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  • Writer's pictureLotte Wubben-moy

One seat


“That’s too little to matter” has always felt like an excuse. And a bad one at that, too.


I started this blog wanting to rewrite this narrative around little things.


Because I feel like nothing is too little to matter.


Last week, we saw 91,553 spectators fill the Camp Nou to watch Barcelona Women. We then saw Paris St-Germain break their attendance record at Parc des Princes with more than 27,000 fans. While in the other six legs of the Champions League thousands more fans turned out.


I was lucky enough to play in one of those games. And I it was so cool to hear all the away fans who had travelled to the Volkswagen Arena, shouting for the red white. We heard every one of you! Likewise did we hear all you Gooners in the home leg at the Emirates the week prior.


When I’m playing, I notice every one seat that is full.


Because I know that with this singular fan’s presence, in harmony with another, and another - an unrivalled energy is created that helps encourage me to perform. Playing in a full stadium transforms my game into something that is not just for myself, my family, or my team, but it is also for those people who have turned up to come and watch. I feel obliged to enjoy the moment and experience the game along with them. And so to underestimate their seat, filled, would be doing a disservice to them.


One seat, is not too little to matter.


A week on from that night at Camp Nou for the Women’s Champions League El Classico, I am anticipating what I think will prove to be a pivotal moment in Women’s Football.


Where critics have often questioned whether the supply is there? Is the football good enough? Whether the demand is there? Do people actually want to watch Women’s Football? Well, last week was a moment of blissful supply and demand parity: we witnessed some mouth watering football in a stadium oozing full of fans.


So why are we not shouting from the roof tops when our women’s teams have games?


Because if a sold out Camp Nou is consolation for the world’s desire for Women’s Football, well then, Wembley selling out for this summer’s Euro final is the mic drop.


Women’s football is on the cusp of everything it deserves. But it is with making sure we do not underestimate the value of one seat, in the grand scheme of things, that this is possible.


One seat, is not too little to matter.

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urennabekelish
Nov 01, 2023

Dear Lotte, you are an amazing person.

If you ever run for a seat in politics, I will vote for you.

The message in your write-ups are simply amazing.

Keep being you, I have a Lotte love for you 🥰🥰🥰

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Heidi Rose
Heidi Rose
Jan 24, 2023

Dear Lotte,

I just wanted to start by saying how amazing i think you are. I am a defender like you! I have been playing football for 8 years, it’s my true love. I am currently playing for barry town united under 19’s team; then hoping to get into the women’s team. I admire people like you who use their platform so well. You’re an inspiration. I managed to get a photo with you at the England V Luxembourg match in Stoke-On-Trent last year (After you had done your box to box runs!) You made my day.

I am currently doing my A levels and am doing something called an EPQ. My chosen title is “pay, participation and perception-will th…


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rickchrist54
Apr 12, 2022

Recognizing the importance, the impact, of the smallest things! I have often felt it is these small things which affect a person more than the largest. Winning losing a game is why one plays but a seemingly minor comment can impact someone who has given their all much more than the outcome. I'm sure being ruled out for the current qualifiers hurts, no teammates, not playing, but missing out on the fans...

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