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Gladiators team up with HGT for special weekend

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Gladiators team up with HGT for special weekend

Matlock Town will be welcoming a special guest to their home Isuzu FA Trophy clash with Marske United on Saturday 19 November.

That weekend has been designated as “Her Game Too” Weekend and Eve Ralph, one of the co-founders of the campaign will be in attendance, to see if the Gladiators can progress to the 3rd Round of the competition they won back in 1975.

Solihull based Eve is also the Her Game Too ambassador for Bristol City.

The Her Game Too campaign was launched in May 2021 by a group of female supporters who are passionate about the sport. Her Game Too is working hard to eradicate sexism in the football industry , wanting women and girls of all ages to feel safe attending football games and venues which show matches whilst also being able to voice their opinions on football without fear of sexist abuse.

The Marske game is only part of the celebrations planned for the weekend for on the following day, Matlock Town Ladies are also in action at the Proctor Cars Stadium facing off against University of Derby Women with a 1.30 pm kick off.

On both days there will be a host of posters displayed promoting women’s role in football and the official Her Game Too tee shirts will be worn by Matlock’s players during the warm-ups on both Saturday and Sunday.

At the Marske game there will be specially arranged junior girls games when junior girls will also act as mascots and the junior boys won’t get left out of the weekend’s activities for they will act as mascots for the womens’ game on the following day.

Both games will receive extensive media coverage.

Matlock Town Chairman Jay Beaumont says the Gladiators are delighted to play their part in promoting the” Her Game Too” campaign and the message it relays to football fans in general.

“ Matlock Town Football Club wholeheartedly supports this campaign and we’re thrilled to be able to welcome Eve Ralph to our game against Marske. The womens’ game is evolving at pace and we all saw the impact it had on our nation with England’s women winning the Euros during the summer. As a club we welcome everyone to our games and it’s nice to see many ladies and girls attending our games now and long may that continue. We have a number of girls and junior sides plus it’s great to be able to have our ladies playing their home games at the Proctor Cars Stadium when season ticket holders can gain free entry. We’re fully behind seeing the ladies game develop further and seeing more female fans at our matches and as a club we’ll do everything we can to back this campaign.”

Ian Richardson