In a football display that would put many professional players to shame, FC Kilmarnock Ladies, lead the way, with spectacular skills. Recently filmed at a club social judge for yourself.
FC Kilmarnock were formed originally as Stewarton Thistle, way back in 1961, ten years later, with the help of local player and football legend Rose Reilly, the club reached the final of the inaugural Women’s FA Cup, losing to Southampton. The following year, they reached the final once more, losing 3-2 to Southampton this time, although they used the appellation “Lee’s Ladies” on this occasion. Not bad for a wee team from the village of Stewarton in Ayrshire.
Reilly would go on to enjoy an illustrious career, playing mainly in France and Italy until her retirement from the game in 1995.
A number of Kilmarnock players were capped for Scotland, including Reilly.
The club rebadge itself to Kilmarnock in 1991 and under the guidance of manager Jim Chapman, achieved significant success in the Scottish and European platforms. Killie won the top league twice and represented Scotland in the UEFA Women’s Cup in 2002 and 2003.
The club won the Scottish Cup in 2001 and 2002 and were runners-up in 2003. They were also victorious in the Premier League Cup three years in succession during the same period. Previous to this, they won the Scottish League Cup in 2001.
In 2005 Jim Chapman departed to manage Albion Rovers, Dumbarton and latterly Annan Athletic and Kilmarnock went into decline. The emergence of Glasgow City saw the team suffer some heavy defeats over the years at the hands of City, Celtic and Hibs amongst others as they tumbled to the Scottish Second Division West.
With some inspirational figures behind the scenes, excellent coaches and a willingness to succeed, the club are slowly rising up again. Five teams from Under 12s through to the Seniors, involving almost 100 girls, the club’s first silverware for a number of years coming in 2014,by way of the U15s,U17s winning the south west leagues,and U13s winning the league cup,means that Kilmarnock will be here for a number of years to come.
Their aim is to build a successful player pathway that will eventually lead the team back to the top flight of women’s football in Scotland.