BU defender leaves new wife behind to aid title challenge

Colin and Lauren Leiper
Colin and Lauren Leiper

Bo’ness United defender Colin Leiper showed his dedication to BUs’ Super League title charge last weekend – by breaking away from his own honeymoon and leaving his wife in a hotel to play for the Newtown Park club on Saturday.

Leiper, who tied the knot with his wife Lauren on Sunday, April 19, went away for a romantic break to Ardgartan last Friday.

With the couple planning their main break in Cyprus in the summer, they wanted a pleasant “mini-honeymoon” long weekend after the stresses of organising a wedding.

However, Leiper, a mainstay in the Bo’ness defence had other ideas as he risked the wrath of his new wife by travelling back to West Lothian to help Bo’ness defeat Lochee 4-0.

“When I told her my plans on Thursday, the atmosphere became quite frosty,” Leiper said. “I said it wasn’t as if we were away abroad or that – we were only 30 or 40 miles away and it would only take me a couple of hours to get to Bo’ness and I would go back up the road immediately after the game.

“The atmosphere was still frosty the next day. I was thinking that we had the rest of our lives together but this may be my only chance of winning the Super League. I’m not sure she appreciated that.”