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A Sad Day for Women's Football
« on: July 11, 2014, 01:57:36 PM »
So sad to hear of the probable demise of Leeds United Ladies. A big name in women's football who have been in decline since WSL started and now look like they are falling victim to the problems of their parent club.

http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/latest-news/top-stories/full-time-called-for-leeds-united-ladies-footballers-1-6723311

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Re: A Sad Day for Women's Football
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2014, 09:35:40 AM »
A little bit of good news on this it seems. Maybe just a temporary solution but will keep them going for at least one more season.

Home-grown rockers Kaiser Chiefs and former Leeds United captain Dominic Matteo have pitched in to support female footballers in Leeds.

Leeds United Ladies football team, which has now been rebranded as Leeds Ladies FC, faced an uncertain future amid claims they can no longer use the Whites brand.

But supporters from across the city have clubbed together to give the team a whole new lease of life ahead of the start of their season.

Dozens of Leeds United fans, local businesses and even current Whites player Noel Hunt have sponsored the football team.

Gary Cooper, chairman of Leeds Ladies FC, said: “The response has been absolutely overwhelming.

“I know how fantastic Leeds fans are but the kind of support we have received has been unbelievable.

“It is all about pulling together and being Leeds, being loyal and proud and I cannot wait for the season to start.”

Leeds-based band Cadillac Jukebox, Leeds United fanzines and bloggers The Square Ball and local businesses have also offered to sponsor the team.

Mr Cooper said they need around £25,000 for the first year and have already raised around £6,000.

Sponsorship of a player costs around £100 and includes two free season tickets to all home league games and two tickets to the end of season awards dinner.

Mr Cooper added: “Since 1989 Leeds Ladies have played at the summit of football for many, many seasons.

“The traditions and proud history of women’s football in Leeds is absolutely second to none.

“We have to protect that history and we will be back at the summit of English football.

“This phoenix is rising.”


http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/latest-news/top-stories/supporters-club-in-to-help-leeds-ladies-footballers-1-6783402
"Sunderland have got a girl up front who is clinical - Beth Mead is one of the best strikers in the country, let alone our division - and it showed today." - Aston Villa Ladies Head Coach Joe Hunt

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Re: A Sad Day for Women's Football
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2014, 10:27:51 AM »
25k compared to 70k in WSL 2 and 140K in WSL1

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Re: A Sad Day for Women's Football
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2014, 10:36:26 AM »
I know it's absolutely nothing to a club like Leeds, you wonder how such a decision can be made.

To put it into perspective 25k is 625 shirt sales if the shirt was priced at £40 or 715 if it were priced at £35. They put the ladies team in jeopardy for that? Madness.
« Last Edit: August 14, 2014, 10:38:18 AM by Mackem Steve »
"Sunderland have got a girl up front who is clinical - Beth Mead is one of the best strikers in the country, let alone our division - and it showed today." - Aston Villa Ladies Head Coach Joe Hunt

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Re: A Sad Day for Women's Football
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2014, 12:33:16 PM »
If Man United put 1% of their overall revenue into a women's team..they would be the richest women football team in UK by a mile  
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Re: A Sad Day for Women's Football
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2014, 01:07:33 PM »
Man United or Leeds United? I know what you're saying though if you do mean Man U.

Love stats like that though, back to Leeds - If Leeds put 0.5% of their annual turnover into their women's team it would be enough to sustain them in the FAWPL Northern for six years. It would sustain them in FAWSL 2 for two years and FAWSL 1 for a year.

And that's just 0.5% of their annual revenue.
« Last Edit: August 14, 2014, 01:10:02 PM by Mackem Steve »
"Sunderland have got a girl up front who is clinical - Beth Mead is one of the best strikers in the country, let alone our division - and it showed today." - Aston Villa Ladies Head Coach Joe Hunt

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Re: A Sad Day for Women's Football
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2014, 02:08:27 PM »
Indeed 1 ridiculous per cent of the revenue would go far, it is a shame a lot of teams do not wanna want to invest in women's football.

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Re: A Sad Day for Women's Football
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2014, 02:32:31 PM »
The FA has work to do.

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Re: A Sad Day for Women's Football
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2014, 04:18:02 PM »
Indeed 1 ridiculous per cent of the revenue would go far, it is a shame a lot of teams do not wanna want to invest in women's football.

Exactly, and that's what it boils down to. We can slate the FA but it's a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

The FA do indeed have work to do, but if clubs simply don't want to invest in a women's team, there's nothing much the FA can do.

The FA have put the structure in place and whilst it may not be perfect, we can't expect them to do everything - i.e. we can't expect them to pile money into a club where there's no financial support from anyone else in the area that clubs based in. You don't have to be a business guru to see that model would fail pretty quick.
"Sunderland have got a girl up front who is clinical - Beth Mead is one of the best strikers in the country, let alone our division - and it showed today." - Aston Villa Ladies Head Coach Joe Hunt

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Re: A Sad Day for Women's Football
« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2014, 04:21:10 PM »
I know the FFF plan to introduce an obligation to have a women side soon to all professional men team. That's why we have seen many men's team merge or take over local women's team and get them under their umbrella.

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Re: A Sad Day for Women's Football
« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2014, 04:35:16 PM »
I'm not sure that would hold water in this country, you would have clubs moaning about that 140k (maximum) a year. A minuscule amount of money to all of the top clubs, maybe not so lower league ones but i don't see why the top two divisions in England can't have a women's team. Definately the premiership considering TV revenue etc.

Think what that's going to do for the France women's national team as well in future, having that size player pool to choose from. Good forward thinking from the FFF there me thinks  :)
"Sunderland have got a girl up front who is clinical - Beth Mead is one of the best strikers in the country, let alone our division - and it showed today." - Aston Villa Ladies Head Coach Joe Hunt

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Re: A Sad Day for Women's Football
« Reply #11 on: August 15, 2014, 09:24:52 AM »
A similar thing has now happened to Huddersfield Town Ladies. HT are removing their right to play under their name and use their kits and logos etc. Thats despite the fact they dont put any money into the ladies side whatever. HTLFC buy their kits from Huddersfield so in effect they are contributing to the clubs profits.

I wonder whether its time clubs were reminded of their obligations under equal ops acts?