1. Please tell us the degree(s) you studied and result(s) achieved?
I left University after 5 years with a Masters of Engineering (Chemical Engineering honours) degree, 2:1.
2. Please list all your achievements with the EUAFC (trophies won, goals scored, league positions, international caps, individual awards, Blues etc)?
5 years in EUAFC 1st team, 41 goals from midfield.
EUAFC 1st Team Captain 2007-2009.
King Cup Winner 2007
1st Team Players’ POTY 2006/7
1st Team Players’ POTY 2008/9
1st Team Manager’s POTY 2008/9
Part of first EUAFC team to qualify for Scottish Cup for circa 30 years, in 2006. Played in 1st round victory over Keith at Peffermill and in 2nd round defeat away at Cowdenbeath.
Captain when EUAFC recorded its highest ever points total/EoS Premier Division finish (2nd) in 2007-2008.
East of Scotland Select Team 2009 – played in victory over Highland League at Fraserburgh.
Scottish Universities 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 – 4 international caps.
Scottish Universities Captain 2007-2009.
3. Why did you choose to study at Edinburgh University?
A few family members and older friends had studied at EU in the past so I was familiar with it and had heard good things about the both the university and city. The degree was accredited professionally for my chosen course so I thought this would help my cause for employment at the end of it all. It was also a suitable distance from Aberdeen where I had grown up!
4. What part did the EUAFC play in your experience of University?
The majority of my close friends to this day, I had met along the way via EUAFC and I associate most of my best Uni memories with the club, be it on or off the pitch.
When I was beginning University I was unsure whether I would choose to play football at any sort of level after becoming a bit disillusioned with the game. Thankfully I chose to head along to the EUAFC trials and things went well from there onwards.
I was very fortunate to settle in quickly as a result of the slightly older members of EUAFC being particularly welcoming and showing the Freshers’ such as myself what was on offer socially and as a footballer.
5. Why did you enjoy playing football for EUAFC?
The 1st team were particularly ambitious at the time and we challenged at the top end of the EoS premier division, with some notable moments along the way. A very professional setup was in place, which suited me.
Off the pitch there was a strong bond with your team-mates and other members of the club with regular nights out and social events. Victories on both a Wednesday and Saturday were celebrated together, it was difficult not to get drawn in by it all.
6. What enabled you to be successful on the pitch & at the same time academically? Was there any effect on your studies?
The last 2 years of my time at University were a challenge in terms of managing my time spent studying/training/playing but I think that’s nearly unavoidable for most degree courses. We were going particularly well on the pitch at the time and it meant some later nights were required along the way! University’s a great example of ‘you get out what you put in’!
7. Would you consider your time at University a success, why?
Definitely, I could have asked for much more. My academic achievements landed me the job with the company I’m still at 4 years later.
My achievements on the pitch earned me a move to Arbroath FC and I’ve made nearly 150 senior appearances since leaving University in SFL 2 & 3. I’ve also managed to play both the Old Firm live on Sky and I never thought I’d get close to that when I started Uni.
8. What are you doing currently? Did you develop any skills while at the EUAFC that have an impact on your working life?
I work as a process engineer for an energy consultancy in Aberdeen, where I moved back to after graduating. I’m also playing part-time for Peterhead FC in SFL 3, having signed on for my 3rd season with the club.
The social environment at EUAFC helped me grow up a lot to the point I’m pretty confident in holding conversations with a range of personalities. Teamwork and leadership are other skills I continue to apply regularly in working life.
Unquestionably, had it not been for my development as a footballer with EUAFC I’d never have played football at senior level. I owe much to the coaching staff for the opportunities and guidance they gave me.
9. Why would you recommend joining EUAFC to new students?
100% focus on your course, in terms of time and energy, certainly isn’t for every student. Many will need a release or distraction to make things slightly more enjoyable from week to week.
For young footballers, EUAFC provides this and more. There’s a platform to go on to a higher level of semi-pro or professional football, an opportunity to maintain a good level of fitness, socialise on a weekly basis, boost your CV and make lifelong friendships.
10. We know you have a strong bond with the Football Club. Please finish the sentence/paragraph in any way that suits you;
EUAFC is…a great reminder of how fun life can be before the real world got in the way!