We spoke with 24-year-old winger Leah Embley, an FA WNL Division 1 Player of the Season, who joined AFC Fylde Women earlier this year.
SK: Can you tell us a little of your footballing history and any personal high points?
LE: I won two league titles at Burnley FC Women and also won player of the division! They are both personal high points in my career.
SK: How had your team’s season been going before lockdown?
LE: I had only played three games for Fylde after joining from local rivals Huddersfield but things were starting to look up, I was enjoying training and playing again and felt in a really good form, so I was gutted it ended when it did but understand everyone’s safety comes first.
SK: How did you do against any local rivals in 2019-20?
LE: Hadn’t yet played them for Fylde, as I had only joined towards the end of the campaign but we were due to play local rivals and my old teams Huddersfield and Burnley, which I was really looking forward to. It would of been a really good test for us and a chance to prove what a good squad we had towards the end of the season and how hard we had worked for each other. Them two games were the ones I was really looking forward to the most.
SK: What were your best and worst moments of the campaign?
LE: Best moments of the campaign – being Nottingham Forest early on in the season for Huddersfield 4-3 after being 3-1 down, also beating Derby 5-2 after coming from behind in that game. Really enjoyed the Sheffield FC game and scoring two goals really boosted my confidence. Worst moments – losing against Nottingham Forest for Fylde when we played really well and had chances to win the game.
SK: Any rising star, club veteran or stand-out personality we should hear about?
LE: I’ve really looked up to Danielle Young, as she really supported and helped me in the short time I was at Fylde. She’s helped me a lot and having previously played for Man City and Everton, she is someone I can take lots of tips from,
SK: How are you trying to keep fit and fill the void in football?
LE: Plenty of running and pitch sessions – getting lots of speed work in and improving my endurance day by day.
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