CEO Blog 17-18
This week features Northern Ireland, Girls' Football Week & Wisbech Town's record breaker
The story of the week so far has to be the penalty awarded against Northern Ireland in the World Cup Qualifier Play Off against Switzerland. It was a poor decision, and the coverage on the BBC website and 5 Live after the game left no one in doubt about the decision:
While I share the sympathy for the tough call on the Irishmen, it doesn’t change the tie that much. Assuming they had secured a 0-0 draw, they still would have had to go to Basle and win. The only result it directly affects is if Northern Ireland win 1-0, as a 2-1 win will see them go through on away goals in any case.
So hopefully the energy be channelled away from the refereeing decision and will be put into getting a result in the second leg to achieve the win that would take the team to their first World Cup Finals in 32 years.
Girls’ football week
The highlight of Girls’ football week so far for us was the Girls’ Primary School Festival that took place at St Ives. The Twitter coverage showed what a top event it was and how much the girls enjoyed it:
There were around 150 girls at this event, and across the country it’s hoped that this will help us to go beyond the 130,000 that took part in 2016. It’s really positive that grassroots programmes like this are also attracting the attention of Sky Sports.
This can only help in achieving the growth target of doubling female participation. The event at St Ives was a genuine partnership, with both Cambs and Hunts FAs delivering it, with help from The FA, WSL clubs and sponsors Continental.
The challenge is to build on the interest created during the week and work with the schools and local clubs to get as many girls as possible playing regularly. It’s football development at its best!
U18s march on!
The Cambridgeshire FA U18 Representative side progressed in the FA County Youth Cup on Thursday after defeating neighbours Suffolk FA 4-3 at Histon FC.
It was a superb team performance, although Tom Thulborn stole the show by grabbing a hat trick:
We look forward to welcoming Berks and Bucks in the next round.
Wisbech Town keeper set to break Shilton’s record
Football thrives on great local stories and there was one on the BBC website this week, with Wisbech Town Keeper, Paul Bastock, set to break an incredible appearance record currently held by Peter Shilton:
Assuming Bastock plays for Wisbech Town at Thetford Town on Saturday, he will clock up his 1250th appearance between the sticks at both professional and non-league levels. Bastock, also known as ‘Bazza’, signed for the Fenmen earlier this season:
I wish Paul all the best for Saturday, and hopefully Shilton will be in touch with Bazza this time when the record is taken!
Until next time