Photo / Newcastle United Women’s Presentation Night & Civic Reception At The Mansion House In Newcastle With The Lord Mayor Councillor Jackie Slesenger..
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger !
It’s true – Newcastle United Women’s Football Club are living proof of that statement !
Following what can only be described as a terrible season on and off the pitch in 2010 – 2011 Newcastle United Women’s Football Club (NUWFC) were relegated out of the FA Women’s Premier League (Northern Division) into the Northern Women’s Combination League. (NWCL)
The club was devastated and the NUWFC Committee and Team Management arranged a meeting to discuss the clubs future. A decision was made to re-group and re-form and take the club back to where it belonged, playing in the FAWPL – at the first time of asking.
A number of players left the club and there were a number of changes to the Management and coaching team and the fight was on. The remaining players were joined in pre-season by a group of young, but very talented, players who were keen to help in the re-building of the squad and who too had sights on playing women’s football at the highest level possible.
Following the AGM on June 25th and confirmation and re-election of the Chairman and Committee the hard work started.
The first job was for NUWFC to defend their title they won in the Robson Fives 2010 Tournament and on a very sunny July 3rd the job was done and NUWFC were crowned Robson Fives 2011 champions. NUWFC ‘Blues’ win the Robson Fives 2011 Tournament
The squad then embarked on pre-season and on July 17 made the journey to Teesside to play Middlesbrough Ladies, who NUWFC would meet in the Northern Combination League. On a very wet and windy day and a convincing 4 – 0 win the new players showed just what our fans had to look forward to Torrential Rain, Thunder, Lightning and a Hat Trick
The squad had now been together for more than a month and had proved on the pitch they had what it takes to take the club on. So what about off the pitch July 22nd and the squad met at XS Superbowl Longbenton, one of NUWFC supporters and had a great squad night out, with a little bit of competition add, just for fun NUWFC Players in Team Bowl Off
August 3rd and it was time for NUWFC to do something for someone else and on a very wet day as guests of Forest Hall YPC, NUWFC joined the team from Spark FM to raise money for the Heal and Toe Charity It’s Today and It’s On…
Ten day later and members of the squad made the long journey to London to play in another charity match. This time it was a seven a-side match against the Sky Fanzone Commentators who were raising money for the Toon Ladies favourite charity, The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation’. Five great goals later by the NUWFC and the team were on the mini bus heading for Newcastle leaving the Fanzone commentators to talk about what had just happened!. High Fives for Bobby’s Girls
With pre season complete, August 14th saw the start of the new NWCL season for the First team, but unfortunately NUWFC did not get the great start they had worked so hard and prepared for Liverpool Feds Return Home with all 3 Points
August 21st again saw NUWFC disappointed by the result but the NUWFC Team Management were determined to turn things around and get the clubs plans back on track Bradford City v NUWFC – March Report
August 24th saw the First Team make the short journey to South Durham and return with their first three points which lifted not only the first team but the whole club Toon Take all Three Points
September was a sad month for NUWFC when they said good bye to Wei Dong Yuan (Dong Dong) the Reserve Team Manager who returned to China. Dong Dong had been with the club for a number of years and was a very popular member of the Management team Toon Ladies say goodbye to a very special person
October 16th, and NUWFC took a break from League Action to take part in the NFA Cup. Due to their relegation from the FAWPL NUWFC First Team were allowed to enter to NFA Sagicor Women’s Cup, so the club entered two teams and both teams secured their place in the next round Sagicor NFA Women’s Cup – Results and Match Reports
With both the first and reserve teams now firmly committed to league or cup action every the club reflected on just what it takes to play at this level not only in commitment to training but just how far they have to travel and how many hours they spend every week training the length and breadth of the county for just 90 mins of football. So just how far would you go?
November 29, and NUWFC squad members take time out to help promote the Olympics and get to meet one of the people responsible for the successful bid to bring the 2012 Olympics to Great Britain. Players ‘Lord it’ at St James Park…
December 2nd With things going really well on the pitch it was time for the squad to take a well earn break and get into the Christmas Spirit. A great night was had by all and NUWFC even managed a hat trick of Santas ! NUWFC Christmas party
December 4, Newcastle continue the hard work on the pitch but take time out to remember one of the games true gentleman Gary Speed who died suddenly at the age of 42 NUWFC Continue to Collect Points
December 7, A great night which saw NUWFC Charlotte Wilson nominated by her school and was one of only three young people to get to the final of the ‘Young sports person of the year’ award. Charlotte also got the chance to spend time talking to NUFC Captain Fabricio and update him on how the NUWFC ladies were doing in the league. NUWFC Charlotte Wilson meets Fabricio Colochini
December 21, following a number of social activities it was back to work and a great fitness session with one of the NUWFC Sponsors, Nick Grantham of Smart Fitness NUWFC get Smart with Pre Christmas Training
The New Year arrived and January saw NUWFC go top of the Northern Combination League. The hard work was paying off but no time to celebrate the Management and Coaches kept the squad focused on the job in hand and the long road still ahead Toon take 3 Points and go Top of the League
February was a very busy month and NUWFC continued with another great result in the NFA cup for both teams while also continuing the great work in both leagues Sundays Cup Results
February 19, and NUWFC send best wishes to Callun Brown following another operation, Callum and his family were guests of NUWFC at Northumbria University Coach Lane in January when Callum spent time with the team. NUWFC wishes Callum a speedy recovery
As with all football clubs fundraising is a huge part of the committees job in order to keep the club running as it should and out of debt so friends and family joined the club members to raise money at a Race Night NUWFC Race Night – Friday 24th Feb
NUWFC added to their squad when they signed Lebanese International Miriam Neaimeh Lebanese International Signs for NUWFC
March came and confirmed what everyone at NUWFC had hoped for it would be an all Newcastle NFA Cup Final, so regardless of the outcome NUWFC would be picking up silverware this season. Sunday’s NFA County Cup Results
April 1st and definitely no fools, as NUWFC Newcastle travelled to Sheffield and played the match of their season and returned back home confirmed as NCL League Champions Toon Top Table and Take Title
Last home game of the season for both the first and the Reserve Teams, both teams celebrated with home wins and last game in the NCL for the First Team. Newcastle United Women’s squad partied late into the night – job done NUWFC end the season with a win and celebrate in style
April 15th – Following a difficult start to the season the NUWFC Reserves continued to build and develop and following a terrific game against Lincoln the NUWFC Reserves showed just what they have to offer in the 2012 – 2013 season NUWFC Reserves Take all Three Points
April 23rd and the Cup Final of all Cup Finals Newcastle United Women’s Football Club v Newcastle United Women’s Football Club Reserves and as with the rest of the season the players gave their supporters a game to remember and a performance to be proud of. A Perfect End to a Perfect Season
So what next ? The NUWFC Presentation Evening which promises to be a great night and also give the Committee and Managers and Coaches the chance to say thank you to the squad for all of their hard work and commitment over the last season. Then the hard work starts.
Plans for the 2012 -2013 season are well underway and ready for the players return in June for pre-season training and to continue to build on their fantastic work they started this time last year.
HaWay the Toon Lasses
Photo /Newcastle United Women’s Award Winners Season 2011/12
Club Signed Shirt / Myriam Neaimeh
Reserves Managers Player Of The Season / Amy Perch
Reserves Golden Boot / Steph Shaw
Reserves Most Improved Player / Steph Lorriane
First Team Players Player / JessHavelock
First Team Managers Player Of The Season / Courtney Lock
First Golden Boot / Stacy Crooks
First Team Most Improved Player / Jess Foster
Reserves Players Player / Robyn Parker
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