Sunday 23rd October 2016.
It could be a date to mark in your diary for future pub quizzes. Scottish football history could be made if Glasgow City avoids defeat against Hibernian and become the first Scottish side to win ten top-flight titles in a row. Women’s or Men’s football.
In Glasgow City’s short history, having been formed back in 1998, success has become interwoven into the club’s DNA to such an extent that it is now a surprise when they don’t win a trophy. In fact, in their debut season, they won the First Division to get promoted into the top flight.
Since the formation of the SWPL back in 2002, three clubs have won the title. FC Kilmarnock won the first title, back in the 2002-03 season – and since then, either City or their opponent on Sunday Hibernian have lifted the trophy.
City’s first title came back in the 2004-05 season having finished as runners-up the season before. However, a Hibs side that included Kim Little won the next two titles. Remarkably, that second title for Hibs saw the Edinburgh club win all their 22 games.
The 2007-08 season saw Glasgow City begin their current run of nine titles in a row, finishing five points ahead of Hibs.
2008-09 saw City lose one game, and they would start a run of six years without a defeat in the league.
With the SWPL moving to a summer league, 2009 saw a second title in the autumn which lasted just 11 games, and City won the league with a 100% record. City won the 2011 championship by winning all their games.
2014 saw Glasgow City lose to Spartans, but they still won the league by twenty points.
Last season was a far tighter affair with Hibernian keeping the pressure on City for the majority of the season. The first two games between the title rivals ended in 3-3 draws, but Hibs’ lost two games late on in the season as City won their ninth title in a row.
This season, Glasgow City has won both their league games against Hibernian, however Hibs were victorious in the SWPL Cup Final. City has just lost one game this season, coming against Spartans.
Going into the match, City are five points ahead of Hibernian meaning that they just have to avoid defeat to win their historic tenth title in a row.
This will the first of two games between the sides in a matter of two weeks, with the two sides set to fight it out for the 2016 SSE Scottish Women’s Cup Final.