Manchester United Women’s fan group the Barmy Army has grown massively in less than two years. Matt Johnson speaks to Barmy Army member, Amber Ricketts about her experiences of away days

By Matt Johnson

How long have you been regularly going to games for?

I have been a season ticket holder for Manchester United’s men’s team since 2012. Since the women’s team formed I have been going to as many games as I can.

What made you join the Barmy Army?

The boss, Natalie Burrell, asked if I would like to join her and the Barmy Army on an away trip to Reading in the FA Cup last season and from that trip I made amazing friends and I have established myself as part of the family.

What do you enjoy most about away days?

I love the noise and the atmosphere we create. I love the fact I am walking past Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool fans with a United shirt on. We are loud, proud and we leave our mark.

Which away days have you particularly enjoyed?

I know we lost, but Reading away was a great time mainly because I felt like I belonged to that group of people. Spurs away in the Championship last year was pretty good because of the amount of goals we scored.

Which have been your least favourite away days?

The loss against West Ham was the worst. Everyone was so deflated on the coach ride coming home. We lost because of our own naivety and amateur mistakes. Thankfully, the Chelsea versus Everton game was called off thus making it the perfect chance to get our name imprinted on that fourth spot.

Are there any grounds that you are looking forward to visit?

Tranmere, because it is where Liverpool play and I am desperate for a Liverpool away game. Arsenal’s ground at Boreham Wood is also in my top list because I have heard plenty of good reviews about it. To be honest, I am looking forward to visiting all of the grounds where Manchester United women are set to play.

If you would like to find out more about the Barmy Army, you can follow them on Twitter and Instagram @barmyarmymuwfc. For away travel, follow @BarmyArmyTRAVEL on Twitter

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