An interview with Carly Telford

Carly Telford in action for England
I thought it was about time that I brought you another interview.

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

About Zoë Vicarage

A lifelong Newcastle fan. Currently exiled in Sunderland studying Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland Follow me on Twitter: @ZoeVicarage

49 thoughts on “An interview with Carly Telford

  1. In fairness I’d boff her 😉

    Toon fan to boot. What more do you want?

    Nice to hear our influence infiltrates the bigger clubs. I mean clubs like Chelsea, Everton and Arsenal take their ladies teams very very seriously indeed. I can only see it getting bigger in the next few years.

    Just so everyone knows, Zoe has been offered a place with Newcastle United ladies on the back of her chasing up these interviews although it depends on which Uni she chooses to go to.

    Well done:)


  2. Toonsy said: In fairness I’d boff her

    Maybe a new idea for the site…women footballers you’d like to boff! Maybe male footballers for the gay subscribers?!?

    Me…I’d go for Rachel Unitt


  3. Aaah Toonsy….gotcha now mate, though I had an inkling what you had meant 😉 😉 ….

    The constant snipes at the toon get my goat mate….ffs there has been enough to be unhappy about over the last couple of seasons under Cashley.


  4. Toonsy: You know I’m getting Carly to have a look at this blog etc 😆 she said to me earlier today that ‘I’ll have to check it out for sure’ while I was at 6th form.


  5. MM – On Harper, I’ve heard that he won’t travel to away games to sit on the bench. Don’t shoot the messenger like.


  6. Zoe – I’ve just tweeted you and Carly to say about skipping comment 1. However if she wants my phone number then…… 😉


  7. It’s great to hear Carly’s stories of the Toon and how she came to support them, best match etc. Really appreciate Carly doing this 😀

    Thanks for the mention about NUWFC Toonsy, didn’t think you were going to do that

    P.S Some of the questions aren’t bolded, just a heads up to let you know


  8. Zoe i think its a slightly larger woman bearing a mini toonsy that he should be worried about reading. Don’t annoy pregnant women…..


  9. Really liked the mention about Shay Given, was my favourite goalie when I was growing up and I had a goalie shirt with Given on the back and I agree that he has been one of the best for us.


  10. Yeah i know some criticised him for leaving but he stayed around for five years that he could’ve been playing champions League football because he loved the area and wanted the club to be successful.

    He’ll always be a legend in my book, might be slightly biased being Irish but still. Don’t blame him for leaving because i don’t think it was related to where we were in the table but the political turmoil at the club and broken promises.


  11. I think Given has been THE best for us. Certainly in my lifetime. The fact that he was here for so long will mean that he will be the favourite of many a Newcastle fan. Still don’t get why people boo’d him at Villa.


  12. I think she retweeted for the comment – trying to put the idea in people head that she could be britains hottest athlete 😆


  13. Zoe another good article and another fine Lady footballer that has taken the time to do your interview, which I say good on her 😉 and its a pity the Male footballers didn’t go to the same bother for footie fans.
    Although following on from what the perv said @ 1 being a happily married man I wouldn’t even think of things like that, but she is a mighty fine looking Lass 😉
    Zoe congrats on the NUWFC offer well done Girl, and if you put the same effort into them as you do with us you’ll make it 😉


  14. MM I see someone is still going out of there way to try to make you look bad, I noticed he is always quick at having a go at some of the bloggers that come on here. But he was too gutless to answer me when I asked him why he was lying about why he banned me. But then he was never to quick or liked to answer people when he was in the wrong 👿


  15. Thanks Dave, am hoping to see if I can get another one soon. Know another lady player who supports the toon so I’ll see. Plus doing interviews with NUWFC’s players too.

    Thanks, couldn’t believe it when he said about it. All depends which uni I go to next year


  16. Big D….”Hooters love in member” 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 I like that one mate !

    Regarding Pardew, I was against him at first, but am now right on his side. The bloke has gone about things in his own way. He still cracks on too much at times, but we are 4th top at the mo, despite all the animosity and anger against the owner, and I’ll settle for that…


  17. Australian women play in summer too. As do the men. And wooooohooooo! it all starts next week, after a 7 month off season.

    Too bloody hot to play football imho, but great to sit in the stands with a nice cold beer (yes, we’re allowed to take a beer to our seats) on a hot evening and watch a game.


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