Rachel Corsie leaves Glasgow City

It is with sadness, but also a sense of pride, that we announce that Glasgow City Captain Rachel Corsie has left the club to sign professionally for English Super League side Notts County.

Rachel joined City at 18 years old from Aberdeen where she had played as a midfielder for both the Dons and the youth national team. Within a matter of months, she was moved to the centre of defence at City and in this position in particular has grown into one of the best Glasgow City players of all time and as well as almost immediately establishing herself as a first choice selection for the senior national team.

When then Captain Laura Montgomery retired from playing after ten years with the arm band, Rachel was chosen to be the next leader of the Scottish Champions despite being only 21 years old, testament to her abilities to lead and command despite her young years.

In her career with Glasgow City, Rachel has won 6 Premier League titles, 4 Scottish Cups, 4 Premier League Cups, and has started 20 games in Europe, competing in the last 16 on 3 occasions in total (two in the Champions League and one in the old format UEFA Women’s Cup).

Commenting on the loss of Rachel, City Head Coach Eddie Wolecki Black said, “Of course it is always sad when a player chooses to leave the club to seek pastures new but as has always been the case at this club we wish her well. I have no doubt that Rachel will stay in regular contact with all her ex-team mates, it is that kind of club. Once you play here you are a fan for life.

“Rachel had a lot of potential and ambition when we signed her from her hometown club and having become a multiple winner in all competitions she believes the time is right for her to move on with her career. I knew Rachel had thoughts of moving away from Scotland as she told me at the end of last season. A very honest thing to do but I wouldn't expect anything less of my captain. As manager and captain together we have many great memories to share. I was at her first training session, saw her make her debut, moved her to centre half, saw her win her first trophy, then her first title and her first cap. I also saw her lying on a pitch in Madrid in agony when she tore her ACL playing for Scotland. She was inconsolable when we lost in the Champions League in Denmark in 2012, she took the defeats so personally. Happily she bounced back and led the team to more success and I speak for everyone at the club in wishing Rachel a happy, successful and injury free career.”

Rachel herself has made the following statement on her departure -

“After the announcements made in the last few days, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Glasgow City personally for everything in the last 6 years.

“Having joined in 2008, I now leave the club with great memories and some unforgettable experiences.  I would of course like to especially thank Laura and CAS for the opportunity to be a part of this incredible club. Their desire and relenting ambition to continue to grow and develop Glasgow City has been inspirational and it has been an honour to be a part of.

“I leave a far greater player than when I arrived and I am indebted to both Eddie, the coaching team and also of course all my team mates (past & present) who have been influential to my growth and development. Not only has City allowed me to win domestic medals and experience European football but it has also been fundamental to my inclusion in the National Team, a lifelong dream.  

“I’m sure that many of the girls will gladly wave me off knowing that training sessions may now be much quieter without my moaning – especially those who unfortunately are in closest shouting distance on match days. Nic??

“As for my speeches during the huddle… well most definitely irreplaceable.

“To note just a few other memorable moments: one of my earliest is getting stuck in the lift in Serbia in my first year in the Champions League, 14 floors up, with only Ruesha to keep me company…some say football is not life or death. Also of course winning my first ever League title, notably won on the night against closest rivals Celtic, at Lennoxtown. Lastly, but by no means least, being given the honour of captain will always be something that I will be immensely proud of and thankful for.

“For me, I will always remain a City fan and will continue to follow and support the team through the years to come. I know that they have many successes ahead of them and even as I leave to take on a new venture in my career I am excited to hear and follow the triumphs to come.

“Best wishes to everyone at the club. #OCAC

“Thanks again, Rach.”

Pictured - Top - Rachel leads out Glasgow City in the Scottish Cup Final, 17th November 2013, her last match for the club. Middle - Rachel celebrates scoring against Celtic in 2011. Bottom - Suzanne Lappin and Rachel celebrate a vital goal for City in the Champions League in 2009.