Top award for McDermid Ladies captain Tyler Rattray

Tyler Rattray was one of the winners at the Scottish Women’s Football Awards on Sunday night.

By Paul McCabe
Tuesday, 7th June 2022, 2:38 pm
Updated Wednesday, 8th June 2022, 8:32 am
Host Jane Dougall, Tyler Rattray and SWF CEO Aileen Campbell (Pic: Malcolm Mackenzie)
Host Jane Dougall, Tyler Rattray and SWF CEO Aileen Campbell (Pic: Malcolm Mackenzie)

The captain of Kirkcaldy’s McDermid Ladies won the inaugural Val McDermid Award at a ceremony held at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow.

The former captain of Raith Rovers’ women’s side was instrumental in leading the breakaway from Stark’s Park after the controversial signing of David Goodwillie.

The team then changed their name and set up their base at the town’s Windmill Campus.

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Val McDermid and Tyler Rattray. (Pic: Fife Photo Agency)

The judges praised her “leadership” as she was announced as the award winner, receiving a standing ovation into the bargain.

Speaking via a video message author McDermid said Rattray was the “only possible candidate” for the award.

She said: “She’s been a captain, a leader, she has been brave and steadfast and the solidarity that she led from the women’s team has caused a new uprising of McDermid Ladies who stand on their own two feet – or 22 feet I suppose – and have come through this storm stronger and more positive.

“I’m really proud to be associated with the team and Tyler has shown how the skills you learn on the field of leadership and solidarity and bravery can map onto your life as well.”

Rattray said it was an “honour” to have even been nominated.

“I didn’t want to leave Raith Rovers but I had no choice,” she said.

"When I heard the news that day, I left on the spot. We are role models for other young girls who are coming through and that is what we want to focus on.”