For Terri Harvey of AFC Bournemouth Women, football is all she has ever known. Now on course for a third consecutive promotion with the club, Nerve Sport has been finding out more from the 20-year-old Bournemouth sensation.
In 18 games, Harvey has made 11 appearances off the bench and scored 10 goals, a brilliant return. Her side sit at the top of the table going into the final stretch of the season.
Currently, in the Southern Region of women’s football, AFC Bournemouth has achieved back to back promotions and are on course for their third.
Harvey is part of the squad who now have 13 wins in 15 games – losing only to Southampton both home and away.
‘Football was my whole life’
Football has captured Terri’s heart ever since a young age, where she spent most of her time in her back garden playing it with neighbours.
“I started when I was about 8,” she says. “All of my neighbours were boys and we had quite a big back garden.”
This eventually led her to join a boys team for the first time, up until the age of 11.
Going on to join a local girls team, she talks of the differences that come with switching team, saying: “It was a lot different.
“It was a lot less physical but it [playing with the boy’s team] helped prepare me more for playing girls football.”
But, no matter what team it was for or in what league, the Bournemouth forward seized any opportunity to play.
“Football was my whole life when I was younger,” she says – a sense of nostalgia washing over her eyes.
“I remember watching players like Thierry Henry and Kelly Smith thinking they were amazing and how I just wanted to be like them.”
That dream came at 14 when was scouted for Watford Ladies. Terri played for the Hornets right up until making the switch to the South Coast for university and AFC Bournemouth Women.
Goals from Chloe Tape (4), Terri Harvey (2) and Sian Tilly! pic.twitter.com/VQOokM8uN8
— AFCB Community (@AFCBCommunity) February 25, 2018
Currently in her third season with the club, Terri relishes the opportunity to play for the Cherries.
She said: “It’s really, really good.
“We’ve had back to back promotions; I think we’ve got a really good chance of winning this league and getting promoted into the national league.”
Despite all of the success thus far, Terri wants the club to continue improving.
She said: “The main goal with Bournemouth is to just keep getting better.
“Hopefully get into the National League, stay there and just keep on progressing hopefully.”
Although she loves playing, Terri remains ‘realistic’ at her chances of making it as a professional footballer.
“Once upon a time it [playing football professionally] was the dream.
“Realistically not so much, but I still love playing football and want to play to the highest level I can.”
As the season rapidly comes to an end, the rivalry between Bournemouth and Southampton is ever-present, with the two dominating the league.
After a defeat at the weekend, AFC Bournemouth’s title and promotion hopes look set to go down to the wire.
They sit level on points with the Saints at the top of the table, and Terri will look to make a big impact on the promotion race.
Written by Courtney Hill (@cjhsport)