Upton Spark

7th January 2016

Airdrieonians FC are delighted to announce highly-respected football figure Alan Upton as our new Academy Director.

Alan has been working hard behind the scenes of our youth set-up in his previous role as Academy Administrator and putting in place a rigid structure to ensure we progress on the right lines with our quest to become an SFA Silver Academy over the next two and a half years.

Now the former Clyde youth supremo, who had been working as a scout with Rangers before he switched to the Diamonds, moves onto his next challenge.

Chief Executive Iain King said: “Alan’s work inside the Academy since we arrived the Club has been critical in making sure we meet all the SFA criteria as we develop the youth set-up moving forward.

“As Head Coach, Eddie Wolecki Black will still play a pivotal role in coach education and dictating the football philosophy to set the standards for our young players.

“Alan will now have increased responsibility on driving the Academy forward alongside Eddie and he has already made huge strides with that both in coach education and the re-establishing of our scouting network.” 

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