Laura Montgomery

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Laura Montgomery
Personal information
Date of birth (1975-12-25) 25 December 1975 (age 43)
Place of birth Paisley, Scotland
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Glasgow City
(Club manager)
Youth career
Maryhill Eagles
Senior career*
1998–2010 Glasgow City 194 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 22:35, 13 November 2013 (UTC)

Laura Montgomery (born 25 December 1975) is a Scottish football manager and former player. She played for and captained Glasgow City for 12 years after founding the club in 1998 with her friend Carol Anne Stewart. As a central defender, she won five Scottish Women's Premier League winner's medals, three Scottish Women's Cup winner's medals and played in the UEFA Women's Champions League. Since her playing retirement in 2010, Montgomery has continued in her club manager role and oversees all aspects of running Glasgow City. She is a leading advocate of women's football in Scotland.

Scottish people ethnic inhabitants of Scotland

The Scottish people or Scots, are a nation and ethnic group native to Scotland. Historically, they emerged from an amalgamation of two Celtic-speaking peoples, the Picts and Gaels, who founded the Kingdom of Scotland in the 9th century. Later, the neighbouring Celtic-speaking Cumbrians, as well as Germanic-speaking Anglo-Saxons and Norse, were incorporated into the Scottish nation.

Association football team field sport

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Manager (association football) Head coach of an association football team

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Club career

Montgomery did not play organised football until she went to university. After joining a nearby team Maryhill Eagles, she suffered a cruciate ligament injury at the age of 19 and was unable to play for three years: "I didn't know who would give me a game when I was fit again, so I decided to organise a properly run team, and play for them. So I started Glasgow City with a friend, Carol Anne Stewart." [1]

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Ambitious Glasgow City were promoted into the Scottish Women's Premier League in their first season. With Montgomery as centre back and captain, they developed into Scotland's dominant team during the following decade. [2] In 2010, she made her 250th competitive appearance for the club in June, [3] then stopped playing in November after leading the team to a fourth successive league title. [4]

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Personal life

Montgomery trained as a lawyer at Glasgow University and in 2013 was working as a consultant in the oil and gas industry. [5] In June 2017, she joined Hibernian F.C. as their head of sales and sponsorship. [6]

Hibernian F.C. Scottish association football club

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She has been an outspoken critic of sexist and misogynist attitudes to women's sports in Scotland. [7]

Sexism prejudice or discrimination based on a persons sex or gender

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Misogyny is the hatred of, contempt for, or prejudice against women or girls. Misogyny manifests in numerous ways, including social exclusion, sex discrimination, hostility, androcentrism, patriarchy, male privilege, belittling of women, disenfranchisement of women, violence against women, and sexual objectification. Misogyny can be found within sacred texts of religions, mythologies, and Western philosophies.

Womens sports sports participated by females

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Her partner Kat Lindner, who also played for Glasgow City, died suddenly in February 2019. [8]

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Katharina "Kat" Lindner was a German academic and footballer who played as a striker for Glasgow City F.C. from 2005 to 2011. She was also a lecturer at University of Stirling on gender, sports, queer theory, and how women’s images are presented in the media.

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