SWPL chief namechecked Celtic fans’ contribution to final day drama
For all the disappointment surrounding the final day of the SWPL title race, the Celtic Women can be extremely proud of what they have achieved this season.
Qualification for next season’s Champions League is a huge achievement. And the potential of bringing home the Scottish Cup at the end of the week could help sweeten what turned out to be a sour day for Fran Alonso’s team.
But what they have also done is capture the hearts and minds of the Celtic fans. The title run-in got the buy-in from the Hoops support. And as they backed their team, they broke the record attendance for an SWPL fixture twice in a matter of weeks.
SWPL Managing Director, Fiona McIntyre was bowled over by the final day drama and namechecked the Celtic support for their contribution to the day.
Speaking to BBC Sportsound, McIntyre said, “I think drama is probably the word of the day. Just an incredible occasion and day all round.
“Obviously, Glasgow City turns out the eventual winners, but I think for women’s football and when we reflect back on Sunday, the crowds we’ve had at Celtic Park and Ibrox, it was a really momentous occasion for women’s football.”
Celtic fans and the club should be proud of how they backed the team
The Celtic fans pretty much singlehandedly raised the profile of women’s football in Scotland over the last few weeks.
Their vocality on social media to drum up support for The Ghirls was second to none and backed by The North Curve, a carnival atmosphere was created as record crowds turned up in their thousands hoping to witness history being created.
The club should also take immense credit for their part in the last few weeks. Arranging the title-deciding clashes to be played at Celtic Park was a masterstroke. As was their price point.
Free entry for season ticket holders and U16s was a great marketing ploy. And pricing tickets at £8 per adult in turn made the game more appealing to the paying public.
Let’s hope the support of the fans and the club continues into next season when Fran takes his team into the Champions League.
In other news, SFA’s Ian Maxwell explains controversial Celtic vs Inverness Scottish Cup Final kick-off time
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