Tuesday 2 August 2016

FA WSL Fan Blog: Bristol's Martin Radford

To help new and existing fans connect with The FA WSL will bring you a weekly interview with the biggest fans of all the clubs

To help new and existing fans connect with The FA WSL will bring you a weekly interview with the biggest fans of all the clubs! This week’s fan spotlight is on Martin Radford, from Bristol City.

Martin is a Bristol City fan, originally from Doncaster. After watching the team play against his hometown team he began following then-Academy, and travels to many of their home and away games. He also helps out on matchdays as a ‘Meet and Greet’-er, as the first point of contact for new fans. If you’ve been to a game at Bristol, you’ve probably seen him.

How has the season been for Bristol so far - how have you handled relegation, and how do you see the promotion race playing out? What are your hopes for the rest of the season?

I'd say the season has been generally good, but a little frustrating. We've dropped points in games we really should have won and probably not scored as many goals as we should have considering we had Millie Farrow and Rosella Ayane up front. That certainly isn't a criticism of them; they have scored some big goals but can only do that with the team supporting and providing them with the necessary service.

Some of the problem is possibly down to adjusting to FA WSL 2 - Everton found that last season. Make no mistake, WSL 2 is getting stronger each year and no team dropping down should underestimate it.

I think at the halfway point we're probably looking at four main candidates (the current top four) for the two promotion places. Yeovil seem to be the most consistent so far but as there are still a few games to be played between these sides then it's still quite open. I hope that Bristol's away form can improve for the run-in and despite wanting/hoping we could win the title, I will be happy with a top-two finish.

What has been your highlight, and lowlight, so far?

Highlight is difficult to answer as we haven't had a cup run and none of the League results have been anything we shouldn't have expected. Lowlight would have to be the away game in Yeovil, particularly with it being the west country derby. We never really turned up and Yeovil were by far the better team that night.

Which player has been most impressive for you this year?

Jodie Brett… can we keep her please? A quality player with a cracking shot. I should also mention fellow loanee Millie Farrow and also Chloe Arthur.

What’s the best thing about Bristol – on and off the field?

Probably the friendliness of the club and the way we try to make everyone feel welcome. The success of bringing players through the junior ranks and the opportunity to develop their careers alongside their studies at the college is a positive I believe.

In ten words or less – why should everyone get down to Bristol City’s next home game?

A warm, family-friendly and welcoming evening out for all.

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