England’s Jordan Nobbs loves Victoria Park atmosphere

Jordan Nobbs in action for England against Sweden. Picture by FRANK REID
Jordan Nobbs in action for England against Sweden. Picture by FRANK REID

Local girl and England midfielder Jordan Nobbs said the atmosphere was “one of the best” she has experienced as England thrashed Sweden at Victoria Park, writes MATTHEW HENRY.

Nobbs, daughter of Pools legend Keith Nobbs, returned home to play 90 minutes at a packed Victoria Park.

The Arsenal midfielder said: “Not to be biased but I think it has been one of the best [atmospheres] I think the girls would tell you coming out it did feel really good.

“It felt lively, I think every attack you could hear the crowd which is something we want as players and that added maybe pressure but good pressure to try and score.”

Nobbs followed in the footsteps of her dad, who played 327 times for Pools, scoring once, but wasn’t disappointed not to equal Keith’s goal scoring record.

She said: “Luckily my dad was a defender so I think he only got one goal but yes it would have been nice to have got on the score-sheet.”

She added: “I am just glad to have got 90 minutes and to have been a major part of the team.”

Nobbs earned her 14th cap for the Three Lions in front of 4,547 people at a lively Victoria Park and said her return definitely lived up to expectations.

She said: “Whether there was one person in the crowd or 4,500 it wouldn’t have made a difference.

“Playing for England is massive and to be around my home and my family and my friends and major players in the England team then it’s always a massive bonus.”

The game was the first time the England Women’s team had played in the North East since they faced Italy at Roker Park in 1995.

Nobbs added: “Just to get England games all around the country is a plus for us anyway but there was a great atmosphere out there and I think that definitely encouraged us as soon as we walked out,

“I think you could feel the vibe and I think that showed in our performance as well.”

England Head Coach Mark Sampson said: “We’ve really enjoyed it the crowd were brilliant today.

“To get that number on a Sunday afternoon game and make that type of noise, the players just bounce off if it and that reflected in the way they celebrated the goals and how quick they were to go and thank the supporters at the end of the game.”

England Head Coach Mark Sampson believes “there must be something in the water” as six North-East players starred for England at Victoria Park, writes MATTHEW HENRY.

Captain Steph Houghton, Jordan Nobs, Lucy Bronze, Demi Stokes, Jill Scott and Carly Telford were all part of the Three Lions side who beat Sweden.

Sampson continued: “I had a sip this morning and I was feeling strong. The North-East certainly produce real strong characters and good footballers.

He added: “The fact that Demi, Lucy, Steph, Carly and Jill and obviously Jordan are in the group just shows the type of work that is going on in this area.”

All six of the women started their careers at Sunderland Women’s who currently top FA Women’s Super League Division 2.

Skipper Houghton was born in Durham, Stokes in South Shields, Bronze in Berwick upon Tweed, Nobbs in Stockton, Scott in Sunderland and Telford in Newcastle.