“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.
Jack Barnes reports as Spartans cup run comes to an end. After a valiant first half performance in which they kept the score level, Spartans’ cup journey came to an end in Stirling as Glasgow City ran out 3-0 winners.
The warning sides were present inside the first minute, as Colvill couldn’t get a proper contact on a cross and her effort was wide of the post, a let off for Spartans.
In the 8th minute City again came close to opening the scoring as Davidson was unmarked in the box, but denied by a save from Rachel Harrison, who had an excellent game despite letting in three goals. City had been dominant in the opening stages but had been sloppy in the final third and thus far failed to convert their dominance into goals.
Spartans started to grow into the game – it was already a much better start than the league outing earlier this season which saw City take the lead after a matter of minutes. In the 19th minute a chance came Spartans’ way, as the ball fell to Reynolds after Gibb harried Walsh and nicked the ball of her. Reynolds got on the end of the resulting cross but it was a comfortable save for Alexander in the end.
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 Football Club is delighted to announce that its Scottish Women’s Premier League team have agreed a new sponsorship deal with Edinburgh based app development agency Bad Dinosaur.
Bad Dinosaur is an award winning team of digital product designers and developers. They partner with entrepreneurs, startups, and established businesses, helping them to bring their ideas to life and digitally transform their businesses.
Bad Dinosaur will not only be sponsoring our Macron home and away shorts this season but will also sponsor our new Spartans Player of the Match Award for all Season 2021/22 home fixtures.
We are delighted to confirm full-back Ronaigh Douglas as our latest semi-professional signing. Douglas has committed her future to the club by signing a 12-month contract. A product of our Girls Academy, Ronaigh has been at Spartans since the age of five years old, and with 136 senior appearances to her name so far, she continues to play an important part in Debbi McCulloch’s SWPL 1 team.