Women’s football weekend was deemed “absolutely momentous”with more than 70,000 people turning out to games in the Women’s Super League.
Four out of six fixtures were played at Premier League and Championship grounds, breaking two WSL records on Sunday.
38,262 attended The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday afternoon for the north London derby, while Anfield, hosting its first-ever WSL match, welcomed 23,500 for the Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton.
Tottenham’s co-head coach Karen Hill believes this weekend has been ‘absolutely momentous’ for women’s football.
“This is progression for Women’s football. To bring the team here and see the support, we should all be proud. This shouldn’t be a moment though, this should be the norm in women’s football.”
More to follow on this story throughout the day on Park Life Sport.
Chelsea women’s home ground Kingsmeadow also saw a record crowd – the 4,790 sell-out saw the blues beat Manchester United 1-0, making it the new best attendance for a WSL game held at a non-Premier League stadium. The Blues manager Emma Haynes had this to say about the attendances this weekend:
Almost 75,000 attending women’s football matches across the country. 👏 well done to our clubs and thanks to all the fans for the support. Our future is bright
— Emma Hayes MBE (@emmahayes1) November 17, 2019
This all comes a week after England women’s team broke the record for the their highest home attendance. 77,768 watched on at Wembley as the Lionesses fell to a narrow 2-1 defeat to Germany. Phil Neville’s side have since beat Czech Republic 3-2 and await their return in the new year.
Closer to home, Cheltenham Town Ladies team ended off a disappointing week with a 1-0 loss to Leyton Orient in the FA Women’s Cup. Ellie Stenning scored the only goal in the game to knock the Robins out the competition. This loss came off the back of a three point deduction in the Women’s National League, as well as a fine, for fielding an ineligible player at Southampton Women’s on September 15.
Cheltenham Town’s Ladies cup run ends at home to @OrientWFC.
And just as the game ends the heavens open and we have our first downpour of the day.
While it’s horrible that it’s raining, we’re glad it’s now rather than earlier! pic.twitter.com/Fd7m1VlPqB
— Cheltenham Town Ladies FC (@CTLadies) November 17, 2019
On a positive note Around 70 people turned up to watch the side, with numbers rising each week. Manager Alex Cheal is always grateful to the fans for their support:
“The more people that come and watch, means the more people are talking about us. The players feel great about it as well, it feels like people care. It’s just a big reward for the players and everyone behind the scenes.”
Cheltenham sit third in the league and will next face Chesham United LFC on December 12.
In all, this is still just the start in the rise of Women’s football, with it expected to keep growing for years to come. How can we make sure of this? Check out my follow up story on the Park Life Sport website.