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“Best days of your life”

Today marks a significant moment in the history of Forfar Farmington as two stalwarts of the club play their final games as they bid farewell to the SWPL team having amassed over 1,200 games between them over a near 29 year period, which must be a record in the women’s game!

We caught up with Club Captain Nicola Davidson and her long time team-mate & friend Alana Bruce as they took part in their final training sessions before their retirement today.

Keen to learn more about their journey with Farmington they shared the following memories and highlights :

Q – what was your earliest memory of playing football?

Nicola – playing with my big sister and brothers then first team memory playing for Dundee West Boys (what a team) then age of ten signing for Forfar Farmington in 1993

Alana – Playing at Martin Park in Kirrie with my cousins Gav and Dougie, before joining Forfar Farmington in 1992

Q- What have been your career highlights as individuals and as part of team?

Nicola –

  • I have many great highlights one at age of 12 being the only female player out of 16 international teams playing in the FIFA Fair Play Tournament in France – I got a nice gift and funny moment when one of the team managers approached my mum and asked to buy me!
  • U13’s for Forfar can I just say what a team, we had to play 3 games in the one day to win the league and to celebrate we done a Klinsmann through the biggest puddle.
  • Being part of the Farmington exchange twice and meeting some awesome people and on my second trip getting joint player of the trip with Avril. 
  • Another highlight has to be finishing second in the league and being in a Scottish cup final against Glasgow City where we just lost out 1-0
  • Being Captain for so many years is obviously an honour as well!

Alana – 

  • As an individual I’d have to say making the full National team. I was in the squads since I was15 so 1997 till 2003, 16’s, 18’s and A squad. 
  • With Farmington it would be the session we were second in the league and Scottish cup finalists running Glasgow City close

Q – Best player played with and against?

Nicola – Too many to name – I’ve had the privilege of playing with some very talented players. 

  • Against – again lots of very good players I’ve shared the pitch with but Suzanne Lappin, Leanne Crichton and Fara Williams.

Alana – Nicola Davidson  /     Fara Williams

Q – Sure we know the answer to this but what will you miss the most when you retire?

Nicola – I will miss playing for sure miss seeing everyone and especially the changing room banter

Alana – The banter with the girls! 

Q – What pieces of advice would you give to the young players at Farmington who look up to you?

Nicola – Train hard, play hard, learn & listen to your peers, be coachable but most importantly have the best time and cherish every moment!

Alana – Train hard, play hard and enjoy every minute of your Farmington days! They will be some of THE best days of your life!

Whilst Alana & Nicola are departing the 1st team scene we certainly hope to see them around the club as role models for the next generation of players coming through. The committee, coaches, team mates, parents and every other player at the club thanks them both immensely for their undying commitment to the club over the years and wish them all the very best for the future! 

They are pictured receiving momentos from Club President Colin Brown to mark their 600+ appearances and we will be having a further presentation at the Clubhouse on Tuesday evening this week.

Summer Christie arrives on loan

Forfar Farmington have added to their squad ahead of a busy run-in of games with Summer Christie arriving at Forfar until the end of the season from Celtic.

Christie is a midfielder and played a full game in last night’s 1-0 defeat to Motherwell with a trialist appearance in the 2nd half against Hibernian on Sunday.

The midfielder is looking at the move to Farmington to play in a competitive environment with the abundance of talent that there is in the SWPL1, “I am looking to get some minutes here at Forfar & it’s a great opportunity for me.

“We play against some of the top teams in the league including Rangers & Glasgow City and it’s a real challenge for me & the team, it’s a good team and a good set-up here at Forfar.

“Kevin has been great with me since I’ve came into the door, hopefully this move benefits both Forfar & Celtic.

On the game last night against Motherwell, Christie said, “It was a disappointing defeat for the Girls but I enjoyed it out there.

“Donna Paterson in particular has been great with me since I have came in at Farmington, she keeps me right and is an experienced player in this league.

“I’m really glad to get the challenge here at Forfar and we have some challenging games coming up, I am travelling up continuously from Larbert but this is a great opportunity and playing games is what I want to be doing.”

Club Statement : Leontia McVarnock

We are disappointed to see Leontia leave Scotland to return home after a long 4 months for her, waiting on the green light which never came due to errors at SFA Registrations department.  It is very frustrating when clubs such as ours with voluntary staff all doing a very good job in making sure the correct paperwork is submitted on time to the relevant bodies however this was not followed up. 

Our request was made on the 10th December ahead of the transfer window but not processed even after many attempts to chase this up with Sandy Bryson Head of SFA Registrations department at the time, including resending relevant copies of documents.  A request was then made by SFA for special dispensation on the transfer given all clubs and associations were in support of this however with no success. 

We have since been informed of an oversight by SFA/SWF in that all SWPL clubs did not have access to the TMS (Transfer Matching System) to allow players to transfer freely from FIFA member Associations, in this case was IFA to SFA.

Leontia arrived after we had the green light to return to football in March having been told her case was being dealt with and just waiting on the confirmation.  At this point we could have been told it wasn’t going to happen as the window had closed but were led to believe as she was an amateur player then this window didn’t apply, however not the case as Leontia required International Clearance.  The club have progressed this matter personally with FIFA to see what needed to be done by SFA to progress her application through the system, having the support of SWF, and all 7 SWPL clubs, this support was much appreciated.

It seemed the only way to resolve the error made by SFA was to revert the status of the league to amateur, but this has not been agreed due to other factors involved.  We therefore say farewell to Leontia while we continue to follow up the appeal process taking this as far as we can for her.  We do hope we may see her return for the new season given we can perhaps have better success with the process for a second time, giving her the chance to gain the experience she is desperate to have within SWPL1.  

We wish her well as she returns to Ireland and to see her part of the squad in the future.

White praises the youth ethos at the club

Leah White is a player & coach known by many around FClub circles & the left back certainly knows her way around the youth corridor into the Premier Team at Forfar Farmington. 

White came through the youth system at the club before joining the Prem Team tasting success back in 2017 winning the SWPL2 title. 

The left back has struggled with game time of late & was happy to be given the chance last week by head coach Kevin McGreskin, she looks ahead to tomorrow’s televised game with Glasgow City by saying. 

“It’s going to be a hard game but we’re up for it and have been training hard, if we can get something then it would be great, hopefully we can build on her performance. 

“Glasgow City are good & pacy with the ball and are always dangerous, we will focus on ourselves though and we are looking to make a good account of ourselves. 

“Kevin has been brilliant with myself & the players, he fits in great with the team and is a great coach, he demands standards from players. 

“I struggled for game time last season, and I was happy to get a start with the resumption of competitive football last week, hopefully I can build on this and help the team out as much as I can. 

“There is a family ethos about this club and we are like a family, I know everyone says it but it really is, we get on well together. When we are enjoying good moments like we did last week & being successful then it’s always positive. 

Charlotte Taylor, Alix Saddler, Rachel Neave & Zoe Bruce were in the squad last week for the 3-2 victory over Motherwell with White dedicating last week’s victory to the work that gets done behind the scenes to the youth development programme at the club. 

White added, “The junior set-up at the club is good, it’s great when players come into the Prem Team and also stick around with the club for a very long time which has been proven in the past. 

“Players like Alix, Rachel, Zoe, Charlotte & Beth Mowatt (GK) have been through the youth development pathway before making the step-up to the Prem Team. 

“Young players look up to players like myself when we are taking sessions, with more media coverage and attention towards the women’s game, it will only help the pathway moving forward.

“The message to the young players is stick in & work hard, you don’t always get to play 90 minutes but opportunities will come when you get them, you just have to believe in yourself.”

Direct Soccer sponsor new Home kit

Delighted with our new home kit, sponsored by Direct Soccer.

Its fantastic to secure sponsorship for our SWPL1 squad from Direct Soccer, who were very keen to provide support for the women’s game as we are a local community organisation.  Its great to be able to offer such sponsors increased advertising opportunities via all media streams including BBC Sport Online.

Our new kit will get its first run out this Sunday live on BBC Sport Online, as we host Glasgow City at Station Park, KO 1pm

**Away kit sponsor available.**
#localbusiness #SponsorshipOpportunities #fclub

Cheque handover to Angus Young carers

FClub Road to Hampden – Charity handover

After our successful fundraising efforts back in our first lockdown period in May 2020 we asked our members to get involved in some activity to walk, bike or run the distance to Hampden during May keeping them active and engaged with the club. We raised a massive £2500 and had hoped to have more of a hand over to our nominated charities however due to restrictions this has not been possible.
 
We were delighted to hand over £625 to Angus Young Carers,
Angus Carers Centre prior to our winter break. Pictured with Nicola McBride (Club Development Officer), Nicole Gibson (U15sNPL) and Heather Kilcoyne (Young Carer Group Worker) accepting the cheque on behalf of Angus Young Carers.
 
May 2020 Memories – #fclubroadtohampden

Three 1st half goals see Farmington defeated at Hibs

Hibernian did their business in the 1st half overcoming Forfar Farmington 3-0 at Ainslie Park, the hosts deserved their victory with a dominant 15-20 spell from Hibs was enough for the hosts to get all 3 points & get the outcome they desired. 

Dean Gibson’s side showed their intent straight from the off trying to create openings from the word go in the aim of breaking up the Farmington defence, on 6 minutes, Ellis Notley had an effort from 30 yards which went wide of the left post. 

Hibs took the lead on 15 minutes, a corner came in from the right side which wasn’t dealt with properly by the Farmington backline and there was Leah Eddie 18 yards from goal who guided the ball into the bottom right hand corner beyond Perry. 

Siobhan Hunter made it 2-0 to the hosts shortly after getting on the end of a lovely cross to jump above London Pollard & Donna Paterson to guide the ball into the net past Perry who enjoyed a good afternoon in goals making some good stops despite coming out on the losing end. 

A speculative effort by Carla Boyce on 28 minutes completed the scoring with her effort rocketing into the top right hand corner from distance past Perry, Farmington were struggling to adapt & a break couldn’t come quick enough for the visitors. 

Farmington captain Cassie Cowper had a few stern words with her team-mates after the 3rd goal went in & it brought to an extent a response, there was more of a desire to get forward & strive to get a goal, Cowper found Erin Rennie with the midfielder keen to get on the scoresheet but her effort went wide of Emily Mutch’s goal. 

Half Time – Hibernian 3-0 Forfar Farmington

Forfar Farmington Gaffer Ryan McConville alongside the rest of the coaching staff used the interval to sort a few things out & it brought more stability at the back in the 2nd period. 

The changes then came thick & fast with Molly-May Ramsay, Eirinn McCafferty, Leah White & Cheryl Kilcoyne all coming on alongside our Number 10 Nicola Davidson. What a pity that we couldn’t get supporters into the ground to see the return of a Farmington stalwart in Nicola Davidson. 

All subs brought a different approach to the game, especially Eirinn McCafferty always looking to get on the ball & pose a threat to the Hibs defence, she had an effort midway through the 2nd half go wide. 

Davidson used her experience to control proceedings in midfield & her replacement Donna Paterson also did well alongside Kathryn Pender before the latter was also replaced by McCafferty. 

London Pollard had a quieter afternoon than usual however still gave Hibs some problems, with time running out in the game, she did very well to get past Charlotte Potts showing some excellent skill before finding McCafferty who fired wide. 

Cheryl Kilcoyne has found game-time hard to come by so far this season however the Farmington favourite gave 100% for the cause and almost scored a fantastic goal with a long range strike which Mutch had to tip onto the bar before the rebound by Nicola Davidson was caught offside. 

A defeat is always tough however the 2nd half performance deserves praise for a more defensive organisation against a side of Hibs’s quality. Well done to Hibs on the win who picked up all 3 points after a tough period without a result recently. 

Great to see our Number 10 Nicola Davidson back on the park after a curtailed period out with injury, a real stalwart of Forfar Farmington Football Club. 

Forfar Farmington: Lauren Perry, Lisa Ryan (76 Leah White), Kirsty Fraser, Jade Lindsay, Alana Bruce, Cassie Cowper, (76 Cheryl Kilcoyne), Donna Paterson (68 Nicola Davidson), Kathryn Pender (58 Eirinn McCafferty), Erin Rennie, Charlotte Gammie (58 Molly-May Ramsay), London Pollard: Subs not used: Annalisa McCann, Billie Simpson

 

Festive Friends 2020 – SPFL Partnership

As part of Station Park Community Trust we are proud to be involved with this year’s initiative alongside our friends at Forfar Athletic Football Club (Official) and Forfar Athletic Community Football Club as we look to bring some Christmas cheer to support local, socially distanced elderly people.

The clubs will be heading out into the community week beginning 21st Dec to deliver Christmas hampers to 100 locals who have likely had a difficult 2020 due to Covid19 and the associated restrictions.

If you know of someone who deserves a wee pick me up then please nominate them by completing this form.

We are looking for donations of food and toiletry items which can be dropped off at our training sessions at Market Muir Tuesdays 6-8pm , Wednesdays 4-8pm and Saturday mornings 10-12pm or contact any committee member or club coach. If we have surplus donations we will then drop them to another local worthy cause. Final date for donations is Friday 18th Dec
Thanks for your support.

https://spfltrust.org.uk/festive-friends-at-home-2020/ 

 

Farmington did themselves proud despite Celtic clawing back

Forfar Farmington put in a phenomenal performance this afternoon away to Celtic to get a 2-2 draw. Disappointment at not getting the 3 points yes however would you take a draw away to Celtic at the beginning of the day? Definitely. 

Farmington started on the ascendency straight away, within kick off, Billie Simpson got into a good area however was challenged by a Celtic defender & was forced off with Charlotte Gammie replacing the Northern Ireland player. 

Gammie hasn’t netted for Farmington this season, something which she is keen to rectify however two things you can’t underestimate from her game which is an important element of football – work rate & desire. Went for every lost cause & battle there was possible and her best game in a while in a Farmington shirt. 

Celtic did have a few opportunities early in the game through long range strikes which didn’t trouble Lauren Perry in the Farmington goal, Lisa Robertson also tried a long range effort which gone over the bar. 

Farmington almost took the lead on 32 minutes, a lovely corner came in from the right by Cassie Cowper which troubled Chloe Logan in the Celtic goal & the home defence however they managed to clear, the ball was close to going over the line but nothing to shout about for either the management team or the spectators back home. 

On 36 minutes, Charlotte Gammie found Donna Paterson however a long range strike by the midfielder went wide of the left post. Goal less at half time with the visitors well & truly in the game. 

Half Time – Celtic 0-0 Forfar Farmington

2nd half

Farmington started the 2nd half making sure they had that bit of stability about them knowing Celtic were going to get a response of some sort. The defensive line for the visitors were solid earning plaudits from media & spectators. 

On 61 minutes, the deadlock was broken to Farmington’s advantage, a fantastic ball by Charlotte Gammie found its way into the pathway of London Pollard who guided home a lovely effort beyond Chloe Logan in the Celtic goal to give Farmington the opener. This was Pollard’s 3rd goal of the season. 

Donna Paterson then kept up her fine goal scoring run to net her 8th goal of the season after a great ball came in by Cassie Cowper which was met by Paterson who guided home a lovely header beyond Logan to make it 2-0 to Farmington, the Farmington bench in joyous scenes! Something Diego Mara Donna would be proud of. 

Farmington were well on course for a famous win in the 88th minute however Celtic had other ideas, Natalie Ross turned one in from close range after a ball came into the area that wasn’t dealt with properly. 

It was Ross who was to save the hosts’s blushes by netting an equaliser with a good hit, heartbreaking however proud all the same, something which Gaffer Ryan McConville messaged the players about in his post-match talk. 

It’s a fantastic point for Farmington & belief has to be the key moving forward now, Farmington will be looking to start the festive period with a win away to Hibernian next Sunday. 

4th placed in what is a very competitive Scottish Premier League 1 is a terrific achievement for Farmington but there’s a long way to go. Nobody in a Farmington role will be getting carried away after this one.