ONE of the most prestigious games in women’s football is coming to Doncaster – but the news has scored a big miss with shoppers on the streets.
The 2013 Women’s FA Cup Final will be staged at the Keepmoat Stadium in May, broadcast live on BBC TV and will feature some of female football’s biggest names.
But the announcement has been met with a lukewarm response on town centre streets with people failing to recognise a string of the game’s top stars after being challenged by The Star.
We quizzed shoppers on their knowledge of the beautiful game by asking them to identify England’s most capped female footballer Rachel Yankey, current England boss Hope Powell and Doncaster Rovers Belles and England ace Sue Smith.
But most failed when put on the spot, perhaps suggesting the women’s game still has some way to go before catching up with the men’s side.
Confronted with a picture of Smith, Andrea Harris of Balby said: “Is that her who won at the Brits the other week – Emeli Sande? She has got the same hair as her – thought that’s who it was.”
But she said: “I don’t know much about women’s football but I think its good the FA Cup Final is coming here. It is good if it gets Doncaster on the TV.”
Smith’s distinctive hairstyle also fooled Keith Deary, of Rossington, who also reckoned the football ace was actually Scots singer Sande.
“They look just the same,” he said. “I follow football but don’t know much about the women’s game at all I’m afraid.”
David Collinson, of Arksey, struggled to identify Arsenal star Yankey, who has been capped more than 120 times by England and holds the record for the most number of caps in the women’s game.
He said: “I am guessing she is some sort of athlete or women’s footballer but to be honest, I don’t know who she is. I’ve not heard the name before – is that a bad thing?
“I doubt I’ll be going along to the match but might watch it on television if I’m not doing anything.”
The star’s achievements in the game also failed to impress Sue Carter, of Balby, who said: “No idea who she is – a singer? Some kind of reality TV star?”
But Carl Hadley came out on top – after correctly recognising current England women’s boss Hope Powell – well, almost!
“She’s called Hope something,” said the Armthorpe dad. “I can remember seeing her on TV at the Olympics but her surname escapes me.”
“I think its good they will be holding the final in Doncaster – hopefully they will get a good crowd in on the day.”
The two sides who will contest the final are not yet known but Doncaster Belles are still in the competition, and will go head to head with Bristol Academy in the fifth round.
* Tickets for the final on May 26 are already available from the Keepmoat box office on 01302 762576.