Welcome to our first Manchester City Women Official Supporters’ Club update of 2021.
We wanted to let the games start up again and then update you on all of our OSC goings on. Let me start by wishing supporters of all clubs a very Happy New Year, let’s hope that we can all get back to matches safely at some time this year.
The year 2020 ended well on the pitch for City with wins over Everton and Arsenal in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League along with a really confident victory over Goteborg in the UEFA Women’s Champions League round of 32. Unfortunately, our game at Birmingham City before Christmas and first two fixtures of 2021 against West Ham United and Chelsea were all postponed. We finally returned to action this week with our 7-0 win over Aston Villa before going down fighting against Chelsea in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup on Wednesday evening.
Everyone at Manchester City Women OSC was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of one of our most popular members shortly before Christmas. Bernard Holland was a dyed in the wool City fan who supported all aspects of the club since the 1950s. He was a valued member of our supporters’ club from our very beginnings in 2015 and attended virtually every game home and away since. The club marked his passing by including his name on the scoreboards and in the programme for the Boxing Day Premier League fixture against Newcastle United. Bernard was an avid advocate of women’s football and it’s growth. All here at the OSC, will miss him dearly and we would like to pass on our love and condolences to his family and friends on behalf of all our members.
With a return to stadiums still a way off, our online community is continuing to thrive and is helping to provide a different way of supporting our team. We held our annual Xmas Bash as an online Zoom meeting with a quiz and a raffle of fantastic signed prizes. Just this week, we were again able to host a virtual watch-a-long of the Aston Villa game when members from near and far (including members in Brazil and Canada) all got online to watch together. We know that it is not quite how we would want it but it is important to still feel connected both to our friends and of course, our team. We will continue to interact and support from afar for as long as we have to and hope that 2021 can be a smoother and safer ride for us all.
One great piece of news that we are all very proud of is that our Manchester City Women OSC branch secretary, Jayne Comer, has been elected to The City Matters panel as The Women’s Supporters’ representative. The panel has many reps for many different aspects of our support and meet throughout the year with club officials to discuss fans’ issues. Jayne won a vote to be elected and we are sure, knowing her passion for our club, that she will be a huge success in the role.
Our online threads are open as always for anyone who needs to chat.
Until next month, stay safe.
Dave (Committee member – MCWFC OSC)