After my previous interview was very well received on here, I thought it was about time to bring you another one.
This time it is the turn of NUWFC’s Captain Sarah Wilson and she happily agreed after I contacted her over twitter. Sarah is currently studying at Northumbria University and has a part-time job to help make ends meet. In her spare time she leads the Toon ladies meaning that she is a very busy girl indeed so it’s nice of her to take time out of her schedule to talk to us. This is what she had to say.
How did you get involved in playing football?
I started getting involved playing football when I was around 8 years old. My dad is a massive football fan, and I think that’s why I got involved.
What position do you play? Have you always played in that position?
I play centre half.When we played 7 a side I was a right back. I have always played in defence.
What does your matchday consist of?
Its dependent upon if we are playing home or away. If we are at home I like to wake up early so that I can prepare. I like to be relaxed so I usually sit and listen to music. I also search for a motivational quote to put up in the changing rooms.
If we are away its usually an early leave so up even earlier. Then you have to prepare on the bus. Its good like that so we can all prepare together. We all bounce off each other, we find out what’s been going on over the weekend, catch up on the gossip. Then we usually talk about who we’re playing against, what happened last time etc.
Any rituals or superstitions?
I always take my boots off and then put them back on again, after we have warmed up just before we line up to go out. I don’t know why!
Favourite game you’ve ever played in for NUWFC?
Favourite game I have played for Newcastle was my first ever game against Preston in 2009. I was so nervous but we played brilliant and won, even managed to get on the score sheet, which is very rare!
How is the season going for you?
Its going really well, we’re currently joint top of the league pushing for promotion.
You’ve just been drawn against Rothwell Ladies in the FA Cup 3rd round. Are cup games any different to league games?
Yeah they are, its a break from the league so we can sort of relax a bit this year. Because we are pushing for promotion every league game is vital, and there is a lot of pressure. Whereas a cup run is something I see on the side, another chance to pick up some silverware. An FA Cup run would be brilliant, however I see the league to be so much more important.
Alongside football, what are you currently doing at the moment?
I’m at Northumbria University, studying Sport and Exercise Science. I also work part time as a waitress at the Storybook pub/restraunt in Boldon. I’ve recently returned from playing in Iceland. I spent the summer over there playing for a team called Grindavikin the Premier League. The experience was amazing. I would love to go back and do it again someday.
Where do you hope NUWFC are at the end of the season?
I hope that with alot of hard work that we have been promoted into the Northern Premier Devision.
Do you feel the women’s game is becoming more popular?
Yeah definitely, comparing it to 10 years ago. The womens game has developed so much, in pace and technical ability. In doing so more and more girls are becoming involved which is great. If the women’s game continues developing as it is hopefully the fan base will increase. In doing so getting sponsors for the club and getting people to games wont be so difficult.
There you have it, it’s fantastic to hear about NUWFC and how they are progressing this season. I would like to say a huge thanks to Sarah for taking the time out to do this interview. This coming Sunday NUWFC are away to Rothwell Ladies in their FA Cup tie and I wish them the best of luck!
Sarah is on the world of Twitter, so why not give her a follow? You can follow her here @Wilson5NUWFC