City weekend preview

By Matthew Kermode

It will be a case of second and third time lucky for Bradford City WFC as they hope to finally play two cup games that have been blighted by the weather for over three weeks.

The first team’s FAWNL Plate tie against Leeds United was postponed last Sunday due to standing water at Eccleshill United’s ground, which had also led to the Eagles cancelling two of their own games recently. Meanwhile City’s Reserves will hope to finally get their Reserve Cup match against Durham played at Rawdon Meadows, having originally been scheduled for the last weekend in September.

Since the departure of Steve Winterburn City have fallen at the first hurdle in the Women’s FA Cup, with a 5-1 defeat away at fellow Division 1 North side Barnsley, followed by a 4-0 loss in driving rain and wind under the lights at Brighouse last Thursday.

Caretaker manager Charlotte Stuart stepped in at short notice to oversee first team matters with the support of coaching staff Dan Nicol, James Wright and Jordan Hartley while the club actively recruit for Winterburn’s replacement. The committee are meeting this week to review the 14 applications they received, and will be keen to bring the right person in as soon as possible, with plenty of time to turn the team’s early season form around before the winter break from mid-December.

Providing the Leeds game goes ahead this Sunday, City’s first team will then have a two week break, while the Reserves will travel to Brighouse and then host Leeds Utd U23s in the Reserve Cup group stages.

Once the new manager is in place, the committee’s next task will be the recruitment of a new Chair and Treasurer. Sally Thackray returned after the briefest of retirements to cover following Mark Hird’s departure, but she has made it clear that she will be looking to hand the reins over by the new year. Treasurer Allyson Matthews is also ready to step down after a number of years at the club. Her daughter Rosie McDonnell is a former City winger who combines her role in the Royal Navy with playing for Portsmouth Women.

The club are still on the look out for sponsors for the season, from individual players to a kit sponsor. With them being fully amateur, sponsorship is vital in providing funding for everything from players’ matchday kit, through to the training facilities and travel costs to away games. For more details please contact Club Secretary Matthew Kermode –

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