We are delighted to announce the signings of Alana Wilson (previously Marshall) and Bobbie Beveridge for the forthcoming Scottish Building Society Women’s Premier League 1 season. Both have recently had spells away from football to start a family and are very much looking forward to reporting for pre-season in mid-December.
Both players bring a huge amount of experience to the squad with the players having over 300 appearances between them. Beveridge will be entering her twelfth season with club and has wracked up an incredible 176 appearances. Wilson isn’t too far behind Beveridge with her representing the club on 144 occasions and committing to her ninth consecutive season at Spartans Women F.C.
With the SWPL 1 season only finishing last weekend, Manager Debbi McCulloch, has been quick off the mark to secure the services of key signings ahead of next season. Player 1:1 meetings have been taking place throughout this week to look back over Season 2019 and to put in place plans around how we progress further in preparation for Season 2020.
Goalkeeper, Rachel Harrison, and defenders Sarah Clelland, Robyn McCafferty (WU17’s Captain), Ronaigh Douglas, Katie Frew and Dion McMahon have signed for club for the forthcoming season. Unfortunately Katie Frew is set to miss the first half of the new season after picking up a knee injury, in our midweek game against Rangers, and is set to have surgery in early January.
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join SWPL 1 side Spartans as Team Physio.
For the 2020 SWPL Season (January onwards) we are seeking a Physiotherapist specifically for our SWPL Team. The SWPL Physio will be expected to deliver a high standard of assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of all SWPL players at Spartans Football Club.
Caley Gibb has joined Spartans from Hibernian Ladies U23’s. The 15 year-old defender has previously played for Rosyth United Boys, Hillfield Swift Boys, Bayside Girls and most recently Hibernian where she has scored six goals so far this season.
Caley spoke exclusively to Spartans FC Women “I am delighted, and very exited, to start training and playing at a higher level and I feel so honored to have been given this opportunity as my dream has always been to play in SWPL 1 and become a professional footballer.”
“I’ve taken the decision to join Spartans because it’s a great club and I know the club will develop me as a player but also a person. I feel Spartans will give me the opportunity to be the best I can be and will support me in hopefully being selected for Scotland’s Under 17’s Women’s National Squad.”
Spartans Manager Debbi McCulloch is set to reap further rewards from the investment made in the Club’s Player Pathway system by promoting Shannon Todd, from the clubs Development Team, ahead of the second half of the 2019 SWPL 1 season.
Shannon already has four SWPL 1 appearances to her name and has been training with the SWPL squad over the past couple of months and McCulloch is delighted with the progress Shannon has made.
Speaking of her call-up to the Women’s squad, winger Shannon Todd said, “I’m excited to making the progression from the Development Squad to the SWPL. I feel like I’ve came a long way since signing for Spartans and I’m looking forward to working hard with Debbi, and my new teammates, as we look to prepare for the second half of the season.”
Spartans FC Women’s Michaela McAlonie has been voted as the winner of the Scottish Building Society SWPL Player of the Month for April 2019. The versatile player wins the award for the first time after being nominated last season in August and is the first Spartans player ever to win the award.
McAlonie helped her side concede just three goals in three games from defence and opened the scoring with an excellent free-kick in their 2-0 away win against Forfar Farmington. While they lost their other two games, this was a 2-1 defeat to SWPL Cup champions, Hibernian, and a narrow 1-0 loss at home to Rangers.
Speaking from Spartans Academy, McAlonie said: I’m over the moon to recieve this honour. I was nominated last season and while it was great to be nominated, you always want to win this award.”