Lauren McMurchie

38.jpg

Glasgow City player Lauren McMurchie departs the club on Sunday, for what we are officially referring to as a sabbatical and not the end of her playing days at Glasgow City. 

Lauren is off to the United Arab Emirates for an exciting two year employment post and we wish her the best of luck in her new adventures as well as eagerly awaiting her return in 24 months.

Players come and go in football, that is the nature of it and we rarely put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard as it is these days to write about it, but this sabbatical cannot go unstated for so many reasons.

Our club is 20 years old this summer, a club I started with my good friend and co-volunteer owner/club running manager or whatever you want to call us, Carol Anne Stewart. Over 150 players have played for our first team during this time, but only a handful would match that of our feeling and gratitude towards Lauren McMurchie.

Lauren has been with City for ten years. She has won every single domestic trophy multiple times over as our club has enjoyed tremendous success during her time on the pitch. She comes from an elite group who progressed to our first team at the same time. Very few teams could ever match a crop of youngsters that saw Lee Alexander, Lisa Evans, Emma Mitchell and Lauren McMurchie all progress from our Academy to the first team in the same year. Lee, Lisa and Emma are all now Scotland A internationals. I am sure all would not mind me saying that back in the day, Lauren was the best of the bunch.

Lauren McMurchie was one of the most talented young midfielders ever to grace our club. A player mature beyond her years, she was so calm and composed and saw passes and the progression of play ahead of all of her team mates. It was therefore no surprise that Lauren ahead of everyone else in that group made it to our European squad in 2008. Not only did Lauren make that squad but she ousted regular first team players to take a starting place against European Champions at the time, FFC Frankfurt, in a last 16 game of Europe’s top competition. Lauren had an excellent game that day, as was the norm for her week in and week out. 

In her time at Glasgow City, Lauren has gone through three cruciate ligament surgeries. One can be enough to deter a young player from coming back and playing at the top, but to have three and to have continued to be a constant for our club, is nothing short of remarkable. Her loyalty, dedication to the game and self motivation to get herself back to the highest level is astounding. She has what all true Glasgow City greats have. She has the will to win, the will to push herself and her team mates to the highest possible standard, at all times, every day of the week, in season and pre-season. She understands our club, she epitomises it and it is therefore not surprising that since Lauren has made the first team, we have won every single league title on offer. She also has had that incredible knack of scoring a vital goal or two, which as a defender these days for our club, comes about due to her calmness and technical ability in the box, when so many lose their composure.
Lauren is an inspiration to all of our Academy players. If you work hard, believe in yourself and come back stronger, even from the toughest challenges, you can influence the lives of so many. Lauren probably doesn’t believe she has influenced lives, but she has influenced every single team mate and every single follower of our club. She has certainly influenced myself and Carol Anne and makes us incredibly proud to have enjoyed a player like Lauren at Glasgow City. 

Lauren – Enjoy your time away, and we look forward to your return and pulling on the famous orange and black once again.

Laura.

City sign Maddie Hill from Verona

Sunderland Pic 1.png

Glasgow City are pleased to announce that defender Maddie Hill has signed from Verona.

The 26 year old, who can also play in midfield, moved to Verona in the summer after a number of seasons with FAWSL side Sunderland. Hill started all domestic matches for the Italian side, before departing to make the move to City. 

In August of 2017, Hill Captained the successful British Universities side who competed in the World University games in Taipei last August. 

Commenting on joining City, Hill said, “I’m delighted to now be a Glasgow City player!  The club has a successful history of competing at the top level both domestically and in Europe, and I’m really happy to have signed for an organisation that has a professional attitude on and off the pitch, and ambitious plans which match my own.  I’m looking forward to getting the season underway and having my attributes as a player add something positive to what already is a strong Glasgow City side.”   

Glasgow City Head Coach Scott Booth added, “We are delighted to announce the signing of Maddie Hill. She will be a valuable asset for us this season because she can play in a number of positions. Her technical ability for someone so tall is excellent so she will fit into the Glasgow City style well.”

Hannah Stewart becomes City’s third signing

IMG-20180111-WA0000.jpg

Forward Hannah Stewart becomes Scott Booth’s third signing for the new season as she makes the move from Aberdeen.

The forward, who turned 21 just before the New Year will initially go out on loan to newly promoted SWPL 1 side Forfar, before coming back to City in May.

After looking to bring Stewart in for the past couple of seasons, Scott Booth was delighted to finally get his target. He said, “Hannah Stewart has been on our radar for some time now so we are glad to finally bring her to the club. Her direct attacking style coupled with strength and pace always asks questions of opposition defences. She will spend the first part of the season on loan to newly promoted Forfar while she finishes her academic studies before joining us in a few months time.”

On signing for City, Stewart said, “I’m delighted to get the chance to play for Glasgow City. I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead and playing with the best players in the country. It’s a great opportunity and I can’t wait to get started.” 

Portabla Media back Hayley Lauder

portablamedia.png

For the fourth successive season, Glasgow City are delighted to announce that Swedish digital agency Portabla Media will be gold sponsors and also boot sponsors for Hayley Lauder.

Lauder had another impressive season in a City jersey last season, arguably her best to date as she helped the team to another League title, their eleventh in a row as well as playing an integral part in the Scottish National team’s success which saw them reach the European Championship finals for the first time ever.

You can read more about Portabla Media here: https://www.portablamedia.com/

Champions for 11th successive season

unnamed-1.jpg

Glasgow City were today crowned Scottish Champions for the eleventh successive season after defeating Hibernian 3-0 in Edinburgh.

City who have not lost a League goal since last May, came out all guns blazing and raced to a 3-0 lead at the break thanks to goals from Lauren McMurchie, Hayley Lauder and Abbi Grant.

Hibs looked stunned and needed to win to take the title to the last game, but all hope was lost when McMurchie fired past Jenna Fife after sixteen minutes. Two goals within a minute of each other less than ten minutes later from Lauder and Grant made it a comfortable afternoon for the Champions.

Head Coach Scott Booth, who wins his third title with the team, said “I am very proud of every single member of our squad. As the season has progressed we have got stronger and stronger and in the big League games against Hibs, we have taken all nine points and that is credit to the mentality and ability of this team. Today was huge for us and the team took the challenge head on. Winning eleven straight titles is nothing short of remarkable. The pressure to keep performing at the highest level is immense on these players, yet they continue to rise to the challenge and show amazing consistency and dedication. A big thank you to all our staff and a special mention to our fans who back us week in week out.”

SSE Scottish Cup Final: Official Statement from Glasgow City

Glasgow City emailed the Scottish FA on 26th October, asking for an email to be passed on to the League Management Committee who the club understood reset the fixtures during the summer. This request was looking for reconsideration of the SSE Scottish Cup Final date due to the fact it was an international FIFA date.

This email was passed on immediately to the Scottish Women’s Football (SWF) Board. The SWF look after the SSE sponsored Scottish Cup. The Scottish FA, look after the elite domestic game and League Cup.

Glasgow City received a response from the SWF on Monday 30th October at 17:14 stating it sympathised with our request for the date to be changed but the date would go ahead as scheduled and included documents to appeal to the SFA.

Two days later, as our club were preparing our appeal (which had to be submitted within five working days), we received another letter from the SWF stating they were incorrect in their initial reply to ourselves and we in fact had no right of appeal.

This they stated, was due to the fact that if we wanted the date of the SSE Scottish Cup Final to be changed we had to have appealed a notification to ourselves and other clubs of the final date within seven days of the initial notification which was emailed to us on 20th July 2017.

On the 20th July 2017, the Glasgow City management team, never thought for a minute it would have to examine every single fixture date for fairness of competition. We, as it turns out, wrongly assumed this would be a given.

On the 20th July 2017, only the second round of the SSE Scottish Cup had been played. As the months have passed and Glasgow City has progressed to the final, our attention correctly moves to the date of the final. To our horror, on the 26th October, we noted the final was during an international FIFA date and Ireland had a crucial world cup qualifier.

Glasgow City has four Ireland international players in its starting eleven.

All four players have been called up to senior international camps in the last 12 months.

On the 20th July, when the fixtures were received, we admit we did not rigorously check every single fixture date to ensure fairness. Did any other team? We believed this was the job of our governing body.

On the 20th July, the SWF changed the date of the final from the 19th November (not an international FIFA date) and changed it to the 26th November. At this point they would/should have noted it was an international date. We strongly question at this point that the SWF were not aware that changing the date of the final would impact on Glasgow City.

Our club, at the point of July in 2017, had been in six straight Scottish Cup Finals. The upcoming final is now our seventh in succession. We believe that in July, it would have been extremely ignorant of the SWF not to think that Glasgow City could have a chance of being in this year’s final.

We also believe that as a club who has had Irish senior international players in our first team squad since 2013 and indeed currently has four, and three on the 20th July, that the SWF were not aware that moving the date of the SSE Scottish Cup Final to an international FIFA date when Ireland had an international qualifier that Glasgow City, should they reach the final, which on history was extremely likely, would be significantly disadvantaged.

Yes, we should have not assumed competence/integrity of our major cup final scheduling, despite the fact we had only played the second round. Wrongly, we assumed we had a fair competition. We also wrongly assumed integrity of competition and professionalism and competence of our governing body to not schedule a Cup Final on an international FIFA date.

The only people who completely knew on the 20th July they had put our major cup final on a FIFA date were the SWF. Yet, they denied a duty of care to our club to inform us.

The SWF have informed us, and we quote ‘senior fixture schedule has traditionally been composed taking into account Scotland’s international calendar at both senior and Under 19 level’. This may be the case, but having looked at the past three years of fixtures, our Scotland squads have met up on every FIFA international date.

Therefore we would argue that Scotland not meeting up on the November FIFA international date goes against precedent. In addition, with this rule, only one team is discriminated and that is Glasgow City.

Our major Cup Final should have the best teams and the best players. Yet on the 20th July, our governing body knowingly put our final on a date which would have the most likely chance of having one of our best teams unable to field its best players.

City remain two points clear with a solid win over Stirling

 Image by Tommy Hughes

Image by Tommy Hughes

Glasgow City maintained their two point gap over second placed Hibernian at the top of the Scottish Building Society SWPL 1 after defeating Stirling Uni 3-0 at Petershill Park.

In a match where Stirling keeper Chloe Logan was in inspired form, City took the lead on 29 minutes when Abbi Grant fired into the roof of the net from close range after Logan had expertly saved her first attempt after a Nicola Docherty cross to the back post.

Grant then hit the post, but City were soon further ahead when Leanne Crichton powered the ball past Logan from inside the box to make it 2-0 after Katie McCabe had cut the ball back from the by-line. 

Grant made it 3-0 for City on 62 minutes as she raced on to a well timed Hayley Lauder pass to slot past Logan for her second of the match and her twentieth goal of the season.

City Head Coach, Scott Booth said, “I thought it was a really good first half performance in particular. We created lots of chances and played some really good football. The only downside was that we perhaps were not clinical enough, but credit to the players because they kept going at it and pushing for the goals. In the second half I was delighted we got the third to kill the game and I thought we saw the match out professionally after that.”

Two games now remain in the Scottish Building Society Premier League race to the title and the top two go head to head next Sunday as City travel to Edinburgh to take on Hibernian at Ainslie Park. It is a game not to be missed.

City stay top with four games remaining

 Image by Andy Buist.

Image by Andy Buist.

Glasgow City maintained their two point gap over second placed Hibernian at the top of the Scottish Building Society SWPL 1 after firing 8 past bottom side Aberdeen.

With only four games remaining the Dons look set for relegation and City showed little mercy as they took the lead after 8 minutes on the clock. Megan Foley’s thunderous effort came back off the cross bar to team mate Noelle Murray who unselfishly set up Lauder and she made no mistake from inside the box. 

It was 2-0 after 20 minutes when Jo Love hit home the goal of the match as she curled a beautiful right footed effort into the top corner. The City and Scotland midfielder then turned provider as her inch perfect pass to Irish international Captain Katie McCabe was brilliantly converted into the bottom corner, giving Emily Mutch in goals for the Dons no chance to make the save.

Love then netted her second of the game as she converted an Abbi Grant ball across the 6 yard box, ensuring City a comfortable 4-0 advantage at the break.

With a strong lead, City boss Scott Booth ran the changes at the interval and on came Joanne Paton, Carla Boyce, Eilish McSorley and 15 year old Karsey McGlinchey. Personnel changed but the goals kept on coming for City as Boyce fired home 12 minutes after the restart. 

Another City Academy youngster was then introduced as Carly Girasoli came on for her first team debut to give City two 15 year olds on the pitch and six Academy graduates in total playing against the Dons. 

The influential Murray eventually got herself on the scoresheet with ten minutes remaining as she danced her way around the visitors defence before firing past Mutch. Joanne Paton then scored her first of the afternoon as she volleyed in City’s seventh goal and Murray made it an impressive eight for City converting a Leanne Ross cross.

City Head Coach, Scott Booth said, “We started a little sloppy if I am honest but settled into the game mid way through the first half and scored some good goals. We had some excellent attacking play at times and it was another great squad performance with four changes at half time and a fifth not long after. We got two Academy players on the pitch today at 15 years old which was very pleasing. However, the most important thing was three points and a clean sheet.”

City have only a few days recovery before they face Spartans this Wednesday at the Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie, 7.45pm.