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Jo's profile from Bristol Soccer World

Thanks to Bristol Soccer World we now all have the opportunity to relive Jo's glorious footballing career. This article appeared in a recent edition of their magazine.

A serious knee injury has put an unwanted and enforced break in Jo Edwards’ season and the midfielder is one of a number of key players now missing from Bristol United’s squad. “Injuries have greatly affected our small squad lately and the progress we were hoping to make has been halted as a result,” she says. “It is just awful having to stand and watch at the moment and I must say I am not too disappointed at so many games being called off, as it gives me more time to recover!”
31-year-old Jo, who works as a Homelessness Officer for Bristol City Council, began playing football at a Council training session at her local YMCA in Bedminster. “We played five-a-side football as a team we eventually formed as Bristol United, which is not the present club. One of my team mates was Claire Board, who nowadays is our manager at United.” Football tradition runs in the family, her grandfather Ray Hobbs played for Bishopsworth and Gloucestershire after the war.
Jo moved on to Bristol City and was at the club during their successful years in the mid-90s. They won the South West Womens League, the Pat Sowden Cup and caught the local headlines in 1994-95 when they reached the semi finals of the F.A.Women’s Cup. “We had such a good side with the likes of Rachel McArthur, Abbie Gould, Lynn Armstrong and Marcia Dean. I was mainly a substitute during the Cup run but beating Millwall Lionesses was a great day.”
After winning one more trophy with City, the Division One League Cup, Jo became one of the founder members of the new Bristol United at the start of last season. The club came close to more success by reaching the semi finals of the Somerset Cup and Bristol Soccerworld Cup. “We nearly made it last season but it was good working with then manager Tracey Uren, who was a great player who played at National League level before she suffered a bad injury.
“I do recall scoring the winning goal for City against Freeway around five years ago, they were one of the top local sides in those days and always a friendly crowd. It was a shame to see them fold last season. However, my most memorable match will definitely be the next one, when I am fit again!
“It is great to see youngsters getting proper coaching and more opportunity to play nowadays, which is something I did not have. There are lots of different standards to play at and the future is really exciting. I am glad to see my former club Bristol City developing their own players from a young age and I hope to see them stick together and continue to progress, which I feel they are capable of. A great example of this is the Doncaster Belles, I admire the way they have stuck together for many years and always remained at the top.
“On a personal level, I have just one aim. I want to get playing again!”
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