Champions League is coming to Falkirk

Ashley McDonald, Leeanne Ross and Nicola Docherty
Ashley McDonald, Leeanne Ross and Nicola Docherty

The UEFA Champions League is coming to Falkirk. Glasgow City have applied to host games on the state-of-the-art surface at The Falkirk Stadium in the elite club competition next month.

However, although they’re organising the centralised group stage, the Scottish Ladies football champions will not be playing at Westfield. They host Slovakian champions Nove Zamky at Airdrie’s Excelsior Stadium on August 9, but in Falkirk Irish champions Glentoran will face off against Ukrainian champions 
FC Zhilstroy-1.

City’s James Tedford explained: “The games are centralised and played over a short time - the club travelled to Holland last season - but we’ll be based at Airdrie.

“All the games must kick-off at the same time so we have another stadium and looked at Broadwood, New Douglas Park and Falkirk - and are pleased Falkirk can accomodate the games.”

City couldn’t play all their games at Westfield because it would clash with Peter Houston’s training sessions for the first team. But as the Bairns are away at Cowdenbeath on the day, local football fans have a top-level match on their doorstep.

It would have been a home match for Nicola Docherty and Leanne Ross - both of whom graduated from local girls squads to the top of the game and into Scotland international squads. But nonetheless they’ll be keeping a keen eye on what’s happening in their neighbourhood.

Falkirk FC business development manager Kieran Koszary said: “This is another endorsement for our excellent pitch here at Falkirk.

“It was assessed over the summer - not only after the concerts but also after a year of intense community use - and it is still up to scratch.

“It is considered one of the best in Britain by everyone who has seen it and hosting the Champions League doesn’t get much better.

“But it’s not just for our football club and Champions League - we have recreational players, junior teams and children’s clubs using it too – and welcome even more sections of the community to sample ‘playing where your heroes play’.”