Paul Mortimer hopes the Charlton women’s team’s upcoming friendly against Tottenham Hotspur at The Valley on Tuesday 15th May will showcase the girls’ talent to a wider audience.
The Addicks will face Spurs for the third time this season on Tuesday 15 May (KO 7.15pm) and Mortimer hopes fans will come to check out what women’s football, and Charlton in particular, has to offer.
He said: “It is an opportunity for people to come and support the female part of Charlton Athletic. So many people talk negatively about women’s football but a lot of them haven’t actually watched a game.
“They can say what they want about women’s football after watching us but come and actually observe it, have a look at the girls - they have good techniques and are skillful players.
“That is all I want – people to come and watch and go away saying ‘boy, Charlton are a good side. I might want to come and watch them again at Thamesmead because they play some good football’.
“That is why the performance is more important to me than the result. We are showcasing women’s football and we have a duty to perform and show people that women’s football is a good spectacle for males and females and kids and everyone to come and watch.
“I want us to come away from that game with a smile on our faces, a good result, a very good performance and everyone goes home happy – apart from Spurs!”
It will be the first time in Mortimer’s five-year tenure that Charlton have played a game at The Valley and, after the girls played at the Walkers Stadium last season, he hopes they will relish this opportunity.
“I think it is a celebration of our season and I want the girls to enjoy it as much as they can,” he added. “It is a fabulous stadium and I have loved it for years. I just hope the girls can do themselves proud.
“We are grateful to the people who organised it – the people at Charlton and mostly our sponsor Stephen King. We are grateful for the opportunity to play there and it should be a good occasion.”
After winning the Premier League Southern Division last term the women have been a club on the up and have a top half finish within their grasp as well as some good cup runs, including a London Cup semi final finish where they were knocked out by their forthcoming opponents.
Mortimer has been proud of his side’s efforts this season, adding: “We have had a great season. If you take games in isolation, there have been disappointments but on the whole I can’t complain at all.
“It is a very young side, a good side and I am proud of every single one of the girls. I do give them grief, sometimes they deserve it, but I think they have been brilliant this season.
“We lost our legs a little bit and that is food for thought but we look forward to next season with great hope.
“What they have shown this season is that they are capable of being a very good team next season.”
Admission is £3 for Adults and £1 for Senior Citizens & Under 16's