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FA WPL 2017/2018 - Women's Premier League/Div 1
« on: June 24, 2017, 11:07:35 AM »
(Continuing from the end of the 2016/17 season.)


Tiers 3 and 4 of English women's football. Here are the divisions for 2017/18:


A few changes since last season – Tottenham go up to WSL 2! Newcastle relegated! QPR saved! Stevenage and Rotherham reinstated!

During the season there's more information on the WPL Tweeter and videos on FAWPL.tv.



Also saw a very happy post from Rotherham United saying that they had been reprieved to remain in FAWPL Division One Midlands, having finished second to last.

Still waiting to hear if Yeovil Town Intermediate will be allowed in FAWPL Division One South West. I've heard two versions ......

http://rotherhamunitedlad.wixsite.com/rulfc/single-post/2017/06/05/An-Amazing-Twist-of-Fate


So, the top 2 in the SWWFL weren't promoted to tier 4 - Yeovil Intermediate and Marine Academy Plymouth. Instead it's 3rd-placed Poole who enter Division 1 SW. The FA has said Yeovil aren't allowed to play in WPL because they're a reserve team, but what about Marine Academy?
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Re: FA WPL 2017/2018 - Women's Premier League/Div 1
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2017, 10:24:49 AM »

Two teams to watch for in this season's Northern Division 1 - both from Yorkshire, and both bolstered by their clubs:

Sheffield United won promotion last season, part of a winning women's division all round. With extra backing from Bramall Lane, general manager Lee Walshaw needs the team to repeat that achievement:

- http://www.thestar.co.uk/sport/football/sheffield-united/sheffield-united-ladies-prove-they-mean-business-at-bramall-lane-1-8618145

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Kevin McCabe, United’s co-owner ... “He’s set us a target of being in the Women’s Super League in five years time so that’s another two promotions. We’ve bought ourselves a bit of time by getting the first of three in the first season. It’s going to be tough but I think it’s achievable.”


In Leeds, the women's team gets to have another name change, whoopee... But this time they'll return to being Leeds United Ladies and will be recognized by LUFC. Fans familiar with Leeds can probably tell us – is it the owners' genuine heartfelt wish, or opportunism? Or both?

- http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/sport/football/leeds-united/leeds-united-ladies-return-leeds-ladies-fc-teams-up-with-elland-road-club-again-1-8616828

- https://throughitalltogether.sbnation.com/2017/6/27/15874764/the-long-overdue-return-of-leeds-united-ladies-is-more-than-just-a-feel-good-story-wsl


Leeds in action in their United days
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Re: FA WPL 2017/2018 - Women's Premier League/Div 1
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2017, 06:41:06 AM »
Blackburn will be favourites to retain the WPL North title, having fallen to Tottenham in the 2017 playoff final.

Rovers announced their preseason here, a chance to gauge their progress against higher-division teams:


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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2017, 08:17:25 AM »
Swindon Town got a reprieve from relegation last year, and have appointed a new boss this week:

- http://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/sport/swindontown/news/15389868.WOMEN_S_FOOTBALL__Leonie_takes_Town_Ladies__reins/
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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2017, 09:00:10 AM »
Bolton's new signings -

"At 21, Safron Newhouse is the oldest of the new additions, which also include Millie Critchley, Olivia Hooper, Nicole Malpus, Amily Hockenhull and Gemma Yeldrem."

Bolton are in Northern Division 1 - slight error in the article. They came up from the North West Regional League, which they won in 2016/17.
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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2017, 08:20:18 AM »
Chloé Brunton-Wilde talks about why she joined Charlton for their upcoming season in WPL South - and why she left neighbours Arsenal.

- http://dailycannon.com/2017/07/interview-with-chloe-brunton-wilde/

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“They have a new manager who is great, he seems to have very similar intentions to what I do. He offered me a good deal I couldn’t refuse and I'm looking forward to the new journey.”

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« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2017, 09:20:08 AM »
All the friendlies currently known are listed here:

- http://shekicks.net/tag/pre-season-friendlies/

It's a huge number, including non-WPL, and the list runs up to September 17. Tonight (Wednesday) will be Leeds United's first game post-takeover, away at Huddersfield Town.

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« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2017, 09:14:27 AM »

One to watch at Charlton - with 2 goals per game in the girls' county league, it's Goal Getter Griffin! How did her parents know to name her that?

- http://shekicks.net/2017/07/12/addicks-add-goal-getter-griffin/


Poole Town will face maybe the toughest task of all Division 1 teams on the pitch, battling in the South-West (mentioned in the OP).

- http://shekicks.net/2017/07/12/poole-town-braced-huge-jump/


And maybe you didn't expect it, but Portsmouth are the virtual European champions of beach football! (Well, 4 of the England XI.)

- http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/football/pompey/pompey-s-hillier-basking-in-finest-football-achievement-1-8053768

It's England's best result since 1966 imo.

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« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2017, 07:02:02 AM »
I think Leicester CWFC will give the WPL North a run for their money. They have strengthened from last year, acquired most of the departing RTC1 youngsters (only team to beat an Arsenal u16/u17s team in over 4 years) so,re a good squad last year..... be interesting to see how the season pans out for them .... they've also acquired a number of sound players from surrounding wpl clubs, see their twitter account?

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Re: FA WPL 2017/2018 - Women's Premier League/Div 1
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2017, 04:04:30 PM »
So glad not to be playing the butchers of Basildon this season.
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« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2017, 06:55:56 AM »
So glad not to be playing the butchers of Basildon this season.

What happened?

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Re: FA WPL 2017/2018 - Women's Premier League/Div 1
« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2017, 08:02:36 AM »
Be interested to know what the issue with Basildon is?

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« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2017, 07:52:35 PM »
Is there a reliable list of friendlies somewhere, cant fathom shekicks now they've changed it and the friendlies a) seem to have disappeared and b) aren't up to date? Am I just best checking twitter feed, do you think? ....

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« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2017, 06:51:01 AM »
Is there a reliable list of friendlies somewhere, cant fathom shekicks now they've changed it and the friendlies a) seem to have disappeared and b) aren't up to date? Am I just best checking twitter feed, do you think? ....

Sorry, I only half-changed the link above. If they move it again, it should still appear in this menu:

- http://shekicks.net/tag/pre-season-friendlies/

(But not sure how up-to-date it all is.)
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« Reply #14 on: July 20, 2017, 04:29:48 PM »
Fab thanks, if they are as stated I've a few I can probably reach this evening .... I will double check twitter first, though clubs are being a little obscure about the friendlies .......  but thanks for the link :D

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« Reply #15 on: July 23, 2017, 08:53:02 AM »

A report from Cheltenham Town, preparing for the season in South West Division 1:

- http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/strongest-cheltenham-town-ladies-squad-228275

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Cheltenham Town Ladies play their first pre-season friendly of the summer on Sunday against South West Women's Football League side Bishops Lydeard, at Petersfield Park (2pm) on Sunday.

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« Reply #16 on: July 25, 2017, 07:25:03 AM »

We got fixtures, OMG

This is week 1 in the WPL Northern and WPL Southern:

Sunday 20th August (2pm)
FA PREMIER LEAGUE 2017-18 Opening Fixtures

NORTHERN DIVISION
Blackburn Rovers v Wolverhampton Wanderers (Sir Tom Finney Stadium, Irongate)
Huddersfield Town v West Bromwich Albion (Shelley FC)
Leicester City Women v Bradford City (Farley Way Stadium)
Middlesbrough v Fylde (Teesdale Park)
Nottingham Forest v Guiseley Vixens (Basford United FC)
Stoke City v Derby County (Norton United FC)

SOUTHERN DIVISION
C&K Basildon v Chichester City (Canvey Island FC)
Charlton Athletic v Lewes (Sporting Club Thamesmead)
Crystal Palace v Queens Park Rangers (Bromley FC)
Gillingham v West Ham United (K Sports)
Portsmouth v Cardiff City LFC (Gosport Borough FC)
Swindon Town v Coventry United (Fairford Town FC)


- https://shekicks.net/2017/07/24/fa-womens-premier-league-2017-18-fixtures-released/

- http://full-time.thefa.com/ProcessPublicSelect.do?psSelectedSeason=591168894&psSelectedDivision=3324022&psSelectedCompetition=0&psSelectedLeague=872938


There's less than a month until kick-off.

Here are the recent WPL signings: https://shekicks.net/2017/07/23/premier-league-transfers/ (Archive.org page)

And the off-season friendly results: https://shekicks.net/2017/07/23/friendly-final-scores/ (Archive.org page)


Burton Albion from the Northern Division 1 are losing their manager, Adam Smallman, after a fantastic run of three promotions in four seasons:

- http://burtonalbionlfc.co.uk/news/Smallman-To-Depart
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« Reply #17 on: August 03, 2017, 04:00:06 AM »
Heaps of friendlies for Sunday 6 Aug:

- https://web.archive.org/web/20170803034839/https://shekicks.net/2017/08/02/pre-season-friendlies/


Including Portsmouth v WSL2 club Millwall. It's at 1pm at Hawks FC's ground, to suit the (edit) 4pm Euro 2017 final on TV in the clubhouse. THAT'S ORGANIZATION! :D

- https://twitter.com/pompeyfcladies/status/892745256147537924
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« Reply #18 on: August 09, 2017, 06:54:24 AM »

That friendly game between Portsmouth and Millwall ended 3-2 for the away side. Virtually an entire film's worth of photos on the Pompey Ladies site.



There's another truckload of friendlies this weekend on Sun 13 Aug. Involving WPL clubs up and down the country, including Blackburn's visit to Sheffield FC:

- https://web.archive.org/web/20170809064848/https://shekicks.net/2017/08/08/pre-season-friendlies/



Also, Derby County need a minibus Can you help?

The main thing we learn is that the club doesn't help its women's team financially:

- http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/derby-county-ladies-fc
- https://shekicks.net/2017/08/09/derby-county-ladies-seek-donations-minibus/
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« Reply #19 on: August 12, 2017, 09:54:05 PM »
There's another truckload of friendlies this weekend on Sun 13 Aug. Involving WPL clubs up and down the country, including Blackburn's visit to Sheffield FC:

- https://web.archive.org/web/20170809064848/https://shekicks.net/2017/08/08/pre-season-friendlies/



Just a week to go until the WPL and Division 1 seasons begin!

Here are the fixtures for Sun 20 Aug:

- https://shekicks.net/2017/07/24/fa-womens-premier-league-2017-18-fixtures-released/ (Archive.org page)



And maybe you didn't expect it, but Portsmouth are the virtual European champions of beach football! (Well, 4 of the England XI.)

- http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/football/pompey/pompey-s-hillier-basking-in-finest-football-achievement-1-8053768

It's England's best result since 1966 imo.


Portsmouth have added to their contingent of champions – Molly Clark and Rebecca Barron were both part of the England team that won in Portugal.

- https://shekicks.net/2017/08/12/portsmouth-fc-ladies-pounce-beach-soccer-duo/ (Archive.org page)



WPL Cup fixtures for Sunday 3 September

- https://womensfooty.uk/2017/06/25/fa-wpl-cup-201718/ (Archive.org page)

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Reigning Cup champions Tottenham Hotspur won’t be defending their title, thanks to their promotion to WSL2 at the end of last season, while last year’s Plate winners Lewes start their campaign at home to Southampton Saints.