Following three years as a Marketing professional working agency side for clients including Visit Scotland and Johnston & Johnston Pharmaceuticals, Andy decided on a career move into journalism enrolling on a one year MLITT Journalism Studies degree at Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian University.
After graduating, he had a short stint as a news reporter before moving to Media Scotland where he spent six years as Sports Editor whilst freelancing on an ad hoc basis for a number of national titles including the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Herald.
London then came calling where Andy worked at London Scottish rugby club, as Media and Communications manager, overseeing the development & implementation of London Scottish's communications strategy both internally and externally.
Andy is his harshest critic and somewhat of a perfectionist when it comes to creating content across all multi-media platforms.
With this dedication to generate first class sports content for clients in mind, he has brought together some of the most talented Communications professionals in the country to form Weston Sports Marketing.
“Good Communication professionals are hard to come by but Andy knows it's a two-way process, understanding the needs of a journalist and knowing what a good news story is and what isn't.
He’s a pleasure to deal with and I very much look forward to working with him in the future.“
Neale Harvey, award winning sports journalist
“Andy joined London Scottish as Media and Communications manager in the summer of 2013 and within a season he had transformed this part of the business beyond recognition.
His approach to media relations greatly increased media exposure nationally and locally and he led the delivery and launch of a new website, TV channel and match day magazine.
It's fair to say that Andy added huge value to London Scottish and anything he turned his hand to had a very positive influence on the club."
Kenny Baillie, former CEO, London Scottish and current Director of Partnerships & Communications at British Rowing.
Andy’s Top 3 Favourite Sporting Memories
- Andy Murray wins Wimbledon, June 2013
Just like Laura, Andy is a massive Andy Murray fan. In fact the pair probably exchange texts on the subject of ‘Andy Murray’ more than any other topic! Winning Wimbledon ensured Murray’s place in British sporting folklore but here’s hoping he still has a few more majors left in him.
- Scotland Grand Slam win, March 1990
Going back a few years now but Scotland’s against the odds 13-7 victory over England at Murrayfield in 1990 to secure the Grand Slam will never be forgotten. England were massive favourites but were rattled by some leftfield tactics from the Scots who showed a typical never-say-die attitude from the off.
- First Test, Australia 13-29 British & Irish Lions, June 2001
Inspired by the Lions success of 1997 in South Africa, Andy ventured Down Under for the 2001 Lions series against world champions Australia. In the First Test Martin Johnson’s side scored some brilliant tries, including a fabulous solo effort from Brian O’Driscoll to seal victory. The celebrations in Brisbane that night were memorable but how the Lions failed to go on and win the series is still a mystery (see worst moments below!).
Andy’s Top 3 Worst Sporting Memories
- US Open, Winged Foot. Monty Meltdown
This was Colin Montgomerie’s moment to break his major duck. He was leading the US Open after a fabulous last round. His drive off the 18th tee was perfection and all he needed to do was stick his approach on to the green and he was champion. But after a delay of around 10 minutes on the fairway, he changed club selection then struck his approach shot long, into heavy rough. He never recovered, double bogeying the last. Even a bogey would have seen him into a play-off.
- Third Test, Australia 29-23 British & Irish Lions
After the jubilation of the First Test where the Lions outclassed Australia, they somehow managed to lose the three-match series meaning Andy had to endure another nine months of earache from gloating Aussies Down Under.
- Andy Murray – Major defeats
Andy Murray has lost in eight major finals so far. They all hurt!