Stefan Laird – Question Time

  1. Name? Stefan Laird
  2. Role at club? AFC Ladies 1st team head coach.
  3. Playing background? Professional footballer with Blackpool FC in the English Championship and Glasgow Rangers
  4. Talk about your coaching career? Started my coaching career at Blackpool after I picked up a cruciate ligament injury, they began to put me through my English badges under guidance of Colin Hendry and Gary Parkinson during my lay off and its went from there. I gained experience coaching in their academy. I coached Greenock Morton 20s before coming up to Aberdeen and worked with AFC in the community, AFC Academy and now AFC Ladies as well as various SFA assignments.
  5. In your coaching career to date, has there been any highlights? Seeing the likes of Cassie, Shannon and Lauren Gordon go from kids football to international players. I worked with these players for two years and the biggest thrill is to see young players grow and mature into real footballers, to know you aided that is a big thrill.
  6. Favourite food? Middle Eastern and East Asian Food (Persian and Thai)
  7. Who is the biggest joker at the club? There is no question about who is the funniest….me, if I say a player, Nikki Smith gives me a run for my money.
  8. Favourite football team? AFC Ladies however my footballing philosophy is based on Johan Cruyff teachings so any team that plays attacking attractive football I will gladly watch.
  9. Favourite band or music genre? Kanye West, Hip Hop fan.
  10. Best ground you have played or coached at and what was the game? Played at the Etihad,Pittodrie,Ibrox and Home Depot Stadium in LA and been lucky to coach at many fantastic training grounds around England,Scotland and USA.
  11. Any nicknames? Laird or Panda