Chelsea 5-1 Liverpool: Women’s Super League – as it happened
74 mins: Liverpool changes: Kiernan and Parry on, Van de Sanden and Koivisto off.
David Wall emails: “re: Suzanne Wrack’s article below, is one of the reasons that women’s sides might struggle to fill larger stadiums because they only play a handful of matches there each season. I’d have thought the aim is to get a larger number of people into the regular match-going habit. Just as a supporter of the men’s side will arrange their social lives around going to the game every fortnight, it would be hoped the same is true for a supporter of the women’s side. But if, say, 30,000 go along to somewhere like Stamford Bridge, but only 5,000 can attend the next game at Kingsmeadow, then even if most of those 30,000 want to go to the next game, they can’t. So it becomes very difficult to build up the match-going habit. Perhaps they’d have more success attracting larger crowds if they played every game at the main stadium, accept that it won’t be at capacity to begin with, yet aim to build it through word of mouth from those who do attend regularly and become committed to going along.”