It was another quiet weekend for us Bristol City supporters and the the whole of women’s game in general as in addition to ripping up trees and fence posts, ‘Storm Ciara’ decimated the entire fixture programme.
Luckily for our fans, the game against Reading at the Stoke Gifford Stadium was postponed very early on Sunday morning preventing supporters from making the potentially dangerous journey to the game. I do know of people within the women’s football community who were not as fortunate and were in the middle of lengthy hazardous journeys when news filtered to them that their game was off. Thankfully, everyone I know returned home safely. This could have all been prevented had The Football Association cancelled all fixtures on the Saturday with the highly reliable news that there was extreme dangerous weather on it’s way on the Sunday. Fan safety must always come above anything else.
A few of us, including two of our supporters’ club members from Belgium, Justine Vanwynsberghe and Peter Maene have made the trip to The Academy Stadium for our huge FA Women’s Super League game at Manchester City this evening. I wrote this column prior to the game but here is hoping that The Vixens performed well against Alan Mahon’s side. We were also looking forward to meeting our friends at the Manchester City Women’s Official Supporters’ Club this evening.
It was announced this week that we will play our Womens FA Cup fifth round tie against Everton at the men’s stadium of Ashton Gate on Monday 17 February with the game kicking-off at 7.30pm. It will be the second time this season that we have played at the venue following a somewhat dour scoreless draw against Brighton & Hove Albion on the opening weekend of the FA Women’s Super League season. We are all hoping that the match beats that one for excitement, especially as it is half term and it’s anticipated that there will be a large number of children and families in the ground. An inspiring performance will hopefully see more of these new supporters come back for the important upcoming league matches. In the build up to the Women’s FA Cup tie, our supporters club also got a mention on the sports programme on BBC Radio Bristol.
In other news, rumours are rife that our home match against Manchester United will also be moved to Ashton Gate.
Lets hope that the weather is more favourable to the fixture list this week with some mouthwatering match-ups in the FA Women’s Super League and the Women’s FA Cup. I look forward to talking about the action next week. In the meantime, come and visit our Bristol City Women Supporters Club Fabcebook and twitter (@BCWFC _SC) pages
Rich Paish [founder of BCWFC-SC]