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WEEKLY UPDATE: Manchester United Barmy Army #9

Despite there being no matches this week, the Manchester United Barmy Army are still able to present to you our highlights and key events which our members will need to know about in the near future.

Thursday saw several of our members visit the National Football Museum in Manchester for Strip! Talk; modern cult classics event, which featured our very own captain Katie Zelem. The event had many panellists, including rivals Manchester City’s Janine Beckie, in which they spoke about kits and football shirts over the years and how they have changed.

We learnt that much like our fans, Katie and the girls loved last season’s pink away shirt and she said that it was their favourite to play in. She also revealed that last season’s blue third shirt was a firm favourite, as the girls had superstitions about playing in that shirt as it was worn during our first game (which brought our first win) against Liverpool at Prenton Park. The were opportunities following the close of the event for autographs and selfies. It was a success and was thoroughly enjoyed by all attendees.

Our fans were due to travel to watch our loan players at Sheffield United as they were scheduled to face Crystal Palace last weekend but once again, yet another match had to be postponed due to the horrid weather that has caused many problems across the FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship.

One postponed game that has been rearranged is our trip to Birmingham City. The match will now take place on 25 March and we will be running a coach for this game, priced at £22 per person. In terms of away travel going forward, our next away game is Arsenal at Boreham Wood on 5 April. As a reward for all of the fans’ support so far this season, places on the coach cost just £25 rather than the usual price of £30. To book on either coach (or both) please contact @barmyarmyTravel to secure your place.

All members should note that our derby fixture against Manchester City which was scheduled for 29 March has now been moved to Saturday 28 March and will kick-off at 3pm. This means that our first AGM will also now be moved to 5.30pm on Saturday 28 March, following the final whistle at the Leigh Sports Village. Fans wishing to take part in our first meeting of the Barmy Army can sign up for a ticket by clicking here. We are going to discuss all key issues for the Barmy Army and what will come in the next 12 months.

Saturday brought the FA Women’s Continental League Cup final. Unfortunately, Manchester United didn’t make the final this year but we would like to congratulate Chelsea and Chelsea Women’s Supporters Group on winning that piece of silverware for the first time.

Announced just this morning, Soccer Aid for Unicef 2020 will feature our manager Casey Stoney. We are all excited to head to Old Trafford to support the boss alongside many other celebrities and former players, including England legend Kelly Smith. We hope to see as many of you there as possible on the 6 June at 7.30pm to support our boss and a good cause as we come together to raise money for Unicef. Ticket prices start from just £20 for adults and £10 for children and can be purchased at https://www.socceraid.org.uk/tickets/

With the international break now in effect, we will instead be monitoring the progress of our players with their international teams. We would all like to congratulate Lotta Okvist on her first senior call-up for Sweden and we hope she gains some valuable playing experience. Our other players that may feature include Jackie Groenen (The Netherlands), Hayley Ladd (Wales), Kirsty Smith and Lizzie Arnot (Scotland). Several of our members are hoping to visit Wales for Hayley Ladd’s nation’s fixture against Estonia on Friday. We would like to wish all of our international stars the best of luck with their fixtures and hope for their safe return without any injuries.

Hope you all have a great week and enjoy your international break.

The Barmy Army (@barmyarmyMUWFC)

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