West Ham United return to our screens this evening with BBC documentary ‘Squad Goals’ set to air on BBC One.
The series, which is also downloadable in it’s entirety on the BBC iPlayer, provides viewers with an in-depth behind-the-scenes insight into the life of the West Ham United’s women’s team.
‘Squad Goals’ follows West Ham United throughout the 2019/2020 season and continues on from the initial series ‘Britain’s Youngest Football Boss’ which aired throughout 2019. The documentary is hard-hitting, covering the highs and the lows of the season, and it promises to be an exhilarating watch for all fans of the women’s game.
In a BBC pre-launch event, we caught up with West Ham United’s managing director Jack Sullivan who told us a little more about life behind the cameras.
When summarising the series, Sullivan said “The thing that the series really does show is the highs and the lows.
“It is brutally honest and it is brutally real which I think is something which isn’t always the case in some other sporting documentaries. We have shown everything, the good and the bad.
“It has been a real rollercoaster for us the last two years, obviously after reaching Wembley last year there was high expectation on the team’s shoulders and it is interesting to see how that plays out.
“We are all really proud of it and we are really proud of the team establishing ourselves as a Women’s Super League club.
“It has been a crazy two years but it has been brilliant. I watched them (the episodes) all back and it has just been great to re-watch the year.
“When we first decided to take part in the documentary, it was to encourage new people to follow the women’s game, encouraging a new generation. I’d like to think that it has opened viewers’ eyes up to the inside workings of a women’s football club.”
The series covers one of West Ham United’s milestone moments, their first fixture at The London Stadium against Tottenham Hotspur which was played out in-front of 24,790 fans. The Hammers lost the match 2-0 but Sullivan still rates the occasion very highly in the list of West Ham United achievements.
He added “It was a huge moment. We had five weeks to sell as many tickets as possible and we sold just over 24,000.
“It was the third-highest attendance ever for a Women’s Super League game so it was a huge achievement for a team that was semi-pro just two years ago.
“It showed you how the supporters really wanted to support the women’s team at West Ham and it highlighted how much the men’s team wants the women’s team to do well.”
The first episode of ‘Squad Goals’ will be screened on BBC One at 11pm this evening. Viewers wanting to watch all six episodes in a bundle can do this by logging onto the BBC iPlayer.