Stoke City FC (Women)
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Stoke on Trent
Stoke City FC (Women)
Hi, my names Meg Bowyer and I am Captain of Stoke City FC (Women).
How important is it for you, that women’s football is now more popular?
I think the fact that the women’s game has grown massively over the last few years is important for all involved, there are more teams registering every year, more females participating in the sport which therefore increases the standard every season, the women’s game is only going to continue rising.
How do you prepare for an (important) competition? (music, rituals, etc.)
I prep the same every week, it’s nothing major but I always put my right side of everything on first.. right sock, right shin pad, right boot, I’ve no idea why but it’s something I’ve always done! Haha. I also only put my armband on once I’m out of the changing rooms.
Meg, you are now 26 year. Was it always your ambition to become professional football player ?
I’ve literally just turned 27 and as people say these are meant to be the “prime” years so hopefully I’ve got my best years ahead of me! Being a professional footballer has always been a dream yes, but my ambition has been to be consistent in what I do and be successful, something I hope I’ve achieved at Stoke.
You are the captain of Stoke City Ladies. When did you wear the captain’s armband for the first time? And how important was that moment for you ?
I wore the captains armband for the first time when I was 18, I remember Andrew Frost and Duncan Gilchrist (the managers at the time) telling me in the Services on the way to Loughborough away! It’s something that took me by surprise as I was only young but it’s something I’ve always been proud of ever since.
What is the craziest thing you’ve ever experienced in a match?
The craziest thing… that’s a tough one! I’d probably say when an opposition travelled to our home ground didn’t bring a suitable kit with them so we had to run into our changing rooms quickly and put our away kit on as fast as we could even though we’d already done the handshake and were ready to start the game!
Proudest moment of your career so far?
The proudest moment of my career would be Captaining the treble winning season back in 2013 when we won the League Cup, County Cup and the League.
Your favourite football player is David Beckham, why ?
I have a couple of favourite footballers, one is David Beckham the reason being is because he was successful, a leader, and gave his all every game, that’s something I admired from a young age! My other favourite footballer has to be Vidic, there’s nothing he wouldn’t throw his body in the way of!
What is your ultimate dream for your football career ?
I don’t specifically have an ultimate dream for my football career, my ambition outlines what I want to achieve and that’s to be consistent in what I do and to be successful.
Meg, what are your personal goals for the rest of this season?
My personal goals for the rest of the season would be for us as a squad to retain the County Cup, challenge for the League Cup and finish in the top 3 in the league. This is something that we are capable of, but have to stay focused and put the hard work in on the training ground to ensure we’re doing what we can to get there.