10 September 2019
A record-breaking crowd at the Etihad was boosted by over 300 Wildcats, courtesy of Manchester FA's #WhatIf pledge
History was made on Saturday 7 September when a record-shattering crowd of 31,213 - the highest ever for a Barclays FA WSL fixture - saw Manchester City Women edge to a 1-0 win against rivals Manchester United Women.
And sat watching the derby showdown were over 300 Wildcats players and coaches, who had come along for free as part of Manchester FA's incredible #WhatIf pledge: #WhatIf every Wildcats player and coach in Manchester received a free ticket to attend the first ever FA WSL Manchester derby between Manchester City Women FC and Manchester United Women FC, thanks to Manchester FA?
The Manchester FA Wildcats groups were invited to City Square outside the Etihad Stadium on the day of the match, so they could collect their tickets, have their photo taken with the Manchester Premier Cup, competed for by local semi-professional, non-league sides, and play for fun on a pop-up pitch.
The youngsters were then treated to a cracking match, which was settled courtesy of an absolute rocket scored by Caroline Weir early in the second half.
There are over 30 Wildcats groups in Greater Manchester, which allow girls aged 5-11 to have fun and enjoy their first steps in football with their friends. If you'd like to find out more about a Wildcats group that's local to you, click on the link here.
The Manchester Wildcats all had a fantastic day at the Etihad, all thanks to Manchester FA, whose incredible #WhatIf pledge was a real game-changer for local girls!
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