Celtic help break attendance record

By John McGinley

May 29, 2022

The attendance record for a cup final in Scottish women’s football was broken at Tynecastle today as Celtic FC Women and Glasgow City played out a thrilling 120 minutes.

Fran Alonso’s team managed to come out on top with a 3-2 win after extra time, when Izzy Atkinson’s stunning late strike fired the Ghirls on their way to the team’s first-ever cup double.

It was a brilliant, battling performance and 4,345 people turned out to see Celtic lift the trophy. [BBC]

The previous final record came from the SWPL Cup clash between both teams at Firhill, which drew 3,645 in December.

The record for the Scottish Women’s Cup final itself was 3,123 in 2019, the last showpiece occasion due to the pandemic.

The domestic record in Scottish women’s football stands at 5,512 for an Edinburgh Derby between Hibs and Hearts at Easter Road last September.

It’s continued evidence of growth in the women’s game here in Scotland. That’s a good sign as countries around Europe and the world threaten to leave us behind.

More days like today at Tynecastle will go a long way to inspiring more and more people to turn out and support Celtic FC Women specifically.

They have a fantastic battling spirit under Fran Alonso and hopefully the club can find a home in Glasgow to really harness local support, rather than the current situation in Airdrie.

There is an appetite to support this team and even more so when they push for success and history. If today’s match had not taken place in Edinburgh, I’m sure even greater numbers would have turned out.

As the SPFL take control of the women’s game from next season, with a dedicated subsidiary board appointed last week, hopefully we see even better promotion of these tournaments after the summer break.

In other news, Chris Sutton sends a message to the Celtic board.