Barbara wrote to Manchester United Manager David Moyes recently to ask him to support re-establishing a women’s team at the club.
David Moyes has now replied to Barbara, telling her that Manchester United are reviewing their decision on whether to have a women’s team. Moyes comments that he was at Everton for 11 years and worked alongside the staff working with the Everton Ladies team.
Barbara had written her letter in support of the petition started by lifelong Manchester United fan Graham Pheby, which asks the club to re-establish a women’s football team.
Over 3,000 signatures have been collected and the author of the petition had written that:
“Manchester United FC are conspicuously absent from the fast developing phenomenon of women’s football. Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton and Man City all support the women’s game with teams in the Women’s Super League. Now FC United of Manchester, even with their limited resources, have a women’s team!”
Barbara had noted in her letter that Manchester United is the most recognised football team in the world. The club has not only the largest fanbase but also the largest female fanbase.
The petition for a women’s team had been signed by the captain of the women’s national team in Afghanistan, who says she was motivated to be a football player by Manchester United.
“Currently, less than 10% of girls and young women take up football compared to the number of boys playing here. Re-establishing a women’s football team at Manchester United would make a real contribution to raising the profile of women’s sport and would help increase female participation in sport both here and in other countries where the club has female fans.
“I really do hope that Manchester United follow the lead of other Premier League clubs and do what their fans have asked them to do by re-establishing a women’s team. At a recent football coaching camp in Walkden, girls played alongside the boys and I hope that they too can dream of playing for the club they support when a women’s team is re-established"
Manchester United Academy Coaches with Barbara and junior girls and boys at football coaching camp in Walkden.