Celtic Women attract bigger crowd than Kilmarnock, Motherwell and Livingston combined

“A bigger home crowd than Killie, Livingston and Motherwell combined this weekend…but no-one cares about women’s football,” Jo Hendry who works in Media and Communications at the Scottish FA pointed out this morning on her social media account. So let’s have a closer look at the attendance figures in Scottish football this weekend…

The Celtic FC Women v Hearts match in the SWPL at Celtic Park attracted a crowd of 15,833, which was the FOURTH biggest attendance in Scottish football this weekend.

The biggest crowd was also at Celtic Park on Saturday afternoon for the match against St Mirren which had an official attendance of 58,742. Earlier on Saturday afternoon the Hearts v Aberdeen match in the Scottish Premiership had an official attendance of 18,661.

Next was the match on Sunday afternoon at Easter Road between Hibs and theRangers which had according to the official SPFL website an attendance of 18,172.

And in fourth place was the SWPL1 match on Sunday afternoon at Celtic Park where Celtic FC Women played Hearts in a match watched by a record breaking 15,833 spectators.

That’s more that the Championship play-off between Partick Thistle and Ayr United, which was watched by 7,012 spectators on Friday evening while the remaining three Scottish Premiership matches of the weekend attracted just 6,004 fans at Rugby Park for the Kilmarnock v St Johnstone match, 5,289 at Fir Park for Motherwell v Ross County and lowest of all only 2,612 at the Tony Macaroni to watch Livingston v Dundee United.

These three games in the bottom half of the Scottish Premiership post split attracted a combined total of 13,905 which is 1,928 less than the number of supporters who watched Celtic FC Women v Hearts yesterday afternoon which set a new record attendance for an SWPL1 match, beating the 9553 crowd that attended the recent Celtic FC Women v Glasgow City match at Celtic Park, a record that incidentally theRangers were confident that they would break themselves at the weekend when they proclaimed ticket sales of 10,000 ahead of their game against Glasgow City yesterday afternoon.

The official attendance at Ibrox yesterday afternoon was 8,535 which was more than the number that watched the Championship play-off or any of the bottom half of the Scottish Premiership matches played at the weekend but short of Celtic’s existing SWPL 1 record (9,553) and miles off the new record for Women’s football in Scotland that was also set by the Celtic support at Paradise (15,833).

Looks like the Bragging Rights and the second Champions League spot ended up at Celtic, with congratulations due to Glasgow City on their title win.

Aye, Jo’s right, so she is…no-one cares about women’s football! And if the Scottish FA were on their game the Women’s Scottish Cup Final this Sunday between Celtic and theRangers could beat the new record set yesterday at Celtic Park. Just saying...if they were on their game.


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The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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