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Readers’ comments: Women’s footie? Who cares?


In response to Gary Oliver: The ladies of Lewes and the slow death of the FA Cup,

39 Pontiac Dream wrote:

As far as the slow death of the FA Cup, it’s been that way for well over a decade. We used to be excited about the FA Cup draw, the possibility of seeing our tiny club (Rochdale) being drawn against a EPL powerhouse. A year or two ago, we got Tottenham and fair play to Spurs, they put a decent team out, away (where, shockingly, we drew) and at home (where we were belted). You don’t often see this as EPL teams usually use the FA Cup to put out players you’ll never see anywhere apart from the FA Cup and the League Cup. Smaller clubs, excited at the prospect of playing a big team, will usually find themselves playing against their U-21 team, not so stars of the future because they rarely get a game for their first team. A shame for the small teams.

With regard to women’s football, the BBC has been ignoring the constant messages on its clickbait stories that people, by and large, don’t care about the women’s sports the BBC chooses to propagate. We’re not talking about netball or hockey, sports which our women have been playing for years, we’re talking about football (much of which seems to have been subsidised by the men’s game) and rugby union. I don’t mind the latter even though, technically, women are still learning the ropes but the football is terrible. The crowds are paltry, there’s little interest in it but the BBC sees fit to promote it at every opportunity, even publishing articles on how the women’s game can siphon more money from the men’s game.

If they want to play football, then fine but it has to promote itself as much as others plug it. It has to find its own legs, so to speak, and show people that it has potential. To cut a long story short, it has to promote itself without relying on identity politics to push it. The BBC are doing more harm than good on this.

Newman Noggs wrote:

I always enjoy watching the Swedish women’s team, just for their technical ability, you understand. That, and beach volleyball . . .

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