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Pauline Hamill

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Pauline Hamill

Pauline, who attended St Dominic's Primary School and St Margaret's High School in Airdrie, is a true inspiration and role model to girls and women who want to play or coach football.

Pauline spent her early years kicking a ball about in the local park with her dad until she was old enough to join in with the boys.

She would go on to become Scotland's most capped player, male or female, with 141 appearances - more than Kenny Dalglish with his tally of 102 caps.

Pauline played for Airdrie's Craigburn Boys club until the age of 15 where she joined Coltness Ladies, finishing top goalscorer and player of the year.

At 16 she moved to what was widely regarded to be the best team in Scotland, Cumbernauld Ladies.

She would spend the next 13 years at the club, captaining the team, winning eight Premier Leagues, 11 Scottish Cups, six League Cups and scoring more than 350 goals.

Pauline turned down a chance of a footballing scholarship in America, preferring to pursue her dream of playing for her country. At that time, there was no money to bring players home for national team activities.

Her debut for the national team came in 1992 against England and she was the first woman to reach 100 caps.

She also had spells with club sides in Iceland and England.

In 2001 she spent the summer season in Iceland with ÍBV, scoring 16 goals in the Úrvalsdeild karla (the Icelandic premier league), becoming top goalscorer and with the most assists across the league.

She played in the Champions League with both Hibernian FC and Kilmarnock FC.                                                                                 

In 2009, Pauline became the coach of the Scottish FA Women's National Academy, based at the University of Stirling.  During this time she was also the Women's U17 National Coach, leading the team to the UEFA Finals in 2013. 

Pauline is currently U19 National Coach and gained her UEFA 'A' licence in 2013.

She is working towards the Scottish FA/UEFA Pro-Licence course and on completion, in December 2018, will be one of only two women in Scotland to hold the highest qualification in football.

Her biggest satisfaction is seeing how the national team has progressed over the years, including qualifying for their first major finals in the Netherlands in 2017.