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 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

Er… that wasn’t quite right, but it all worked out well in the end

Apologies – the last news post contained a factual inaccuracy.  After reporting on the great win for the Watt in Liverpool and the success of two other Scottish universities on the same day, your correspondent linked the two events and reported that Watt was playing at Riccarton this evening against Edinburgh Napier University in the next round of the BUCS Trophy.  The first bit was right – Watt did play Napier at Riccarton this evening – but not in the BUCS Trophy.  Watt’s next game in that competition will be in the new year against the other winner named in the last report – Abertay Dundee University.  Tonight’s game was in the Queen’s Park Shield.

The game was a high-tempo affair with lots of good football produced by both sides.  Napier has a good side nowadays and they had many impressive performers, but the Watt team also played well, with Finn Watt and Jamie Hume solid at the centre of defence, Scott Davies enterprising and skilful until he began to tire and fade out of the game a bit and Sean Muhsin always apt to create that bit of magic in midfield.  Alex Snoddy also gave a fine performance at right back, always ready to charge up the wing on the overlap when the time was right.

There was no scoring in the first half, but Watt finally broke the deadlock after about twenty minutes of the second period, Elliot Sutherland firing home from a centre by Scott Davies, but with the Watt lads, perhaps wilting a bit after two games involving extra time in the previous five days, failed to press home their advantage and were caught by an equaliser with a couple of minutes to play.  No extra time on this occasion, though – it’s straight to penalties in the event of a draw in the QPS.  Watt went first in the shoot-out and when Jack Robinson made his second save at the sudden-death stage, Watt had won through to the next round.  Three wins in five days – heady days at Riccarton!

This Saturday, Watt’s East of Scotland side has its first home fixture for some time.  Having beaten Civil Service Strollers on Saturday past, Watt entertains Premier Division leaders Leith Athletic in the Third Round of the Image Printers’ East of Scotland Qualifying Cup.

The Under-20s will be in action before that, visiting East Kilbride on Friday evening in the League Cup Preliminary Round.

Heriot-Watt ‘A’ thrashed Edinburgh Academicals 7 – 1 last Saturday in the LEAFA Edinburgh Central Division, but stay in a mid-table fifth place out of nine, although just four points off the top of the table with two games in hand over leaders Craigroyston CYFC and three in hand over the second and third-placed teams.  For the ‘B’ team, it was another weekend of disappointment, but they’re getting closer – on this occasion, defeat at the hands of Ratho Athletic was by just four goals to three.  This Saturday, both of the Watt’s LEAFA sides are involved in the Third Round of the Logan Cup – the ‘A’ team has a tough tie away to Bathgate Thistle, currently fourth in the Lothian West Division with only one defeat in eight league games played; and the ‘B’ team a much tougher one – at home to Heriot Vale of Premier Division 1.  Not, perhaps, the most appealing game for a side searching for its first victory of the season.


Posted on December 2, 2014 at 12:14 am

Extra time ecstasy for the Watt

Twice in four days, Heriot-Watt has clinched a victory in extra time to march on to the next round of a big cup competition.  On Wednesday, the Watt’s Men’s BUCS side shrugged off the disappointments of their Scottish Conference season to beat the University of Liverpool of the Northern Conference Divison 1A by two goals to one on their own ground in the BUCS Trophy competition.  A deflected Scott Dargo shot had set up the opportunity and after the scores were tied 1 – 1 after ninety minutes, a Bruce Hay header from a Scott Davies cross took the Watt lads into the last sixteen of the competition.  It was a great day for Scottish universities, as Abertay Dundee and Edinburgh Napier also eliminated Northern Conference 1A opponents, respectively the Universities of Sheffield and Manchester.

Then, yesterday, Watt’s East of Scotland team defeated high-flying Premier Division side Civil Service Strollers 1 – 0 with Cammy Stevenson‘s precision shot in the second half of extra time at Muirhouse.  For a report on this match, see the ‘East of Scotland League’ tab.

After two two-hour marathons within a few days, the stamina of the student players will be tested when they meet Edinburgh Napier University in the next round of the BUCS Trophy at Riccarton on Monday evening (kick-off 7.15).  Scott Dargo is doubtful for this game after sustaining an injury in yesterday’s victory, so there may be an opportunity for another young player to state his case for a place in the First Team.

Posted on November 30, 2014 at 11:30 pm

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