Celtic could help draw record crowd

By John McGinley

May 28, 2022

Scottish Women’s Football chief executive Aileen Campbell is hoping for a record crowd at tomorrow’s Scottish Women’s Cup final between Celtic and Glasgow City.

Both sides played in the SWPL Cup final at Firhill in December, with Celtic victors, drawing 3,645 supporters. [BBC] Meanwhile, the record for the Scottish Women’s Cup itself is 3,123, when City beat Hibernian in 2019, the last final played in the tournament due to the pandemic years.

Campbell is hoping for a bumper crowd at Tynecastle as Fran Alonso’s side push for a cup double.

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Speaking to The Scottish Daily Mail [28/05 print edition, page 106], the chief exec said: “We have been working hard to ensure a great crowd is at Tynecastle to cheer on two fantastic teams. We have kept the ticket prices affordable and will have face painters and a drumming band, along with fan activity on the day to make it feel like a great occasion.

“Tynecastle is a fantastic stadium, with its high, steep stands able to create a real atmosphere. More and more of the big stadiums have been used (for women’s matches) throughout the season and we’ve seen that result in bigger crowds. This final will be another step on that journey.

“We are hopeful of a good crowd and have worked hard with Big Hearts Foundation to ensure local children and families can come along, as well as working with the SFA’s club development officers to ensure young players across Scotland can come and watch an inspiring cup final.”

The domestic record in Scottish women’s football away from finals stands at 5,512, for an Edinburgh Derby at Easter Road last September. That may not be broken, but the record for a crowd in a final could fall.

It would be great to see growth in the women’s game over the next couple of years, as the SPFL take control of the game with a new board appointed this week.

For Alonso and his team, it’ll all be about getting over the line tomorrow as a reward for their efforts this season. As we discussed earlier, a cup win at Tynecastle would make history at Celtic.

Tickets remain on sale and you can watch the match on BBC Alba and the Pass To Paradise streaming service for Celtic season ticket holders.

In other news, New image of Adidas Celtic home kit as supporters await official unveiling.