Ahead of the 2020 season, we’ll catch-up with every single Scottish Building Society SWPL team. From new Head Coaches, new signings, and new aspirations, it’s set to be another exciting campaign.
We spoke to Glasgow Women’s Manager, Craig Joyce, who most recently managed Glasgow City FC Development to league victory in the SWFL Division One South. He takes over a side that finished sixth in the last two seasons but were runners-up in 2017.
How are excited are you for the 2020 season? Very excited, both personally and for the team as it’s my first role in the senior game and we have a brand new squad going into this season.
What do you make of the changes for the new season? It certainly brings a lot of excitement to the game and attention to something that is continuously growing. It also gives other teams a chance to get promoted via the play-offs which always seems to have that added excitement when you see it happening elsewhere.
What are your aims and ambitions for the new season? I’ve said it quite a few times now, that as we are a new squad with a new manager we are looking to gel and bring a style of new style of play to the club. We obviously want to improve on last season in terms of our league position.
Based on the other teams in the league, do you think this will be the most competitive season ever? I’ve always kept a close eye on this league as I’ve seen it as the ideal place to get my first taste of senior football as a coach or a manager. I think it’s unpredictability at times is what draws you to it. There are some fantastic teams in this league who have some good managers and players. I know a few of them so it will be nice to catch up when it all kicks off.
With the new season around a month away, how have preparations been so far? Pre-season has been good, its given us time to bring in virtually a whole new squad and get our ideas across for the season. In terms of the games we have played I’ve been happy with how we have grown and developed over the last few weeks. We have a young group, but a very exciting and talented one at that.son.
Do you have plans to/have you had much change to the squad? We tried to get our signings done quite early, don’t get me wrong we are hoping to maybe add one or two more as it’s a very long season and we will need strength in depth as the season goes on.
For perhaps new fans of the women’s game, who are some players in your squad they should look out for? There are many talented players in the squad, each of them finding their feet in a new environment. It would be unfair at this moment to name them.
As well, are there any new/younger players we may see more of in 2020? Yes, we virtually have a whole refresh of the squad with some of the younger players remaining. We also have some in the academy who over time will be introduced to the first team.
You start the new season hosting Partick Thistle. What do you make of that fixture? In terms of the league its a Glasgow Derby against Partick Thistle. Usually you wait a few games into a season before one of these come along but it’s a great way to start the campaign.
How important do you think it will be to get off to a good start? Maybe some deja vu as everyone will have said the same, it’s always nice to get off to a good start.
Finally, what would you say to encourage people to come and support your team this season? We are a new squad (I’m beginning to sound like a broken record) who want to play attractive football. Get along and show your support for not only us but for the game as a whole.