Andy McLaren (born 5 June 1973 in Glasgow) was a Scottish professional footballer. He began his career in 1989 with Dundee United where he was for 10 years and was part of the team when they won the Scottish Cup in 1994. He had trouble with cannabis and cocaine and spent time in rehab before returning to football in June 2000. In 2009, to help others to avoid the pitfalls that he experienced, he established the A&M Training and Development organisation.
|Full name||Andrew McLaren|
|Date of birth||5 June 1973|
|Place of birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|1999||→ Livingston (loan)||9||(0)|
|2004–2005||→ Partick Thistle (loan)||9||(0)|
|2005||→ Greenock Morton (loan)||12||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
McLaren, a winger, began his career in 1989 with Dundee United where he remained for 10 years, helping them win the Scottish Cup in 1994. He left Tannadice for English club Reading in 1999 and during his spell had a brief loan spell at Livingston. On returning to Reading, he tested positive for cannabis and cocaine and admitted to alcoholism.
After spending time in rehabilitation, he returned to football in June 2000 when he was signed for Kilmarnock by the then manager Bobby Williamson. During his time at Rugby Park, he won his only Scotland cap, a substitute appearance in a 1–1 draw against Poland in April 2001.
He left Kilmarnock in August 2003 after rejecting a new contract and returned to Dundee United. He played for one season at Dundee United team, before being loaned to Partick Thistle and Greenock Morton before joining Morton permanently in 2005. After a season at Cappielow, he joined Dundee in July 2006. In his side's defeat at Clyde on 16 December 2006, McLaren was sent off for aiming a blow at a Clyde player, before getting a second red after striking another opponent on the way off the pitch. Once into the dressing rooms he received his third red card for kicking a hole in the door of the referee's room. As a consequence of his actions, Dundee decided to release him from his contract on 20 December 2006.
In February 2007, McLaren signed for Ayr United on a part-time deal until the end of 2006–07, scoring on his début a month later. McLaren was released from Somerset Park in May 2008, and in August 2008 spent a few games on trial at Bathgate Thistle, before a short spell at Lesmahagow and a short trial at Pollok, whom he left on the back of yet another red card. McLaren joined Petershill in 2009.
McLaren gave a positive drugs test in 2000 during his time at Reading and was immediately banned from football. After receiving treatment for drug addiction and alcoholism, McLaren returned to football with Kilmarnock, continuing to receive treatment upon returning to first club Dundee United in 2004. Upon signing for Morton permanently in 2005, McLaren admitted to then manager Jim McInally he had suffered from abuse as a child, which had led to his drug and alcohol problems. He later announced he had considered suicide, including crashing into a lorry at 80 mph.
McLaren's life is detailed in his autobiography, Tormented, where he chronicles his abuse as a child. As highlighted in his autobiography, Andy wanted to help young people avoid the pitfalls that have affected his life and career. In February 2009 Andy established an organisation – A&M Training now A&M Scotland (www.aandm.org.uk) through which he delivers presentations and talks to young people on his life both in and out of football. A&M Scotland also provides activities such as football coaching and organised games as a way of diverting young people away from involvement in gangs and violence and uses sport and groupwork to build confidence and self-esteem in young people. in December 2014 the charity was named The Guardian UK Small/Medium Charity of the Year.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Scotland||League||Scottish Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1991–92||Dundee United||Scottish Premier Division||13||0||-||3||0||-||16||0|
|1995–96||Scottish First Division||34||3||-||2||0||-||36||3|
|1996–97||Scottish Premier Division||34||3||6||2||1||0||-||41||5|
|1998–99||Scottish Premier League||8||0||3||0||1||0||-||12||0|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1998–99||Reading||Football League Second Division||7||1||-||-||-||7||1|
|Scotland||League||Scottish Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1999-00||Livingston (loan)||Scottish First Division||9||0||-||-||-||9||0|
|2000–01||Kilmarnock||Scottish Premier League||32||6||3||0||5||2||-||40||8|
|Partick Thistle (loan)||Scottish First Division||9||0||-||-||-||9||)|
|Greenock Morton (loan)||Scottish Second Division||12||3||-||-||-||12||3|
|2006–07||Dundee||Scottish First Division||12||3||-||-||-||12||3|
|Ayr United||Scottish Second Division||9||2||-||-||-||9||2|
Personal awards and achievementsEdit
- Scottish Premier League Player of the Month: August 2000
- "Andy McLaren". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
- "Andy McLaren: Tormented". BBC. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
- "Life's a ball as Hibs target McLaren gets his highs from game by Moria Gordon". Scotland on Sunday. 13 July 2003.
- "Poland 1–1 Scotland". Scottish FA. 25 April 2001.
- "McLaren agrees switch to Dundee". BBC Sport website. 11 July 2006.
- "Clyde 2–1 Dundee". BBC Sport website. 16 December 2006.
- "McLaren and Dundee part company". BBC Sport website. 20 December 2006.
- "Banned McLaren joins up at Ayr". BBC Sport website. 10 February 2007.
- Bonthrone, Mark (9 September 2008). "No Bathgate deal for McLaren". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 20 October 2008.
- "Andy McLaren: Tormented". BBC Berkshire. 19 October 2007. Retrieved 20 October 2008.
- "Lowest of the Low". Sunday Mail. 23 September 2007. Retrieved 20 October 2008.
- "What the Scottish Sunday papers say". BBC News. 23 September 2007. Retrieved 20 October 2008.
- "Plaudits for unique youth scheme". Local News Glasgow. Retrieved 17 June 2014.