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 season.
FA Women’s Super League Full-Time continues to profile each member of the group. This week, we speak with Zoe Hodges, one of the newer members of the Manchester United Barmy Army.
Name: Zoe Hodges
Nickname: I don’t have a nickname as such but my singer/songwriter stage name is ‘Just Zoe’. It doesn’t work too well when other musicians want to play too!
So Zoe, as you’ve been coming on the Barmy Bus this season, how do you fit within the Manchester United Women’s Barmy Army?
I am the semi-polite one who shouts “No ref I think you’re wrong!” and I also write the occasional article or two.
We’ll slowly change you from semi-polite, don’t worry. What do you do when you’re not cheering on Manchester United?
I am a music journalist, photographer and radio presenter.
Awesome lead into our next question. What are your favourite United chants or songs?
“Lotta, Lotta, Lotta she’s our Swedish left-back, bombing down the wing, she keeps attackers at bay” to the tune of ‘Gimme, Gimme, Gimme’ by ABBA. I can’t listen to that song in the same way ever again.
It definitely has given me a new appreciation of that song. Always loved ‘Money, Money, Money’ and tried to get that in as a second song for Lotta Ökvist. Will keep trying! What about non-United songs?
‘Better Than Revenge’ by Taylor Swift or ‘Your Next Lover’ by Lori McKenna.
Who is your favourite player?
“Mary Earps baby, Mary Earps woooah!”
What is your favourite thing to eat?
Mac and cheese…yum yum.
A glorious choice. What is your drink of choice?
Southern Comfort neat on the rocks!
It’s an away day for the United Women. What are you having to eat?
McDonalds fries, cheesy bites and reindeer treats. (I didn’t realise they were just carrot sticks…or for children).
I can definitely get on board with two of those. What do you think the players and Casey Stoney think of the Barmy Army?
They love us don’t they? You can see it on Mary Earps’ face. The minute she walks out, she turns round to us and shows her appreciation – though she might be trying to get a new chant out of us!
Casey is our leader, occasionally you see her smirk at some of the things we say and sing so although they have to act professional, I’m sure they’re itching to sing along with us!
I think they are too. Last match against Everton was great as the substitutes warmed up next to us and they were laughing at hearing their chants up close. How and why did you join the Barmy Army?
It must have been the chicken nuggets you offered me at 6am on my first away day. It’s a great community to be a part of, a lot of different characters coming together to share one love and they’re pretty loud about it too. It’s hard to ignore them so you might as well join them!