Michelle Hinnigan is the captain of Everton Ladies Football Club. Generally we don’t hear much about the world of women’s football, so we decided to have a chat with Michelle and find out more about ladies footie, Everton LFC and of course the lady herself!
Women’s football is not as well known as men’s, could you tell me more about the league and women’s football in general.
I think overall women’s football is becoming more popular from when I first started to play. Our league has been running now for 3 years and has become a professional/semi professional league which has had huge benefits on women’s football in general. This allows us to train 3/4 times a week and earn a wage from football.
The competitiveness has improved over the years and the standard of every team is improving. Unfortunately we have just been relegated to the WSL2 but hopefully we can bounce straight back up into the WSL1. But overall it’s great to see so many young girls getting involved with football and the numbers of participation levels have increased rapidly so who knows in 10 years time hopefully women’s football can become even bigger.
As Captain of Everton Ladies Football Club, can you tell us about your team?
In our team we have a real mix of personalities which is always good. We’ve got Johno aka Lindsay Lightening who has got funnier with old age, Keets and I are always up to something mischievous and Brooke is the mother of the group. Jody is the advice giver, Fern is the dozy one and Browny is hilarious and tells it like it is.
What made you decide to become a footballer?
My cousin used to take me on the field when I was a young girl and I loved playing with the older lads. Since then I haven’t stopped kicking a ball. I first played for a boys team and then was too old to mix with the boys. My first year in senior school I was scouted for Everton at the age of 11 and have been at the Club ever since.
As an inspiration to young girls and women everywhere, what advice do you have for young girls wanting to get into football also?
The best advice I have been given is to work hard and enjoy every minute of it. All the training and determination off the pitch will show when you play and the most important thing is to make sure your always smiling.
Football is notoriously masculine, how important is it to you to have a beauty regime?
I have always been one to wear make up and mascara and love letting my hair down and dressing up to go out. I think it is a good thing to keep that feminine side to the game and also people don’t recognise us because they’re used to seeing us with footy kits on and our hair tied back.
What is your daily beauty routine?
Well first thing is I have to get a shower every morning. Then I would put my make up on which consists of foundation, bronzer, blusher, mascara, eye liner and some lip gloss.. If I just woke up and went into work it would not be a pretty sight for the kids, I would probably scare them all ha ha! Then when I go to training I sweat it all off and repeat again the next day.
What is in your handbag?
In my handbag is a bottle of perfume, deodorant, purse, house keys, diary, sunglasses for a sunny day, paracetamol and make up.
We are really grateful to Michelle for taking the time to chat with us and give us a sneaky look into her world! We wish the team all the best for next season and hope they manage to get back up to WSL1. Chang Beer are sponsors of Everton Ladies, you can follow them on Twitter and Instagram @ChangBeerUK.