City host Champions League qualifiers

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Glasgow City will host their upcoming UEFA Women's Champions League qualification group as they welcome the Champions of Poland, Belgium and Georgia to Edinburgh for the group stage.

Polish side GSK Gornik Leczna come to Scotland as national Champions and City will fondly remember the last time they faced a team which won the Polish championship when they lined up against Medyk Konin in 2014 in an epic two leg match in the last 32 which went all the way to extra time. City will be hoping for victory once more but will be under no illusions as to how difficult a task it will be to get past the poles.

Belgian side Anderlecht are also a side City had hoped to avoid in the draw as Belgian sides have regularly proved to be capable of getting to the knock out stages of the Champions League in recent years. The final team City will face is Georgian champions FC Martve.

Commenting, City Head Coach, Scott Booth said, "The whole club is looking forward to another crack at the Champions League in 2018. It's always an incredibly difficult tournament to make your mark in but we feel confident that we can show our quality and progress from the group stage. It would be fantastic if our support would continue to get behind the team as we've had so many memorable nights in this tournament."

All Glasgow City games will take place at the Oriam National Performance Centre at Heriot Watt University and entry is free, with donations being accepted for those who want to do so for attending the matches.

With the European games in Glasgow at the same time it has been impossible to secure accommodation for all teams in City's home town and the club has therefore had to move to Edinburgh to be able to host the matches. The full match schedule is:

07.08.18
Glasgow City v Anderlecht
Oriam NP Centre, 12.30pm

GKS Gornik Leczna v FC Marve
Ainslie Park, 4.00pm

10.08.18
Glasgow City v FC Martve
Oriam NP Centre, 12.30pm

Anderlecht v GKS Gornik Leczna
Ainslie Park, 4.00pm

13.08.18
GKS Gornik Leczna v Glasgow City
Oriam NP Centre, 4pm

FC Martve v Anderlecht
Ainslie Park, 4.00pm

City remain top of the SWPL

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Image by Tommy Hughes


Glasgow City remain top of the Scottish Building Society Scottish Women’s Premier League after a 6-0 demolition of Stirling University. 

A win earlier in the day by Hibernian had moved their Edinburgh rivals to the top spot, but City moved back on top of the leader board thanks to a double from Abbi Grant and goals from Hayley Lauder, Donna Paterson, Nicola Docherty and Leanne Ross. 

For Captain Ross, it was her 250th career goal for the club, in only 296 starts, a quite incredible feat for Scotland’s most decorated player in domestic football.

Commenting, City boss Scott Booth said, “I am really happy with the attitude and commitment of all the players today. We kept our tempo high throughout the match and continually created chances. We scored some excellent goals and it was a well deserved three points. For Leanne, it was another incredible personal milestone. She is a great player, a great leader and despite playing her latter years in defence, still an incredible goal scorer. She deserves all the plaudits rightfully coming her way.”

The international break means City are not back in action until 17th June when they face a tough Scottish Cup second round away tie against fellow SWPL 1 side Forfar.

Midweek win for City over Rangers

Glasgow City won 2-0 thanks to a goal from Abbi Grant in the first minute and an injury time penalty from Captain Leanne Ross.
 

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Image by Tommy Hughes

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Image by Tommy Hughes

Lauren McMurchie

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.