Katie Middleton became the youngest Red to captain Nottingham Forest Women on Sunday afternoon as she donned the armband in the side’s Nottinghamshire County Cup win over Notts County Development.
At only 17-years-old Middleton explained how club captain Lyndsey Harkin helped make her task at leading out the side easier.
She said: “I didn’t realise that I was the youngest captain Forest Women had had, which made it extra special.
“It was a real privilege to lead the team out.
“All the players in the squad really supported me especially the experienced club captain Lyndsey Harkin who is a real stalwart of the team.
“This has been a great experience for me as I’m always learning from the more experienced players.”
Middleton is a product of the Forest youth system as she graduated through the age groups before joining the senior side ahead of the 2018/19 season. The forward originally joined the club aged eight-years-old and she says that that made the honour of being captain extra special.
“I love everything associated with this football club; my team mates, the coaching staff, and the staff behind the scenes too, so it was a real honour to lead the side out on Sunday for the first time,” Middleton explained.
“Having been at the club since I was eight years old made it even more of a special day for me and my family.
“At first I was a little nervous as I had more responsibility but as soon as the whistle went I just wanted the team to win and to keep a clean sheet too.”
Middleton didn’t find out she was taking up the captain duties until the day of the game and she reflects back on the moment she received the news.
She said: “I was having a pre-match massage from Jess (club Physio) when Andy Cook (head coach) asked to see me.
“He shook my hand and told me I was captain of today’s game.
“I was over the moon at being chosen.”
The side claimed a 6-0 victory over their neighbours as they booked their place in the semi-finals of the competition and she extended her memorable afternoon by finding the back of the net for the first time this season. Last season’s top goal scorer got off the mark as she netted either side of the break to secure her brace and she was relieved to get her name on the scoresheet.
“I’m delighted to finally score. Especially after coming close to scoring in previous games,” Middleton expressed.
“It’s always good to score goals and to get off the mark for the season, hopefully I will create more chances to score in future games.”