-19829814100016222.22
Five/Six Nations1979-19827614100014228.57


‘Flash’ Gordon Dickson can be seen shifting some serious steel in the club with his buddy Patrick ‘Leatherneck’ Riley, occasionally he used to beast Ian ‘I am injured or retired’ Mellor & of course Juan ‘Blue Bulls’ Pretorius the South African utility back.

Gordon represented Scotland in what was the world’s most acclaimed international rugby union tournament, The 5-nations, now the 6 Nations & Gordon has the rather unique record of having never lost on the hallowed turf of Twickenham against England. His international & Galashiels career was cut short due to breaking his leg while representing his club only a few weeks before his special day at the church.

So it was Flash hobbled down the aisle in a cast hip to toe with his Scottish international hockey playing wife to be.

Gordon’s debut match was against the All Blacks in 1978 where they narrowly lost 9-18 at Murrayfield & his final test match was against Wales in Cardiff at The Arms Park where Scotland managed an away win in magnificent style defeating Wales 34-18! In between the loss & the victory was the highlight of a well-earned draw at world rugby head-quarters (Twickenham) where Scotland managed to cling onto a tight 7-7 draw.

After their respective international careers the sporting couple moved to Australia where they have been for a few decades & both joined Healthy Life in the early 2000’s & again in 2011 where they have trained since.

After 18 months of some decent commitment to the gym, Gordon has now shed some extra pounds & carved a good few inches from his body measurements, toned up his 6 foot 3 inch frame & gained substantial strength that years’ of being away from the rugby pitch had lost him. All in all, a changed man & at 58 odd now training like a 35 to 40 year old some 18 to 25 years his junior.

He mixes his functional cable work with pure Olympic free weight lifting & of course tones up on the isokinetic Cybex VR2 when cross-training. Gordon also helps out the young guns on the boxing speed ball & is a regular, if not daily visitor to the club.

An exemplary member & a feather in the cap for the 55 plus brigade & a good example for anyone under 25 to follow in the footsteps of, if they wish to be fit, agile & active past 55.

Congratulations Flash Gordon the Scottish Flanker of note who had he stayed in his homeland would doubtless benefit from free beer every weekend but he came down under where his fame was lesser known & he chose the quiet life & the good life in WA.