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SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Woolton Ladies were formed in 2011 when, having begun life as Dingle Ladies, the team joined forces with Woolton men's team at the start of the 2011-12 season to help them gain Chartered Standard status as a club. This served as a springboard for the team who went on to be promoted from Liverpool County League in only their second season as Woolton Ladies, winning the league and the county cup on the way.
The team have adapted well and found their feet in the North West Women's League Division One South. They spent a season in the North Division before moving to the South Division where they comfortably finished mid-table.
The club starts the season with great ambition. The new look Woolton Ladies have a new manager, new players and new kit and are setting their sights on a successful season. Behind the scenes, they have set up a committee that will help the club continue to evolve and integrate the youth section over the coming years
Colin Morrow joins as the new Manager and Head Coach, bringing experience across a variety of age groups gained both in England and the USA.
New players have joined from higher leagues to complement the solid foundation of a team that has predominantly been together from the start. Ruth Smith has been club captain for the past three years and in addition to offering the team versatility has the work ethic, desire and commitment to win which inspires the rest of her team mates.
The squad has depth and range, with some being lifelong Woolton players while others bring a wealth of experience gained from a number of different clubs including Liverpool, Stockport and Tranmere Ladies.
The club also has a span of age groups ranging from the youngest player Jade McNicholas who, at 22 years old, is one of the longest serving players, through to Paula Kadiri a spring chicken still at 52. Paula loves her football and has no intention of hanging her boots up anytime soon, in fact we fully expect her to be still in the squad when she can arrive at training courtesy of her free bus pass.
In early 2004 the first squad was formed from two school teams (Queen Mary's and St. John's C of E). This team played against Queen's Park Rangers, which was the springboard that launched Blackpool FC Girls.
The first trials were held at Easter 2004 with almost 100 players attending to make up two teams. With such a wealth of talent on show it was decided that we would start with three teams: 2 Under 12s teams (known as the "As" and the "Bs") and an Under 11s team. Key to the first season was the support the teams received from: Blackpool Football Club and Mr Karl Oyston (Blackpool FC Chairman).
In 2008, Blackpool formed their first ladies squad who entered Lancashire County Division Two, the bottom level of Women's Pyramid. Over the next three seasons with young talent feeding through from the Youth set up, they had great success with three back to back promotions.
Blackpool currently have rather a young ladies squad, however they are looking forwards to the new season and our FA Cup tie to get themselves going.
Ryan Lewis was recently appointed as the new First Team Coach/Manager and has settled in very well along with Mark Dolan, Goalkeeper Coach Mark Wallace, Strength and Conditioning Coach Bobby Moss and Physio Bek Pearson, so the club has a great team in place to push the ladies squad to the next level in the future.
Captain Charlotte Banner has been influential in welcoming the young players into the first team. Charlotte has been at the Club six years and plays centre half, however she has also got an eye for goal and adds her fair share of goals each season. She is somebody who the young players look up to and a great role model for all players at our Club.
The club would like to thank first team sponsor Wyre Unison for their continued support over the last six years, their support is greatly appreciated.
Blackpool FC must also be thanked for their continued support to their Girls & Ladies Department, whom they've backed for 11 years. The ladies have had a fantastic pre-season, using the men's training ground and the hotel's gym facilities.
Woolton Ladies (from): Stephanie Banks, Lisa Byrne, Rachel Carney, Lisa Corkill, Vicky Fraser, Lorraine Gabbitas, Danielle Gibson, Jenny Hamon, Elayne Henderson, Paula Kadiri, Hollie Keating, Dawn Kehoe, Jade McNicholas, Betty Old, Helen Pagan, Ruth Smith, Jayne Tregenza.
Blackpool (from): Aimee Bennett, Aimee Shaw, Alex Stephens, April Oldfield, Bek Pearson, Charlotte Banner, Eleanor Bannister, Ellie Fisher, Ellie Jai Miller, Erin Menzies, Francesca Hearty, Francesca Lawson, Gabby May, Lily Hambly, Louise Latham, Melissa Jones, Niamh Grimshaw, Rhiannon Davies, Sian Dillon, Sophie Lally.
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