NUWFC are on the up!

Steph Eadon scores against Wakefield
After bringing you interview’s with NUWFC’s chairman Phil Eadon and captain Sarah Wilson. I thought it was about time to share how their season has faired so far.

After having a long break over Christmas, the Newcastle Ladies resumed their campaign on the 8th January with a home tie against Huddersfield Town. They won the fixture 3-0 thanks to goals from Jess Foster, Alice Stroyan and Jade Blackburn. The victory saw them move to the top of the table ahead of Sheffield Wednesday.

Newcastle Women further consolidated their position at the top of the table on Sunday with an impressive 7-0 victory over Wakefield Ladies to move six points in front of second place Sheffield Wednesday.

I spoke to captain Sarah Wilson and asked her a few questions about the season so far.

You must be delighted with moving six points clear at the top of the table. Is that down to the work ethic of the team?

“Its a great position to be at in this point in the season, we’re in control and its pretty much ours to throw away. Its all about the work ethic, every single player has worked so hard to get to where we are, both on and off the pitch. Numbers at training are up, team spirit is high, everyone wants to achieve. Also our coaches and committee, we couldn’t get anything done without them. They don’t get paid for their efforts, they do it for us, and their love for the game. It’s not just about players as individuals its the whole of NUWFC working together.”

What would promotion mean to the whole club?

“Being promoted means everything to us, we deserve it more than anyone, that’s not being bias I just know how hard everyone both players and background staff have worked. However we haven’t secured anything yet, there are still some massive games to play. We need to remain focused.”

What do you think the future holds for NUWFC?

“You would be surprised how young our squad is, I think the average age must be about eighteen, therefore there is so much room for everyone to grow as players individually but most importantly as a team. If we do get promoted, we need to work harder than ever, the Northern Premier is a very tough league. But without getting ahead of ourselves, we must take each game as it comes, stay focused on the next couple of weeks, then we can plan for the future!”

It is clear from what Sarah has said is that the team are really focussed on gaining promotion into the Northern Premier Division and that all those involved in the club are working together in order to achieve this aim. One point that I want to pick up on is the fact that those involved in the club are not paid, NUWFC have no partnership with the mens club and solely rely on fundraisers and donations from the public in order to fund travel and kit over one season.

I always keep up to date with how the team do at weekends and follow several of the team on Twitter, they are a great bunch of lasses and I really hope that they achieve their aim of getting into the Northern Premier Division. So why not go and support the lasses in their next game if you are free? I’m sure you will be impressed with the display that they put on.

You can follow both NUWFC and Sarah on Twitter: @NUWFC @Wilson5NUWFC

Also a special thanks must go to Steven White who has kindly given me permission to use his image in the article. He is also a keen promoter of the NUWFC team and you can also follow him on Twitter: @ImagesBySW

About Zoë Vicarage

A lifelong Newcastle fan. Currently exiled in Sunderland studying Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland Follow me on Twitter: @ZoeVicarage

15 thoughts on “NUWFC are on the up!

  1. Yeah must admit I never really took an interest in them until you started writing these Zoe, but now I do follow a lot of the players on Twitter and keep an eye out for the results. Shame the club don’t give them any kind of help 🙁


  2. Very interesting article, Zoe. Is it really true that NUWFC don’t get any help from NUFC? It doesn’t seem right to me. I assumed that they were affiliated with the men’s club in some way – otherwise, how would they be allowed to call themselves the “Newcastle United” WFC?

    Anyway, I did notice that there’s a page pending on the official club site:
    which currently says “This page will be updated soon. Please visit again soon.”
    so maybe things are about to change?


  3. Chris – interesting. You’re right, they usually do thatnwhen something is being announced. Wonder what it could be? That French lad maybe???


  4. Toonsy – dunno mate, but it was a link to an ‘nuwfc’ page on the official site, so I assumed it was just going to be a feature about the womens fc – maybe an announcement about sponsorship, or something like that?


  5. chris g
    thats been on the site for years, sounds odd that they the club don’t support it if its on the official site.
    how come your not playing for them ❓


  6. andymag – yeah, I didn’t realise that the page had been there for years. I only started digging round the official site as a result of Zoe’s article. Like you, I find it odd that the club don’t see fit to support the womens club that shares their name.


  7. Nawwww – that’s something the club should put right – quite a bit of a PR miss not supporting the womens team in some way I think, must be a large section of support being overlooked there.


  8. Thanks for all the comments about this article lads, really means a lot

    @ChrisG, the clubs agreed a deal a few years ago for the women’s team to be able to use the Newcastle name. Other than that they have no sponsorship from the club and have rely to on fundraisers and donations throughout the season.

    @AndyMag, I live far away from the Toon so can’t play at the mo but I have been offered the opportunity when I go to Uni this summer


  9. well done to the ladies NUFC football team, keep up the good work carried out by all 😉 😉 how much transfer kitty has Ashley given the ladies team this summer??? 😆 😆 😆


  10. good blodg zoe @ LITTLE DAVE im back stop trying to score yourself little points when i aint here 😆


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