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Marieanne in action for Fulham Ladies
Spacey helped Fulham to win a glorious Treble

Marieanne Spacey

As soon as I saw a football I wanted to kick one around.

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Football was a game that appealed to me and it developed during my school years within a youth club, rather than at school, and then into senior football as early as 13.

That doesn't happen now but did then.

I only really got involved through my father's sheer tenacity in trying to find me somewhere to play and the fact that five of us at a netball club were kicking the netballs around.

Fulham have Enjoyed a brilliant season
We were told "if you're going to do that we'd rather you went and played in a five-a-side competition". That's exactly what we did.

The improvements happening now and the opportunities available can only be born out of experience and the fact that there was nothing in place for girls then.

Those lessons have been learnt and things are progressing on.

But it might be six to ten years before the real benefits of putting the efforts in at grassroots now will be seen.

But to any young girls out there wanting to get involved in football - give it a go.

Enjoy it and make the most of it because you don't know what is going to happen next.

Even when you lose you still learn and in the end you win from losing.

Don't lose hope, the chance is out there.

Marieanne lines up for England
Playing for England is the ultimate honour
If you're struggling and think you can't get involved in playing the game, there is a way. Just play and enjoy the game, and play fair.

The ultimate goal is playing for your country.

Whether you are professional, amateur or a Sunday parks player, you dream of playing for your country.

You dream of representing your family, friends and team-mates - it's the highest accolade you can get, and England is the home of football.

Marieanne Spacey profile
Birthdate: 13 February, 1966
Teams: Arsenal, Fulham and England
England debut: England v Belgium, 1984
England Caps: 91
England goals: 28

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Any young girls out there wanting to get involved in football - give it a go
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Fulham's FA Cup run
Round four: Doncaster Belles (H) 2-0
Round five: East Durham (A) 3-1
Quarter-finals: Oldham Curzon (H)1-0
Semi-finals: Bristol Rovers (A) 7-2
Final: Charlton3-0

Get involved
England: Call the FA hotline on 0845 310 8555 to find your local club
Wales: FAW Trust
Women and girls' development officer Matthew Bishop
Tel: 01443 228873 or email:
Scotland: Scottish Women's Football Association
Maureen McGonigle
Executive administrator
Hampden Park
G42 9DF
Tel: (0141) 616-6091
N Ireland: Sarah Booth
Irish Football Association
20 Windsor Avenue
Tel: 028 90 669458
Fax: 028 90 667620

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