Sport Grill’s latest guest is one of the North East’s brightest and current Arsenal Women striker, Beth Mead.
- You started your playing career from 6 years old and was part of Middlesbrough’s Centre of Excellence, so who or what inspired you to play football from an early age?
Mead; I originally started playing football for my local village team on a Saturday morning, I had a lot of energy as a kid and my mum was actually the one who inspired me to go play with the boys and I instantly had a love for the game.
- Upon joining Sunderland, you had plenty of success and became a prolific goal scorer for the Black Cats. Are there any goal scoring records that you would love to break in either the womens’ or even at a push, men’s game considering that you have got plenty of years at the top of women football?
Mead; Of course that what I want to aim high. I want to be remembered as a player so if I can break any records, that would be a huge achievement. Sometimes you have to aim high.
- When promoted to the WSL in 2015, did you expect to be challenging the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City from the off or was survival the main priority?
Mead; Being honest, not at all. Our main aim was to stay in the league and try to establish ourselves as the years went on, so to find ourselves in the position we did was amazing and we over exceeded our targets. It was a dream season for me and the club.
- Last year saw the Black Cats slump a bit so how excited were you to move to Arsenal and get involved in a three way fight for the Spring Series title?
Mead; It was sad what happened to Sunderland but I knew it was time to move on and better myself as a player, its exciting times and I’m happy to be challenging for trophy with Arsenal.
- At Arsenal, you are playing alongside fellow ex Sunderland star, Jordan Nobbs so what is it like being her teammate, given the fabulous progress that she had made since joining the Gunners herself both domestically and internationally?
Mead; Jordan is an amazing player, I’ve actually followed her from COE at Middlesbrough to Sunderland and now Arsenal, so hopefully I can follow in her footsteps and show everyone what Beth Mead is about. But Jordan is an amazing player to play alongside, she brings so much to the team and helps with my game massively.
- What are your ambitions for the future and are there any other major clubs that you would like to play for, seeing as two of the Lionesses now play aboard?
Mead; I mean my main ambitions is to establish myself at Arsenal and become a regular senior Lioness. I haven’t thought about the future, that’s always open but I’m concentrating and enjoying myself at Arsenal.
- The North East has produced some exceptional talent such as Steph Houghton, Jill Scott and Nobbs, who are currently part of the most successful Lionesses team ever. Do you think that you can go on and add your name to that list, having won the 2016 PFA Young Player of the Year and end up playing alongside them in the national team?
Mead; Of course, seeing them girls do so well shows me that I can do that too, and that’s what I want to do, develop and better myself as a player and continue to improve to get myself to my best level and competing at club and international level.
- Finally, if asked to inspire women to participate in football using only three words, what words would you use?
Mead; Work Hard, Believe, Enjoy!
Sport Grill will like to thank Beth Mead for taking time out to do this interview. We must also thank Arsenal Women’s media team for their assistance in making this interview happen.