While it may not have been the busiest of weeks for our club, the last seven days saw many of our players feature internationally with mainly positive results.
First up, Abbie McManus was an unused substitute for the last two Lionesses games at the SheBelieves Cup 2020. She had to watch on as her side beat Japan 1-0 in their second game of the tournament. We all hope to see Abbie feature in the Lionesses’ final SheBelieves Cup fixture against Spain on Wednesday.
We also saw several of our young players feature for the England Under-21s side. Emily Ramsey, Ella Toone and Aimee Palmer all played in both games against France at St. Georges Park over the last week. All three impressed in both matches but especially in a 1-0 win in which Ramsey produced a superb save to ensure The Young Lionesses victory.
Several of our members made the trip to Wales to see Hayley Ladd play in their friendly against Estonia as they won 2-0 and also set a new record attendance in Welsh women’s football. It was an enjoyable match for all fans and it was great to see young children joining in with chants of ‘Hayley Ladd’s Barmy Army’. We also gave many of them Barmy Army badges and we hope to see them at a future Manchester United game.
Earlier this month, our defender Lotta Okvist gained her first senior call-up for her Sweden and she featured for 87 minutes before being substituted in a tight 2-1 loss to Denmark in the Algarve Cup 2020. Our midfielder and UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 winner Jackie Groenen made an appearance from the substitutes bench as her side, the Netherlands, drew 0-0 with Canada in the Tournoi de France. Due to her late introduction into the game, she was unable to make enough of an impact on the match.
On to the Barmy Army and our next match isn’t until the 22 March which is Mothers’ Day. Why not bring your mum or grandmother along to the Leigh Sports Village and give them an exciting day cheering on The Red Devils in our FA Women’s Super League fixture against West Ham United.
Our following match is against Manchester City. I’d like to offer a quick reminder to all fans that this fixture has been changed from Sunday 29 March to Saturday 28 March with a 3pm kick-off scheduled. Stick with us following the full-time whistle, as we hold our first ever AGM at The Whistling Wren pub. Here you can offer your opinions on all things Barmy Army and hear of our latest plans. Make sure to get tickets now at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/muwfc-barmy-army-agm-tickets-92066018941?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
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.
Our final away game of the season is at Bristol City. This game was originally scheduled for Sunday 26 April at their usual Stoke Gifford Stadium home, however, it has now been moved to Saturday 25 April so that The Robins instead can entertain us at Ashton Gate, the home of Bristol City men. Although the capacity of the ground is 27,000, we are currently unaware of how many tickets will be on-sale. The Barmy Army are looking to make a block group booking for this fixture, so please let us know if you would like to be involved. Otherwise, tickets are priced at £6 Adults, £4 Under-22s and Over-65s, £3 Under-19s and £1 Under-12s.
On a final note, like our men this week, our Under-14 girls beat Manchester City in their derby. They ran out 2-1 victors and we hope that our women’s team can produce a similar display later this month.
That rounds up this week’s Barmy Army update. We hope all our members and readers have a lovely week and stay healthy during the current Coronavirus outbreak. We will keep supporting our girls no matter where they may be, and we know you will too, roll on the next game!
The Barmy Army (@barmyarmyMUWFC)