Welcome to the latest Manchester City Women Official Supporters’ Club update.
The big news in our game this week is obviously the decision to finish the Barclays FA Women’s Super League season with immediate effect. This was without doubt a sad but inevitable conclusion and of course, the health and safety of players, staff and fans must be the main priority at all times. I am sure it was a difficult decision to make and at the time of writing, some matters such as the top two and more crucially, the relegation and promotion issue still have to be resolved.
Here at the OSC, we have publicly thanked our wonderful team for their efforts this season. We are glad that the season was not null and void and that landmarks such as our derby win at The Etihad Stadium and our emotional victory against Arsenal in Nick Cushing’s last game will still now officially remain in the record books.
This week has seen the usual busy interactions online as we all stay connected. We had our ever-popular Friday Night Twitter Quiz as well as many other teasers and games over the Bank Holiday weekend.
The decision to finish the season means that we have now officially opened a two-week voting period for all our members to vote for the Manchester City Women OSC Player of the Season. We do not issue a shortlist of candidates, we just give each member one vote and they can vote for whichever player they feel deserves the award. Early indications are that this year’s vote is going to be the closest thatwe have ever had. If you are a member and have not yet voted please check your E-mails or our social media channels for details.
We have been involved in two virtual online get-togethers this week. The first was instigated by Free Lionesses who are the arm of the Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) who deal with the women’s game. Our branch and most other Barclays FA Women’s Super League clubs’ supporters’ groups were introduced to each other and we all chatted around numerous issues in our game. It is a new initiative that both the groups and The FSA both hope will give the fans of the women’s game in this country a louder voice.
Secondly, last Saturday saw our treasurer Jude Morris-King and OSC secretary Jayne Comer represent our branch in a huge virtual supporters’ club group meeting. Groups from around the world including fans of clubs in the USA, Brazil and Spain were in attendance, along with fans of most Barclays FA Women’s Super League sides. All supporters’ groups chatted and exchanged ideas and greetings. It is something that will be an ongoing thing and something that we hope will help the game unite as a whole. Jude and Jayne both really enjoyed the experience.
One thing that we are very much looking forward to is our virtual branch meeting. It is taking place via a Zoom link this Friday at 7pm and is a chance for our members to catch up with each other and to chat over all the recent developments. There will also be a special guest in attendance so please keep an eye on our social media channels to find out who will be joining us. Members should check their E-mails or our social media channels for details of how to join the meeting.
Wishing you all continued good health and as usual, stay safe.
Dave (Committee member – MCWFC OSC)