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Women's Wednesday Football Focus Series

Scotland v. Jamaica Women's Friendly Game 28th May 2019

For this week’s Women’s Wednesday Football Focus Series Post, we will be looking at the Scotland v. Jamaica Women's Friendly Game, which took place at Hampden Park on the 28th of May 2019.


GLASF2019.0296, Programme from Scotland v. Jamaica, Women's Friendly Game, On Display “History Makers” Exhibition, Scottish Football Museum.

You can view this programme when you visit the “History Makers” exhibition at the Scottish Football Museum. This was a send-off game for the Scotland Women’s National Team, who were travelling to France for the Women's World Cup. The team attracted a record attendance for a women’s football match in Scotland, as 18,555 fans attended the game at Hampden Park.

Before the match, several Scottish players from the First Women’s International Game in 1972 against England were finally presented with caps to mark the occasion. During this event, Ian Maxwell, Chief Executive of the Scottish Football Association, apologised to the women and promised women’s football would now get the recognition and investment it deserved. The caps were handed out by Nicola Sturgeon and the then women’s manager Shelley Kerr.

Jane Legget was one of the players who received a cap. In 1997, she received an award when she retired from international football, and at that time, she was Scotland’s most-capped female player with 46 caps. This vinyl scrapbook features photographs and newspaper clippings from Legget’s career.

Scrapbook, The Scottish Football Museum.

Margaret McAuley Rae, Scotland’s first women’s captain, also received her cap. Rae recalled that they only found out who was playing in the 1972 game before they walked onto the pitch, and she was shocked when she was named captain. She played over 20 times for Scotland, and this medal was given to Rae on the 5th of August 1978 for the final game in Pescara, Italy, between Scotland and Italy.


Margaret McAuley Rae Medal, Scottish Football Museum.


By Robyn McCready.


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