Professional English goalkeeper Chelsea Ashurst in Spain.
Hey everyone, great to be back with my latest blog for WSU!
It’s been an eventful week or so since my last entry, with Málaga CF taking advantage of the transfer window to bring in three exciting new international signings in the shape of Bassira Touré (Mali), Gaëlle Enganamouit (Cameroon) and Ode Fulutudilu (South Africa).
Gaëlle and Ode went straight into the team for last Sunday’s home clash with Valencia CF, but our winless run stretched to ten games thanks to a disappointing 4-1 defeat, which saw us drop to the bottom of the Liga Iberdrola table. Our next four games – versus RCD Espanyol, EDF Logroño, UD Granadilla Tenerife and Sevilla FC – are all against teams we beat in the first half of the season, so picking up points is a must!
Going back to where I left off in my last post (https://www.womenssoccerunited.com/chelsea-ashurst-malaga-goalkeeper/ ), I joined Club Atlético Málaga as a 15-year-old and by 17 was starting to force my way into the starting XI. Coming from nearby Granada, it was great to be playing fairly close to home, picking up lots of new experiences, meeting new people and travelling all over Spain!
Even though we were playing in the top division, then called the Super Liga, money was very tight in women’s football, so we’d travel to games in minibuses, sleeper trains and – very occasionally – on the plane! I’ve really noticed the difference since Iberdrola began sponsoring the league [Editor’s note: in 2016/17] and the TV coverage has increased – everything’s much more professional now and here’s hoping it continues!
My time at Atlético Málaga came to an end after we lost our battle with relegation in 2011/12, with Sporting Huelva signing me ahead of the 2012/13 campaign. So, join me again soon for the inside info on my time with them and how I earned a switch to Liga giants FC Barcelona!
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