Just two years ago saw the formation of a women’s football team, under the Hyde United banner. It came about because of the folding of Tameside United Girls team, where many of the talented local players played their football.

    The older ladies were invited to form a new team that would play in the league, with Hyde United’s Project Solar Stadium being the venue for home matches.

     The team is currently managed by Lee Prince and his assistant Dave Taggart, who run training sessions at the stadium on Thursday nights.

     I chatted to two of the team’s star players, Isabel and Maisie, who had both come via Tameside United and love playing for the fledgling team.

    They encouraged any young ladies, who wish to pursue a career in football, to join them, or one of the youth teams that Hyde United run.

     With Manchester City and United both having ladies’ teams, Hyde could be an important first step for future stars.

      The players would also appreciate support from local residents, who enjoy watching football, to come along to games, which have free attendance.

       The team have a Facebook page and website where you can follow their fortunes or find contact details if you wish to join them.

     Women’s football is growing fast at grass roots, the opposite of the men’s game.

     Who knows, we may see a Tiger as a Lioness.

Andy Richardson