Welcome to the latest weekly update from the Bristol City Women Supporters Club.
Firstly, on behalf of all of our Bristol City Women Supporters Club members, I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year and I hope you all had a good Christmas.
We are hoping that a change in year will bring about a change in fortunes for The Vixens. Other than an excellent win against Birmingham City just under a year ago and a courageous 3-3 draw away at Reading in November, we have had little to show for our efforts in 2019. We haven’t won a game in the FA Women’s Super League in almost 12 months and this is a huge concern. Ahead of this weekend’s fixture at Manchester United, I am still desperately hoping for some positive transfer news. If results do not improve quickly, there may have to be some big decisions made if we are to retain our proud status as a tier one club.
As a group, many of us were also disappointed to see Bristol City drop their Vixens nickname last year in favour of coming under the ‘one club’ umbrella and being known as The Robins. We are sad to have seen a little piece of club history lost in 2019.
Onto the good news and it has been a terrific year for our supporters group with numbers rising constantly on our social media platforms and people joining our singing section at the ground in an effort to create a good atmosphere for the players. We have many exciting events in the pipeline for 2020 and hope that lots of fans will support our ideas throughout the year.
As I mentioned above, we are playing Manchester United at the Leigh Sports Village this Sunday in a midday kick-off. This is the first-ever fixture between the two sides and some of us shall be making the trip up to the North West for the match. I for one am thoroughly looking forward to the game especially seeing ex-Vixens Mary Earps and Millie Turner line-up against us. I am making a weekend of it with my family and am looking forward to visiting the National Football Museum in Manchester on Saturday and seeing the women’s football items on display. The fixture has added spice as my 12-year-old son is a Manchester United fan and is looking forward to seeing one of his footballing heroes Katie Zelem play.
I look forward to telling you all about what I hope will be an exciting weekend in next week’s update which will hopefully include a Bristol City victory.
Finally, I would like to wish the squad the very best of luck for 2020 as we aim to turn our season around and I also look forward to meeting many more new fans at the Stoke Gifford Stadium during the second half of the season.
Rich Paish (founder of Bristol City Women Supporters’ Club – @BCWFC_SC)