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, a small village 15 miles from Loch Lomond and some 77 miles north of Bo’ness.
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 as they look to peg back leaders Kelty Hearts, 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 north of Loch Lomond 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.”
Realising that he had already potentially sparked off the first row of his not-yet week long marriage, Colin tried to smooth things over. “I bought a bottle of champagne to take back up to her as I need to get some brownie points under my belt again,” said Leiper. “I hope that’s enough. It’s just as well we won or there may have been trouble. Can you imagine going back up and telling her we lost and the trip was a waste of time? That would have needed more than a bottle of champagne!”
Leiper organised a day of spa treatment for Lauren as a consolation for not having his company as he helped Bo’ness win and it appears that he managed to keep her anger at bay as well as the Lochee attack.
“Everything is fine now,” he said. “I’ve wined and dined her properly, so hopefully things are okay. I gave her the bottle of champagne and I had a bottle of whisky, a present from team-mate Stuart Hunter, so we had a good night of it after I got back around 7pm. It looks like I’m back in the good books again.”
Lauren, however, wasn’t so sure. “When he told me his plans on Thursday I wasn’t best pleased, to put it mildly,” she said. “I was left with our dog Hugo most of the day. I know it comes with being married to him and him playing football but, it really was more than cheeky.
“The champagne mellowed me a bit though and things are almost back to normal. I was thinking though what if he had been injured, what would happened then, me stuck up here and him in hospital. I’m looking on the positive now because I had a few hours of serious pampering all to myself at his expense.
“I think though he now knows not to do the same thing again. I forgive him though.”