This is a feature getting to know the new members of the Ladies squad!
Which club did you join Rovers from?
Sheffield F.C. Ladies.
Any jobs alongside playing football?
I’m also a personal trainer for my mum’s business.
Where did you grow up?
In Chorley. I’ve spent all my life there.
Which team do you support?
Liverpool. My dad and my uncle are both fans and then after playing for them for seven years you learn a lot about the history and I’ve grown to love the club.
How did you get into playing football?
I grew up being best friends with two boys, Jack and Zac, so we used to just play football all the time. My earliest memory of anything football related was in the house with me and my dad. We rolled up a pair of socks to make a football. I was in goal with the radiator as the target. We were just playing for hours.
How did you become a goalkeeper?
I was a goalkeeper at a really young age and then I played as a left-back for a few years. When I was 14 I went back in goal because no one wanted to go in and I’ve stayed there ever since!
Do you have a nickname on the pitch?
People call me Gibbo because of my surname, but that’s it – nothing exciting!
Do you have any pre-match rituals?
I always put my right shin pad on before my left. It’s just a thing I’ve always done. I like to be organised and not rushed in my warmup so I don’t like things to change in the season. As soon as I’m in the changing room I’ll get everything out so it’s all ready. I like to stick to my routine. Every time we score I run back and have a drink – but I don’t know if that’s because no one celebrates with the goalkeeper! It’s better than standing on my own.
What is your favourite pre-match meal?
A yogurt, nuts and muesli. I don’t like to eat too much before a game. I’ll also have a banana and a coffee too. Definitely a coffee.
Career highlight – What is your most memorable moment on the pitch?
Winning the league with Liverpool. The way we did it was on the last day, we’d done all we needed to do and were relying on two other results. Teams above us needed to lose. We’d finished and were stood on the pitch waiting for a few minutes, but it felt like hours. We heard someone shout from the boxes, which fed down to the fans who started cheering and all hell broke loose on the pitch. We all went crazy.
Career ambitions – What do you want to achieve in the game?
Winning the league with Blackburn and being as successful as we can. Getting into the Championship where this team belongs is the main goal at the minute. I don’t want to look too far ahead.
Who is your football idol? Who did you aspire to be like growing up?
(Ellie Stewart: Me). She likes to think so! In the women’s game, Rachel Brown-Finnis. I looked up to her a lot when she was England goalkeeper at the time. In terms of men’s football, Francesco Totti and Gianluigi Buffon. They are two of my absolute favourites.
Who is the best player you have played with?
I’ve been lucky to play with a lot of world class players but probably Fara Williams. For the length of time I played with her, I learnt a lot from her and she’s a brilliant player.
What is your favourite holiday destination and where do you want to visit?
I love New York, I’ve been there a few times. But I’d have to say Barcelona. I’d never been before and it was a lot different than I expected. I went with my mum and loved it. I want to go and see the Northern Lights. I want to travel everywhere so it’s a pretty hard question!
What is your star sign?
I’m a Leo.
Do you have any phobias?
Daddy long legs. I can’t stand them. They just fly with their big legs and I can’t cope with that at all.
Can you play any musical instruments?
I wish. I could play the keyboard when the lights lit up… That’s about it.
Do you have any pets?
I have a little sausage dog called Stanley.
What is your favourite film?
Stand by Me. I just like the story, it makes me feel happy. Lion King, as much as it makes me cry, is also one of my favourite films.
Thanks for chatting, Danielle!