Carla Boyce returns from loan

Glasgow City and Scotland Under 19 forward, Carla Boyce returns from her loan spell with fellow SWPL 1 side Spartans.

Boyce, who played in Spartans opening 6 matches comes back to boost Head Coach Scott Booth’s attacking options, which he has seen dwindle in recent months with injuries and availability.

Commenting, Scott Booth said, “Carla has done a fantastic job while on loan at Spartans. I would like to thank Suzy (Shepherd) and her staff for giving her the opportunity to play at a high level and being committed to Carla’s progress. We now look forward to reaping the rewards by having Carla back at Glasgow City.”

Silver and Jordan depart

Glasgow City can confirm that pre-season signings Savannah Jordan and Lauren Silver have both departed the club by mutual consent.

Commenting, Head Coach Scott Booth said, “Everyone at the club is disappointed Lauren and Savannah have returned to the States. They were both really enjoying the experience of playing in Scotland but having picked up long term injuries they felt it was in the best interests of everyone involved that they go home, which we agreed with.

“We of course with them the vey best of luck for the future.”

Glasgow City sign Leanne Crichton

Glasgow City are delighted to announce the return of midfielder Leanne Crichton to the club.

Crichton, who left City at the end of season 2014 to join English Super League side Notts County, put pen to paper this week to join the club for her third spell in total.

Commenting, City Head Coach, Scott Booth said, “We are delighted to announce the signing of Leanne Crichton. She is a fantastic player who will make our squad stronger. Her quality, professionalism and will to win will be vital in the coming months.”

With 49 Scotland caps to date, Crichton will be hoping for continued good performances in Glasgow City colours to make the coveted Euro 2017 Finals squad this summer.

City defeat Aberdeen in SWPL


Captain Leanne Ross had a part in all goals as Glasgow City defeated Aberdeen 3-0 away from home.

In a match dominated by the visitors, City Head Coach Scott Booth may have wished for more goals but was more than delighted with his side's strong display at a notoriously difficult venue.

He said, "The players were extremely focused today. They put into practice a lot of the things we have been working on in training. They worked really hard and with a little more luck, could have scored more."

Leanne Ross got City off and running on the scoresheet with a classic free kick finish from the edge of the box just before half time. The Captain was then provider after her cross was headed home by Noelle Murray after good initial play by Nicola Docherty.

Goal number three was scored by Savannah McCarthy as the Irish international defender rose highest to nod home another Leanne Ross cross.

City are back in action next Sunday as they face Hamilton Accies at the Superseal Stadium, 4pm.

Glasgow City make a statement with new away kit launch

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Ten in a Row Scottish Champions, Glasgow City today launched its new away kit, a kit with a message.

Not only have the club moved to a brand new colour with new kit partners Joma for their away kit for 2017 of purple and white, the kit also features a message on the back of every player’s strip – You Can’t Be What You Can’t See.

The message is with regards to the coverage of our female sports stars and role models. Scotland has endless female sporting role models to inspire our future generation of women to be active, healthy and to work hard to achieve their dreams, but these role models are not as visible as they could be.

Statistics show the huge disparity in coverage of women’s sport in the media and unsurprisingly therefore the commercial investment in women’s sport is frighteningly less than that for men. (Women’s sport sponsorship accounted for only 0.4% of total sports sponsorship between 2011 and 2013). 

The Glasgow City away kit launch highlights the stats:
Women’s Sport makes up 7% of all sports media coverage in the UK

Just over 10% of televised sports coverage is dedicated to women’s sport
2% of national newspaper sports coverage is dedicated to women’s sport
5% of radio sports coverage is dedicated to women’s sport
4% of online sports coverage is dedicated to women’s sport

To view the kit launch video - http://bit.ly/GCFCAwayKit2017

City progress to League Cup Semi-Final


Glasgow City go into the hat for the semi-finals of the Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup after a 2-0 win over Stirling Uni at the Excelsior Stadium.

A goal just before the stroke of half time from Irish international Noelle Murray put City in the driving seat, before substitute Hayley Lauder fired home off the underside of the bar to ensure a City win.

Glasgow City Head Coach, Scott Booth said, “The players worked hard today against a well organised and aggressive Stirling Uni side. A clean sheet, two excellently taken goals and a semi-final is a good days work.”

The draw for the semi-final will take place at Hampden this week.

City draw with Celtic

Image by Tommy Hughes

Image by Tommy Hughes

Glasgow City and Celtic locked horns for the first time this season with the points shared in an entertaining 1-1 draw at K Park.

Both sides had attempts on goal from free kicks in the opening minutes, but chances were few and far between before Celtic’s Natalie Ross ghosted into the City box unmarked to prod home the opening goal.

Megan Cunningham in nets for Celtic did well to deny a powerfully hit shot by City’s Lauren Silver and to stop a drive from Savannah Jordan as City looked to hit back. For the home side, Ruesha Littljohn came close to extending her side’s lead as she sent a half volley from distance on goal, which City’s Lee Alexander was relieved to see land on the roof of her net. 

It was a much improved Glasgow City in the second half and Cunningham produced the save of the match to expertly deny a shot from the outside of the right boot from Jordan after she had turned the Celtic defence at the edge of the box.

As the half progressed, City continued to mount more and more pressure on the Celtic rear guard and they got their reward on 70 minutes when a Leanne Ross corner kick was headed into the Celtic net by their own player.

The goal certainly gave City a lift and for the last 20 minutes the away side pushed hard for the winner. Keeva Keenan came within inches of finding the net as her header scraped past the post and Megan Foley saw her effort come back off the cross bar on the 91st minute.  Successive corners right on the final whistle almost gave City the three points, but a goal line clearance ensured it was all even at full time. 

Commenting, City Head Coach, Scott Booth said, “It was a very frustrating afternoon for us. Especially in the first 45 minutes. We improved the longer the game went on, but we know we can play much better.”

City are back in action next Sunday at home at the Excelsior Stadium to Stirling University in the quarter finals of the SWPL Cup. The match kicks off at 1pm.

City start 2017 in winning ways

Image by Andy Buist.

Image by Andy Buist.

Ten in a row title champs Glasgow City got the new Scottish Women’s Premier League season off to an excellent start with a thumping 7-0 win over Stirling University at the Excelsior Stadium.

Despite the absence of Scotland regulars Jo Love and Hayley Lauder who returned injured from national team duty and Scotland U19 star Sam Kerr carrying a knock, City controlled the game and ran out comfortable winners. 

Pre-season signing Savannah Jordan scored her second hat-trick in her second competitive game for City and she got the scoring underway after 5 minutes heading home a Leanne Ross cross after full back Nicola Docherty had been fouled near the touchline.

Irish international and another pre-season signing, Noelle Murray made it 2-0 just after the half hour mark as she fired past Logan in Stirling nets after her first effort was well saved.

Shortly into the second half and Captain Leanne Ross made It 3-0 with a good finish into the back of the net from just inside the box.

Jordan got her second of the game and her side’s fourth with a finish into the bottom corner, before completing her hat-trick on 72 minutes finishing a terrific team goal which saw excellent play from Murray and Brogan Hay in setting up Jordan.

Defender Keeva Keenan joined in the scoring with a half volley from a City corner and second half substitute Kodie Hay fired an excellent effort past Logan with 7 minutes remaining to complete the high scoring win for the Champions.

Commenting, City Head Coach Scott Booth said, “It was pleasing to take the three pints today and score so many. The players worked really hard and I am sure they will keep getting better and better in the coming weeks.”

City are back in action next week with a tough away match against expected title challengers Celtic.

Portabla Media go gold with Hayley

For the third season in a row, Swedish digital agency Portabla Media are the gold player sponsor for Hayley Lauder of Glasgow City.

“The reason is really simple”, said Magnus Nilsson of Portabla Media. “Glasgow City is a perfect example of a team that has taken matters into their own hands, they did not ask for permission from anyone else. If you place yourself in the driver's seat, you can clearly achieve wonders. Ten league titles in ten years - who could have predicted that?

“The success of the team is a lesson that we all can learn from, as businesses or any other organisations.

“The fact that Hayley Lauder has experience from the Swedish league, Damallsvenskan, is of course another reason why we chose to support her. And that we can boast of being sponsor for a player who is regularly in the Champions League. How many can say that?”

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

 

Glasgow City FC kick-off season with new shirt sponsorship deal

Glasgow City are delighted to announce a brand new title sponsor as Watermans Accident Claims and Care put pen-to-paper on a two year, five-figure deal to become main sponsor for Scotland’s most successful women’s football team, who secured their tenth straight championship last season.

City, who are coached by former Scotland international Scott Booth, will open their Scottish Women’s Premier League (SWPL) campaign at home in the Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie, against Stirling University this Sunday.

Laura Montgomery, club manager for Glasgow City FC, said: “It was an important decision for the club that we partnered with the right company for the main position on the front of our shirts, and Watermans’ have an excellent tradition in backing young Scottish sporting talent through their ambassadors programme. They truly see the value this partnership can bring to our club and we are very much looking forward to working with Scott and his team at Watermans over the next 24 months.”

The Glasgow City players are the latest additions to the elite team of Watermans Sports Ambassadors.  The legal firm also supports Commonwealth and Olympian swimmer Hannah Miley, professional boxer Lewis Benson and two-time Mull Rally winner John MacCrone.

Watermans also has a history of supporting community-focused sports clubs. The firm currently sponsors Lochend Boxing Club, which has produced a number of champion boxers in recent years, and the renowned Portobello Community Football Academy.

Scott Whyte, Managing Director of Watermans Accident Claims and Care, said: “Glasgow City are blazing a trail in developing the women’s game and we want to help them build on their already impressive record.  This partnership also demonstrates our continued commitment to investing in Glasgow and the West of Scotland. We look forward to cheering the team on in what we are sure will be another great season of success.”

It is a big season in prospect for Glasgow City FC and its players, who once again have the Champions League knock-out stages to look forward to in October. Not only will the City players be seeking domestic and European club success, a number will be doing all they can to write their names in history and be part of the first ever Scotland’s women’s team to take to the field at the UEFA European Championship Finals this summer.

The club’s head coach Scott Booth was playing for Scotland the last time a Scottish team reached a Euro finals, and with a number of current Scotland players in the City ranks including Jo Love, Gemma Fay, Hayley Lauder, Leanne Ross, Lee Alexander and Nicky Docherty, all will be doing what they can to impress to make the final cut for the Finals in the Netherlands this July.

City's brand new kit will be available shortly from www.teamwearscotland.com.

City sign for four year kit deal with Joma and Total Teamware Scotland

Glasgow City are delighted to announce a 4 year kit partnership with top sportswear manufacturer Joma and Total Teamware Scotland, the Spanish giant’s leading Scottish retail partner.

Joma Sport and Total Teamware Scotland Ltd will become the club’s exclusive and sole provider of all playing, training and travel kit. City’s brand new home kit will be revealed next Monday with further exciting revelations around a new look away kit coming shortly after, along with training and leisure wear.

Joma has a major sporting presence in over 100 countries worldwide and are official kit providers for some of the biggest names in football, including Toulouse, Sampdoria, Villarreal and Espanyol, with English Premier League side Swansea City one of their latest additions. In Scotland, Total Teamware partner with Joma kitting out Premiership sides St Johnstone and Partick Thistle along with Championship sides Dunfermline and Dumbarton. Glasgow City become their first joint sponsorship venture into women’s football.

Commenting on the partnership, Club Manager Laura Montgomery said, “When our previous sponsorship with Greaves and Adidas ended last season, we entered into discussions with a few different companies. Joma is a worldwide brand with an excellent reputation and key for me was the quality of the product as well as their passion to make this partnership happen. The girls love the new kit and hopefully the fans will too.”

Alan Macartney, Director of Total Teamware said, “Total Teamware Ltd are delighted to have entered into a multi-year agreement with Glasgow City FC where along with our Brand partner Joma we will supply the club with all Teamwear requirements and help partner and support the retail department of the club . Glasgow City FC are an extremely well known, successful and recognised club throughout Scotland and the UK and we are keen to develop our relationship at all levels of the game within the growing world of women's football.” 

Joma Sport UK Football Brand Manager, Jon Haile said, “We are absolutely delighted to sign this new agreement with Glasgow City and Total Teamware Ltd. Joma Sport has a proven track record in supporting women’s football from the grass roots up to international level and we hope our new partnership with one of the UK’s leading teams will support them with both their on and off field ambitions, whilst we connect our brand to theirs and the rising popularity of women’s football.”

City’s brand new home kit will be on sale at the club’s next home match versus Stirling in the opening game of the League campaign on Sunday 12th March at City’s home ground of the Excelsior Stadium. Airdrie.

The club’s online replica presence will move to a dedicated shop online and in store at www.teamwearscotland.com.

Nicole Pullar departs Glasgow City

With regret we announce that striker Nicole Pullar has left the club by mutual agreement.

Nicole joined in the close season from fellow SWPL 1 side Stirling University and took part in our pre-season bounce games against Glasgow Girls and Rangers.

Unfortunately, Nicole's work circumstances have changed since signing and committing to our intense schedule of training and games has proved more and more challenging as the weeks have progressed. Commenting on her departure, Head Coach Scott Booth said, "We are disappointed to see Nicole go, but it became clear in the middle of January that the demands of being a Glasgow City player were becoming impossible with Nicole's new professional situation. We have tried to persevere over the last few weeks, but it is simply not feasible for the club or the player herself. Nicole leaves with our best of wishes."

City through in League Cup

New signing Savannah Jordan scored a hat-trick on her competitive debut as Glasgow City eased past SWPL 2 side Jeanfield Swifts 8-0 to make it into the next round of the SWPL Cup.

Seeded for the first time, the SWPL Cup ensures that SWPL 1 sides face only SWPL 2 sides in the opening round and the difference was evident for all to see at McDiarmid Park as City cruised past their Perth challengers.

Despite the scoreline, the hosts worked extremely hard and were very motivated for a game against the Scottish Champions. It took until the half hour mark for City to finally make the breakthrough. Megan Foley was a constant menace for the away side down the right hand side and her cross found the head of American Savannah Jordan who made no mistake from a few yards out.

Less than 60 seconds later, it was 2-0 as the returning Abbi Grant netted for the visitors with Foley once again the provider. Gliding past two players, Foley once found the by-line and her inch perfect cross to the back post was met by the run of Grant and she made no mistake to put herself on the scoresheet.

On 38 minutes, the strike force combined with Jordan feeding Grant inside the box and the City number 7 cooly shot past McIlravey-Davidson in the Jeanfield nets.

On the stroke of half time it was 4-0 as Jordan put the game beyond the hosts with a fine header from a City corner.

Defender Savannah McCarthy was next on the scoresheet as she fired home a half volley after another City corner and Nicola Docherty made it 6-0 finishing off a fine move with a powerful effort from the left hand side.

Midfielder Sam Kerr completed a fine performance in City colours with a well taken goal as she cruised past a couple of players before calmly slotting in the bottom corner to make it 7-0.

Goal number eight came with three minutes of regulation time remaining as Jordan completed her hat-trick with her third header of the match from a Leanne Ross corner.

The draw for the next round will take place at Hampden Park this week. City's potential opponents include Hibernian, Celtic, Rangers, Hearts and Spartans.

Images by Tommy Hughes

Images by Tommy Hughes