Female Football Focus 2021-22: Georgia Spibey (NFA FC)

Georgia Spibey (back row – second from right) with her NFA team-mates

She’s one of the best new players to emerge in the North Wales Women’s League and her long throw-ins are already the stuff of legend.

Meet Georgia Spibey, an attacking midfielder for Rhyl-based NFA.

Also known as The Mighty Spibey, the former Liverpool FC junior is having a great season.

Grassroots North Wales was fortunate to catch up with her for a chat before her annual stint in Greenland helping Santa.

Full name

Georgia Eleanor Spibey

Place of birth

Cheshire

Date of birth

19/09/1999

Height

I would love to say that I am 5 ft 7, but unfortunately for me I am pushing 5 ft 5 on a good day.

Teams you have played for?

Vicars Cross, Liverpool, Crewe & Nantwich and currently NFA.

How did you become interested in football?

It has to be the generic answer of playing in the garden with my dad and my older brother.

How long have you been playing football?

I started to play at about 8/9 years old, then I stopped playing at 13 to play hockey instead. I’ve only just within the last year picked up playing football again.

Georgia (No 9 – blue) in action for NFA against Denbigh Town

Have you always played in the position you play now?

When I was younger, I usually played upfront somewhere, typically striker. But seeing as I can’t personally stand in the same position for more than 5 minutes, midfield is a much better fit for me.

What is your training schedule like?

At the minute it is pretty non-existent except for a Tuesday night training. I’ll pick up a more active schedule again in the new year.

If you are not playing football or not working, what do you do in your spare time?

If I’m not sleeping (which I usually am), I am a book worm so probably reading.

Do you like shopping? What are your favourite stores?

I have to be in the right mood to go shopping, but any shop with books in it though I’m happy.

Which female footballer do you admire the most?

An amazing photo of Rachel Lloyd (back row – furthest left) and Georgia (front row – second left or centre) when they were at Liverpool FC together

Without a doubt it has to be my partner in crime Rachel Lloyd. ❤ She brings every notable attribute to the table; I couldn’t think of anyone better on or off the pitch than herself. Not only is she an incredible leader for us all at NFA, but she is also an incredibly talented player, who could undoubtedly fit and succeed in any professional team. We are all extremely lucky to have her creativity and composure in the heart of the pitch.

Away from football, what female sportswoman/ woman do you admire?

For me, it would definitely have to be Serena Williams.

Which coach has influenced you the most?

Andy Lloyd and his daughter Rachel celebrate after Prestatyn Girls won the FAW Under-16 Welsh Cup in 2014-15

Unquestionably Mr Andrew Lloyd himself – I think we can all agree that Andy is one in a million. His encouragement, patience, and guidance to every single one of us at NFA is second to none, and without a doubt has made us into the successful team we are today. It is an absolute pleasure to have him as our coach. The man is a legend. Also big shoutout to Richie – who this season has brought a more technical aspect to the team which has allowed us to progress massively as a team.

Do you practice a certain diet while you are training or during the football season?

Not currently no, will definitely have to be a resolution of mine.

What are your feelings on the women’s football pyramid changes in Wales? Are you in favour of an elite Tier 2 North?

Any progress and development big or small within women’s football is a huge step in the right direction and really beneficial to all of us.

Tell us about the greatest game you’ve played in?

Most recently our trip to Pwllheli in the NWCFA Women’s Challenge Cup against a quality team. As a team we all showed determination and character which ultimately got us the win in the end.

Georgia (No 9) looks to challenge Emma Roden, then of Denbigh Town. In the background is a now grown-up Rachel Lloyd!

What’s your finest achievement to date as a footballer?

It is hard to pinpoint just one, but at the moment being part of such amazing team is definitely up there with the best.

Tell us about your favourite all-time kit

Anything that Ronaldo has worn.

What are your musical tastes?

I’m not too fussy when it comes to music, anything really. But a controversial one – soft jazz.

Do you watch TV soaps?

If so, what is your favourite character? Steve off Coronation Street is a personal favourite.

Do you have any plans for a holiday once it’s totally safe to do so?

Absolutely, whenever it is safe to do so, will be the first in line at the airport.

Do you have any pets?

At the moment a very lonely goldfish, that will probably outlive me.

What is your dream job?

My dream job would definitely be an editorial position within publishing.

What do you hope to achieve in the future as a footballer?

Nothing in particular, just to enjoy football as much as possible.

How do you plan to spend Christmas Day?

Get as stuffed as the turkey!

What would be your dream Christmas gift?

If anyone wants to buy me a house of a new car, I wouldn’t say no!

Hopes for 2022?

A happy and healthy year 🙂

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