This time it’s the turn of Chelsea Ladies goalkeeper Carly Telford.
I contacted Carly through Twitter to see if she would be interested in doing an interview for the ‘blog and she said that she was so, well, here it is.
Carly may ply her trade down South, but she is an NUFC supporter having been born in the North East. I personally love hearing what other Toon fans have to say which is one of the great things about this site, so this is what Carly had to say.
How did you end up supporting Newcastle United?
I was a Hammers supporter: I used to live down South, but when I moved home I was given a Newcastle top and sure enough they became my home team as I was born up in the Toon.
What was the first game you remember going to? And who did you go with?
Newcastle v Liverpool in like 1996, I went with my dad’s friend and his son he was Newcastle mad and we would always go and watch across his house as he had Sky Sports and my mum wouldn’t get it as we would always watch it!
What’s the best match you’ve ever been to?
Probably that game it was feisty as always and some legends played in it, plus it was my first game and the atmosphere was amazing. We won 2-1 players like David Ginola and Les Ferdinand were in their prime back then!
Who’s your favourite player? Past and present players count.
Being a goalkeeper I loved watching Shay Given be the hero for Newcastle numerous times, he’s definitely one of the best
Who’s your favourite Newcastle goalkeeper of all time?
Same as above: Shay Given
How often do you get to see the Toon play in a season?
Now that I live down South not a lot at all, I’m not a massive fan as in going to games as I usually was playing or travelling but I do try and watch and keep tabs on where they are and how they are doing.
How did you get involved in women’s football?
Well my dad played football on a Saturday and Sunday, and my mum worked so we (my brother and sister) used to get taken along to get looked after by my dad’s friends mam’s and would always play football with the boys and it started from there. First primary school and then it continued.
Have you always been a goalkeeper? If no, what other positions have you played?
Haha no I haven’t probably like most goalkeepers, I started on the pitch at primary school playing down the left or right wing, I was captain when we played away and one of the boys was the home captain, it was until I got scouted from a local team Chester-le-street that I changed to playing in goal. Basically it was freezing and my mum made me wear a big thick GK top to keep me warm, one of the coaches asked if I played in goal, I said I would try and from then I never looked back.
I know you’ve recently had a shoulder operation, how is your recovery going? When do you expect to be back playing?
Yeah I have bad shoulders, I had the other one operated on in 2007, same operation, so my right shoulder is recovering well and I know exactly what rehab I have to do. Hopefully December time but we have no games, but I’ll be ready for pre-season in January and fully fit for the new season.
Do you think the Women’s Super League has been a good idea for women’s football?
At first I wasn’t sure it was a big change for everyone as we’ve always played in the winter and it was just super league teams that were changing so it was going to be a strange change. However it really makes a lot of sense, playing in warmer weather, on better pitches against better teams can only strengthen the women’s game nationally and internationally. A lot of other countries play there football in the summer and they fit in well with the international tournaments throughout the summer allowing players to be at their peak. It’s also great for promotion of the game as its been televised and the media have really got behind it, there’s always room for improvement but for the first year it seems to have gone well, I look forward to next year.
I would like to say huge thanks for Carly taking the time out for the interview. Her stories of NUFC are really interesting and it’s great to hear about her memories of the Toon.
Carly is on Twitter so why not give her a follow? You can follow her here @carlytelford1« It’s all part of the masterplan? | Wolves v Newcastle – Premier League match preview »