Interview with Eloise King

Another Academy product that’s hitting the heights in the Ipswich Town First Team, Eloise King will have fond memories of last season after smashing in a Hat-Trick against rivals Norwich. Is there a better feeling for a lifelong Ipswich fan?.

EK has put in some really impressive performances for Town, both for the u21’s and First Team. It wasn’t surprising that she’s continued to impress the national team onlookers also and continued to be called up for the England squads.

King has been a consistent performer in Joe Sheehan’s side, playing big parts in scoring and creating goals for the Tractor Girls and very quickly becoming a crowd favourite among the ITFC regulars.

She is an Ipswich fan through and through, and is loving pulling on the Blue jersey. We spoke to EK to reflect on last season and looking ahead to another round of East Anglian Derbies.

Which footballer, men’s or women’s, would you love to play alongside?

I’d like to play alongside Kevin De Bruyne. An attacking midfielder who I could learn lots off of. His passing and creating is just so satisfying to watch and especially as I am a player who likes to create, it would just be a great opportunity to watch him and see how the best of the best does it.

Who inspires you?

Apart from my family as they have played a big part in my footballing journey so far and I’m very thankful for them, I’d say also my team mates, as they are the ones that I see most days of the week and the ones that you are working with day in day out, to try and be successful and achieve what we want to achieve this season, and if we don’t have the ambition to inspire each other we may not have the success we would like.

What’s your thoughts on VAR?

I think it’s a great idea, to make the game fair, especially when the correct decisions are made from using it. But has to be used consistently and correctly.

What’s your favourite TV series?

Gotta be ‘Love island’ 

3 songs from your playlist? 

Blue lights – jorja smith

Impatient – Jeremih

Dancin’ – Aaron Smith (krono remix)

Do you have any pre-match rituals?

No I don’t actually have any.

If you could only have 1 food for the rest of your life, What would it be?

Some sort of packet of crisps, that’s my fave thing to snack on.

A footballing memory you’ll never forget?

Scoring my first goal for England at u16’s against Spain or beating Norwich 10-0 and scoring a hat-trick- mainly because I’m an Ipswich fan.

Team Mates –

Which team mate would you room share with on an away trip?

It would have to be Anna, someone who I normally share with and constantly having a laugh with.

Which team mate likes to show off their skills in training?

Probably Paige, I normally see her juggling the ball doing a few around the worlds most training sessions.

Which team mate thinks they could win X Factor? 

Apart from myself🤣 again probably Paige, one of the main ones I hear singing when songs come on.

Which 4 team mates would you pick on your 5-a-side?

I don’t think I could pick just 4 players in my team, without leaving out some great individuals. Maybe if you asked me an 11-a-side that might be easier 🤣

Which team mate has the best dance moves?

If I’m honest everyone seems a bit stiff 😂But molly Sutherland has a bit of Irish dancing up her sleeve 💃

Questions –

What made you get into playing football?

I got put in a football kit from when I was born, as my family was a footballing family and I use to go an watch Ipswich play when I was younger, this was definitely a reason why I got into football.

There are a good amount of youngsters coming through the youth system at the club, how have you found the experience coming through the ranks?

Loved it. Playing for the u21’s was great, competing against players of the same age at the highest level in our league was a good test. Also competing in the u21’s Academy Cup was a good experience getting to the Semi Final against Arsenal in my first year.

Since coming into the first team, have you noticed improvements in your own game?

Yes, I believe I’ve grown into Women’s Football, especially towards the second half of last season, it has helped me get physically stronger. It has also helped me realise the importance of consistency in performances, as first team football can be difficult in sustaining positions.

You had a really good season last season, contributing in both scoring and creating goals, has that helped your confidence going into a new season?

Yes definitely, it just makes me want to pick up from where I left off last season, if not even i’d say I’m even hungrier for more success and goals than what I got last season.

Out of the goals you scored last season, do you have a favourite?

Would probably have to be my first goal against Norwich away, was great build up and one I won’t forget in a while being the first goal I’ve got against them.

How have you found the England calls ups and what have you taken away from the training camps?

I’ve found them a great experience, playing with the best players at my age group in the country. I’ve taken lots away from them, learning physically and technically to help bring into my game back at club football. 

Being called up for England is obviously a big moment, how did you take the news of that first call up?

It was a bit of a surreal moment, obviously being called up for your country isn’t something you see or hear about everyday, so was definitely a moment I will treasure for a very long time.

One positive of having another season in this league is facing Norwich again, are you looking forward to another round of East Anglian Derbies? 

Yes local derbies are always good occasions and games that add that extra bit of tension building up to the game, that I can’t wait to feel again.

You have a good record against Norwich so surely it’s a fixture you can’t wait to cone round again? 

Yes, from having such a good record against them, it gives us a task in keeping a good record against them or beating records that we set last season.

Do you ever get a bit nervous before derby games? 

I’ll admit the first game against them I did, it was my first time playing against their women’s side, and being an Ipswich fan I felt some pressure on my shoulders and that night we had over 700 people watching us, so we knew we had to perform.

Norwich are going to be wanting revenge this season, Will the team be prepared for a potential revenge mission from our rivals?

I agree that they will want revenge off us, but I can’t see that happening with the squad we have, as we have an even better and stronger side than last season.

How have you found being back in training after so long out?

I’ve really enjoyed it, getting back out on the pitch with the girls and the coaches, playing together and bonding well , as well are all striving for a very successful and enjoyable season ahead.

During lockdown, was it all about just keeping fit and ready to go when the season resumes?

Yes exactly that, we were able to have some rest time to reset and reflect on last season, but soon as it was time to get fit there was no going back and had to make sure we was ready for the go ahead to start back again.

Finally, aside from promotion, do you have any personal goals for the season ahead?

I want to keep myself within the England u19 squad and also keep myself a regular first team starter.

Big thanks to Eloise for her time!.

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