Ambition Costs

25 September 2012 06:16
Glasgow City are the top women's side in the country but that does not bring much financial reward

Glasgow City held their final training session to day ahead of their last 32 UEFA Women’s Champions League game against Danish side, Fortuna Hjørring. This is the second time that City has reached this stage of the competition after becoming the first Scottish women’s side ever to reach the knock-out stages last year, when they beat Icelandic Champions Valur Reykjavik over the two legs.

Head coach Eddie Worlcki Black (c) Ger Harley | SportPix.Org.UK

Speaking ahead of tomorrow's game, City Head Coach, Eddie Wolecki Black said: "We are here again amongst Europe’s elite and are proud to be so. Fortuna are a very experienced European side and are regulars at this stage of the competition. Indeed their greatest every achievement as a club was when they reached the final in 2003, under the competition’s previous name of the UEFA Cup. They have started their season very strongly and are fresh. We are nearing the end of ours, and have had a very successful campaign so far having won every domestic match this season in all competitions. We are therefore full of confidence and are very much looking forward to the challenge ahead."

Glasgow City captain, Rachel Corsie (c) Ger Harley |

Glasgow City Captain Rachel Corsie said: "The team are really looking forward to the game. This level of match in Europe’s most elite club competition is the reason we all play the game and the chance to perform in front of our home support is something special. Our aim at the start of the season was to ensure we brought Champions League women’s football back to Glasgow after our success last season and we are aiming to do just as well again, if not better. We have a fantastic group of players and we can now say that we are experienced at this level, so we know what to expect and cannot wait for the match to start. It would be great to get a good crowd behind us on the night."A good crowd would be welcome as the finances of making the Champions league by a non-professional side can be eye-watering. Making the last 32 has cost City £12,500 this year while the costs of the two-legged tie currently sit at nearly £15,000. Club and player sponsorship help meet costs but the players and officials also have to get involved in all sorts of fund raising to meet the shortfall.  

UEFA Women’s Champions League Round of last 32Glasgow City v Fortuna HjørringWednesday 26th September. Kick Off 7.00pmPetershill Park, 30 Adamswell Street, Glasgow G21 4DDCash Gate Adults £5, Children £2