Meet the Ipswich Town Ladies
with Sian Fagg
Town midfielder Sian Fagg tells me how she got in football, her role model/inspiration, and more.
How did you first get into the game?
I first got into football through my dad, he used to take me to football all the time, would drive me everywhere and then ended up managing my football team.
How long have you been at Ipswich?
I played for the centre of excellence from U12's through to U16's then went to college and uni, and have now come back for ladies and this is my second year here now.
What would you say are your best attributes as a player?
My best attribute is that I have no fear - I will tackle and head all day long, you won't see me pulling out of a challenge!
What has been your best football moment so far?
My best football moments have been where I have been able to play at different men's team grounds, Portman Road, Home Park, Keepmoat Stadium etc because although the stadium was empty (bar a few supporters) the atmosphere and pride you feel playing there was amazing! Another highlight was when I played for Colchester we played against Arsenal ladies! There were so many stars on the field I was in awe!
Do you have a role model/inspiration?
My role model is my dad, although I play football because I love it myself - I love to see his proud face when I come off the pitch and the enjoyment he gets watching me play. I still look to him for a nod of encouragement on the pitch.
Who do you consider to be the best female footballer?
When I was at Uni I was lucky enough to play with Jemma Rose in my team, she's currently at Arsenal and I think she has potential to be the best out there!
What are your ambitions in football?
My ambitions are just to keep playing the game until I am unable to, I want to enjoy every moment of it, so I would like to stay in it as long as possible, even if that means coaching it later on down the line.
What do you love most about football?
I love how football brings people together, different ages, different beliefs and backgrounds but everyone in the club has one common goal. On a personal level, I love how football keeps me focused. It motivates me to keep fit for the game, to learn how to adapt but also to educate other people around me through a sport I love so much!
What is your favourite thing to do away from football?
Away from football I play hockey, and am a PE teacher, so I'm constantly involved in sport everyday of the week. But my all time favourite thing is just to spend time with my family, and go out bike riding with my dad!
Any advice for young girls looking to play football?
Dream big and follow those dreams, don't let anyone tell you that you can't take part because you are 'a girl'. Be the very best you can be and enjoy football for yourself, not anyone else.