“I’m not going to let it beat me. There’s not many people who can sit here and say at the age of 35 they can still play semi-professional football, have a physically demanding full time job, a two year old kid and meanwhile live with MS.”
It’s Monday night at Ainslie Park and Alana Marshall arrives in typically punctual fashion ahead of training in preparation for Spartans penultimate SWPL 1 game of the season on the road to Partick Thistle.
Marshall is set to make her 200th appearance, becoming only the third player in the Club’s history to enter the exclusive ‘double centurion’ club.
From having to join in with the local boys team due a lack of female participants, pulling on the dark blue of Scotland, travelling across the world to play in Australia and now, notching up her 200th appearance for Spartans, much has evolved in the Women’s game since Louise Mason first fell in love with football during her primary school days.
When Rachel Harrison made the short move across town from Boroughmuir to join Shelley Kerr’s Spartans squad back in March 2010 little did the 20 year old think that more than a decade later, she would be on the brink of achieving a historic milestone at the Ainslie Park club.
A former Scotland Under 19s goalkeeper, who earned ten caps and two clean sheets during her year long spell as International age-grade shot stopper, will pull her gloves on for the 200th time this Sunday as the side take on Hearts in their first home match of the 2021 campaign.
Spartans been drawn in Group C of the SWPL Cup alongside Glasgow City, Hamilton and Glasgow Women.
Debbi McCulloch’s side will kick off their fixtures hosting newly promoted Hamilton at Ainslie Park on August 8th.
The term legend is often misused or overegged. But when it comes to describing a player who has devoted almost all of her career to one club and became a role model for aspiring young females at Spartans, the curtain is set to come down this Sunday on Bobbie Beveridge’s eleven year top-flight career. Read our exclusive interview with Bobbie as she gets set for one final game in a bid to bow out on a high.
Congrats to Lily Graham on her Scotland School’s Squad call-up for this weekend’s International against England in Newcastle.
The Portobello High School pupil has fitted in well as part of Debbi McCulloch’s SWPL side following her move up from the Under 19s. She made her top flight debut as a substitute against Forfar Farmington on the 23rd May.