Hope Powell sent a simple message to Sarina Wiegman in the hours after England won Euro 2022.
The Albion boss told one of her successors on the national team: “I hope you celebrated all night.”
Wiegman assured Powell that she “surely did.”
It’s been party time for the game as a whole this week.
Fans flocked to stadiums and screens of various sizes, including Trafalgar Square, to see the Lionesses rise to fame.
There were two sellouts at the Amex with very different wins against Norway and Spain.
Albion’s homeland also hosted nearly 13,000 spectators on a beautiful, warm Friday night to watch Austria beat Norway in Group A.
Attention now turns to the WSL and other domestic leagues.
Powell believes that England’s success – and the success of the tournament as a whole – can only benefit domestic sport, right down to the grassroots level.
In other words, it must.
There will never be a better opportunity.
Powell was asked this week if Chloe Kelly’s shirt-twirling celebration of her winning goal in the final was the most iconic moment of the England game.
She replied: “Seeing the attendance numbers pop up on screen was the iconic moment.
“You can’t say that people don’t care about women’s football.
“I think winning in this country could be a real catalyst for change.
“The attendance at games outside of England has really been quite impressive.
“The best there has ever been at a women’s European Championship.
“I think we have to give credit to the whole game, to the performances of all the teams. The standards have gone through the roof.
“People want it and now everyone’s saying, ‘Right, this is a product worth investing in.’
“These 87,192 have something to say to trading partners.
“That has to say something to the marketing people.
“You have to look at the standard of the game and how athletic these players are.
“That has to say something to the world.
“That this is a serious sport and these are serious athletes.”
Powell worked for UEFA at the final.
But she was also there with England a long time ago, leading the national team, bringing together a structure and doing the jobs of three people.
She said she felt it was important that those who had contributed along the way were recognized for their efforts which all led to Wembley’s fame.
And she was full of praise for the setup that is now working under Wiegman’s leadership.
Powell said: “I was at the stadium, I was with some colleagues from UEFA.
“It was kind of ‘Fantastic, well done, now we have to go and do some work’.
“I made some technical observations at UEFA.
“It was pretty much enjoying the moment very quickly and then sitting down and discussing the game.
“We enjoyed the evening and partied a bit. It’s been pretty full ever since.
“I always felt that England had a really good chance of reaching the final and winning it in terms of the quality of their players and the depth that they had.
“The players that started each game played their part and the players that came on and the impact they had was fantastic.
“It was really good to see those who came on, the level hasn’t dropped.
“I thought that was a key part of England’s success.
“I thought everyone stayed fit and healthy.
“And everyone was there together – the starters, the finishers, the employees.”
Albion season ticket numbers will be well into the four figures by the start of the season against Aston Villa at the Amex on Sunday 11 September.
They currently show a 250% increase over the final number from the last term.
The club sold more season tickets this week between Sunday and Wednesday than in the entire previous year.
Powell said: “The impact of not just England’s victory but the tournament as a whole has really got people going out there, playing more, buying tickets and supporting women’s football.
“So it was absolutely fantastic.”
Albion are currently in Bayern training ahead of the weekend’s friendly against Bayern Munich.
Meanwhile, league side Lewes play WSL club West Ham in a friendly at Hassocks on Sunday (2pm).
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Entry is £7 for adults and £5 for concessions, with children under 16 free and there is ample on-site parking.
Lewes’ fifth and most recent signing is defender Nat Johnson, who was involved in Coventry United’s dramatic escape from relegation last season.
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