The Fan Engagement Pod


Women's Football with Deborah Dilworth

Season 1, Ep. 75

This episode is a chat with Deborah Dilworth, Head of Women’s Football at the Football Supporters Association. 

Our paths very nearly crossed, as she joined Supporters Direct not long after I left, though then working in the men’s game with supporters’ trusts. She took up a role post-merger of SD & the FSF, and now leads on The FSA’s work in the women’s game.

She meets with The FA and other key stakeholders regularly, and supports and advises the new slew of supporters organisations in the rapidly growing women’s game.

Pound for pound, this is one of the best episodes I’ve ever done of the Pod. Deborah doesn’t have a fixed mindset on the issues, and our chat is a proper exploration of some of the issues that are currently affecting a game that, let’s not forget, wasn’t even allowed to exist until the early 70s, after a ban lasting from the early 1920s was finally lifted.

I hope you enjoy the episode. I’m planning on getting Debs back on for another chat in the future. 

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