Scotland’s two leading gay friendly football teams Hotscots FC (Edinburgh) and Saltire Thistle FC (Glasgow) will meet in the GFSN Cup Final, which has now been confirmed will be played on Sunday 3rd May with a 2pm kick-off.
The game will be played at Stenhousemuir’s Ochilview Stadium.
The mouthwatering tie was confirmed following the Edinburgh club’s victory over Newcastle Falcons, and Thistle’s victory over Village Manchester, as reported on KaleidoScot last month.
It’s the first time there has been an all Scottish GFSN Cup Final, and both teams are eager to take their place in history. HotScots previously won the UK-wide competition in 2009, while Saltire Thistle will be appearing in their first final.
Dan Twist, Saltire Thistle’s LGBTI officer, told KaleidoScot: “We are delighted to be in our first GFSN National Cup Final. In five years as a team we have gone on from strength to strength and it is a real credit to the squad. The team work hard every week and their hard work has now paid off. Saltire Thistle FC have already had success this season by winning the GFSN League Division One this season – our fourth title in as many seasons. We are now looking to win the double in the GFSN Cup Final on 3rd May”
HotScots’ Tom Chalmers said: “Reaching the GFSN Cup Final is a great achievement for HotScots FC, and it is the culmination of a successful season, crafted by the hard work of the players, management team and supporters of the club. We last won the GFSN Cup in 2009 and, having reached Semi Finals in recent years, we hope to repeat that feat six years on.
“What makes the final all the more special is that it’s an all-Scottish one and that allows us to show off Scottish football and celebrate our country’s success.”
The success of both clubs in reaching the final, in addition to their strong league campaigns, underlines the strength of Scotland’s foremost gay-friendly football clubs. These clubs are thriving and the all-Scottish final is testament to the efforts made, both on and off the pitch, to cultivate a culture of inclusivity in which talent can flourish.