MEGAN HARRIS COLUMN: Cup final will be emotional send-off for Lady Imps
This week is an emotional one for everyone that has been involved with Lincoln Ladies, as the curtain comes down on our 18-year history on Friday night.
The Continental Cup final, the Lady Imps’ first (and last) ever cup final is a very fitting way to end the club’s memorable existence.
All we need now is to get our hands on the trophy and it will be the fairytale ending.
I have been lucky enough to be there every step of the way.
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From a mixture of local girls running around the field outside Sincil Bank in 1995 to the 22-player squad, littered with internationals that will line up at the Hive against the most dominant team in the women’s game. It has certainly been some journey.
Remi Allen and I travelled to Barnet’s impressive new training complex/stadium on Tuesday to do some promotional work for the game.
We entertained over 100 schoolchildren and managed to turn a few Arsenal chants into Lincoln ones, although it could be a hard crowd on Friday as I can’t imagine there will be too many neutrals in Barnet.
Having said that, in true Lincoln style and living up to the historical ‘best female fanbase’, we have a full supporters bus making the trip down the A1.
And I’m sure with all our families and the fans we have adopted over the years, we will be in great voice. My dad will certainly do his best!
Sunday’s comprehensive victory over Chelsea was exactly what we needed leading into cup final week.
Not only did it see us leapfrog them into sixth place, but confidence levels are now high throughout the squad.
On a personal note, it was great to finally get back in my number seven shirt and back on the pitch after such a long lay off. Hopefully I will get the opportunity to influence the cup final in some way too.
Away from the cup final, I would like to congratulate Liverpool on being crowned FAWSL champions.
Matt Beard’s side, who only lost two league games all season, won the title showdown on Sunday and, in my view, deservedly took Arsenal’s crown.
I have had several debates about the Merseysiders’ rise, with various people claiming they bought the title, but I see it in another way.
Liverpool are a leading light in progressing the women’s game. The men’s team are not only making a substantial financial contribution, but also showing a clear and productive partnership, allowing the female team to flourish.
If more clubs follow suit, the quality and commercial ability of the women’s game will grow.
The only way to finish this week’s column is by returning to the big game.
For me Friday is about fulfilling my childhood dream, of representing Lincoln in a cup final.
Fingers crossed this time next week I’m realising that dream with a winners medal sat proudly around my neck.