Abi Harrison

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Abi Harrison
Abi Harrison 2015.png
Harrison in 2015
Personal information
Full name Abigail Harrison
Date of birth (1997-12-07) 7 December 1997 (age 24)
Place of birth London, England[1]
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Bristol City
Number 7
Youth career
2007–2011 Celtic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2015 Celtic 27 (8)
2015–2019 Hibernian 88 (75)
2019– Bristol City 55 (20)
National team
2010–2011 Scotland U15[2] 3 (0)
2013 Scotland U16[3] 3 (1)
2012–2013 Scotland U17[4] 16 (1)
2014–2016 Scotland U19[5] 22 (5)
2018– Scotland 8 (2)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 17:53, 15 January 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 17:53, 15 January 2022 (UTC)

Abigail Harrison (born 7 December 1997) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a forward for Bristol City and the Scotland national team.

Club career[edit]

Scotland[edit]

Raised in the south of Glasgow where she attended Holyrood Secondary School,[6] Harrison began her career with Celtic,[7] making her debut aged 14 – the youngest player to appear in the Scottish Women's Premier League[8][1][9] – before joining Hibernian in 2015.[10][11]

Having already been in the team which won the Scottish Women's Cup in 2016,[12] she scored the opening goal of the 2017 final as Hibernian defeated Glasgow City 3–0,[13] and scored twice in the 2018 final, an 8–0 victory over Motherwell, although substituted through injury in the first half.[14] Harrison also won three SWPL Cups (2016,[15] 2017[16] and 2018)[17] during her four-year spell with the Edinburgh club, but they finished runners-up behind Glasgow City in the league each season. She was the division's top goalscorer and Golden Boot winner in both 2017 (15 goals)[18] and 2018 (25 goals).[19]

England[edit]

Harrison signed for FA Women's Super League club Bristol City in January 2019.[8][20] In November 2019 she suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury, which ruled her out for at least the rest of the 2019–20 FA WSL season.[21][9] She became available for selection again in August 2020,[22][1] and was an unused substitute in the 2021 FA Women's League Cup Final (a defeat by Chelsea) in March 2021.

International career[edit]

Born in London, Harrison was eligible for Scotland, England or Jamaica due to her heritage.[20][23][1]

She was called up to the full Scotland squad for the first time in September 2016,[24] and made her full international debut in a friendly match against Russia in January 2018.[25] She has also represented Scotland at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19 level.[5][11][26]

On her competitive debut for Scotland, against Ukraine in November 2021 in a 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group B fixture, Harrison scored a last minute equaliser with a header as the match ended 1–1.[27][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Getting To Know: Hotshot Bristol City forward Abi Harrison talks ambition, Scotland, injuries & her hero Julie Fleeting, Jen O'Neill, SheKicks, 5 October 2020. Retrieved 15 January 2022
  2. ^ "Abigail Harrison | Women's U15 Squad". scottishfa.co.uk. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  3. ^ "Abigail Harrison | Women's U16 Squad". scottishfa.co.uk. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Abigail Harrison | Women's U17 Squad". scottishfa.co.uk. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Abigail Harrison | Women's U19 Squad". scottishfa.co.uk. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  6. ^ PEPASS: together inspiring success, Glasgow City Council, 2017
  7. ^ Abi Harrison at Soccerway
  8. ^ a b "City Women sign Harrison". Bristol City. 24 January 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  9. ^ a b c Abi Harrison: Bristol City & Scotland striker on debuting at 14 & going 'full circle', Sophie Hurcom, BBC Sport 14 January 2022. Retrieved 15 January 2022
  10. ^ Gordon, Moira (12 November 2017). "Abi Harrison happy with Hibs' treble chance". The Scotsman. Edinburgh. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Harrison captains Under 19s as Europeans campaign begins". Winning Students (University of Stirling). 11 September 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  12. ^ "Hibernian Ladies win the Scottish Cup". Hibernian F.C. 6 November 2016. Archived from the original on 11 May 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Hibs hammer Glasgow City to 3-0 win Scottish Cup final". BBC Sport. 26 November 2017. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  14. ^ Southwick, Andrew (4 November 2018). "Scottish Women's Cup final: Hibs 8-0 Motherwell". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  15. ^ "2016 SWPL Cup Final - Hibernian 2-1 Glasgow City: Lizzie Arnot's late goal shocks the holders". Vavel. 16 June 2016. Archived from the original on 15 September 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  16. ^ Southwick, Andrew (21 May 2017). "SWPL Cup: Hibernian cruise to victory over Celtic to retain trophy". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  17. ^ Southwick, Andrew (20 May 2018). "SWPL: Hibernian thrash Celtic 9-0 to win third Women's Premier League Cup in a row". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  18. ^ "Abbi Grant #SBSSWPL Player of the Month". She Kicks. 22 December 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  19. ^ "A rundown of who was triumphant at the MG ALBA Scottish Women's Football Awards". Scotwomensfootball.com. 20 November 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  20. ^ a b "Abi Harrison: Bristol City sign Scotland international from Hibernian Ladies". 24 January 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  21. ^ "WSL: ACL injuries sideline Bristol City's Abi Harrison and Brighton's Ellie Brazil". BBC Sport. 23 November 2019. Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  22. ^ "Abi Harrison: Bristol City striker 'stronger than ever' after 'terrible' ACL injury". BBC Sport. 27 August 2020. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  23. ^ "England have not made move for Scotland's Abi Harrison". 20 December 2018 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  24. ^ "Scotland women call up teenager Abigail Harrison against Iceland". BBC Sport. 6 September 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  25. ^ "Scotland end training camp in draw". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  26. ^ uefa.com. "Abigail Harrison – UEFA.com". Uefa.com.
  27. ^ Scotland 1-1 Ukraine: Scots' Women's World Cup hopes on track after late equaliser, Thomas Duncan, BBC Sport, 26 November 2021. Retrieved 15 January 2022