22. Ruby Southgate
Ruby is a tough tackling full back with good technique on the ball. Ruby has been involved with the first for a few seasons, but has really kicked on this campaign to become a first team regular. We are delighted with her progress and hope she can continue her form for seasons to come.
Lets hear a bit from her…
Do you have any pre-match routines or superstitions?
No I don’t tend to have any routines or superstitions, apart from having to sit in the same seat in the changing room for every home game.
What is your favourite part of match days?
My favourite part of the match day is getting into the changing room, with the music playing and just relaxing with the girls, calm before the storm.
If you could have one attribute of a teammate, what would it be?
I would love the goal scoring ability that Kit Graham has although I wouldn’t mind Avilla’s pace either.
Which teammate loves a tackle?
Kim Dixon loves a tackle, even in training sometimes too!
Who’s guilty of the worst dance moves?
Am I able to say myself? Probably Rosey Sullivan, she tries bless her but she’s so long and gangly. Limbs everywhere.
A bit about you and your career at Charlton to date…
You’ve been at the club for three years, what’s been your biggest achievement so far?
My biggest achievement since being at the Club was winning the FAWPL Cup, Ryman Cup and Capital Cup all during the same year a few seasons ago.
How have things changed since you first joined the club, and how did you find the transition from girls to senior football?
I haven’t really been at the club for too long but there seems to have been a hell of a lot of change during the time I have been, we’ve seen various managers and players come and go but the girls have pulled together more than ever this year and I don’t think its affected us in the slightest, we have a real good team and a closeness that I haven’t felt we’ve had previously.
The transition from girls to senior football is real tough, going from being 16 and playing girls your own age every week to playing against women aged 30+ with bundles of experience is hard but over time it gets easier.
Best thing about the club?
The best thing about the club is the closeness, you get the sense your part of a real family.
As a player, what are your best attributes and what are your goals for this season and beyond?
I think my best attributes are my passing and my tackling; I love to get stuck in. My goals for this season is to try and nail down the right back position and to be as successful as we can during the league and cups. We are currently still in all of the cups so to win some silverware would be lovely.
What advice would you give the younger girls in the club, and young girls across the country who want to develop from girls to senior football at a high level?
My advice would be to never give up, train hard and enjoy playing a sport you love, your hard work will pay off eventually.