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Interview with Lindsey Cooper

She’s one of Ipswich Town’s central figures and the biggest threat in the box from set pieces. Centre Half Lindsey Cooper is in line to make her 200th competitive appearance for the Tractor Girls this weekend in their opening fixture vs Hashtag United at the Goldstar Ground. Cooper played a big role last season in the heart of the Ipswich Town Defence along side youngsters Egan and Peake. We caught up with the commanding Centre Back to look back over the last 199 games.

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

Virgil Van Dijk, he’s just the complete Centre Back.

Who inspires you?

Personally, for me, it’s my team mates. Playing & training with them week in and week out, seeing how hard people have been working during pre season, it makes me push myself and want to be better.

What team do you support?

Arsenal

What’s your thoughts on VAR?

I think it could be a really good asset to the game, when used correctly. I think at the moment it’s had some teething problems which is frustrating but these things take time.

What’s your favourite tv series?

There’s a few I like, but I’ve got to say Friends or Stranger Things.

3 songs from your playlist?

Mr Brightside – the killers
Iris – Goo Goo dolls
Saturday – Sam fender

Do you have any pre match rituals?

I don’t have any specific rituals, I just don’t like putting my shirt on until the very last minute before we have to go out!.

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

I think it would have to be Hunters Chicken

A footballing memory you’ll never forget?

I think it’s got to be Arsenals Invincible season 2003-2004. What a team!!.

Team mates

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

I would usually share with Amanda Crump.

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

Keats, Tash, Ellie and Paige W.

Which team mate is the slowest getting ready before a game?

Ohh that’s a hard one, I’d probably have to say EK (sorry), always one of the last out to warm up 🤣

Which team mate would win a crossbar challenge?

It has to be Paige Peake.

Which team mate has the dirtiest boots?

I’d probably have to say Amanda.

How did you get into playing football?

I went along to a holiday Football Camp and then got asked to join the Ipswich Girls Under 12’s team.

Has playing Football always been something you have aimed to do?

I’ve always loved playing Football and want to play for as long as possible, and I have met so many good friends through Football.

Was playing Centre Back always where you saw yourself playing?

Yes, it’s where I’ve always played and really enjoy playing there.

We had a really good defensive record last season, does that come down to understanding your defensive partners strengths and weaknesses and understanding how they like to play?

Yes most definitely, it was the first season playing with Paige and Lucy, so we had to establish an understanding quite quickly, they are both exceptional and I think that showed with our defensive record last year.

Your next competitive game will be your 200th for Ipswich, does it only seem like yesterday you was throwing the shirt on for the first time?

It most definitely does, time has seemed to fly by.

Does getting up to such a milestone in games played give you a boost knowing you’re seen as a trustworthy member of the squad?

Yes most definitely, it’s been an honour to play for the club for this long.

Do you have a standout memory from your last 199 games?

I think it has to be reaching the 4th round of the FA Cup and playing against Man City, I mean, what an experience. Hopefully we can repeat that this season and go even further

Do you have a standout goal?

My memory is terrible 🤦🏻‍♀️ I don’t score many, one I can remember is the header against Chichester, it was the first goal of the game and quite early which got us off to a good start.

You’ll hopefully be making your 200th appearance against Hashtag United, are you looking forward to getting back to competitive football?

I can’t wait to get back to the league and just start playing again, it was frustrating how the season ended last year, but we are all ready to get back to it now.

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

It’s been great actually, during lockdown we have had lots of support from Kev, he’s been helping us to ensure we came back in as sharp as possible and it was great to get back and see all the girls.

Fans see you as a vocal leader on the pitch. With Amanda Crump currently out of action, did you put your name forward to take the Captain band during her absence?

It’s nice to know I’ve been noticed as that type of player but there are other players within the squad that have great characteristics and make fantastic captains.

Hashtag United will be wanting to hit the ground running on Sunday and make a statement. Will it be a case of making sure we don’t become complacent?

Complacency isn’t something we are even thinking about going in to the first game of the season, they’re a good side and we want to make a positive start to the season, so will be going into the game giving 100%.

Unfortunately last season didn’t end how we wanted, is there a bigger determination going into the new season?

Most definitely, it feels like we have unfinished business and are even more determined to go and win the league and really make a statement.

Do you have any personal goals for the coming season?

I personally would like to make sure our defence keeps up its good record and also contribute with getting a few goals too.

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