Aberdeen Women set to make Pittodrie Stadium debut

Aberdeen Women Pittodrie
ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 25: General view inside the stadium prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Celtic at Pittodrie Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Aberdeen WFC are set to host Rangers this evening, as the club play at Pittodrie Stadium for the first time in their history. The fixture looks to be one of the toughest on the SWPL calendar for the Dons and a landmark occasion for women’s football in the North East.

Aberdeen back in the top flight

Aberdeen currently sit fifth in Scotland’s topflight, outside the professional top four. Major changes have taken place at the club, having spent the past few seasons in lower leagues. In 2018, the club announced full integration of the women’s team under the remit of Aberdeen F.C.

Since, the team have achieved back-to-back promotions and returned to SWPL 1. Aberdeen look to be heading in the right direction, though the team is still without professional status.

Rangers Women v Aberdeen Women Scottish Womens Premier League | Copyright: Colin Poultney

Rangers ran out 8-0 winners when the teams last met in October. This time, Aberdeen will be looking to provide a competitive game for the Pittodrie crowd.

For Aberdeen, however, the opportunity to play at Pittodrie is also a great chance to showcase women’s football in the North East. As Scotland prepares to enter a new era of women’s football under the SPFL, Aberdeen co-manager Emma Hunter describes Wednesday night as “the perfect time to show what women’s football is about”.

The North East corner of Scotland has delivered big names in women’s football over the years. Arsenal star Kim Little played at youth level for Buchan (Aberdeenshire) before joining Hibernian in 2005. Little has since racked up over 200 appearances for Arsenal in the WSL, where she currently captains the side.

Kim Little of Arsenal during the Barclays FA Women’s Super League match between Arsenal Women and West Ham United Women at Meadow Park (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Likewise, Scotland captain Rachel Corsie began her career in Aberdeen. The Dons fan played youth football with Stonehaven before progressing to Aberdeen Ladies in 2006.

Fast forward 15 years and the Reds are looking to make their mark in women’s football. And the comeback is now on for Aberdeen, who look set to finish fifth upon their return to SWPL 1. However, Rangers will prove a tough test at Pittodrie.

What to expect from Rangers

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – NOVEMBER 15: Emma Jess Brownlie of Rangers vies with Jodie Bartle of Celtic during the Scottish Building Society Women’s Premier League match between Rangers and Celtic at The Hummel Training Centre on November 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers have set the standard for women’s football in recent years. The club first made headlines in 2019, when the team became the first in Scotland to offer professional contracts to their women’s side.

Since, Rangers have looked to threaten the dominance of Glasgow City, signing players from the WSL and other top leagues, including Manchester United duo Lizzie Arnott and Jane Ross.

It’s no surprise then that Rangers are yet to lose a league game this season. The club head to Pittodrie second in the table, a point behind league-leaders Glasgow City. A win in Aberdeen could set Rangers up nicely for the league title.

Ticketing info

Fans should head to Pittodrie for a 19:00 kick-off. Tickets are priced at £5, but access is free for U12s, season ticket holders and AberDNA members. For more information on ticketing, or to book tickets, visit the official Aberdeen FC website.

Aberdeen supporters can usually watch the women’s team in action at the Balmoral Stadium in the Cove Bay area.

However, tonight — for the first time — fans will find the women’s team at Pittodrie.

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