WENDY Martin, Tottenham Hotspur Ladies number 10, is ready for the new challenge ahead.
Wendy, who is head of the new Stansted Airport College, is relishing the opportunity to step up as the first team start the 2017/1018 season in the FA Women’s Super League 2. Speaking about her teams ambitions for the upcoming season she remains confident that her team is not just there to make up the numbers.
Spurs Ladies enter the FAWSL on a high, unbeaten until March, winning the Boux Avenue Cup, securing the FAWPL Southern Division title, retaining the League cup, and finishing with promotion to the FAWSL 2. Martin hopes her team can replicate this form for a second season. After netting an unbelievable 53 goals in 68 matches alongside winger Bianca Baptiste, fans are confident that the pair can continue their prolific goal scoring partnership into this season, and hopefully lift yet more silverware.
With 26 goals from 34 games last season, Wendy proved she is one of the top strikers in the division and after seven great seasons at the Club she loves, she is looking for more honours.
After losing at Durham in the first game of the season Spurs Ladies hit back with convincing wins against Aston Villa and London Bees this month. Good performances so far says Wendy. ‘We proved we can compete at that level’. With aspirations of a top three finish Wendy is expecting a promising season ahead.
Fantastic support from everyone at the Club, from coaches, physios, to fellow teammates and everyone in-between, the team is a force to be reckoned with and hopes to pursue the top spots.
New additions to the squad add essential strength and has added more confidence to the driving force that is Spurs Ladies, Welsh international Sarah Wiltshire is one of the new members, after a great scoring record for Yeovil town, Wiltshire scored 27 goals in 45 games, helping them win promotion from FAWSL 2 in 2016, hopefully the Welsh international can help the team realise their ambitions.
‘The Club is in my heart’ said Wendy who grew up surrounded by Spurs fans. Her siblings were all Spurs supporters, constantly played football when they were younger. This influenced her career, and after playing for Chelsea Wendy was finally given her dream move to her childhood Club, Tottenham Hotspur.
Standing at 6ft tall, one of Wendy’s main strengths is her athletic aerial ability. She revealed her dream teammate would be David Beckham, not just for the incredible charity work he does and the promotion for the beautiful game, but for his fantastic range of passing and deliveries. Other dream teammates include unselfish playmakers, such as Barcelona legend Xavi, not least of all for his impeccable vision and passing skills.
With the pay gap between the men’s and women’s game, Wendy admits ‘it’s hard sometimes, balancing a full time job and playing football’, despite being paid much less, the Women’s game features a host of great players and shows all the passion of the men’s. Nevertheless Wendy remains passionate about the game and especially for her Spurs career. With hopes that the media will cover the women’s game as much as the men’s, Wendy believes that it will increase the income the players warrant.
‘It couldn’t have gone better’ says, Wendy as she reflects on last season. With the entire season being a personal career highlight, scoring at White Hart Lane before its demolition was a dream, which came true as she struck home from a cross from Bianca Baptiste in their 4-0 victory over West Ham. In the same night they were crowned FAWPL Southern Division champions.
Whether or not last year’s incredible season can be replicated, and the Spurs Ladies can go on to lift even more trophies, Wendy knows that all the fans will be behind her.
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