Author: Edinburgh City

James McDonaugh Moves On

Edinburgh City Confirms the Departure of James McDonaugh

The Club can confirm that Sporting Director James McDonaugh has left his role to accept a position with Hibernian’s Youth Academy. James has been with the Club since October 2017, firstly as manager then since March this year as Sporting Director. Hibernian’s approach was unwanted however following discussions with James, it became clear that this was something he was keen to explore.

In his time as manager James led the Club to third and then second place finishes in League 2, with a particular highlight of his tenure being a superb run to the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup in 2018. After taking up the position of Sporting Director he has worked extremely hard to support the board and first team management, while at the same time putting the building blocks in place for our Youth Section to develop.

Chairman Jim Brown paid tribute to James when ECFC TV spoke to him:

“James came into the Club when we were battling to maintain our SPFL future and he helped us consolidate our position and introduced a greater level of professionalism to the way the first team was organised, both on and off the field. As a Club we backed him and he delivered our highest league position in 2018, then improved on that the following season. I would like to thank him for all the hard work and determination he has shown during his time here; he has played a big part in the Club’s development and I wish him nothing but success in the future.”

ECFC TV spoke the James and he had this to say on the news of his departure:

“I’d like to thank everyone at the club, the directors, supporters, volunteers, players and staff for the near four years I have been at the club.

There has been so many great times and memories to take away. I’ve formed some great relationships throughout the club but I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to get back coaching and being on the training pitch daily.

Thank you and good luck to everyone at City in the future; the Club will always be special to me and I will continue to look out for their results every week!”

Everyone at the Club wishes James good luck in his new role!


Ciaran Brian Signs

More Signing News

We can confirm that defender Ciaran Brian has signed for the Club following a successful trial period.

Having started his career at the Hibs Academy where he was signed at the age of 9 by City’s Sporting Director James McDonaugh, Ciaran also attended and graduated from the SFA performance school at Brougton High School in Edinburgh. From there he signed for St Johnstone, spending three years in Perth before moving on to Berwick Rangers in SPFL League 2. Most recently he played in Sweden with Ytterhogdals IK.

ECFC TV spoke to manager Gary Naysmith, who was happy to have added another defensive player to his squad:

“Ciaran was someone that was brought to my attention by Dick Campbell who has known Ciaran for a few years now. We invited Ciaran in to do some pre season with us and after playing 45 minutes against Rangers Colts, he unfortunately had to miss ten days due to Covid. Since then he has come back in and trained with the group and is another that played and played well in the closed door game with Livingston. Ciaran is over 6ft in height, is still only 21 and is equally comfortable as a right back or right wing back. He is a good athlete who can defend and he is also comfortable on the ball when attacking. We look forward to welcoming him into our first team squad.”

The new man gave this reaction having put pen to paper:

“I’m really excited to be here at Edinburgh City and can’t wait to get the new season started. Since I’ve been in training the boys, Gaffer and all the staff have been great with me and now I just look forward to working hard and playing my part in hopefully a successful season for the club”

Good luck Ciaran!


Welcome Dave Armstrong

Welcome Dave Armstrong to Edinburgh City Women

We are delighted to announce that Dave Armstrong as Head of Communications for Edinburgh City Women.

Dave has previously worked with Hibernian as deputy match day commentator for their TV channel, as well as carrying out social media duties including post-match interviews and graphics.

Also a qualified coach, Dave will travel with the team to this Sunday’s SWF Championship South opener with Clyde LFC at Broadwood and will be producing pre and post match graphics, interviews and highlights package.

ECFC Women’s team manager Brian Ross had this to say about Dave joining the backroom staff:

“Delighted to hear that Dave Armstrong has just been appointed at Head of Communications for ECFC Women. It is very important that we raise the profile of this very special group of players and given their recent run of results, the time for doing precisely that is now. It has taken three long years to reach our present position and we have made some fantastic signings, so now is the time to share this important information with everyone.”

Dublin native Dave spoke to ECFC TV and had this to say on his new role:

“I’m delighted to be a part of a fast growing club and to take it forward, we have a vision to build this team into a powerhouse!”

Great to have you on board Dave!