It is hard to believe that this time last season Newcastle United were preparing to start life in the Northern Combination League following their relegation from the FA Women’s Premier League.

But a season is a long time in football and the NUWFC squad have proved that if you really want something in life and are prepared to work hard there is a really good chance you can achieve your goal. This coming Sunday will see Newcastle return to the Premier League at the first time of asking when they travel to play Nottingham Forest.

First Team Manager Michael Havelock said: “It’s a welcome return to the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division for Newcastle United Women’s Football Club. With some new additions to our squad, we are looking forward to starting our season at Nottingham Forest.

“This will be a tough test for us but we are ready and feeling confident about our chances of a great start. The club is back where it should be and we aim to build on this in the coming seasons, this is only the beginning for this young team.”

The managers, coaches and players all know life in the FA Women’s Premier League will not be easy. The standard of football is high and the competition is strong, professional and committed and the team will have to work hard and stay focused at all times.

Newcastle will start the season without First Team captain Sarah Wilson, who proved last season that a strong leader is important when things are not going as well as you would like. Sarah made sure the team worked hard and stayed together with one aim in mind promotion and returning to play in the Premier League.

Sarah said from her base in Iceland: “The start of the season is always a nervous but exciting time, especially for us at NUWFC. We had a fantastic season last year, taking both the League and County Cup title.

“The girls have been working very hard over the summer to ensure that we’re ready to compete in the FA Women’s Premier League. It’s a big step up from last year, we understand that it’s going to take a lot of hard work and extra commitment, but as a team we are ready for the challenge, starting this Sunday against Nottingham Forest.”

Newcastle will travel thousands of miles during the season, which will include very early starts to the day to compete at this level but the long tiring Sundays are worth it and they are determined to prove that they are worthy of this league.

First Team Coach Warren Teasdale said: “The committee, coaching staff and players of NUWFC are all delighted to be starting the new season in the FAWPL and are looking forward to the opening game at Nottingham Forest. A return to the FAWPL is fitting reward for all the hard work and progress shown by the club in the last 12 months.”

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