Chairman's Column 18.02.2022

Guillem Balague

Chairman's Column 18.02.2022

In their first season since being formed, Biggleswade United’s women's Red side at are just one match away from a place in this year's Bedfordshire Women’s County Cup final.

Standing in their way are old rivals Wootton Blue Cross Lionesses who beat us by the odd goal in five when we met them at their home ground in the corresponding league game earlier this season.

Victory this time around will earn us a place in the final where we will meet either Bedford Ladies or Luton Town Ladies.

The progress of our Red side is a justification of our long term plans at the club to place women's football on the same footing, and accorded the same respect, as that enjoyed by the men's section.

Our immediate plans were to have two senior women's sides (the Reds and the Blues). The Blues play in Step Eight and that is where most of the younger women that join our club will play unless they show themselves to be of a standard that merits selection for our Step 6 women's Red side.

In reality this oversimplifies a situation that gives us fluidity and sees a great deal of exchange of players between the two sides whenever needed or as part of an overall strategy and which calls for an enormous amount of consultation and co-operation from coaches and players alike.

What is certain is that it is not normal practise to look on the women's section as one entity rather than two separate sides but then we never said we were in favour of going down the conventional road all the time.

Most importantly what we are now striving for is a fairer, more equitable system beginning with addressing the injustice that occurs throughout women's football that deems it acceptable that women should pay to play while the men who play at the same standard should not.

If we are to be taken seriously in our continual banging of the drum for equality between the men's and women's games, if we went to be remembered, not for what we say but rather for what we do, then we need to address this iniquitous, antiquated, archaic unfairness sooner rather than later.

Which is why we are now edging ever closer to a sponsorship deal which we hope to announce soon and that will allow us to put our plans into action.

We still have a lot to do but we have already established ourselves as one of the strong women's football outfits in Bedfordshire and we are now looking to grow in all age groups.

This weekend our men's first team travel to Lutterworth Town tomorrow (Sat ko 3pm) while our Under 23s entertain Sharnbrook First at the Keech Hospice Care stadium ko (2.30pm).

As well as the women's County Cup semi final game our Blue Women's side welcome Garston Ladies Senior Section Reserves ko 2.00pm). Then on Tuesday night our men's first team play their re-arranged Bedfordshire Senior Cup match postponed this week against Arlesey Town (ko 7.45pm).