2016 SWPL Cup Final: A look back at the history

For the third year in a row, Hibernian and Glasgow City look to compete for the SWPL Cup. Here we look back at the history of the competition.

2016 SWPL Cup Final: A look back at the history
Glasgow City's Captain Leanne Ross will be looking to lift yet another trophy (Photo: SNS/BBC Sport)

As the name suggests, the Scottish Women's Premier League Cup was introduced alongside the SWPL in 2002.

It was the first 'league-based' League Cup, and it replaced what is now the Division One League Cup. That competition was open for Division One and Two sides, until 2012 when the Division Two League Cup was introduced.

Originally, the cup competition was played using the 'winter calendar', with the first 'summer calendar' being used in 2009.

The first SWPL Cup Final saw FC Kilmarnock Ladies play Glasgow City, which was particular fitting. Kilmarnock, then known as Stewarton Thistle, played in (and won) the inaugural Scottish Women's Cup Final. That side featured the legendary Rose Reilly, and also saw them play in the first ever FA Women's Cup Final.

And like that Final, it was Kilmarnock who won the inaugural SWPL Cup Final, beating Glasgow City 2-0. Kilmarnock would go on to win the second final in 2003-04, once again beating Glasgow City – this time 3-1.

Today's other finalists, Hibernian, won their first ever SWPL Cup, beating Raith Rovers 6-1. 2005-06 saw the third Final between Kilmarnock and Glasgow City, and once again, it was Kilmarnock who came out on top, winning 3-2. This would be the final time, at the time of writing, that Glasgow City would lose an SWPL Cup final.

Can Glasgow continue their glittering record in the cup? Or will Hibernian upstage them?

Today's hosts, Spartans, won their first and to date, only SWPL Cup, beating Hibernian 4-1. At this point, Spartans were known as Edinburgh Saints. Hibernian won their second SWPL Cup in 2007-08, before Glasgow City finally won their first in the 2008-09 season, defeating Spartans 3-0.

Then came the first of four Glasgow City v Hibernian finals (including 2016). So far, they have gone all the way of City. In 2009, they beat Hibs 3-1. 2010 is to date, the last final not to feature either Glasgow City or Hibernian, with Celtic beating Spartans 4-1.

This, unfortunately for Spartans, marked the start of four consecutive Finals which they lost. Hibernian beat them in 2011 (the last time they've won the SWPL Cup), before Glasgow City beat them in 2012 and 2013. The next year saw City beat Hibs 3-0 before last season's Final, which was the closest ever.

Not only was it just the second of the 14 Finals so far to be won by a one-goal margin, it was the first ever to go into extra-time. Hibernian were 13 minutes away from glory last season, can they go one step further now? Or will it be Glasgow City's seventh win, and fifth in a row?