She was born Melanie Garside, but changed her name on her civil partnership with Gillian Wight in May 2010
From 1991 to 1999 she played for Bradford City Women. In 1999 she moved to Doncaster Belles, scoring the winning goal in the FA Women's Cup semi-final. After playing for other north of England teams she returned to Bradford City becoming the club's captain and all-time record goalscorer. In 2010–11 she became a goalkeeper.
- http://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk/news/local/wedding_of_the_sporting_girls_1_1948917 "Wedding of the sporting girls" Halifax Courier, 1 June 2010
- http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/sport/football/sport_football_spen/4562215.Garside_hits_back_with_hat_trick/ "Garside hits back with hat-trick" Telegraph and Argus, 25 August 2009