Female Football Focus 2022 – Joanna Bramwell (Amlwch Town)

The joy on Joanna’s face over scoring a goal made this one of the North Wales Women’s Football’s pictures of the season. Photo: GETHIN JONES ATFC

Amlwch Town had a great 2021-22 season and Joanna Bramwell was one of those players who really came to the fore.

She helped the newly-built team finish fourth in the North Wales Women’s League and scored four goals, including one in Amlwch’s impressive performance in a 5-2 defeat at NFA, where the Anglesey side only had 10 players available.

Jo scored with a header from a corner and her performance from start to finish was unstinting, her fitness really shining through on a hot day and against the league runners-up.

She plays the game with tremendous enthusiasm and a smile on her face, typified by her signature photo from last season where she and team-mate Shannon Thomas celebrated a goal rather wildly!

Grassroots North Wales thanks Jo for her time in participating in a Female Focus feature and wishes her all the best for 2022-23.

Full name

Joanna Bramwell

Place of birth

Peterborough

Date of birth

03/12/96

Height

5”3 a bit

Occupation

Personal Banker

Joanna pictured with coach Mo Eynon when she first joined Amlwch Town. Picture: GETHIN JONES

How did you become interested in football?

I remember always playing on the playground at break times at school and going to the after school club. I joined my first team Deal Town Rangers when I was 8 and played with them until I left for uni.

How long have you been playing football?

16 years.

What is your favourite position?

CDM for sure

This photo must be repeated to get Joanna’s team-mate Shannon Thomas smiling equally dazzlingly in the background. To fit the shape for the main image, we had to trim Shannon out of it, but she’s back here as smiley as ever 🙂

Name the teams you have played for

All started with Deal Town Rangers, then 4 years with Bangor University including representing the Welsh Universities squad and now Amlwch Town.

Is there any football history in your family?

One of my great grandfathers did play for Man United during the war apparently

What is your training schedule like?

We only train once a week but when I’m not training you’ll find me in the gym

Joanna (right) in action against Llangefni Town

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

If I’m not in the gym I’m up a mountain or going for a walk somewhere. I also love cooking and eating.

Which female footballer do you admire most?

Alex Scott. I admire how hard she’s worked to make it as a reputable sports commentator

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

Jessica Ennis-Hill

How do you feel the 2021-22 season went for Amlwch Town Ladies?

It was great to play my first proper season with the ladies and I think we did brilliantly considering we were struggling for a team beginning of the season!

We had a few disappointing games but the girls really dug deep when it mattered and it’s great to play alongside some big personalities which I think makes us stand out as a team.

Jo in action for Amlwch. Picture: GETHIN JONES

How do you think the team might do next season?

I think if we can battle as hard as we did this season and make every game count we stand a good chance of being top 3 next season.

Tell us about the greatest game you’ve played in

Definitely my last game for Bangor Uni. Varsity match against Aberystwyth.

All the girls were buzzing on the bus down and the atmosphere among the team was fantastic. We ran rings round Aber and I couldn’t even tell you what the score was but I got two of the best goals I’ve ever scored in my career. And my memory of the bus journey back is even worse.

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

Definitely representing the Welsh Universities team twice.

Best team-mate played alongside

Mari Gibbard of CPDM Bethel. Picture: PAT CAIN

Mari Gibbard. Class player on and off the pitch. 🌟🌟

Hardest opponent faced

Rhyl

What are your musical tastes?

Bit of everything tbh. Depends what mood I’m in

Favourite TV shows?

The Office (American version)

How do you think England and Wales might get on in the 2022 World Cup?

I think England will disappoint but Wales could be ones to watch.

What is your dream job?

I’d love to be a weather woman😂 ☀️

What do you hope to achieve in future?

I want to travel the world as much as possible (although the girls might not let me have a season off)

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