NUWFC at Home on Sunday
Sunday 26th August will see NUWFC play their first home game of the 2012-2013 season in the FAWPL and will welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers WFC to Northumbria University Coach Lane. 2pm KO.
Following a terrific away win last Sunday at Nottingham Forest LFC on the opening day of the FA Women’s Premier League season, NUWFC will be hoping to add another three points to their tally this Sunday when they play Wolverhampton Wanderers WFC. But the NUWFC squad and management are under no illusion and know that every Sunday will be a challenge in this league. The standard of football and professionalism shown by all the teams is something NUWFC players must respect if they are to be successful this season.
NUWFC First Team Manager Michael Havelock said “We are looking forward to our first home game of the season and we go into it full of confidence. Playing at home is an ideal way to follow up an opening win away at forest. We have lots to build on and improve but we showed great spirit last week and we expect to see that again from the girls.
Wolves will be a difficult opponent and will not want to travel all this way for nothing. We must be vigilant and stick to our guns. We have good players and can play good football. If we can apply our knowledge at the correct times then we will have a great chance to take the three points.”
NUWFC have built up a huge Twitter following over the last few months and have made some terrific new friendships through the network. With a following of over 8,000, NUWFC are hoping that some of their new friends will come along on Sunday and give the Ladies a chance to say a huge thank you to them personally for their support. A number of Twitter followers have become sponsors of NUWFC players and others who have chosen to sponsor a strip & shirt number or a match ball. This support is vital to the clubs continued success and it also allows the players to concentrate on playing football rather than the financial side of the game. Unfortunately some of the new friends of NUWFC will not be able to come along as they have sent their support from as far away as USA, South Africa and Australia but the Ladies will be thinking of them all the same.
NUWFC Chairman Phil Eadon said,“Twitter has been a fantastic tool for NUWFC. It has helped us to reach out and connect with people all over the world and inform them about the fact that Newcastle has a women’s football team. Their support and financial donations have been a massive help. Their comments and good luck wishes have been really fantastic. With their continued help we hope we can help spread the word about Newcastle’s Women’s Football Club and inspire more girls to want to take part in football and hopefully one day pull on the famous Black & White strip for Newcastle. That fits nicely into the Olympic legacy which we hope we at NUWFC can help to realise one day”.
The NUWFC Reserve team have no fixture this Sunday but will be out in force at Northumbria University Coach Lane on Sunday to cheer on the First Team.
Stacy Crooks proved last Sunday that a couple of months off in the close seasons changes nothing and she came back on Sunday continuing as she did last season enjoying her football and scoring goals. Stacy hit three against Nottingham and is looking forward to Sunday’s game and a having the home supporters behind her and the team. Stacy said after the match “I’m a little bit in dream land after my hat-trick, we couldn’t have wished for a better start to our season”
NUWFC Coach Warren Teasdale said ‘A fantastic start to the season, in what were very difficult conditions. The players showed their desire to win and proved that they are capable of stepping up to the higher league”.
Before K.O. on Sunday the NUWFC Ladies will be adding their support to a 24 hour Charity Football Match in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. They will be popping in to Gateshead Stadium to offer their support to the players from the pitch side starting at 6pm on Friday 24th, non stop, finishing Saturday 6pm on 25th. So if you are in the Gateshead area please pop in and give the lads some support. The charity football match is another great idea from Ian Carr who is also responsible for the very successful annual Robson Fives tournament which also raises funds for the foundation. NUWFC wishes everyone involved in the match good luck and hope they raise a lot of money for this very worthwhile charity that does fantastic work in the North East. For more information go to http://www.therobsonfives-footymarathon.co.uk/ to donate go to http://www.justgiving.com/teams/24hourmatch
For more information on the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation please visit http://www.sirbobbyrobsonfoundation.org.uk/
Newcastle United Women’s Football Club v Wolverhampton Wanders Women’s Football Club
Venue: Northumbria University Coach Lane Campus, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE7 7XA
Under 16s = Free
Adults = £3