SWFL: Women's football thriving in Fife as team secures promotion

The manager of East Fife GWFC believes the side’s recent promotion to SWFL 2 shows there is a player pathway in place for female footballers in the kingdom.

By Scott Inglis
Thursday, 19th May 2022, 3:39 pm

The Fifers recently beat Rossvale in a play-off to seal promotion to the nation’s second tier.

The success represents a massive step forward for the game in the area and team manager Liz Anderson says the achievement proves the game is thriving.

“It has been a very long season with lots of ups and downs,” said Anderson.

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The Fifers are all smiles after wrapping up promotion. Pic by Thomas Sands Media

"We were disappointed not challenge as well as we had hoped for automatic promotion, but had been very unlucky with injuries.

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“We lost two key players to ACL injuries at the start of the season in McLachlan and Guppy and then lost two starting players in Graham and Blyth towards the end of the season.

"Our team against Rossvale had a 38-year-old, retired centre back playing alongside a 15 and 16-year-old.

Liz Anderson savours promotion. Pic by Thomas Sands Media

"I said to the girls before the game that it wasn’t really for them.

"This was for all of the mascots, under 8s, under 10s, under 12s, under 14s, under 16s and under 19s that were there supporting us.

"For too long, these kids have to travel out with Fife if they want to play Premier League football.

"Now they have a pathway in Fife to reach the top of the game.

East Fife beat Rossvale in the play-off which was played in Alloa. Pic by Thomas Sands Media

"I would like to thank East Fife FC, East Fife Community Football Club and FFTC for their continued support, our sponsors B2B Flooring, our volunteer coaches and committee that work tirelessly to ensure we offer football for all females aged over five and to everyone who came to support us.”

Anderson’s skipper, Teri Skivington, echoed her manager’s sentiments and added that she too is excited about what the future will bring for the club.

“I am absolutely delighted that we got the win against a very tough side,” she said.

"It spurred the team on having all the supporters there cheering us on the whole game. The youngsters made the day even more special for us and I cannot wait to see them shine in the future.

"We know next season will be a challenge but it is one I’m sure we are ready for. I am so proud to be part of such an amazing club.”