CHELSEA and Tottenham opened their Women’s Super League (WSL) campaigns in front of 24,500 people at Stamford Bridge, although the game itself was best described as enjoyable but occasionally lack-lustre. Chelsea tried their best to create a carnival event in London SW6, employing performers on stilts, introducing some pyro and also installing a somewhat unnecessary DJ who was desperately trying to drive engagement. They were … Continue reading WSL freebie worked, now test if the public will pay
WITH a number of Women’s Super League games set to be staged as freebie exhibitions at major stadiums, the 2019-20 season will get off to a high profile start and attempt to build on the interest generated in the Women’s World Cup. There’s no denying that the World Cup was an enjoyable event and was far better than previous editions, but a little bit of … Continue reading WSL may never have a better chance for growth in 2019-20
LIKE all World Cup competitions, the 2019 Women’s World Cup has had some poor games, some inept teams and a number of one-sided contests. This is no surprise as the competition is at the group stage, where the weak are removed and the strong limber-up for more taxing encounters. There’s little doubt that since 2015, the standard has improved and the event has caught the … Continue reading Commentary Box: A bit of perspective on the World Cup 2019
BACK in the 1980s, a rather amusing TV series called Hold the Back Page, scripted by Stan Hey, told the story of a Fleet Street sportswriter (played by David Warner) who had moved from a broadsheet to a tabloid in order to make some money out of his profession. The series, which was critically panned – although I must admit, I really enjoyed it – … Continue reading Fleet Street’s first lady…how Julie Welch broke the mould
LYON were crowned European women’s champions after beating domestic rivals Paris St. Germain in the Champions League final in Cardiff this week. The club’s fourth title cemented its position at the top of the women’s game. Here’s a run-down of 12 of the best women’s teams across the continent at the moment: Olympique Lyonnais (France) Champions of Division 1 Féminine for the past 11 years, … Continue reading Lyon top the list in women’s football
THE reaction of some England women to being left out of the squad for Euro 2017 was interesting, mainly because it demonstrated that for some people, international football still has value and prestige. Complaining about omissions and suggesting that the manager has “favourites” is, to quote Monty Python, “stating the bleedin’ obvious”. All managers have favourites and players who they place their trust in. Down … Continue reading In England, there are still some people who care about internationals
WE MEN are obsessional about our habits and hobbies. Although women have their pastimes and spare-time activities, you don’t see many standing at the end of train platforms collecting numbers, or enthusing over a particular type of rolling stock, and you sense they are less concerned about cataloguing their music collection. Non-league football comes into the same category – how often do you see a female … Continue reading More women, please!
AFTER a landmark year for women’s football in the UK, the FA Super League kicks-off in under two weeks and expectation has never been higher. In 2015, Women’s Super League attendances averaged over 1,000 (up from 700 in 2014) as public interest grew significantly following the England team’s success in the World Cup. Historically, public response to a successful World Cup campaign has delivered benefits … Continue reading Who will show the way for the women’s game?
The stadium was quiet for around 30 minutes, largely due to a rather disappointing first half hour of the FA Women’s Cup final. If anyone wanted to know what the men and women have in common when it comes to football, it was that cup finals are invariably dull. Chelsea Ladies versus Notts County’s “Lady pies” was no exception. The crowd came to life in … Continue reading A great day for an emerging sport – the selfie final
The first FA Women’s Cup Final to be held at Wembley takes place next weekend and a big crowd can be expected after the success of England in the recent World Cup. Wembley expects around 25,000-30,000 for the final between Chelsea Ladies and Notts County Ladies. With interest in the women’s game rising since the Lionesses returned from Canada, the gate could get even higher. … Continue reading Chelsea Ladies need a lift before Wembley
Already the FIFA Women’s World Cup is being compared to Italia ’90 in the way it could help transform Women’s Football in England. Over the coming weeks, the plaudits will be heaped upon Mark Sampson and his players for their outstanding performance in Canada. England were cast in the role of gallant losers once more – a trait that seems to characterise the nation’s sporting … Continue reading Women’s football may need to be patient in aftermath of Canada
Over the past couple of decades, England’s football hopes have usually floundered at the quarter-final stage. A succession of disappointments have usually ended in a penalty shoot-out here, a dramatic incident there (not-so-safe hands, Rooney off, Beckham’s foot). Tonight, England’s women – who themselves have stumbled in the last eight in the past two World Cups – have the chance to take the nation beyond … Continue reading England’s women bid to win hearts and minds
England’s women have done what the men couldn’t do – win a couple of games in the World Cup. For sheer endeavour and “heart-on-sleeve” commitment, you cannot fault the “Lionesses,” and it has been good to see that the competition, as a whole, has been free of some of the dirty tricks we normally associate with FIFA events. But it’s also notable that the siege … Continue reading The women’s game has been set up – and it might just be the media’s fault