Last weekend I went to a football game. More specifically, I went to see Manchester City Women play Sunderland AFC Ladies. This was my first time ever seeing women play football (because somehow I completely missed the Women’s Football World Cup last year) and it was so good that I’m paying more attention to the Women’s Super League now than I ever have to the Premier League.
I have always been a Manchester City fan. My parents met at the University of Manchester in the 1980s and stayed in the city where I was born and raised. My dad picked Manchester City as his team – to be honest I don’t know why but I like to think it’s because he wanted to support the underdog.
For the first 11 months of my life I lived on Kippax Street. Before Manchester City were at the Etihad Stadium (their current home), they were at Maine Road and Kippax Street ran right up to it. Even one of the stands was called “The Kippax Stand”. And so there was no doubt that I would be a Manchester City fan from the day I was born.
But until now I’ve only ever followed the men’s team. To be honest I wasn’t even aware that there was a women’s team until I looked it up after reading Anna Kessel’s book, Eat, Sweat, Play: How Sport Can Change Our Lives.
I made a whole video about it but this book was so inspiring to me. It actually made me create 3 sport resolutions and one of them was to go watch women’s football. So I went off to Manchester and took my parents to see Manchester City Women play. I thought about finding a London team to support but I just couldn’t do it.
And the game was so good! Not just because Manchester City Women won 3-0 (Georgia Stanway scored a hat-trick!) but the atmosphere was so much fun and so friendly. No-one was shouting abuse at the players like you sometimes get at Premier League games and these women were incredible. Athletes. They were playing on the training pitch for Manchester City and only one stand was filled with people. When the announcer said that there were 2,000 people in attendance at the game everyone cheered and whooped but I couldn’t help but feel a bit sad.
Tickets were only £6 for adults. Go support your women’s football teams. It’s so fun and super cheap!
I was very excited by the fact that snapchat had a Manchester City Women geofilter though, that made me extremely happy. And watching the women walk out on to the pitch evoked a lot of feelings. Tears in my eyes.
Are you a football fan? Do you follow women’s football? And also have you read Anna Kessell’s book because oh my god it’s so good! Let me know in the comments!