Welcome to the latest update from the Manchester City Women Official Supporters’ Club and I hope that you are all keeping safe and well.
We also hope that recent developments with the Government announcements will help pave the way for us as supporters to return to games safely next season. It feels like light at the end of a very long tunnel.
One thing that Manchester City have been great at as a club during the fans’ enforced absence from games has been the opportunities offered to our fans and members to stay connected to the club. They recently contacted many of our members to share their memories of the last seven years since the club relaunched as a professional outfit. Seven trophies in seven years and so many memories to choose from. A range of fantastic articles, including members’ own personal stories, appeared over the course of a week on all the club’s social media channels and on the website.
Two of our junior OSC members have also been lucky enough to be involved in the club’s amazing recent interactions. Everyone at Manchester City Women OSC were extremely proud to see our junior member Anastasia Hill be selected by the club as the Junior Cityzen of the Match for our UEFA Women’s Champions League round of 16 first leg tie against Fiorentina. Anastasia received a lovely personalised letter from her idol Ellie Roebuck along with a full City kit and goody bag of City bits to celebrate the occasion. The biggest thrill for Anastasia came when she was announced as the new signing and had her name read out with the team line-up and her image displayed on the big screen prior to kick-off.
Another young OSC member who has had a recent amazing experience is Akalyna (Nina) Boynton. Under the club’s #SameGoals initiative, where girls can film themselves scoring a goal and send it in to win an exclusive football from the club, she was invited to an online workshop with players Sam Mewis, Caroline Weir and Esme Morgan. They chatted about their careers, trophy wins and offered advice for young aspiring footballers. Akalyna’s question of what they would be if they weren’t footballers raised a few laughs as Caroline stated ‘maybe a TV presenter, on Place in the Sun!’.
A huge thank you must go to all at the club for creating these fantastic initiatives for young fans in these troubling times.
Another important announcement to be made recently was that our Manchester City Women OSC treasurer Jude Morris-King has been elected onto the Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) National Council as a women’s game network representative. Jude has a real passion for the women’s game so it is a great appointment and one that everyone here at our OSC are so proud of. Jude’s appointment comes off the back of our secretary Jayne Comer’s election onto the City Matters Panel at Manchester City. We are very proud to see both members of our committee representing the women’s game, fans and future in such positive ways.
Finally, we managed to organise a virtual meeting via Zoom with our members last week. We chatted about City, safe returns next season and much, much more. It was great to see so many members, even if it was virtually. Congratulations go to Leanne and Jude who won our very difficult City Women quiz. We have also arranged our next virtual get together, a watch-a-long for our Barclays FA Women’s Super League home game against Reading next weekend.
As always, we know some people are struggling with the situation that we continue to find ourselves in. If we can help in any way, whether it be a chat or a bit of interaction, please remember that our social media channels are open to all and we are always happy to chat.
Dave (Committee member – MCWFC OSC)