Women’s Football: The success of Glasgow City FC
“Here we go, ten in a row!” is usually the cry from Celtic supporters cheering on their team as they aim for ten consecutive league titles.
But even if they do manage to achieve this feat, they will not be the first team to do so in Scottish Football, after history was made on Sunday.
Women’s football in Scotland maybe doesn’t get the expenditure that it deserves, but that doesn’t bother Glasgow City FC. On Sunday they won their eleventh Scottish Women’s Premier League after a 3-1 win against Hibernian at Airdrie’s Excelsior Stadium.
Neither gender of the Old Firm teams have managed to gain ten titles on the trot. Both male teams falling at the final hurdle with nine. This just shows what a superb achievement this has been from Scott Booth’s Glasgow City side.
During the clubs 18-year history they have won eleven league titles, eight Scottish Cups and six League Cups. Along side their domestic success comes numerous European campaigns that have seen them play talented sides such as Chelsea, Arsenal and Paris-Saint Germain. All of which are on a much bigger budget compared to City’s, due to TV deals in their respective regions.
City exited the Women’s Champion’s League in the round of 32 by Swedish side, Eskilstuna United this year. The narrow defeat was a result that just shows how far women’s football has come in Scotland, with Sweden being one of Europe’s elite countries in regard to the female game.
Judging by the above stats you would be right in thinking that Glasgow City are the only dominant force in the Scottish women’s football, however other teams are definitely on the rise.
Due to the movement of the Scottish Development Centre to Edinburgh, Hibernian are now improving their squad with some of the best young talents in the country.
They were also involved in European competition, but couldn’t get past the German giants Bayern Munich. Despite losing out in the race for the League title, they will be hoping to pick up silverware in the shape of the Scottish Cup, much like their men’s team did last year.
Women’s football is certainly on the up in Scotland and if teams like Glasgow City and Hibernian keep producing on the European stage it is only a matter of time before a TV deal comes north of the border.
You can catch Glasgow City collecting their trophy on Sunday, when they face Rangers at the Excelsior Stadium with a 1pm kick off.
Blog by Aidan Smith for 360 Sports Consultancy