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The sad news reached the women's football community this week of the passing of Julie Chipchase at the age of 60, following a short illness.
Julie's name will always be synonymous with Doncaster Belles, from the time she joined the club as a player in the 1970s. She became a regular member of the side which dominated women's football in England for over a decade, before moving into coaching, initially with the reserve team. Two years later she took over the first team and was at the helm for six years, before moving on to take over the manager's job at Leeds United in 2003, where she stayed for a further six years.
She worked for the Football Association as a County Coach Developer, which included delivery of the FA's Coach Education courses, CPD events and developing the FA's tutor workforce, whilst developing and supporting coaches. She also worked with England at Under-15, Under-17 and Under-23 level.
In 2013, Julie returned to Doncaster Rovers Belles as Director of Football and as a member of the board, where she stayed for the remainder of her life.
Fondly known as ‘Chippy' throughout the women's game, Julie was a pioneer of the women's game and well liked and respected by everyone she met. She is a huge loss to women's football and will be sadly missed by everyone.
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