A Woman In A Mans(field) World?


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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18 Responses

  1. Simon Cope says:

    We have had a female vice-chair at Scarborough Athletic FC for some time now. The fact that Wendy is female has never been an issue for any fans that I am aware of; Boro fans are far more interested in her as a person, and what she can do for the club. Like all other directors on the board, if she does a bad job she’ll be voted out at the next election. We judge our directors on their performance, not their tackle.

  2. Rob says:

    It makes a more interesting story when you discover the fact that Ms. Still at 29, has been the girlfriend of Chairman John Radford 45, for the past 3 months…..

    None of the massive media coverage that this story has generated knew that did they???

  3. Sean says:

    Sorry, but putting the attention she’s received down to her being of the female persuasion is rather lazy.

    There’s been plenty of businesswomen involved in football clubs, but they don’t get the fuss, because they’re almost always middle-aged types to whom the word “fussy” can be applied.

    She’s getting the attention because she’s young, blonde and, judging by the photos that have appeared in the press, she likes to model for the cameras.

    Rather than look at everything simply from men’s point of view, how’s about crediting her with intelligence & the self-awareness to know that such a fuss would be caused? They do have minds of their own, you know.

  4. Borys says:

    it is unlikely to stop old men trying to explain the offside rule to me on match days.

    How sweet of them!

  5. Paul Blackwell says:

    To be honest Jenni Silver I think that you are being rather naive. Having taken a look at a picture of this woman, she looks the archetype pouting aggressively glam type – orangefaced and covered in warpaint – that quite honestly just invites the sort of sexist comments that have been flying around.

  6. Bath City fan says:

    Jenni, I go onto the Gloucester COF quite a lot, partly to see how some of our ex-players are doing, and I always read your reports. It must be very frustrating for you to have to put up with so many rude men, but I can assure you that it is improving. Our own Chairmanda is a shining example, and I have recently seen a thread on I think the Chester Forum, where they reckoned that the woman ref had been the best all season, with very few sexist comments. More and more women will be in positions of authority – trouble is, one of the first was Thatcher, and she did no good at all for women! Having said all that, I am a little intrigued by Rob saying that the Mansfield CEO is the chairman’s girlfriend!

  7. Nathan Jones says:

    I’m disappointed that there isn’t a photo of Carolyn on this article so we could see just how, err, capable she is.

  8. Nathan Jones says:

    “she looks the archetype pouting aggressively glam type – orangefaced and covered in warpaint – that quite honestly just invites the sort of sexist comments that have been flying around.”

    So what you’re basically saying is that she’s “asking for it” Paul?

    Good grief.

  9. Colin says:

    I wasn’t hugely impressed by her first interview on the club’s website, as to me she sometimes came across as just a little false. Numerous references to “The Stags”, which is indeed the club’s nickname, but she sounded too keen to emphasise that she knew this particular fact. The comment about “the emphatic 5-0 victory on Saturday” also sounded slightly contrived to me, being better suited to a written report than a verbal interview.

    Let’s look at this can be seen as a forward-thinking move by the club, bringing in a young and enthusiastic individual to help streamline the club’s operations. This is vital – since suffering relegation from the Football League in 2008, MTFC has relied on the generosity of its Directors to maintain the club as a going concern, given that we are still effectively being run like a Football League club, but without the annual £500K revenue from Sky TV which all League Two clubs enjoy.

    I really hope that this does not turn out to be a short-term gimmick. Chairman John Radford saved Mansfield Town from almost certain Administration when he purchased the club one year ago. He has spent years building up a multi-million pound business, the One Call Insurance Group, so he clearly knows how to run a company well. I’ll continue to go along with the motto which is proudly displayed on the front of the main stand at Mansfield Town’s Field Mill ground: “In John Radford We Trust”.

  10. Paul Blackwell says:

    No Nathan I’m not saying she’s ‘asking for it’ but if she poses at the Stags’ ground in such a manner it’s hardly surprising if it gives rise to the sort of comments that have happened. I’m not excusing them, but can understand exactly why they occur. It is a completely inappropriate sort of pose for someone of whateber sex starting a job as a football club chief exec. Imagine if a guy had posed like that. Enough said. Having said that I really hope Mansfield do well. Their fans deserve it.

  11. Rob C says:

    I am intrigued by this from the Mansfield press release: “Ms Still brings a wealth of experience to her new position developed through the fashion industry where she worked alongside the Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer in two of the world’s largest luxury goods companies, Bulgari SpA and Gucci Group.”

    “Worked alongside” is the phrase that gets my eyebrows twitching: what exactly was her role? You can be very junior but still “work alongside” some high-fliers.

    Given her age and this qualified statement, what exactly is her experience? Is she only in the post because of her alleged relationship with the club owner?

    Her appointment seems a bit suspect, and I’d be saying that regardless of her gender.

  12. Derek Truswell says:

    We need somebody at the side of our Chairman John Radford who can bat their eyes at our stadium owner & hopefully get him to hand back the stadia to us ( that is rightfully ours )
    … sock it to him darlin’ !!!!!

  13. maliniok says:

    Women love to be seen as being attractive and sexy so, if anything, those journalist do that lady a favour…

  14. Rob C says:

    There is, of course, nothing wrong about hiring former prostitutes, but some people might further question the appointment: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3819610/Youngest-footie-boss-Carolyn-Still-was-an-escort.html

  15. Nathan Jones says:

    What sort of “pose” of an attractive young woman would be acceptable to you then Paul?…

  16. Paul Blackwell says:

    Move on Nathan

  17. Nathan Jones says:

    As you’re the one who finds a photo of a woman standing in a football ground a “completely inappropriate sort of pose” I suggest it might be you that needs to move on, in quite a few ways…

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