Wednesday 15 July 2020

Andrew Christopher Simpson, 1968-2020

We are saddened to have to share the news of the death of Andrew Simpson, a former player, longtime Accies supporter and all-round great guy. He passed away peacefully at St Columba’s Hospice on 22nd June 2020 after a short, but bravely fought, illness. He was only 51.

Andrew, along with his wife, Claire, were loyal Accies supporters for many years with Claire most recently helping out on the gate on match days at Raeburn Place.

Andrew’s father, George, was a stalwart member of the Accies 1st XV for many years and famously played in 13 positions for the team! So, Accies was definitely ‘in his blood’ and as a child he spent many happy afternoons and evenings at Raeburn Place, watching the team play and then kicking a ball around with his friends in the dark for hours, before getting a chippie for the way home.

Andrew played at the Club in the early ‘90s on a purely social level (by his own admission), but his real passions were fishing and golfing. He was an accomplished salmon fisherman (as you can see from the photo) and regularly fished with friends on some of the great salmon rivers of Scotland, including the Spey and the Tweed. He was a member of The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers where he had many friends and played to a respectable standard, enjoying many fun days on the Muirfield links – more often than not centered around a good lunch! He was also an active member of The Edinburgh Academical Golf Club and the infamous ‘Pineapples’ touring society.

Due to lockdown restrictions, Andrew was laid to rest at a private funeral on 2nd July. However, we hope that a memorial event of some kind can be organized once the restrictions are lifted.

Our thoughts and condolences are with all Andrew’s friends and family, especially Claire and sons Fraser and Jamie, at this sad time.


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