For the love of the game: Carrie Dunn reveals what she’s learnt from a year following women’s football at close quarters

Carrie Dunn at a marketing event for her book, The Roar of the Lionesses, 2016 (Photo: Carrie Dunn)Journalist and academic Carrie Dunn has delved into areas previously unexplored in sports books, focusing on developments in a year of women’s football in England.

Dunn, a freelance writer, occasional broadcaster and journalism lecturer, has come up with an insightful account of the lives of footballers, managers, coaches and administrators in a time of great upheaval in the women’s game.

She spoke to Sent Her Forward about her hopes, fears and expectations before, during and since writing it.

Review: The Roar of the Lionesses: Women’s Football in England Continue reading


Review: The Roar of the Lionesses

Carrie Dunn with players and officials from Leyton Orient, 2016 (Photo: Carrie Dunn)

Carrie Dunn spent time with Super League teams and those who aspire to such levels, like Leyton Orient

In an age when books on sport – and football in particular – are commonplace, it’s still rare to find one that focuses on the women’s game.

The Roar of the Lionesses: Women’s Football in England won’t be the last on a subject that is gradually seeping into the consciousness of more open-minded football fans. Continue reading

Goal-crazy Oakwood on verge of county league title

Action from Oakwood v Lancing, Dec 11 2016 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)Oakwood 8 (Page 13, 20, 78, 85; Green 15, 18, 48, 90)
Lancing 0

Rampant Oakwood hit eight for the second week in a row as they all but clinched the Sussex county league before Christmas with an emphatic demolition of their only realistic rivals for the title. Continue reading

When it comes to development Lewes have plenty in reserve

Manager Lil Johnson oversees the pre-match warm-up for Lewes Development Squad against Southampton Saints Development Squad, December 4 2016 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Lewes manager Lil Johnson has a strong development squad to work with

Lewes Development 5 (Ramsauer 2; Ashby 21; Bowen 43; Baldock 51; E Smith 82)
Southampton Saints Dev 0

As relative newcomers to the Premier League’s Reserve Division, Lewes know what the gulf is like between the haves and have-nots at that level.

But after a couple of seasons of taking some heavy hits in the name of development, the club have decided to beef up their entire squad, and that means a different dynamic for the second string. Continue reading