Women. 'Nothing compares to the fans we have,' says Milne-Redhead

23 May 23

Cara Milne-Redhead says that winning promotion with Newcastle United Women has helped her to fall back in love with football - and says the upwardly-mobile Magpies are "the most exciting club I've ever been at"

The midfielder made the decision to drop from Coventry United Women in the Women's Championship to tier four in January, and her brave move was vindicated earlier this month when Becky Langley's side clinched the FA Women's National League Division One North title thanks to a last-day victory at Barnsley Women.

And she told Newcastle United's official matchday programme, UNITED: "It was made very clear to me when I joined that the main goal was to get promoted and my task was to help the team get promoted - it was as simple as that.

"So it was joy but also a bit of relief when we managed it. You could see from everyone's reaction that it was a massive relief, but everyone was absolutely buzzing as well."

The 20-year-old Scotland youth international helped Newcastle to win ten and draw one of their last 11 matches of the campaign following her move and she admitted: "I've absolutely loved it - it's more than I ever could have imagined.

"When I was at Coventry, I kind of lost that love for football that I'd had since I was three or four years old; I saw football as a bit of a chore, whereas when I moved to Newcastle, that completely switched.

"I enjoy going to training every single day, I wake up excited for it. That's testament to my team-mates, the staff and the fans as well.

"The staff have showed me that love and respect which I hadn't had at my previous club. They understood that it would be hard for me coming in halfway through a season, they understood that it would take time to settle because I'd moved halfway across the country.

"My team-mates were very, very similar. They welcomed me straight away. They easily could have been like 'she's coming in from the Championship, she's going to think she's big time,' but they were completely the opposite.

"They realised that I was there to help the team, to help them get promoted, and right from day one they were offering to show me around the city, take me out to the coast, help me get settled.

"And the fans have just been unbelievable. I've genuinely never, ever felt anything like it. I've been at fairly big clubs before - Man City, Man United - but nothing compares to the fans we have. At St. James' Park there was 24,000, and at Barnsley (on the final day) the whole stand was black and white.

"The goal should be to go and get in that WSL (Women's Super League) and Champions League. I know that sounds a bit weird to say now when we've just got promoted to tier three but this club is the most exciting club I've ever been at in terms of its goals and aspirations and the one-club mentality.

"This was goal number one, to get promoted out of tier four. But in years to come, the goal should be to get in the Women's Champions League and be a well-established WSL team. It's going to need tweaks, of course, but it's a really exciting project and I'm just buzzing to be involved in it."

Photograph courtesy of Colin Lock/@Tyneside_NUWFC

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