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3 August 2022

"In terms of the growth of women’s football, it’s so important to ride the wave"

Town Women midfielder Eloise King says that the opportunity to grow the women's game off of the back of England's success in Euro 2022 cannot be missed.

On Sunday, the Lionesses defeated Germany 2-1 to secure England's first major trophy since 1966. 

Just short of 90,000 fans attended the Wembley final, with stadiums across the country being packed out for the duration of the tournament.

"The tournament was fantastic," Eloise told iFollow Ipswich. "Seeing those numbers in the stadium just wowed me.

"I’ve been to watch England play before and you’re getting crowds of 10,000 or 20,000. Seeing 90,000 fans there, which you often don’t even get at men’s games, was incredible.

"Joe [Sheehan, Town Women manager] put a message in our group chat saying 'I don’t think we realise how massive this could be for women’s football as a whole'. 

"Everyone is talking about it. When you go on social media, it is everywhere. It’s going to do wonders for the women’s game. 

"The opportunity can't be missed. In terms of the growth of women’s football, it’s so important to ride the wave. I think we, as a Club, will do that and also be very good at it.

"We’ve have always had a good crowd at Felixstowe. We’ve been followed home and away brilliantly in the time I’ve been here.

"Like I said, we’ve seen a lot of people on social media asking about when our games are, so hopefully we can see even more people supporting us."

Reflecting further on Sunday's final, which she watched alongside multiple other members of the Tractor Girls' squad, the 20-year-old added: "What a game! We were all excited, buzzing and amazed by it all. 

"I was out in Ipswich with all of the girls. I was a bit nervous because it was England versus Germany and you never know what is going to happen, but we did it and I was so pleased for all of the girls."

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