Welcome to this week’s update from us here at the Bristol City Women Supporters’ Club.
It was a rollercoaster of a week for us Bristol City fans, one that started in extremely disappointing fashion with a 5-0 home defeat to Everton at Ashton Gate in the Women’s FA Cup but ended with a massive smile on all of our faces as the team showed enormous character and fight as we won the vital ‘relegation dogfight’ at Birmingham City 1-0 thanks to a superb late strike by our talismanic forward Ebony Salmon. have said time and time again that we are very lucky to have her and once again, she proved what a wonderful talent she is.
We took a small number of supporters to the game at the SportNation.bet Stadium including DM Withers and Nat who jointly host the excellent Bristol City Women podcast ‘Oxtoby Revolution’. Please give it a listen if you haven’t already. It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, if not a little nervy for most of the game. We were able to go through our entire repertoire of songs and chants for our players and even managed to have a sing off with an enthusiastic group of young Birmingham City fans who were sat near us.
It was also nice to have chat at the game with the lovely parents of Faye Bryson and Megan Wynne, even if I did accuse Faye’s dad Ian of being an Everton men’s fan when he is actually a red. The most satisfying part of the day other than the win was going down to the side of the pitch to congratulate our players and them applauding us all for coming along. We chatted with our heroes and some of the players even volunteered to have a group photo with us supporters that had made the trip to The Midlands. Shahan, who works tirelessly on our Twitter page and designed our supporters’ club logo, finally saw his first ever Bristol City victory in the FA Women’s Super League.
Following the game, our inspirational defender Jas Matthews, who is having a remarkable season, was the latest winner of our ‘Vixen of the Match’ poll. It was also pleasing to hear a Birmingham City fan write on Twitter after the match that our supporters were ‘excellent’ and ‘the best at Moors so far this season by a mile’.
In other news, our new Australian signing Chloe Logarzo made her Vixens debut in a strong showing in midfield against Birmingham City while Scottish striker Abi Harrison, who has been sidelined since last November, has started light running in her recovery from an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury.
I would also like to congratulate Poppy Pattinson, Charlie Wellings, Ebony Salmon, Katie Robinson and last but not least, Ellen Jones who have all been selected to be part of the latest Lionesses squads at various levels.
Finally, some of us are going to the BBC Radio Bristol studios next month to participate in a debate about women’s football which we are all looking forward to, we will have more news on that in a future update.
With an extended international break and no action for us until we face Arsenal at home on 22 March (not sure what happened the last time we played them!), it is a relief that we are now off the bottom of the FA Women’s Super League table and we are now in the dizzy heights of tenth.
I hope you enjoy the break and look forward to updating you again very soon.
Rich Paish [Founder of Bristol City Women-SC]