Subs off the bench and back in business

November 5, 2009 by  


Footballers usually hate being known as the Super-Sub.

But this is exactly what former Partick Thistle footballer Martin Lauchlan is celebrating following a successful first year of his subway sandwich business on Maryhill Road.

Martin, 29, is in family business partnership with his brother Jim, another football player, and sister-in-law Susan.

He said: ‘Instead of beating defenders I’m mixing mayonnaise, but I enjoy it.

‘Its great up here I’ve always loved this part of Glasgow since I played at Partick Thistle in the late ‘90s.

‘We’ve had a shop in the East End for a couple of years now, it does well but when the opportunity came up for Maryhill I jumped at it.’

As Scottish football stumbles from crisis-to-crisis, which has resulted in player culls at clubs the length and breadth of the country, Martin is well placed to offer advice to youngsters in the game.

He said: ‘Footballers can have very short careers, and many younger players survive year-to-year, so it’s important the youth players have something else to turn to outside of football.

‘There are other guys from the game doing well with Subway, including Mark Burchill (owns two shops in the Linlithgow) and Mark Reilly (owns the Coatbridge Subway), both who helped me out at the start.’

In the late 1990s, Martin was meant to be the next big thing out of Firhill, but bad luck meant it never really turned out that way.

As a fresh faced 16-year-old he made his debut against Morton in 1997 and went on to clock up more than 30 appearances for the club.

A lucrative move to English club Middlesbrough was on the cards but an ankle injury set Martin’s career back before any contract was agreed.

However, he did go on and play in the top flight in Scotland with St Johnstone, and still plays at Junior level with Petershill.

Martin admits he misses the game but is enjoying his new life in the sandwich business.

He said: ‘It’s kind of like football, you need to have a good team around you and I’m lucky that all the workers up here are thriving in the shop.’

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