For anyone who listened to episode 149 of the BRFCS podcast you may have found me a little distracted (even by my low standards!) I was watching the Lionesses reach the Euros Final. There's been a revolution happening in women's football this summer with three former Rovers Ella Toone, Georgia Stanway and my player of the tournament Keira Walsh at the heart of it.
As unbelievably proud of that team as I am the thing that most excited me was what it means for domestic women's football, in particular my beloved Rovers Ladies.
What it has definitely meant is Rovers have FINALLY read the room and the ladies' first game of the season is to be held at Ewood this Sunday 21st August, KO 2pm.
I could bore with facts and stats. The ladies play in the Barclays Championship. They finished tenth last season. Alex Brookes is our Thomas Kaminski and we've just sold one of our best in Annabelle Blanchard to Crystal Palace for a fee (the first one I can remember).
But instead I want to speak from the heart about a group of women and a part of the club I fell in love with in 2018 and have been fan girling over ever since.
At Rovers Ladies you'll find a core, loyal and loved fan base which has so much more room to grow. If you've never been now is the time. You'll find quality football at affordable prices (£5 for adults, £2 for kids and a family ticket for £10)
You'll find a friendly, inclusive atmosphere and (when games are played at Bamber Bridge) lots of dogs and excellent chips and gravy!
Most of all you'll find women who dedicate themselves to the club we love, on top of working full time jobs. Women who will stay behind every game to sign shirts, take selfies and talk to fans. Women who are amazing role models for our younger fans, who work unbelievably hard for all they achieve.
I don't need to sell the product to you, it will sell itself. So whatever you do this weekend, buy your ticket and come and join the revolution.
Think it's all over? Why, it’s only just begun 💙🤍