CALLING ALL FOOTBALL PLAYERS WHO ARE HEADING TO HERIOT-WATT THIS AUTUMN

Are you a keen football player who’s been accepted to start a course of study at Heriot-Watt University in September this year?

You are? Then don’t delay! GET IN TOUCH NOW. There’s NO REASON TO WAIT UNTIL MATRICULATION. And if you live within travelling distance of the campus, you can join in at any time from the start of pre-season training and benefit from the facilities at Riccarton, including the new £33m ORIAM building.

Training for the new season starts on TUESDAY the 27th of JUNE. Ideally, we’d like to see you at the start of training, but if you can join us at any time between then and September, please contact us now on info@hwufc.org.uk and tell us a bit about yourself:

  • Name
  • Address (home)
  • Address (term time) (if you’ve got that arranged)
  • Usual or preferred position
  • Any club or school for which you’ve played (with dates if you last played before the season just ending)
  • When you expect to arrive on campus

We’ll look forward to welcoming you to the Watt and meeting you when you arrive – especially if it’s for pre-season training!

Posted on May 17, 2017 at 10:32 pm




Excellent win for Under-20s, but at an injury price

With a tough closing programme to come and problems with illness and injury, it looked a few weeks ago as if the Watt Under-20s might fade a bit and perhaps slip down the Development League table. Not a bit of it – on Friday evening, the lads overtook Cumbernauld Colts to go third with a well-deserved 2 – 0 win over a decent Edinburgh City side. Colts have finished their programme, so the Watt will stay ahead of them, but they could yet be caught by University of Stirling, currently in fifth position but with one game still to play – a home fixture against University of Edinburgh tomorrow evening.

The following evening (Tuesday), the Watt will conclude its fixtures with a trip to K-Park Training Academy to take on the side which has already won the championship – the trophy will be presented at the game – namely, East Kilbride. So it couldn’t come any tougher as a last match, but the Watt will travel with the confidence of a good win and a clean sheet. It will have to do without Aidan Quinn and Finn Watt, however, both players having sustained injuries in the victory at Portobello on Friday.

The Watt players and officials enjoyed their Annual Dinner last night at the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel at Haymarket. It was good to see old friends again, with Jamie Hume and Euan Cole amongst the luminaries present at the event. Congratulations to all those who won the Club’s awards for the season, which were presented at the Dinner.

Posted on May 21, 2017 at 5:39 pm




Season’s end approaches

Two out of the three Heriot-Watt sides playing in external football (i.e. the ‘weekend’ sides, as opposed to BUCS student football) have now completed their season’s fixtures. The Amateur side was the first to finish when they were unfortunate to lose 1 – 0 in their Stead & Simpson Cup Quarter-final at Currie last Wednesday (the 10th) against Balerno Athletic. Balerno, who had several ex-Watt players in their ranks, notably goalkeeper Daniel Mackenzie and defender Sam Saddler, scored early in the game and although the Watt lads dominated play for much of the remainder of the match, they couldn’t find a way past an inspired Mackenzie.

It was tough on the Watt side to lose this match, but there is at least the consolation of knowing that the battle to stay in the Lothian East Division has been won. As usual, there will be something of a reorganisation within LEAFA before the start of next season; word is that the number of divisions will reduce from six to five, but the method of determining the positions of teams tied on the same points total – using head-to-head results – puts the Watt above both Pathhead and Edinburgh South Amateurs, the teams which finished equal with them on eighteen points. It is likely there will be no relegation anyway, but it’s good to know the Watt side is safe whatever occurs.

The First Team concluded its season with a plucky draw at Coldstream on Saturday. Head Coach Banji Koya was again struggling to put together a squad, but Watt’s performance in the first half was superb, with many flowing passing moves through midfield to set up scoring chances. The only snag was that they were all passed up and with goals early and late in the half, the Streamers led 2 – 0 at the interval. The second half was more of a slog, but the Watt players stuck to the task superbly and after Mark McGovern had reduced the deficit half-way through, the same player was again on the spot five minutes into stoppage time to snatch a last-gasp equaliser.

Watt’s Under-20 side is the only one with fixtures still to fulfil. It will finish up a week tonight with a visit to K-Park Training Academy, the home of East Kilbride (kick-off 8 o’clock), on which occasion the home side will be presented with the Under-20 Championship trophy. Before then, this Friday evening, Watt has a much shorter travel, staying within the city to face Edinburgh City at Meggetland (kick-off 7.45).

Posted on May 16, 2017 at 2:44 pm




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