Scotland’s leading women’s football side, Glasgow City will be represented in a new art project which will start later this month. The work, a watercolour by Glasgow artist Stuart Gibbs depicts City star Katharina Lindner in action during last season’s record fourth consecutive league title win. Stuart’s painting will be on show along with the work of other UK artists such as Beccy Roberts, Heather McGrath and the photographer Jaskirt Dhaliwal at the Museum of Peoples History in Manchester until the 15th of May.
After this date the intention is to take the exhibition around the country tying in with the Women’s World Cup in June as well as celebrating the 130th anniversary of the Women’s game, as project organiser Colin Yates explained. “This exhibition is not a ‘shooting star’ project, but a long standing scheme of work that will develop and transform over time. One of the main aims is to educate a new generation of young people to respect and understand the women’s game.”
The exhibition, titled Moving the Goalposts – A History of Women’s Football 1881 – 2011 has thrown up some interesting facts. For instance the first mention of women playing football was in Carstairs, Lanarkshire in 1628 and the earliest record of an actual game was in Edinburgh in the 1880s. An exhibition match between sides representing Scotland and England was organised at Hibernian’s former ground on May 7th 1881. The Scotland side won 3-0 with Glasgow girl Lily St Clair going down as women’s football’s first recorded goal scorer. Sadly Lily was unavailable for the rematch in Cyprus last week but Scotland’s bright young stars Kim Little and Jen Beattie were on hand to give them a good 2-0 win and set up the Scots for their best ever Cyprus Cup performance and their first win over England in over 30 years. Glasgow City star Rachel Corsie Captained the Scots to their historic victory.