Hello and welcome to my new blog. I’m planning on using this to talk about women’s football, and in particular life outside the WSL – that’s the WPL, the regional leagues and the county leagues. You can expect plenty of stuff about the FA Women’s Cup (or SSE Women’s FA Cup if you prefer).
Although I’ve been a fan of women’s football for a long time, I haven’t really been to all that many games, and I’m planning on writing about my experiences of attending matches here, as well as some of my views about what’s going on around the game.
I should really take this opportunity to introduce myself. I’m a 40-year-old man who is a bit of a football geek, and I enjoy watching games at all levels. I’ve got a particular soft spot for the FA Cup (both the male and female editions of it), and try to get to as many games as possible, although circumstances prevent me from attending many games at the moment.
My first experience of the women’s game came in the late 1990s, when Bristol Rovers (my local club) launched a women’s team. I had been a season ticket holder at Rovers for a few years at this point and thought it would be interesting to go and see a women’s match, more out of curiosity than anything else. I was immediately smitten and started going to watch the “Gas Girls”, as they were nicknamed, fairly regularly. I still have a huge soft spot for the players of this era. They may not exactly be household names, but I always think back with great fondness on the tireless attacking full-back play of Helen Done, the superb set pieces of Kelly Cripps, and the incredible flexibility of Stef Curtis, who must have played in every position on the pitch at one time or another – including one game as goalkeeper!
Since then the team became known as Bristol Academy, and then a year ago became Bristol City – a change which due to my loyalties to the blue half of the city I found difficult to stomach!
Anyway, I think I’ve prattled on about myself for long enough. Thank you for reading.