My personal blog on Scottish Women's Football
This blog is about a Glasgow football side that is the most successful in Scotland – but not the one you are most likely thinking about, either of them. Glasgow City have dominated Scottish Women’s Football since 2004, and this season have reached new levels in the UEFA Women’s Champions League. So who exactly are Glasgow City?
Glasgow City are a new club, formed in 1998 by Laura Montgomery (who played for the club for 12 seasons, including as captain) and Carol Anne Stewart. And their supremecy and success on the pitch did not have to wait for long, as they won the Scottish Women’s First Division in their debut season. Their distinctive orange strip and current logo were unveiled in June 2011. Both founders are still involved in the club – Montgomery as Club Manager, and Stewart as the Chairperson.
Glasgow City play their home games at Petershill Park, which has a seating capacity of 2,000. For their European ties, they play at Airdrieonians’ ground Excelsior Stadium – which has a capacity of 10,170.
Glasgow City are managed by Eddie Wolecki Black, who as a player played for Montrose and Deronvale. He gained experience as a coach, working originally in the men’s game for Dundee United, Arbroath and Brechin City before becoming the manager of Dundee-based junior side Lochee United. There, he managed to get the club to the 2005 Scottish Junior Cup Final, which they lost to Tayport.
His next managerial role came at Scottish Third Division side Montrose in December 2005, but in June 2006, Montrose made the decision to hire David Robertson as a co-manager. However, two months later Wolecki left the club, unhappy at that arrangement.
A decision to attend a seminar where Scotland Women’s Manager Anna Signeul had also attended changed the course of his career. After being asked to go on a research trip to Sweeden in 2007, he was approached by the then Glasgow City manager Peter Caulfield on his views on City’s Scottish Cup defeat to Hibernian.
Eventually, he joined City in October 2009, becoming Scotland’s first full-time coach in the women’s game, and worked alongside Caulfield. Then in 2011, he became Glasgow City’s manager when Caulfield left to become the assistant manager of Celtic Ladies.
To say Glasgow City have been dominant is to do a disservice to the word dominant. The Honours they have won are :
On the 21st September 2014, Spartans beat Glasgow City 1-0 which in itself doesn’t sound remarkable, until you realise that the last time City had lost a league game was back in November 2008.
2014 saw the club become the first in Scottish women’s history to win the domestic treble three times in a row. Even more remarkable, that in their last three Scottish Cup triumphs, they did not concede a single goal.
The Scottish Women’s Premier League Champions qualify for the UEFA Women’s Champions League. Glasgow City’s first campaign came in the 2005-06 season, but they lost all of their First Qualifying Round Group games, and exited the competition.
Their next Champions League (then known as the UEFA Women’s Cup) campaign came in 2008-09, and this time they won their First Qualifying Round Group, finishing ahead of AZ Alkmaar on goal difference. The failed to progress from their Second Qualifying Round Group, losing all three games.
Although they failed to get out of their Qualifying Round in 2009-10 (the newly rebranded UEFA Women’s Champions League removed the Second Qualifying Group), they nearly pulled off a great result. 80 minutes into their match against Bayern Munich, they were drawing 2-2, but mistakes in the final moments saw them lose 5-2.
In the 2011-12 campaign, Glasgow City were named as First Seeds in the Qualifying Group Stage, making progress easier. They won all three group games to progress to Knockout Stages. They won in the Round of 32, beating Icelandic side Valur 4-1 over two legs, but lost comprehensively in the Round of 16 to 2009-10 winners Potsdam 17-0 . The 10-0 defeat in the first leg remains Glasgow City’s record defeat  .
Next season, Glasgow City once again progressed past the Qualifying Stage, but were knocked out from the Round of 32 by Norwegian side Fortuna Hjørring 2-1 over the two legs .
2013-14 saw the club once again get past the Qualifying Group stage, but this time, in the Round of 32 they were named as one of the seeded teams. They managed to knock out Belgium side Standard Liege 5-3 on aggregate, but lost in the Round of 16, against Arsenal, 6-2 over the two legs .
But it during this season (2014-15) that City have hit the national headlines with aplomb. After getting through the Qualifying Group Stage with ease, they knocked out Polish side Medyk Konin in the Round of 32. In the Round of 16, they met FC Zürich. The Swiss side won the first leg in Zürich 2-1. At the Excelsior Stadium, City went 3-1 up on the night in the 81st minute – meaning Zürich were going through on away goals. However, a late Suzanne Lappin goal meant Glasgow City won 5-4 on aggregate – and became the first Scottish team to reach the Quarter-Finals . They play the first leg at home against PSG on the 22nd March 2015.
Just like the men’s Old Firm teams, there has been talk about Glasgow City competing in the English leagues. And unlike the men’s game, the rules seem to allow the possibility. UEFA have allowed cross-border leagues between Belgium and Netherlands, and when the English FA announced plans to form the Women’s Super League – Glasgow City expressed an interest in joining . However, so far the English FA has stated that only English clubs will be eligible to join the WSL or WSL2.