Interview: Tottenham Hotspur’s Angela Addison

Angela Addison in action for Spurs. Photo from @THLFCofficial
Angela Addison in action for Spurs. Photo from @THLFCofficial

Last season both Tottenham and Man United managed to secure promotion to the WSL. In their first season as a WSL club they are currently sixth in the league with twnty points. I caught up with Tottenham forward Angela Addison to gain an insight of how she has found her debut season in the WSL and how she found joining up U21 Lionesses.

Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Angela Addison I am very small only 5ft, I am from Braintree Essex, I am a forward for Tottenham Hotspur Women.

Could you tell us about your experience at youth football?
I started off as a goalkeeper, then I played as a defender, then went to a centre midfielder and now I play as a winger. Teams I have played for:

Sporting 77  Boys/girls team (midfielder)
Ipswich Academy Girls Team (midfielder)
Woodbridge Town Girls Team (midfielder)
Ipswich Athletic Girls Team (forward)
Harlow Town Girls Team (forward)
C&K Basildon Ladies (forward)
Tottenham Hotspur Women (forward)

Who was your biggest footballing inspiration growing up?
My biggest footballing inspiration is my two brothers (Aaron and Robbie). When me and my twin sister Therese was young they used to take us to the park and always play football with us, they basically taught us how to play football, and it always used to be so much fun.

When did you realise you wanted to play football as your job?
When I was younger I don’t believe woman were playing football full-time, but I knew one day the sport would grow. It was a dream for me for football to be my full-time job, and I wanted to be a professional ever since I started kicking a football so very young.

You scored your first WSL goal against Everton in February, what was that like for you?
The feeling of getting my first ever professional goal was amazing, an absolute dream for me to have scored in the WSL.

What are your personal targets for the rest of the season?
My targets throughout the season is just to be able to help my team reach the highest we can in the league, and to go into every game with a positive attitude to win.

What is it like playing for a team like Tottenham at only 20? How big of an experience is it for you?
It’s amazing to play for such a great club like Tottenham, I am honoured every time I get to represent the club off and on the pitch.

What is a realistic target for Tottenham to achieve for the rest of the season?
Our target is to win as many games as we can and finish as high as we can in the league.

You received your first call-up for the Lionesses Under-21 squad, how was that experience for you?
Being on camp with the u21s was a great experience for me, I learnt so much which is really good, and I really enjoyed it. Again it was an honour to be involved.

Do you have any pre-match rituals or superstitions?
Say if I have been playing well in training with a pair of boots, I won’t change them for match days I will wear the same pair. Also if I turn up in a certain pair of trainers and play well I will turn up in the same ones.

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