Getting to know: Nicole Farmer

Before Farmer had found her way to the Hawks, she had played for a number of teams which shaped her career to date. “Through my youth, I was with Brentwood Ladies before moving onto Hutton when I turned 16. After a couple of seasons, I had a brief spell at West Ham Reserves before joining C & K Basildon for a further couple of seasons. After that, I moved onto Billericay but from there, I went to Harlow.”

When it came to her favourite spell at a club, she had enjoyed her time at all the clubs she had featured for but one club stood out for her. “Although I’ve enjoyed all the clubs I’ve played for, for different reasons and having learnt a lot from each club, I would have to choose C & K Basildon” she said. “I won the league and cup with them and we went on a tour of Malta, playing their under-19 Internationals which was a great experience.”

Nicole had joined the Hawks ahead of the 2019/20 season after spending 5-years at Billericay. She had built up a good knowledge of the Eastern Region Women’s Football League Premier Division while also getting the chance to play in the FA Women’s National League during the 2018/19 season. Her first season with Harlow had seen the club sit top of the league before the season was cut short. Ahead of the new season though, she had hoped for a better run out but the stop-start nature of the season has meant it was tough.¬†For her, she didn’t feel the club had been given the chance get going. “It’s hard to say [how the season has been so far] as I don’t feel we’ve really got going in the league yet but the [FA] Cup run we went on, was great.”

The standout game for her came during the summer of 2020 when Harlow welcome National League side Portsmouth Women to the Arena. Defensively, the team had played well and held their opponents to a huge 1-all draw. “I think the most enjoyable game [for Harlow] was our pre-season game against Pompey this season as it was a good challenge and I think we learnt a lot from it. We all worked our socks off and showed we could compete with that level of opposition and it also got us motivated for the season.”

 

Away from football, Farmer was either working or enjoying herself with family and friends. “For work, I’m a private nanny. I also enjoy shopping, spas, going out for dinner and spending time with my family.”

She also enjoyed listening to music and watching television. When it came to her last three songs listened to and series binge watched, she had some good suggestions. “The last three songs I listened to were No Guidance – Chris Brown, Get Out of My Head – Shane Codd and If I ain’t got you – Alicia Keys.”

“The last three shows I binged were Line of Duty, Shooter and Power.”

 

 

Like most people, the defender also had things she couldn’t live without. “I can live with out the three F’s; Family, Friends and Football.”

And your aspirations for the future?

“I’m 29 on Tuesday so I just want to play for as long as I can, enjoy it and win some more trophies.”