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Lasses Podcast: Euro 2022 Final Preview with SAFC legend Steph Bannon!

Rich sat down with one person who has played at Sunderland with all the current crop of ex-Sunderland Lionesses ahead of Wembley on Sunday, our loyal former captain Steph Bannon. 15 years in red & white and she’s got a lot to say!

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England are in the final of Euro 2022, and we have the perfect guest to talk about the formative years of all the former Sunderland players in the squad as well as the impact of their success on the next generation of footballers in the north east.

Steph Bannon began her Sunderland career at the club as a 14 year old in 2002, and four years later she was club captain. IN 2017, after 15 glorious years, she retired at only 28 to concentrate on teaching.

She played with Jill Scott, Steph Houghton, Jordan Nobbs, Demi Stokes, Beth Mead and Lucy Staniforth during her time at Hetton - nobody knows our former SAFC Lionesses better.

Now she is now on the front line of bringing through the next generation of footballers teaching teenagers in a secondary school in the north east.

If you want to get up to speed with women’s football past, present and future - this one is not to be missed!

What’s the crack...

  • Steph’s early days at SAFC with Jill Scott and Steph Houghton
  • The highlights of her career, including the FA Cup Final alongside Lucy Bronze and Jordan Nobbs
  • Being a key mentor to a young Beth Mead
  • Her thoughts on England under Sarina Wiegman
  • The future of north east football and Sunderland AFC Women after Euro 2022
  • Being a PE teacher bringing through the next batch of female footballers
  • The big game on Sunday

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And if that’s not still enough for you, our previous Episode “Tell Me Ma Me Ma... I’m going to Wembley” with Ant and Rich celebrating the Lionesses win over Sweden Brett’s audio diary from Germany versus France is still available too.

Thanks for listening, and enjoy the final, which kicks off at 5pm on BBC One this Sunday.

Ha’way The Lionesses!

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