- More than 1,000 women joined married dating website, IllicitEncounters.com, on FA Cup Final day
- 80% of those women joined between 2 hours before kick-off and 30 minutes after the final whistle
- Over 20% of all female registrations on Saturday originated from Manchester and Greater Manchester areas
- With only 25.8%* of women following football, more and more are finding themselves second best to football every week
For thousands of ‘football widows,’ Saturday’s FA Cup Final between Manchester United and Crystal Palace was the final straw, with thousands signing up to the UK’s leading dating website for married people, IllicitEncounters.com.
There was a largely irregular spike of female registrations throughout Saturday, which peaked ten minutes into kick-off, and maintained its momentum until later in the evening.
IllicitEncounters.com’s spokesman, Christian Grant, said:
“At that time on a Saturday afternoon, we very rarely see numbers on this sort of a scale. After nine months of neglect, Saturday’s cup final proved to be the final straw for many women, and with a summer of football still to come, it wouldn’t surprise me to see something like this happen again.”
The site saw over 1,000 female registrations on Saturday alone, with 80% of those signing up between 3:30 (2 hours before kick-off) and 8:30pm – half an hour after the game’s conclusion.
Over 20% of those registrations were from women situated in the city of Manchester and surrounding regions in Greater Manchester, including Bolton (3%), Bury (2.2%) and Stockport (4.8%).
But while only 90,000 football fans occupied the seats of Wembley stadium, many more neutral supporters watched the game with friends, choosing to ignore their significant other.
“It’s not the first time this has happened,” said Grant.
“In every relationship, compromise is needed. While attending a football match once, twice, maybe even three times a week, can be tolerated, watching every match, especially those that don’t directly involve your team, need to be sacrificed, with more time spent with the wife and kids instead.
If not, it’ll only be a matter of time before women find something, or rather, someone, else.”
According to recent studies*, only 25.8% of women follow the sport, leaving a huge proportion of them stranded at home while their husbands’ attend matches around the country most weeks of the year.
Amanda was one of those who registered to the site on Saturday, stating:
“My husband’s been a season ticket holder at Manchester United for several years. While I don’t want him to not have a hobby, it’s reached the stage where I’m second best to a football club week in, week out.”
NOTES TO EDITOR
IllicitEncounters.com is the UK’s leading and longest running dating site for married people. With over 1,000,000 genuine UK users since 2004, you’re sure to find your perfect match.
Established in 2004, we have been providing a meeting place for like-minded married and attached people for nearly 10 years. Our members have one thing in common – they are all looking for a little romance outside their current relationship. Whether that’s the occasional bit of flirtatious chat, a regular coffee date, or a full-blown affair, that’s up to them.
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