Welcome to this week’s very special update from the Manchester City Women Official Supporters’ Club.
I hope you are all well and are coping with the situation which we still find ourselves in. As you can see, this is our 52nd weekly update and therefore marks our first anniversary of providing content for our members on the FA Women’s Super League Full-Time website. I will be covering our first year of content in much more detail later on in this update.
The big news this week is that the Manchester City Women Official Supporters’ Club are now official members of The Football Supporters Association (@WeAreTheFSA). We joined last month and had planned to announce this at our Roadshow event but that was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are extremely proud to be a member of the association and look forward to working with them in the future. There will be more news on this when the football returns.
This last week has seen us all remain in lockdown and our social media threads are continuing to be the vital tools in helping us all stay connected with each other. We have again enjoyed watching a couple of classic matches screened by the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, a defeat at Arsenal from 2018 and a thumping good win at Reading from earlier that year.
Our players remain very active on social media with Jill Scott’s skills challenges continuing along with the ‘Lionesses’ Coffee Club’ featuring Steph Houghton, Jill Scott, Ellen White and Karen Bardsley. We have also seen Caroline Weir, Janine Beckie and Georgia Stanway as well as many others very active online.
Our popular Friday Night Quiz was again staged on Twitter plus there have been daily teasers all designed to help us keep together and stimulate different debates other than the inevitable ‘When will football return?’ conversation which we all are having but simply cannot answer at the moment.
As mentioned above, this update sees the first anniversary of the OSC’s weekly bulletins, time has gone so quickly. It is a year that has seen us as an OSC travel the length and breadth of both the UK and Europe in support of our wonderful team while many members travelled out and supported the Lionesses in France at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.
From day one, our hope was that we could create a thriving social environment away from the matchdays. To that end, we have reported in our weekly update on many varied gatherings that we have organised away from the games. These include a FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 England v Scotland party for all members not lucky enough to be out in France to be able to watch the game together, a number of group visits to The National Football Museum events including talks and player appearances, the official launch of our yearbook and Gary James’ Manchester City Women: An Oral History, Manchester Pride and our third annual Xmas Bash, which we held with our good friends from the Bluebells branch of the City Supporters’ Club.
In addition to these events there have been our usual branch meetings, visits to other branches and attending official Manchester City functions such as the women’s team’s Player of the Season awards dinner and the prestigious Manchester City Supporters’ Club 70th anniversary dinner .
We pride ourselves on being a very supportive branch and with that in mind, it has also been my pleasure to be able to report on our charitable donations to great causes such as The Darby Rimmer Foundation and our ongoing shirt sponsorship of Tameside United Girls Under-11s team which we are very proud of.
We have built fantastic relationships and friendly rivalries with many other supporters’ groups from other teams. This is something that we are also proud of and hope to continue in the coming seasons.
Over the course of the last few weeks, I have regularly mentioned that the online footballing community has a very important part to play in the situation that we all find ourselves in at the moment. The primary example is when we first went into the self-isolation phase. I was very worried that with no football or events to report on, I would have to tell the FA Women’s Super League Full-Time team that we would have to put the weekly updates on hold. Nothing could have been further from the truth though and thanks to our wonderful members and online community, we have all remained connected and I have had plenty of news to pass on to the wider audience in these updates.
I would like to again thank Dan for this opportunity to look back on the past year and we look forward to another exciting 12 months.
I wish you continued good health and remind you that we are here for anyone who is feeling a little low or who just needs a chat in these difficult times. See you again next week when we can start to create another year of memories. In the meantime, look after yourselves and be kind to each other.
Dave (Committee member – MCWFC OSC)