The Manchester United Women’s Barmy Army are the most fanatical supporters’ group in the FA Women’s Super League.
Since their formation in 2018, the loud and loyal group of followers have backed Casey Stoney’s side home and away in their numbers, playing their own unique part in United’s FA Women’s Championship title win last season and their push up the FA Women’s Super League this term.
The Manchester United Barmy Army have joined forces with FA Women’s Super League Full-Time and are profiling each member of the group. This week, we speak with members of the Ricketts family; Amber and her nephew and niece, Charlie and Robyn.
Names: Amber, Charlie & Robyn Ricketts
Ages: 25, 11, 6
What are your roles within the Manchester United Women’s Barmy Army?
Fans. We show up and support the team home and away whenever possible. Robyn has been a mascot on the pitch.
That was a sweet moment. What do you do when you’re not cheering on Manchester United?
I (Amber) work at the National Cycling Centre, Charlie and Robyn are at school.
What are your favourite United chants or songs?
“MUFC OK!” and “Woah, we’ve got Leah Galton!”
Who are your favourite players?
Millie Turner (Amber), Lauren James (Charlie), Leah Galton (Robyn)
All brilliant choices. What is your favourite thing to eat?
Chicken (Amber), Pizza (Charlie) and Lasagne (Robyn).
3 excellent choices as well. What are your drinks of choice?
Water (Amber), Coca-Cola (Charlie) and Vimto (Robyn).
Water as a favourite drink? I’ve heard it all now! It’s an away day for the United Women. What are you having to eat?
We always stop off at McDonald’s on the way there and sometimes on the way back.
As it should be! That said, I still don’t know if I can forgive or forget that Charlie has his Big Macs without any sauce, breaks my heart. What do you think the players and Casey Stoney think of the Barmy Army?
Casey and the players have continually shown how much they appreciate our love and support since they were formed.
There are news articles about us, various people on Twitter commenting about how outspoken and loud we are. That’s what players and managers want, not just Casey and the players, all of the FA Women’s Super League want that sort of support and our team have it.
We know that they want that type of support every game, to be as loud as possible for 90 minutes straight.
How and why did you join the Barmy Army?
I (Amber) am very outspoken on Twitter, especially with my views about women’s and men’s football, so I got inboxed by commander-in-chief Nat (Burrell) last February asking if I wanted to come with the Barmy Army to the Women’s FA Cup away game against Reading and I haven’t looked back since.
Both myself and Charlie have met amazing people on our away trips and Robyn is super-excited to properly experience an away game with our Barmy Army family.
We’re not just a set of fans going to watch a football game, we’re a family going to watch our team do us proud. We’re family friendly, we’re engaging and we’re loud. We are the best fans in the FA Women’s Super League.