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“I’m really proud playing with these girls and team” – Cheltenham Town’s Aimee Watson on hitting 75 appearances

Cheltenham Town Ladies’ goalkeeper Aimee Watson said she’s really proud to be a part of a great team after making her 75th appearance.  

The shot-stopper hit the milestone for the club last night in their 2-1 defeat against Oxford United. 

Following her appearance against Oxford United, the number one moves up to fifth in the tally of all time, surpassing former defender Naomi Purvis (73) and now leads the way for appearances in the current squad.

Watson joined back in July 2021 following a spell at Southwest side Swindon Town and has since cemented her place in the starting line-up. 

Since joining the club, Watson has picked up 11 ‘Opposition Player of the Match’ awards, the third highest total at the club, proving her importance and influence. 

After making her 75th appearance, Watson was full of praise for the team behind the team.  

“When Tom [Davies] brought me in, it was clear that he was very ambitious and had a clear vision on where he wants us to be.

“I’ve loved every second of playing under him and his management style; it’s brought back my love for football.

“Also, James [Litherland] is amazing. He’s quality we get on so well and he’s great to work with every week.” 

James Litherland [Goalkeeper coach] and Aimee Watson

Throughout her time at Cheltenham, Watson was crucial in securing the club’s longest clean sheet run, with the number one securing five consecutive shut outs. 

The number one has enjoyed cup wins and promotions, but best of all, Watson played a vital role in their 2021/22 season where they were crowned FA Women’s National League Division One champions

The side lost only one league game on route to becoming champions with Watson conceding just 12 goals – the lowest number in the league. 

A season like no other, the side secured the double after they were victorious in the GFA County Cup.  

Since then, the keeper has enjoyed three seasons at the club with manager Davies highlighting how instrumental she has been.

“Aimee’s really important, she hasn’t changed which is a good thing, she’s fantastic, and has saved us a million times and more.

“The way she communicates, the way she wants to keep developing and keep improving her game and the ambition she has to keep moving forward

“Aimee’s now in the top five of all time appearances so to have someone that’s been around throughout my tenure as well, the fact that she’s been available and fit for all of those games is testament to her.”

The arrival of Watson was one of six signings in the summer of 2021 with Davies looking to provide stability within his team. 

“We’ve got to build from the back, so the number one spot is vital to us, and she’s been there for us.

“She’s been a huge part as to why we’re able to achieve what we have. I’m really happy for her and we can celebrate that for her.

“It’s really pleasing to see. We’re really happy she’s been part of this team and hopefully continue to be a big part of this in the future.”

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