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F.A.Women's Cup - Road to the Final
The tie we have drawn in the north is an all-North West League affair between City of Manchester and Accrington Girls & Ladies.
City of Manchester Ladies FC was founded in 2011 and were formerly known as Greater Manchester Police LFC. The club is based in Chorlton in Manchester, their new home ground being Whalley Range Football Club.
After having finished second in Division One South for three successive seasons, and third in the two seasons before that, the new club was promoted as Champions at the first attempt in 2011-12 and acquitted themselves well in their first campaign in the Premier Division, finishing in sixth place.
A number of the players have been with the club from the very beginning and have been privileged to see this team progress. They have a variety of ages in the team ranging from early 20s to late 30s and would like to think they are a team not to be taken lightly and all eleven starting players put nothing short of 100% into every game.
The team is managed by Elaine Andrews, who used to play for the club before retiring from the game and taking over the responsibility of management of a team which considers themselves as a very close family and each player brings their own special flair to the team. Victoria Moore is captain and the job of Secretary is undertaken by Beverley Howarth.
Accrington Ladies were formed in 1991 and included amongst their former players is Rachel Brown, who went on to become England's goalkeeper. Accrington Girls Soccer Academy (AGSA) was founded in 2002 by a few enthusiastic and committed parents whose daughters wanted to play regular football.
The two clubs unofficially joined together to serve the interest of women's football in the Accrington area and formally merged in 2004 to create Accrington Girls & Ladies Football Club, although they kept their own identities under the combined banner. Also in 2004 the club formed an 'umbrella' club with Accrington Amateurs, with a view to acquiring a long term lease for the ground on Livingstone Road. This is called Accrington Sports Club, and its remit is to look after everything connected with the ground.
In 2005, the club was awarded the honour of Hyndburn Community Club of the Year award for the first time and narrowly missed out on becoming the Lancashire representative for the regional awards. They have since won the award in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. They were highly commended in the Lancashire Community Club of the Year award in 2011 but went one better in 2012 and won the award.
Also in 2005, Accrington achieved all the requirements needed to meet the FA Charter Standard status and this was successfully renewed in 2009.
On the pitch, the club had its best season to date in 2012-13 when finishing as joint Champions of the Lancashire County League, winning promotion to the North West League for the first time.
The team is managed by Joanne Cooney and Carl Ellwood is Club Secretary. Rachel Brown holds the position of Honorary President with Anne Ellwood as Vice President.
The match will be played at Whalley Range and, due to league status, City of Manchester will go into the game as favourites. However, Accrington will be relishing the challenge of taking on a higher division opponent and should not be underestimated.
City of Manchester (from): Helen Wildgoose, Faye Dunlop, Michelle Upton, Bev Howarth, Claire Young, Vicky Moore, Rachael Williams, Alicia Cain, Isha Mundell, Vicky Lomas, Natalie Robinson, Siobhan Hilditch, Jenny Gray, Zoey Shaw, Cory Halam, Rachael Dunlop, Nicky Pheasey, Connie Whyte, Lois Richards, Laura Littlejohn, Ellie Stamford.
Accrington Girls & Ladies (from): Emily Rogers, Beth Hibbert, Kerry Bamford, Caroline Mallen, Nadian Mason, Joanna Duckworth, Amy Lucas, Holly Mansfield, Becky McEwan, Ruth Hopton, Amelia Ripley, Heidi Roberts, Adele Ward, Emma Fortune, Jaymi Cooney, Lauren Walker, Niamh McCarthy, Sarah Arbury.
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