Reading FC Women began their Barclays Women’s Super League campaign with a win at Liverpool last weekend – and with their home fixtures beginning against Manchester City this Sunday at Adams Park (12.30pm kick-off), manager Kelly Chambers is excited about what the season could hold.
Record crowds have been posted across WSL clubs, and off the back of the excitement of the World Cup in France last summer, the profile of the women’s game has never been bigger. And the Royals boss is confident that Royals supporters will enjoy the day at Adams Park this Sunday.
“The buzz is coming from us – we had a really strong pre-season, and getting off to three points against Liverpool was a big start,” Chambers said.
“On the back of the World Cup, you can see that there is a buzz around the women’s game right now. And hopefully that will turn into bums on seats at games, and getting our fans into the stadium to see the quality that there is in the WSL.
“I’d encourage the fans to just come and watch – it’s a game of football and no different to seeing a men’s game. You’ll see the same quality, and if you love football then I truly believe that you will feel that.
“It’s also very personal and you can get close to players as fans, and have a personal touch with players – it’s a chance to be part of the family at our games.
“The girls love to go and speak to the fans afterwards. They’ll stick around and sign things – that’s the side of the game that we love to show. Our fans are as much a part of the game as we are, and we want to make them feel like that.
“So come and get that feel. We’re one club, and we want our fans to be part of that.”
Man City will offer a tough challenge – runners-up in the league last season, City are one of the favourites for the title this year.
“It’s a case of looking at our strengths, but also looking at them and seeing where we can hurt them,” continued Chambers. “We need to adapt to how they play and what they do.
“Another thing in our favour is that they’re playing Champions League football on Thursday – that’s another game that we haven’t got, so I hope we’ll be a little bit fresher going into this weekend.
“But like any game, against any opponent, we’ll treat the game exactly the same. We’ll make sure we’re prepared in the right way and then we’ll need to deliver on the day as well. If you don’t deliver on the day, you won’t get the result you want. The players have been building the momentum during pre-season so I don’t think that will be a problem.”
Any Season Ticket holders for the men’s team are able to attend Reading FC Women home fixtures for free by showing their Season Ticket card. Individual match tickets can be bought here or on arrival at Adams Park.