Alicia Povey has been around the world playing football and gaining experience in the media industry, and has recently come on board with the Chairboys' media team on matchdays. Here, the Wycombe Wanderers Ladies forward shares her story.
Wycombe Wanderers has a special place in my heart, as I’m sure it does for many of you reading this. I started playing for the women’s section of the club when I was 15, and I vividly remember picking up my first ever kit from the club shop, which back then was in Wycombe town centre.
I’ve worn the Wycombe badge on and off for over 10 years, in which time I’ve been to university, lived abroad, reported on a couple of World Cups, and made my return. Now, on top of the fact that I get to represent the Blues as a player, I’m delighted to be helping the media team and being part of the Chairboys’ growth.
I’ve been writing about football for five years or so, with my initial interest centering on the women's game and Spanish football. In 2018, I joined one of Spain’s largest football websites to report on the FIFA World Cup in Russia, and began to write more broadly - covering the Premier League, Ligue 1 and La Liga. Simultaneously, I wrote extensively about the women’s leagues in Spain, and was interviewed by the New York Times about my experiences in the lead up to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
My return to the UK saw me finish my degree, and begin writing ad-hoc for a number of football sites. I’d always kept my eye on Wycombe whatever I was reporting on, and our rise to the Championship was certainly something to write home about! Now I’m just looking forward to documenting the Chairboys making history this season and beyond.
A postponed league game against QPR meant that my first couple of fixtures behind the scenes were both in the FA Cup; our 4-1 win against Preston North End at the beginning of January and our valiant effort against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur that saw the same scoreline, reversed.
It felt bizarre being back at Adams Park without fans, but it didn’t take long to get caught up in the game as Fred Onyedinma nodded home in the third minute, setting the tempo for what was to be a fantastic performance. In his post-match chat with me, I asked JJ what his fourth round dream tie would be, to which he replied a home tie with a big name. Well, call me a lucky talisman, because a couple of days later Peter Crouch pulled out Wycombe and Tottenham Hotspur’s names in the draw.
It was a slightly different match-day experience this time round, as BT Sport, the national media, José Mourinho and the Lilywhites descended on Adams Park on a snowy Monday night. I had watched the previous FA Cup fourth round against Spurs on TV in 2017, as the Chairboys lost out in the 97th minute. It was certainly a nice change to be watching from the press box, especially given the circumstances.
Even better that Wycombe once again got the first goal against the Premier League outfit. It wasn’t quite the fairytale ending that we were hoping for, but the Chairboys pushed Tottenham right till the end, and it took the addition of Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Tanguy Ndombele to break the 1-1 stalemate in the 86th minute, before they went on to put two more in the back of the net.
Despite the loss, it was another special moment to add to the club’s history. A special one personally as well; when I first pulled on a Wycombe shirt myself, the Chairboys were rock bottom of League 1, but here I am in 2021 writing about how they managed to hold off a top Premier League side, as well as looking forward to covering the rest of their Championship season. It could be a bit of a rollercoaster – just as Saturday’s trip to Brentford proved to be - but I’m excited to be part of the journey.
Up the Wyc!