Dundee United’s Neve Guthrie is ‘over the moon’ to have been voted Scottish Building Society SWPL Player of the Month for May 2019 after receiving over 50% of the public vote.
The 16-year-old attacker has been in excellent form recently, scoring six goals in 12 appearances. Her form received recognition from her peers throughout the league who nominated her as one of four players for the monthly award.
“It is a great achievement at such a young age and at such a high standard in the women’s game,” she said.
“It is a pretty good feeling,” she added.
Neve is the first player in the Dundee United Women’s Football Club history to have won such an award and she is understandably overjoyed.
“They are over the moon for me because I am so young, and it is rare to win this award,” she said.
“There was always that chance since there was only four of us.
“So, it was a good chance, but I never thought I’d actually win it.
“I’m just over the moon.”
At just 16, Neve has a bright future ahead and has been involved with the national team setup at U15 and U16 levels. For Neve, the hope is that her hard work will help her progress further.
“I am hoping that if I keep working hard the way I am just now hopefully that will lead on to bigger things,” she said.
The Scotland Women’s team are currently in France for the World Cup and play Argentina on Wednesday evening. Understandably, Scotland’s best players are role models for young players like Neve, but especially one of Scotland’s star players Erin Cuthbert.
“I look up to Erin Cuthbert because she plays either that number 10 role or striker where I play,” said Neve.
“So, I just keep doing what she does because she closes down really quick and tries to be a threat all the time.”
The growth of the women’s game in the past few years has seen the league setup professionalise and grow with clubs like Dundee United setting up their own women’s teams. For Neve the growth adds more inventive for players who want to pursue a professional career like she aspires to.
“It is really good because women’s football, ages ago, wasn’t really known, but now it is getting bigger and bigger,” she said.
“So, it is really good to aspire to be the best out there.”
Neve comes from a family of footballers with her father Derek having played for Forfar in the 90s and her grandfather Charlie star for Montrose in the 70s. Neve is carrying on the footballing tradition and has revealed the pride her family feel for her winning this award.
“Obviously they are proud of me and it is good because we have been a football family,” she said.
“It is really good to see them achieve and then me now achieve.”
Uniquely for this award, the selection process involves those within the women’s game nominating four players who then face a public vote. For players like Neve, it adds something a little bit special in that peers within the sport are asked to recognise fellow competitors and then the public decide.
“It is good to see that coaches, teams or just the public have noticed how I’ve been doing,” said Neve.
“All the hard work behind the scenes, people don’t always see that, so it is good that I’ve actually been recognised for all my hard work.”