Buglass makes step up to women’s pro game
Ex-Spittal Rovers player, manager and club member, Dave Buglass has made the jump to the professional women’s game in Scotland by taking over as head of football operations for Glasgow City FC.
City are Scotland’s most successful women’s football team, playing in the SWPL 1 and have competed in the UEFA Women’s Cup and UEFA Women’s Champions League, where last season they went out in the last 16 to Barcelona.
The club have continued to set the bar in Scotland, even after more established clubs such as Rangers, Celtic, Hibs and Hearts have set up their own women’s sides.
With the most Premier League titles and the most Scottish Cups in Scotland since 2000, they are currently managed by former Aberdeen, Borussia Dortmund and Scotland player Scott Booth and will provide no fewer than five of the Scotland squad for this summer’s Women’s World Cup in France.
Dave said: “I’ve known Scott for some time now after he attended the UEFA Pro Licence and was fortunate to coach with him at Scotland U15s level in Italy.
“He asked if I’d be keen to come on board and eventually felt the time was right to give it a go.
“The women’s game in Scotland is growing at a pace and, with the national team reaching their first ever world cup this summer, we have a great opportunity to build on that success.
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“I will be accountable for ensuring our academy, with over 140 girls, continues to grow, ensuring we bring in the right coaches and education into our club and also working with the Scott and the board to achieve our goal and find our own permanent home.
“Rangers, Celtic and others have far more in terms of resources than us but we continue to set the benchmark in the Scottish game.
“I still keep in touch with a lot of the guys I played football with in Berwick and its great to see all the clubs improving facilities at Newfields, the Five Arches, Old Shielfield and the Billendean.
“Volunteers are the most underrated asset any club has in football and I will always remember the support I was given at Spittal Rovers by Robert Johnson, Colin Mole, Carl Hudson and Billy Young.”
Dave Buglass coaching youth football.