Dalton’s dream teams: Simply the best

Part two of Sent Her Forward’s look back at the players who have most impressed and made me smile in best part of six years of reporting on women’s football

Deanna Cooper and Jo Wilson compete for the ball during the match between Brighton and QPR, Sep 6 2015 (Photo: Kevin Richards)

Deanna Cooper (centre) and Jay Blackie (right), two of the finest footballers I’ve seen, make both my first XIs (Photo: Kevin Richards)

I must have seen at least a dozen of those who took part in this summer’s Women’s World Cup in live club games.

Yet my selections for my Best Ever Team represent a footballing universe far broader than the game’s top global competition – or even just the Women’s Super League. Continue reading

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Dalton’s dream teams: A few of my favourite things

A walk down Memory Lane as Sent Her Forward recalls some of the finest players I’ve had the privilege of watching

Wivelsfield Green's Leigh Farley gets in a tackle during their match against Bexhill United Reserves March 30 2014 Photo: Dave Burt

Leigh Farley scored the first goal I ever saw live in women’s football – but she did far more than that (Photo: Dave Burt)

It’s almost seven years since I began watching women’s football – and nearly six since I started reporting on it on Sent Her Forward.

Time for a list or two, I think. Continue reading

Sent Her Forward awards – honourable mentions and the Dream Teams

Beth Roe in action for Brighton against Manchester City, Feb 4 2018 (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHA)

Beth Roe’s outstanding progress with Brighton saw her rub shoulders with the country’s elite and not look out of place (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHA)

The match reports might have come to a halt and the news features become few and far between, but there’s always time for a Sent Her Forward award or two.

And for this website’s fifth season – during which I have seen slightly fewer matches and reported on only two-thirds of them – it’s a slightly streamlined honours board. Continue reading

Sent Her Forward honours 2016/17 – part three: the Dream Teams

Sent Her Forward’s end-of-season awards conclude with those long-awaited dream teams – and there’s a twist this year.

Collage of Roseanne Fine, Danni Cutler and Laura Rafferty (Photos: Crawley Wasps LFC/Beckie Kirkham/Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Roseanne Fine, Danni Cutler and Laura Rafferty make their respective Dream Team starting XIs (Photos: Crawley Wasps LFC/Beckie Kirkham/Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Welcome to the third and final part of this year’s honours – surely the most comprehensive in women’s football. Continue reading

Sent Her Forward honours 2016/17 – part one

Composite photo of Emma Wood, Roy Stannnard, BHASVIC and Jack Wheeler (Photos: Dawn Keegan, Sent Her Forward and Julian Hart)

Emma Wood and Roy Stannard, BHASVIC college team and Jack Wheeler’s Gillingham have all enjoyed great seasons (Photos: Dawn Keegan/Sent Her Forward/Julian Hart)

Season’s over – but the celebrations continue. At least, here at Sent Her Forward they do. The much-anticipated honours are back, with some new categories, some familiar names and some to look out for in the future.

Welcome to part one of the Sent Her Forward honours 2016/17. Continue reading