Edinburgh University A.F.C.

Edinburgh University Association Football Club are a football club representing the University of Edinburgh. Established in 1878, they are third oldest club in East of Scotland football and have been a member of the Scottish Football Association (SFA) since that year. Edinburgh University are eligible to compete in the Scottish Cup every season as they are full members of the SFA. The club's present home is at Peffermill, where it has played since its move from Canal Field in 1978.

Edinburgh University
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Full nameEdinburgh University Association Football Club
Nickname(s)The Uni
Founded1878
GroundEast Peffermill, Edinburgh
Capacity1,100 (100 seated)
ManagerDorian Ogunro
LeagueLowland League
2019–20Lowland League, 14th of 16
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

A group describing itself as "The Edinburgh University Foot Ball Club" played three matches in 1851. On the 25th of January, it played against the 93rd regiment, awarding medals to the winning team of the Regiment.[1] No further activity by the club was documented for over a decade.[2]

The Club won its first trophy, the Edinburgh Shield in 1883. Historically it is the most successful footballing university in Scotland.[3] The club has won the Edinburgh Shield once, the Queen’s Park Shield 26 times (including eight successive wins from 1973–74 to 1981–82),the East of Scotland Amateur Cup once, the Scottish Qualifying Cup (South) once, the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup three times, the British University Sports Association (BUSA) Cup once and the King Cup three times.

The most recent achievements of the club include winning the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup in 2005, and finishing in second position in the East of Scotland Premier Division in 2007–08. In October 2006, the side beat Vale of Leithen 3–0 to reach the first round proper of the Scottish Cup for the first time since 1972–73. In November 2006, they defeated Keith to proceed to the second round of the Scottish Cup for only the second time in the club's history, and 106 years after their first appearance at this stage. The team's 2006 cup run was halted by Cowdenbeath, who defeated the university 5–1 at Central Park on 9 December 2006.[4] After the Scottish Qualifying Cup was abolished, Edinburgh University gained direct entry to the Scottish Cup as a full member of the SFA. Receiving a random bye in the first round, Edinburgh University beat Deveronvale in the second round before losing to Cove Rangers in the third round.

The club was admitted to the Lowland Football League for the 2014–15 season.[5] Their best finishing position is 6th place in 2015–16.

Dorian Ogunro, a former Edinburgh University 1st XI player returned to coach the Under 21 Team after graduating and has been the Uni's head coach since being appointed in 2013.[6][7]

Season-by-season recordEdit

Lowland LeagueEdit

Season Division Tier League Scottish Cup
Finish Played Wins Draws Losses Points
Edinburgh University A.F.C.
2014–15 Lowland League 5 11th 26 8 4 14 28 Preliminary Round Replay, losing to Hurlford United
2015–16 Lowland League 5 6th 28 13 3 12 42 2nd Round, losing to Inverurie Loco Works
2016–17 Lowland League 5 11th 30 10 7 13 37 1st Round, losing to Whitehill Welfare
2017–18 Lowland League 5 11th 30 9 7 14 34 2nd Round, losing to Fraserburgh
2018–19 Lowland League 5 11th 28 7 9 12 30 1st Round, losing to Whitehill Welfare
2019–20 Lowland League 5 14th† 25 2 6 17 12 1st Round, losing to Lochee United
2020–21 Lowland League 5 16th† 15 1 2 12 5 Preliminary Round Two, losing to Tranent Juniors

† Season curtailed due to coronavirus pandemic.

HonoursEdit

East of Scotland Football League

  • Runners-up: 1974–75, 2007–08

East of Scotland Football League First Division

  • Runners-up: 2000–01

King Cup

  • Winners: 1976–77, 2006–07, 2014–15

East of Scotland Shield

  • Winners: 1882–83

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "A Spectator" (2 February 1851). "Football". Bell's Life in London: 6.
  2. ^ "The oldest football medal in the world". Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  3. ^ "New era for football club". The University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Cowdenbeath 5 – 1 Edinburgh Uni". BBC Sport. BBC. 9 December 2006. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Lowland League announces new members for next season". BBC Sport. BBC. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Coaching Staff • Edinburgh University Association Football Club". Edinburgh University Association Football Club. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Head Coach Appointment • Edinburgh University Association Football Club". Edinburgh University Association Football Club. 15 June 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Dawn of a new era at Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale". The Student. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale". EUWAFC. Retrieved 16 February 2018.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 55°55′54″N 3°09′00″W / 55.93175°N 3.149911°W / 55.93175; -3.149911