The Tweet Spot: Fran Kirby

Fran Kirby took a break from preparations for the FA WSL 1 season finale this weekend, when Chelsea Ladies are at home to Sunderland Ladies, to answer questions posed by supporters as part of a Twitter Q&A on our official Ladies account @ChelseaLFC

The prodigious forward signed from Reading in the summer has scored five goals in her seven appearances in the blue of Chelsea.

The Ladies are in pole position to secure the first league title in their history this Sunday. Emma Hayes’s side lead Manchester City by two points ahead of the final day of the campaign and will guarantee themselves another piece of silverware, to join the FA Women’s Cup won in August, with a win over the Black Cats.

Kirby provided a range of answers in the Twitter chat, from detailing her pre-match superstitions and why she picked the number 14 shirt on her arrival in west London, to picking the best player she has ever played with and the funniest member of the squad.

Here is a selection of the questions and answers..


What would it mean to you to win the league shortly after joining Chelsea?

‘It would be pretty special but I think it will just make me hungrier to do it again and play a bigger part.'


Do you have any pre-match superstitions?

'I have to get eight hours sleep and always wear the same sports bra to every game, even though I've lost a few times while wearing it!'


What made your mind up to move from Reading Women to Chelsea Ladies?

‘It was the right opportunity at the right time - I needed a new challenge after 15 years at Reading.'

‘It’s the date of my mum’s birthday, plus the number 11 was already taken!’ 

Gemma Davison was shamed as the unfunniest member of the squad, Eni Aluko was dubbed the unintentionally funniest, while Ji was singled out as the best player the 22-year-old had ever played with.

Lastly, the forward was asked about her own label as the ‘mini Messi’, a nickname coined by the England Women’s manager Mark Sampson during the summer World Cup.


When people call you the 'mini Messi', do you feel the pressure of expectation?

‘I don't really think about it - people will always have expectations when you play for a big club.'


Chelsea Ladies versus Sunderland takes place this Sunday 4 October at Staines Town, kick-off 6pm. A victory for the Blues will secure them a first league title in the club’s history. Supporters can purchase tickets online priced at £5 for adults and £3 for juniors/seniors.