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 St Johnstone WFC Co-Managers, Jason McCrindle and Myles Allan. The side finished 7th in Scottish Building Society SWPL 2 last season.
How are excited are you for the 2020 season? Very. We improved as last season went on and finished reasonably well. With the new additions, it will be great to see how we get on.
What do you make of the changes for the new season? It makes things more competitive at both ends of the table. So, there should be fewer meaningless matches towards the end of the season which can only be a good thing.
What are your aims and ambitions for the new season? Like every team at this stage, we are full of optimism and look forward to seeing how we compare against the other sides in the league.
Based on the other teams in the league, do you think this will be the most competitive season ever? Most definitely. We played Boroughmuir Thistle (Cup) and Queen’s Park (Friendly) last season and watched Aberdeen once as well, so we know that all of these teams will do well. Stirling University will inevitably want to bounce back as well. When you then add in the improvements at the existing clubs then it’s looking very competitive.
With the new season around a month away, how have preparations been so far? We couldn’t have asked for any more (other than warmer weather). A lot of the squad were raising money for charity by running 5km every day in December, so they’ve all come back in good shape.
Do you have plans to/have you had much change to the squad? We’ve made a small number of additions to the squad. It was always our intention to avoid a massive turnover and everyone that finished last season with us is still here. The new girls have given things a freshness and new energy which is great.
For perhaps new fans of the women’s game, who are some players in your squad they should look out for? The fact that all six of the end of season awards were shared out between six different players shows that we’re very much a team effort.
As well, are there any new/younger players we may see more of in 2020? We have a lot of young players in the squad who are improving all the time. Bexi McGowan, Hannah Clark and Leah Fleming have all had international recognition with call ups to Scotland under-age squads.
You start the new season at home to Queen’s Park. What do you make of that fixture? As we said above, we played them in a Friendly last season and know that they will be a tough opponent who we will need to play very well against to get anything from the game.
How important do you think it will be to get off to a good start? Obviously, it would be great to start well. However, it’s a long season so there’s a few months before any games become ‘must win’.
Finally, what would you say to encourage people to come and support your team this season? We have a number of good technical players who are encouraged to play a passing game. We would like to think that we are an entertaining team to watch although that’s for others to decide.