Glasgow City: The female footballer factory

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23 years ago, Laura Montgomery and Carol-Anne Stewart decided to give the girls of Glasgow a place to play the beautiful game.

The club started off as a local project, your usual Sunday league side – but built on the hopes of success, progression and professionalism. Now, two decades later, Glasgow City epitomises all of the above. They’re currently on a run of 13 league titles in a row – the most in Scottish football history.

Along the way, they’ve been home to some of the best and most well-known footballers around the world. Whether it was a loan deal or a permanent stay, Glasgow City have helped develop talent that we watch on a weekly basis. If you watch the Women’s Super League or NWSL, there’s a big chance you’ve cheered for a former Glasgow player without realising.

Below we’ll take a look at some of the biggest names to have pulled on the orange and black kit for the Scottish side.

Denise O’Sullivan (2013-2016)

The well-established Ireland international spent three seasons in Glasgow. After years of playing in her home country for the likes of Cork and Peamount, she made the move to Scotland to sign her first professional contract. Just 19-years-of-age and away from home, O’Sullivan grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

As a midfielder, scoring 33 goals in 65 appearances is quite exceptional. With those stats, she managed to build a name for herself, and clubs all over the world wanted her in their side.

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The Houston Dash won the race for the young star’s signature back in 2016. O’Sullivan left with ten honours and bags of goals, satisfied and ready for her next challenge. Five years on and she’s become a founded face of American soccer.

Lisa Evans (2008-2012)

Born in Perth, Evans started her career at St Johnstone Girls alongside future Scotland teammate Emma Mitchell. At just 16, she made the move to Glasgow City to help further her career, as it was clear she was capable of going to the top. In the four seasons she represented City she managed to scoop up 46 goals in only 39 appearances.

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Playing in her native country would only last until 2012 however, as she made the move to Germany. Turbine Potsdam took the 20-year-old on after recognising her talent.

Versatility has been Evans’ stand-out trait for years, even dating back to her Glasgow days. Like O’Sullivan, she left with plenty of silverware and achievements on her CV, including 13 trophies, a Young Player of The Year award and UWCL success. All of which have set her up to become a proven body in a Scotland and Arsenal shirt.

Jess Fishlock (2013)

Even if you don’t watch women’s football, you’ll still know who Jess Fishlock is. Despite only making six appearances for Glasgow City, she made a huge impact on and off the pitch. Her loan move made headlines in women’s football due to the standard of player she was and is.

Making a loan move from OL Reign brought attention to the Scottish Women’s game. People who were fans of Fishlock were eager to follow her journey, increasing the spotlight on Scotland.

At her temporary team, the 26-year-old midfielder raised the game for those around her – ultimately paving the way to subsequential success. During her time, she won two trophies and helped her team progress to the last eight of the Champion’s League. Now, she’s leaving a legacy as a Welsh international and serial winner. As a person, she proudly sports the MBE title for services to football and the LGBTQ+ community.

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The people of Glasgow still pride themselves on once being the stomping ground of the legend that is Jess Fishlock.

The list of players to come through Glasgow City’s door is a testament to the commitment of everyone at the club. Rachel Corsie, Erin Cuthbert and even Julie Fleeting to name a few more, have all worn the badge. They’ve helped shape the team, and the league into what it is today.

Today in 2021 they still hold those values – success, progression and professionalism. There’s a chance that their academy, or even their first team, hold a player that will one day be on this very inventory of stars.

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