Taylor Hinds

Photography: Becca Naen / Styling: Jay Hines / Daisy Deane / Interviews: Tom Everest / Words: Brooke Mccord.
13th March 2019
Young Lioness

This article is an excerpt from the Young Lionesses feature from Issue 01 of GAFFER: ‘England’s Finest’. Available from our online shop now.

 

Taylor Hinds plays as a midfielder for Everton, and has represented England on both the U17s and U19s teams. Having kicked a ball about for as long as she can remember, Taylor credits her parents for seeing talent in her from a young age. Meanwhile, it’s Taylor’s first Arsenal game – and the kit that drowned her – that stands out most as a moment she’ll never forget. The team means the world to Taylor. “We’re such a tight group of girls,” she explains. “Everyone’s just there for each other – we’re like a family.”

 

How did you fall into football?

I started out playing for a boys team when I was about seven years old because my brother used to play football, so I always used to go to the park and kick about with him and his mates when I was a kid. I started out playing for a boys team when I was about seven years old, before moving to my local women’s team: Northampton Ladies. Next I moved to Arsenal Ladies, and now I play for Everton Ladies. Football has been part of my life for as long as I can remember.

 

How was it playing for a mixed team?

I really enjoyed it. If I got hurt I never wanted to come off, I always wanted to stay on playing. I was captain as well. My dad was the manager, so he was always a little more lenient with me. Obviously you come across some boys who are like, “oh it’s a girl”, but I didn’t really care because I loved football so much. I ignored what people said because I just wanted to play the sport.

 

Hoodie, Jacket, Trousers DKNY / Shoes ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
Everyone’s just there for each other – we’re like a family. Everyone has the same goal – to reach the seniors – so we all help one another work towards that goal.

How has women’s football changed since you started playing?

I think it’s developed massively. For example, when I was younger at Arsenal, that’s when I started to familiarise myself with the levels of women’s football. Our women’s team is great at the minute, and I think more girls are starting to see that, and are progressing really well. I think now, we need to promote it more on TV so that girls everywhere are able to see this, and to watch us play.

 

Hoodie, Jacket, Trousers DKNY / Shoes ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

What’s the football memory that stands out for you most?

My first Arsenal game against Ireland. The kit was massive on me, and the shorts and the T-shirt were so long. But I remember seeing my mum and dad in the crowd and my

Arsenal coach on the side. I didn’t start the game but I managed to come on. It was so good to get on the pitch, and I think I just ran around for the 45 minutes.

 

How would you describe the atmosphere amongst the team when you’re playing away?

I always love being away and then hate coming back. Obviously we were all away together for so long at the World Cup, and the minute I was home I wanted to be back there. We’re such a tight group of girls. Everyone’s just there for each other – we’re like a family. Everyone has the same goal – to reach the seniors – so we all help one another work towards that goal.

 

Who is the best female player right now?

That’s way too hard to answer!

 

 
 

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