Category: News

SWPL 1 | New Signing – London Pollard

We are delighted to welcome young attacker London Pollard to Forfar Farmington

London arrives from Cove Rangers Women where she was young player of the year in 2019, scoring a number of goals in the SWF 1st Division

She has featured for Scotland Schools u15s making her debut in March 2019 and playing in the annual Bob Docherty tournament against the other home nations in Salou, Spain

She is also part of the North SFA regional u16 performance squad and attends the regional performance hub, an initiative set up in 2018 to develop players technically and academically with a view to helping players progress into future national squads 

Head Coach Ryan McConville was understandably thrilled at the new arrival  “ I’m delighted to welcome London to the club. She comes with a growing reputation and is a fantastic young talent breaking into the world of Scottish women’s football. We are so pleased that she has chosen Farmington to help continue her development and she’s a great addition to our squad for the forthcoming season and beyond”

SWPL 1 | New Signing Lauren Brennan

The club are thrilled to announce Irish international Lauren Brennan as our latest signing.

Lauren is a 25 year old striker who has played for Sion Swifts in Northern Ireland as well as playing pro for Grindavik in Iceland for two years before a spell in Australia was cut short with an ACL injury. She recovered from that setback and was back playing again for Sion.  Lauren made her international debut in 2015 against Switzerland in a euro qualifier. 

Head Coach Ryan McConville is delighted to bring the attacker to Farmington, commenting “  I am delighted to get the quality of Lauren on board, having tried previously in my managerial career.  She is a striker of international pedigree and I have every belief that once she is back to full fitness after her injury, she will be a massive asset to both our club and for Northern Ireland”

SWPL1 | Season 2020

As we gear up to the 2020 Season we will be announcing, over the next few days, all the players who have re-signed to the club. We caught up with our Head Coach, Ryan McConville at the weekend to get his thoughts;

“ Over the past few weeks we have made new signings that I hope will increase our standards both on and off the field, showing our ambition, as we fight to compete and give ourselves the best possible chance of doing well in the SWPL1

However I also want to go on record by saying how delighted I am at keeping our squad from last season together and I want to emphasise how important that has been.  In my eyes the current players have given me an opportunity to come into the Farmington family and have believed in what I am trying to implement here. We may be one of the “smaller” clubs in stature in the league but what I’ve noticed early on is we are big in heart and that is better, in my opinion, than a big money signing. 

While we have added players to the squad, the reason has been, to hopefully push everyone on and bring the best out of all the players now here and that can only be good for our team and the club.  I want all the players to show me, their families, the committee, our supporters and the rest of the SWPL1, the qualities they have in their lockers and do themselves proud.

It wasn’t easy last season but the team got over the line, showed their pride and kept us in the top league – the previous management and players deserve massive credit for doing so.  Now is a new chance,  a new season with different values, different beliefs and  different standards and while it is early days, there is a sense of optimism around the club but I don’t want it to be the new manager syndrome and it only lasts short term.

Having secured all bar one of the players for this season says a lot and in a short space of time I feel I have connected well with the squad and we are slowly developing a relationship that will stand us in good stead for the 2020 season.  I want to provide the girls with the best tools possible and with the support of our coaches, and back room staff, including physio, sports psychologists and the committee, I feel the team can achieve our goals”

U19NPL | Welcome to Conor (Head Coach)

We are delighted to appoint a new head coach Conor McRitchie for our under 19s National Performance squad for season 2020. Conor comes with experience in both the mens and womens game.

Currently working as a Youth and Community Coach with Street League, Conor is also a qualified UEFA B Licence coach. He has worked with St Andrews University performance teams and also continues with St Andrews Amateurs. While his experience with the girls game comes from Dundee West.

We look forward to working with Conor and to watch him build on what we have for season 2020, he is assited by Erin Cattanach (SWPL1) and Lotte Deubel (Strength and Conditioning Coach & SWPL 1).

Squad will be announced over the coming weeks.

Pictured with Chairman Colin Brown BEM

SWPL1 | New Signing – Billie Simpson from Cliftonville (Subject to ITC)

The club are thrilled to announce our 3rd new face for 2020 as we welcome Billie Simpson to Farmington. Pending international clearance, Billie will arrive early February in Forfar.

Billie is a Northern Ireland international with 12 caps to her name and is moving across the water from Cliftonville Ladies where she has played for the last 4 seasons.  In 2018 she was voted Ulster Footballer of the Year,  Northern Ireland Women’s Football Personality of the Year as well as Northern Ireland Premier League Player of the Year!

In 2019 she became known across the globe for an incredible goal from inside her own half which was a Top 10 Puskas World Goal of the Year nominee where she was in the company of the likes of Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Head Coach Ryan McConville is naturally delighted to land the player, who can play midfield or defence, for the season ahead – “ I am absolutely delighted to add the calibre of Billie to our squad and when I knew it was going to be possible to bring her in, I didn’t waste any time in tying her up.  She is a highly sought after player in the NIFL Premier League and will be a massive addition to Farmington.   I cannot wait to get started with her and I know on a personal level Billie will be keen to show what she is capable of in the SWPL1.   I’d like to thank everyone at Cliftonville for making this a smooth transition. “

SBSSWPL1 | New Signing | Welcome Megan

We are delighted to announce Megan Paterson as our 2nd new signing as we gear up for the 2020 season.

Megan left Hearts Women at the end of the 2019 season, having been there for ten years, seven of these as captain. She’s a powerful central defender who will no doubt add competition to the back line.

Head Coach Ryan Mcconville commented “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Megan to the Farmington family, a player since after my arrival in Scotland I have tried to get her on board. Over recent weeks she has committed to our vision as a club. She comes with a lot of pedigree and is a natural leader, her attitude and demeanor is fantastic and these are the type of players I want to surround myself with during my time here, I am very excited to work with such a fantastic girl and hope that she can excel in the SWPL this season.”

Welcome Magdalena..

The club are delighted to announce the signing of Magdalena Olafsdottir from Iceland subject to international clearance.

Magdalena is a 19 year old central midfielder who was captain of Hamrarnir in the Icelandic 2nd Div before moving to Por Ka in the top flight during 2019.

She also captained the combined Por Ka Hamrarnir team to the u19 league championship during 2019 and was voted player of the year.

She will arrive in Forfar on 1st February and hopefully be part of the squad for the first league cup game on Sunday, 9th February. 

Head Coach Ryan Mcconville commented “I am delighted to be adding such a talent to the Forfar Farmington squad and want to place on record, thanks to Christopher Harrington on making this possible, I cannot wait to welcome her into our club and start working with her”.

Welcome to Paul Nicoll

New Head Coach Ryan McConville has enjoyed a busy few days in Forfar meeting his squad, staff, committee and other coaches as well as delivering two sessions as he begins preparations for returning from Belfast early in the New Year, ahead of the 2020 season.

He has moved quickly to supplement the existing SWPL staff by bringing in Paul Nicoll as a coach and video analyst  – Paul will also head up recruitment for the main squad.  Paul is based in Dunfermline and has been involved in coaching for around 10 years, primarily at Kelty Hearts youths/Colts , Kirkcaldy YM juniors and more recently Rosebank AFC.   He has also worked previously with Ryan in the Evolution Soccer programme in Farmington, Connecticut.

Chairman Colin Brown is seen welcoming both Ryan and Paul to Farmington.

Club Appoints New Head Coach

The club are delighted to welcome Ryan McConville as our new Head Coach and Club Technical Director. 

Ryan comes with a very impressive CV having coached in Ireland, South Africa, Russia, China and the USA. His latest coaching position was in fact in Farmington, Connecticut with FSA!  

As head coach at Linfield Ladies in Ireland he guided the team to numerous trophies in 3 seasons and to the women’s champions league for the first time in their history, also successful at Lurgan Ladies who won their league earlier this year.  

He has held a UEFA A Licence for 9 years, and now a UEFA A Elite Youth Licence candidate along with many other qualifications. His key strengths are player development, leadership, communication and teamwork and he has worked with a number of girls and women who have progressed to international squads. 

We are excited to welcome Ryan on board and to build for 2020.

Thanks to all candidates for their interest in the role.

2019 Presentation Evening Award Winners

A fantastic evening was had by all at our 14th Annual Presentation Evening on Saturday 30th November. Thanks goes to all our coaches for their continued support, players, parents and all those involved in supporting the evening.

Photos of the evening are now available.

Presentation Evening Award Winners

Lisa Evans, U7, U9 and U11 sides not involved with competitive football, were awarded medals for their efforts while the older sides were presented with awards ranging from a Clubwoman Award to Players’ Player of the Year.

Farmington U13 Dynamos
Clubwoman: Alisha Stewart
Most Improved Player: Erin Reynolds
Player of the Year: Daisy Hickie

Farmington U13 
Clubwoman: Nicole Gibson
Most Improved: Ashleigh Davidson
Player of the Year: Iona Henderson

Farmington U15
Club women: Eilidh McDiarmid
Players player: Alix Saddler
Player of the year: Martyna Kisiel

Farmington U15 Cobras
Clubwoman: Molly Dishington
Players Player: Karla Millar
Player of the Year: Laura Findlay

Farmington U17 Falcons
Most improved: Liberty Whyte 
Players player: Beth Mowatt
Player of the Year: Melissa Coull

SWFL2 Ladies
Clubwoman: Lyndsey Clyne
Players Player: Pauline Harley
Player of Year: Pauline Harley

SWPL1
Young Player of the Year: Beth McPherson
Players’ Player: Fiona McNicoll
Player of the Year: Donna Paterson

Club Awards

Community Award: Leah White
Youth Player of the Year: Beth Mowatt