Scotland Women’s captain Gemma Fay and midfielder Joanne Love will be recognised at tomorrow’s match between Scotland and Italy for reaching 100 and 75 caps respectively.
Hibernian goalkeeper Gemma Fay has been Scotland’s Number 1 for 11 years, and picked up her 100th cap in the final match of the Cyprus Women’s Cup in March - a 2-1 victory over Russia.
Gemma was just 16 when she won her first cap, and she’s been a Scotland stalwart ever since. She took over the captain’s armband earlier this year from long-time skipper Julie Fleeting, who is awaiting the birth of her first child.).
Celtic midfielder Joanne Love is just 23 year old, yet she made her 75th appearance for Scotland during this year’s Cyprus Women’s Cup, and has gone on to win two more caps since then.
Gemma’s first two games for Scotland were particularly memorable. She said: “My first cap was in 1998 against the Czech Republic. We had to win the game to qualify for Category A play-offs for the European Championships. We drew 1-1, which meant we would have to win our next match 17-0 to get through ahead of the Czechs. Their players were celebrating at the final whistle, but we had the last laugh because we did indeed beat Lithuania 17-0 in the next game!
“It feels fantastic to reach 100 caps. This time 11 years ago I didn’t think for a minute that I would still be here. I’ve played with some amazing players and had some real highs along the way. It’s a great privilege to be capped so many times for your country.”
Joanne’s first cap came in a 2002 Algarve Cup match against Canada. “I know that we lost 3-0, but to be honest I don’t remember much else. Everything passed by in such a blur – I couldn’t really believe that it was happening to me!
“It’s amazing to get to 75 caps, especially as I’m still only 23. It really is an honour every time you play for your country, and to get this far has been a dream come true.”
Gemma Fay is the third Scotland Women’s player to notch up 100 caps, alongside Julie Fleeting (106) and Pauline Hamill (120).