The Newcastle United Success Story Rolls On
Whilst the Newcastle United men’s team go about securing European football for next season, the Women’s side are already celebrating a wonderful season, having claimed the Northern Combinations League title and promotion to the FA Women’s Premier League.
It has been a miraculous season for the ladies in Black and White after suffering relegation from the Premier League last season, and the girls were up for the challenge of bringing back Premier League football to Newcastle. And just like the men’s team a few years ago, however, the Women bounced back at the first opportunity in emphatic style.
It looked like Newcastle were going to be in for a difficult season early on, as they lost 5-1 on opening day to Liverpool Feds, before losing 1-0 away to Bradford. But the talent of Newcastle United’s Women soon shone through, as they went on a 20 game unbeaten run to end the season, dropping just 4 points out of a possible 60 the rest of the way.
The highlight of the league campaign was the title clinching game away to second placed Sheffield Wednesday. Newcastle beat their closest rivals 4-0 in a dominant performance worthy of winning any title. All the girls have the talent and desire to wear the black and white shirt; all they need now is our support to take them to the next level.
And on Sunday 15th April, the girls rounded of the league campaign with a 4-2 victory over Bradford City Ladies, and celebrated a wonderful season, reminiscent of the scenes at St James’ Park back in 2010 when Kevin Nolan and Co. brought us back to the Premier League.
Praise must go out to Captain Sarah Wilson, who has led this team from the back and brought the title to Tyneside, aided by prolific No.8 striker Stacy Crooks, who has a goal scoring record comparable to Lionel Messi as of late, 38 goals in 25 games this season, a phenomenal return.
Each and every one of the girls put their all into their football careers. They have no fancy training facilities or the latest football boots, they just play the game because they love it. Many of the girls train twice a week and play three or four 90 minute games.
There would be an outcry if a male Premier League footballer had to consistently play 3 games a week but our girls do it, for the love of the game, nothing else. Newcastle United’s Women also have a reserve team, who also travel up and down the country on a weekly basis.
Both sides have also had very successful cup campaigns, with both the first team and the reserves side reaching the County Cup Final, which will be played at Whitley Park on Monday 23rd April at 7pm. On their way to the final, the first team beat Cramlington Ladies 20-0, a fantastic result for any side, men’s or women’s.
Despite the success, it has been a difficult year for the club off the field. Newcastle’s Women currently have no club sponsor after Virgin Money decided to only to sponsor the men’s side. The club also receives no financial backing from their male counterparts and have to fund everything of their own accord, from purchasing both home and away kits for the firsts and reserves, to travelling to away games.
The girls do not even have the honour of having their names on the back of their shirts, as the club just cannot afford it.
This is where the Newcastle faithful can help. On the club’s website http://www.nuwfc.com the club has a donations button, whether it be £1 or more, every little helps our ladies. Look out for Newcastle’s women in the next few years; they could be destined for greatness.
Recently, the local media has begun to recognise the talents of Newcastle United Women’s Football Club. The girls have conducted interviews with local and national radio in an attempt to help raise the profile of the Women’s game and find a sponsor for our lasses.
Things are bright for both Newcastle United’s Men and ladies in the upcoming years, both deserve our backing.
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