“There’s no reason we can’t cause an upset,” smiles Katie McIntyre, aka ‘Macca’, Lewes FC Women’s team captain. “We just have to make it hard for them to break us down. But it’ll be really hard, they’re a fantastic side.”
Macca, who seamlessly slotted into the role of club captain after the retirement of legend Kelly Newton midway through last season, is talking about the September 16th visit to the Dripping Pan of Arsenal Women FC, the most successful club in English women’s football.
Macca is no stranger to such games. The midfielder – who modestly calls herself “a bit of a work horse, I do all the ugly things, all the tackles and headers, and breaking things down” – played, in the noughties, as a teenager, for Fulham Ladies, then the best team in the country, alongside seasoned internationals like Rachel Unitt and Rachel Yankey. This was before the team folded due to lack of funding, after which she moved on to Brighton & Hove Albion.
Macca has been a Lewes player for the last six seasons, and has seen massive changes at the club. “When I came, we were in the South-East Combination,” she says. “Now we’re in the Women’s Championship!” Lewes WFC, of course, were accepted into the new two-tier league in the early part of the summer, which pushes them into the top 22 teams in English women’s football, playing opposition such as Spurs and Man United in the league, and Arsenal and West Ham in the Continental League Cup... [read more]
Lewes WFC home fixtures in September: v Arsenal (Sun 16th, 2pm); v Crystal Palace (Wed 19th, 7.45pm); v Leicester City (Sun 23rd, 2pm).