Welcome to this week’s update on all things here at Manchester City Women Official Supporters’ Club.
Obviously, we had no women’s games this weekend and we had our big Xmas Bash last week, so we don’t have as much to report with Christmas just a couple of days away.
Many of our members attended our men’s game on Saturday against Leicester City at The Etihad Stadium. It was a great game but the result alone was not the only thing that made it special for us. Ever since we set up the OSC in 2015, we have had lots of interaction with City fans worldwide and a couple of fans who we have become very good friends with on social media were Gustavo and Kamila from Brazil. Imagine our delight when they were selected as winners by the club on it’s Trophy Tour of their country, the prize being to come to Manchester for a first team game. They are both avid fans of both our men’s and women’s teams, so it was amazing to see them come over, go on the pitch, stay at the City Football Academy and of course, for us to meet them.
We spent time on Sunday afternoon with them touring the City Store, chatting and we presented them with a huge bag of OSC goodies to take home with them. We wish them safe travels home and of course, we are already looking forward to when we can meet them again.
With no match action this weekend, we thought it would be a great time to look back at the year on the pitch for City Women. With that in mind, I have been asked by the Full-Time team to pick my top three moments which is not as easy as I first thought.
3) Defeating Arsenal in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup final at Bramall Lane
The game was very tight and a real close one from the first minute until the 120th. We felt that we were the better side but Arsenal also could have won it on a number of occasions. We all know that penalties are a very tense thing but the antics and brilliance of Karen Bardsley in this one will live long in the mind of all the City fans present. As Janine Beckie hit the winning penalty, the euphoria amongst us supporters was amazing, we had ‘our’ trophy back and in great style.
2) Winning our second SSE Women’s FA Cup
Winning the SSE Women’s FA Cup at Wembley in May for a second time was also a standout moment for us all at the OSC.
The club had kindly arranged free transport to London and that resulted in so many Blues travelling down with us regulars which was amazing. Many interviews on TV and in national newspapers with our members added to the feeling of a ‘special occasion’.
The match was a true old fashioned ‘game of two halves’ with The Hammers on top first half and but for a miraculous save from Karen Bardsley, we would have been trailing at the break. City came out second half a reinvigorated team and from the moment Keira Walsh scored a deflected opener, there was only going to be one team’s ribbons going on that cup. We added further goals through Georgia Stanway and an exquisite Lauren Hemp finish and then the celebrations began. A truly memorable day and lets hope there are many more to come.
1) The Victory Parade
Both the trophy wins which I have selected could easily have won this poll, as could many other standout team moments such as our semi-final wins against Chelsea in both domestic cups, winning the first-ever FA Women’s Super League derby at The Etihad Stadium in front of over 31,000 fans plus many more.
I have gone for the fact that City as a club displayed the equality that they have towards our women’s team for all the world to see when they arranged for an open top bus specifically for our girls and their trophies to lead the victory parade around the streets of Manchester last May. The women’s trophies were given equal billing, as were the players, on a significant and historic evening for Manchester City, as not only did the bus head the parade, but all the trophies were up on the stage alongside the men’s unprecedented collection of a domestic quadruple. As a City fan of both our men’s and women’s teams, I myself found this a game changing, proud and very special moment and therefore I have selected this as my City Women moment of the Year.
Next week I shall conclude 2019 with a look back at our major OSC events away from the games and again pick my top three moments of the year. Until then, I would like to wish a peaceful and Merry Christmas to everyone and thanks for taking time out to read the columns.
See you next week.
Dave (Committee member – MCWFC OSC)