As a West Ham fan, Bex Merritt always speaks of her pride at pulling on the claret and blue every Sunday to play for the West Ham Ladies.
So it was little surprise the forward beaming from ear to ear when she met Blowing Bubbles editor David Blackmore after it was announced she was to captain her side this season.
She said: “It was a great feeling when I was told I was going to be captain. It’s massive for me as a West Ham fan to be given the chance to captain the side and I’m very grateful for the opportunity and for the new boss putting faith in me.”
After failing to secure a place in the Women’s Super League 2 and finishing mid-table in the FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division, last season was one to forget for the West Ham Ladies.
But while many other players from other clubs were sunning themselves in warming climes, the Hammers were back in pre-season training some three weeks before their rivals with the aim of overcoming last season’s disappointment and storming to the Southern Division title this season.
Speaking ahead of the Ladies’ first league game of the season away at Charlton Athletic next Sunday, ‘keeper Toni-Anne Wayne admits the side needs to “win ugly” if they are going to stand any chance of securing some much-needed silverware.
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