Gary Heatly

GHGary has always been passionate about sport and journalism and was lucky enough to bring the two together in 2004.

Having cut his teeth at the Midlothian Advertiser newspaper for a couple of years he was then kept busy as a member of the Editorial team at SCRUM Magazine - Scotland's only dedicated rugby union title - for 11 years. He now provides regular sports content to various national newspapers and websites in a freelance capacity.

Gary can turn his hand to most sports when it comes to producing great content, whether it’s interviewing Scottish sporting stars like Stuart Hogg, putting together a cracking feature on a grassroots initiative or tailoring content for clients to make sure they get the right response from their target audience.

Gary’s Top 3 Favourite Sporting Memories

  1. Third Test, Australia 16  British & Irish Lions 41, July 2013
    This rugby union match in Sydney really had it all. To be there live was just amazing for Gary and when Jonny Sexton ran over for a wonderful try in the second half everyone knew that the Lions had won the series.
  2. Hearts 2 Rangers 1, May 1998
    As a 15-year-old Jambo this was simply one of the best days of Gary’s sporting life! To win a penalty in the second minute was a dream and when Stephane Adam added a second it got even better. Rangers pulled one back but Hearts held on and the celebrations were awesome!
  3. England win the Ashes, August 2013
    England went into the fourth Test in Durham 2-0 up in the series. Gary was lucky enough to attend days three and four of that match and it was right up there with some of the best cricket he’s ever seen. Stuart Broad was on fire and took match figures of 11-121 as England clinched the series.

Gary’s Top 3 Worst Sporting Memories

  1. Australia 35 Scotland 34, October 2015
    With just 60 seconds to go in this Rugby World Cup quarter-final match at Twickenham Scotland were 34-32 up after Mark Bennett had scored an interception try. Could we do it? No was the answer as a late penalty stunned all the Scots in the stands.
  2. First Test, New Zealand 21 British & Irish Lions 3, June 2005
    Gary’s first ‘proper’ rugby tour. He managed to get a ticket for the First Test and things were going well. That was until this freezing 80 minutes in Christchurch when the Lions were outplayed and skipper Brian O’Driscoll suffered a dislocated shoulder in the first minute.
  3. Hearts 1 Rangers 5, May 1996
    Any match against a team featuring Paul Gascoigne and Brian Laudrup was always going to be tough and this Scottish Cup final proved to be just that. Hearts were never in the game and the keeper even let in a goal through his legs to complete the misery.