Female Football Focus: Ruby McGilloway (Holywell FC Girls and Ladies)

Ruby McGilloway on the ball against Llanberis. Picture: Lee Douglas

There are many famous songs with Ruby in the title….

Ruby Tuesday by the Rolling Stones, Ruby Baby by Donald Fagen (ex-Steely Dan), Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town by Kenny Rogers and, of course, simply Ruby by the Kaiser Chiefs.

On searching, however, there do not appear to be too many well-known footballers named Ruby. That’s not the case at Holywell FC Girls and Ladies, though.

Ruby McGilloway will go down in history as the first-ever player to score a goal for the Wellwomen in the North Wales Women’s League – and she aims to get many more.

Full Name

Ruby Jo McGilloway

Date of Birth


First football memory

Who did this smiling youngster grow up to be?

Playing in a tournament for Holywell when I was about 6 years old, and I was the only girl in the team

Football idol

Brady McGilloway of Airbus UK Broughton. Photo by kind permission of Airbus FC

David Beckham, and my brother Brady


Left wing

Most memorable game played in

Holywell FC Girls and Ladies line-up

Away at Mountain Rangers. I scored Holywell ladies’ first ever goal (despite losing 14-1 haha). We were all still buzzing! I’ll never forget it

Biggest highlight of football career so far

Scored by megging Llanberis’ keeper and half of my team piled on me celebrating

Football background

Well I’ve actually played netball most of my life not football, but I played for Holywell when I was younger, then Prestatyn ladies for half a season about three years ago, and now I play for Holywell ladies so this is my first proper season playing football

Strengths to your game

Fast sprints up the wing


Turning up to games hungover from the night before! So I always get cramp from being dehydrated

Best team-mate played alongside

Ruby (left) and Leah Davies-Williams celebrate a goal against Caernarfon. Pic: Lee Douglas

Leah Davies-Williams

Hardest opponent faced

Holywell and Nomads stand together after their game this season. Pic: Lee Douglas

Not an individual but Connah’s Quay Nomads, all very fast and skilful players

Biggest influence in football

My mam and dad. Whenever my head goes down or I’m tired on the pitch, I look at them on the side and they give me the motivation I need. They don’t stop shouting and encouraging the team all game

Funniest team-mate

Hazel or Liv

Which team-mate is the best dancer

Steph Bamf, loves to do The Worm after a pint or ten

Favourite away ground

Not played many away games yet, all haven’t been in great condition if I’m honest so looking forward to visiting a few more this season

Personal football ambitions

Just to score more goals, hopefully get a hat-trick one game

Best country visited


Favourite chocolate

Got to be just a classic Dairy Milk bar

Best film seen this year

I barely ever watch films because I get bored easily and can’t sit still for that long haha but most recent favourite film is A Star is Born

Current favourite song

M22 After Hours

Are you typical of your zodiac sign?

Just googled a few, I’m a Taurus so- chilled (I like to think so in general, but not so much on the pitch), reliable (yes), stubborn (no).

Favourite TV show

Coronation Street

TV show you dislike most

Judge Rinder

Best quality as a person

I get on with anyone and everyone

Worst fault

I’m late for evverrryytthing in my life (we get fined £1 for being late to training or games, so it’s fair to say I’m in quite a lot of debt)

Best live show/concert seen

Alesso DJing in Liverpool earlier this year

Favourite female footballer

Danielle van de Donk, Arsenal

Tell us something about you we might not know

I’m currently doing a masters degree in forensic psychology

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