RR: Tell us a little about yourself. What position do/can you play and how old are you?
MB: I am 26 years old and I play right back, or sometimes centre half or left back.
RR: Tell us about your career to date - where have you played your football?
MB: I started playing football when I was about six with my two older brothers. From there I went on to go to fun days, then played for a boys team until I was 11, I think.
At that time you could only play for a boys team up until a certain age, so after that I ended up at Newcastle playing in their girls set up for Lisa Bell.
When I was around 14/15 I played for Newcastle centre of excellence where Mel [Reay] was my coach. At 16 I moved into the Newcastle Women’s set up.
I was at Gateshead College and I played for Newcastle until I was about 18 then I moved to Sunderland. Steph Bannon [former SAFC Ladies captain] was a casual coach at Gateshead at the time and helped me make the move across.
I played for the development for a number of years and went in between first-team and development, then eventually broke into the first team properly in 2014 when we played in WSL 2. I took a bit of time out the game in 2017 and came back to Sunderland last year when we were placed in the Northern National League.
RR: Who was the players, or players, you looked up to most growing up, and why?
MB: To be honest when I was growing up I just used to love playing and watching football.
Although when I was at college Mel would tell me to watch clips of Dani Alves, then quiz me about them on the bus to away games!
RR: Proudest moment of your career so far?
MB: I would say my proudest moment was when I got the phone call from Mick Mulhern about stepping up from the development team properly and starting my first ever contract with the club.
I remember we were out for a meal with the development team, and the truth is Bannon had already give me a hint it was going to happen but I didn’t think it actually would. Then when he rang me it was a really special feeling.
I think because I had been in between the two for a while it was a real journey but it was all about trusting the process. I had great support from Amber (development coach at the time), Mel and Mick as well as the likes of Bannon, Kel Mc and Gem Wilson.
RR: Which current women's player would you like to emulate in the future?
MB: I mean now there are so many that are flying, and it’s all down to determination and hard work. I always keep an eye on Lucy Bronze as she just seems to get better and better, she is a great player to learn from!
RR: Best game you’ve ever been involved in?
MB: Probably when we played Reading in the WSL2 at home in 2014. I think I felt every emotion possible in that game.
We had taken a 2-0 lead with a a free-kick then Furney scoring a header. Reading pulled it back to 2-2. Then in the last minute they cleared the ball from our corner and it fell to Kel Mc and she rocketed a volley top corner - everyone just went nuts!
It was quite an important game to take 3 points for both teams! I still watch it back on YouTube (laughs).
RR: Best friends in the SAFC ladies squad and why?
MB: Scatty [Grace McCatty] and Keys [Keira Ramshaw].
I think the three of us are very similar so we just get along really well. I only met Scatty last year but she has been a great addition to the team and I have known Keys since college.
RR: The best thing about playing for SAFC ladies?
MB: The story. There’s been a lot of highs and a lot of lows but we always get through them. I think the level of commitment from everyone involved is also a really special thing and now we have more support than ever and its a great feeling to know we have a lot of people backing us.
RR: Which team did you support growing up?
MB: My brothers are mad Newcastle fans so it was Newcastle growing up, although I really loved Barcelona as well.
RR: What is the one change you'd like to see in the women's game over the next 10 years?
MB: We are going in the right direction, and I think the game can only get better. There have been some really big attendances lately so that would be really good to see consistently.