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What a wonderful season it has been for us on Tyneside. Newcastle United have brought the fans European football once again, the U18’s reached the FA Youth Cup Quarter Finals and the Semi Finals of the Youth League.

Mike Ashley has also committed to investing £15m on improving the youth system at the club, bringing in the best talents from across the globe. But the most successful team this season has been Newcastle United’s Women, who completed the league and cup double in April, a fantastic achievement for the self-funded club.

Many players also had success at University and College levels during the 2011/12 season. Captain Sarah Wilson, along with Hannah Marshall, won the BUCS Premier League North. Gateshead College, featuring NUWFC first team regulars such as Courtney Lock and Carla Armstrong lifted the league title too, as well as reaching two national cup finals.

A tremendous achievement, multiple players winning leagues with multiple teams, it shows the commitment and passion our girls have for the game of football, yet they get lambasted because football is a ‘man’s’ game. I urge all Mag readers to try and get down to at least one NUWFC game next season and to see the level of football these women play at.

The women are also making a name for themselves off the pitch. NUWFC have a participant in this year’s Miss Newcastle competition, as Stephanie Lorraine will take to the catwalk on May 18th. The extremely talented Miss Lorraine has captained Newcastle City School’s at both U14 and U16 level and will look to break into the first eleven next season after winning Woman of the Match for the Reserves in the County Cup final.

So what is next for the women of Newcastle United?

The side have taken part in the Robson Fives tournament in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation for the last two years, and will look to defend their title on the 1st July as they send two teams to the tournament.

There will also be many fundraising events taking place over the summer, with the aim to raise money for the club’s necessities, such as kit, facilities and transport to games.

So whilst the Newcastle’s male players will be at the Euros, or sipping it up on a beach, Newcastle’s women will be back on the training pitch working towards the challenges ahead. They will be playing in the Premier League North, the second tier of English Women’s football, and the girls must step up their game to compete at that level.

Whilst the girls will be battling on the pitch, a new sponsor is still needed for the club off it. If you can help the girls in anyway, follow @NUWFC on twitter and drop them a message.

Hope to see many of you at a game next season.

 

 

18 comments
A lex
A lex

Hilarious how the SJP minions can work late into the night to get this statement out, yet at the same hour on Transfer Deadline Day, all the lights are out and the doors are locked.

devonbay
devonbay

Caution to everyone , Ashleys solicitors will be all over this site so be careful  what you type !

devonbay
devonbay

Did you notice how Halliwell used his police skills ie disrespecting the MP's at the committee hearing by talking to them with elbows on the table and fists under his chin ? No wonder Ashley sent him in his stead !  Why did the MP's let him get away with that ?

Sickandtiredstill
Sickandtiredstill

They can't say a word to us about the state of the Club - yet the moment SD is highlighted out they come. 

What can they disagree with?

Simon Bird simply repeated what he asked and was told at the SD AGM last year. That has already been in print. It's factual that SD does not pay for ground advertising, and they run the retail operation. Retail was worth 3.4 million a year, yet even the accounts do not suggest that amount (for 12/13 they reported only 0.8 million of stock from SD) and they continue to report sales as NIL.

Just goes to shows all the dissenters among the support that harming SD is the way to get at Fatty and ALL he remains concerned about.

Ikeys Brother
Ikeys Brother

Fatso`s weak point always has been his jumble sale shops & always will be

Wallsendstu
Wallsendstu

Perhaps it has reminded them that Carver now has 7 strikes and he should have went at 6. I am looking forward to the tanoy messages telling the players to put more effort in or they are gone. They will need to do it in French and English though not Polish (yet). I also thought how apt the free gift was the guy got it said it all A big mug, exactly what anyone who keeps giving the fat man money is.

Andgeo
Andgeo

Just a thought but as all of the shirt sales go to sports direct so boycotting shirt sales should be on the agenda. A just giving page could be set up with the purpose of giving money to the bobby Robson foundation this summer instead of buying a new strip. Promoting this idea via social media could be quite successful.

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

@Andgeo Yes..... the 'club' shop IS a 'Spots Dirt outlet'..... I've been saying this for ages....


tino o
tino o

Channel 4 seem to have hit a nerve can't believe he issued a club statement hours after like we want to hear his lies or believe them let's hope the bad publicity continues hopefully this is just the start!

bill black
bill black

Any pro Ashley people want to tell us how grateful they are we have him as owner.

Roppa2
Roppa2

I would imagine that the club will be highlighting the glaring and disgraceful research error made by channel 4 which was their comment about the free advertising that his sports empire receives. They incorrectly stated that he owned both businesses so it was up to him if he wanted to pay Newcastle United.  He only owns 55% the last time I looked of S@it Direct so, in my opinion, Newcastle united football club should received 45% of the cost of  the advertising they receive. Over the years that would be equal to a first class striker and his wages. 

I look forward to the club highlighting that later today.

Morpeth mag
Morpeth mag

Will anyone still stick up for him and here? And put the argument forward that he is running the club well? These people are either plants or they have been on the pipe,, his whole time in charge of newcastle has been to further his sports business, he thinks of nothing but himself, the amount of money he has made through his free advertising and upping the profile of his company, he could walk away from newcastle for nothing and still have made billions out of our club,,,, he is a parasite,,,,,I agree totally with the other comments,, sports direct is where to hurt this man, bad publicity against his sweat shop company,,,

RitchieForster
RitchieForster

This is the time for J.D.Sports to really 'push' their brand or better still, Newcastle fans to do it for them. ... "we love JDSports yes we love JDSports .. We Love Channel 4 yes we love Channel 4...," 

Wingpaddock
Wingpaddock

Funny how the hierarchy wanted to be contacted for comment. There's a  change in policy. Charnley wanted to reduce the number of FF meetings. Last year I wrote to Lee Marshall about a particular matter and I didn't even get a reply.

Eagerly awaiting the release of their next waffle statement. The problems are all self made with Mr Tubbs being the main guilty party. Pantomime/circus are the best words to describe what is going on at the club.

mickg
mickg

They should counter the bad publicity by pointing to how well the club is doing and how all the staff and fans are so happy and grateful to Sports Direct for.........


Oh wait!!

DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

So that's Channel 4 banned from the stadium too then I guess?!?!?!


But as @Charlatan30 says, nothing for weeks about the inept performances on the field, nor the failure to strengthen in January, nor the failure to get a positive change in the managers seat...and yet as soon as there is risk to the SD image (well more risk) there's an instant statement....guess that tells the Ashley Out campaigners exactly where it hurts and where they can focus their frustrations!

Andrew Barton
Andrew Barton

Doesn't mean a lot from a club that are proven liars