DERBY County Ladies’ success story this season enters a new chapter on Tuesday when they entertain arguably the biggest name in the women’s game.
The Ewes host mighty Arsenal Ladies at Borrowash Victoria’s Watkinson Bowl Arena, kick-off 7.45, and entry will be free for Derby County and Burton Albion season ticket holders.
Arsenal have promised to send their full first team squad in preparation for their forthcoming Women’s Super League campaign.
Players likely to be on display for the 14-time league champions and former Champions League winners include England internationals Rachel Yankey, Kelly Smith and national captain Casey Stoney.
“I think it’s fair to say that Arsenal are seen as something of the Barcelona equivalent within women’s football and we are absolutely delighted to welcome them to Derby,” said the club’s general manager Duncan Gibb.
“We’re not kidding ourselves and realise that it is going to be an extremely tough challenge for our very young team.
“Arsenal’s team is awash with international players, many of whom are not only household names, but are idols to many of our players.
“For them compete as equals in front of our home fans is the stuff of dreams “.
“For us the night isn’t about making money for the club, it’s about raising not only our profile, but the profile of women’s football in general locally.
“With this in mind entry is free to Derby County FC or Burton Albion FC season ticket holders on production of their season ticket – and just £1 for adults and 50p for under 16s.”
Meanwhile, Derby County Ladies are in search of a new first team manager for next season to help the club achieve its FA Women’s Super League ambitions.
Current boss John Bennett will remain at the helm until the end of the season.
“John is one of life’s 100 per centers and has been privately saying for a few months that with added work and family commitment, given the club’s journey of intent, it will be difficult for him to give that level of commitment,” said Gibb.
“John has been absolutely brilliant since coming on board three years ago.
“He said at the time that his ambition was to leave the club in a better position than when he took the role up and he has fully delivered.
“The first team has become a fully established FA Premier League side and in achieving that he has established a youthful, vibrant senior squad that is well placed to continue our upward trajectory “
The club are looking to secure a UEFA B qualified coach, ideally with experience of managing at Combination level or above within the women’s game.
Further details are available on the clubs website or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, contact Jenny Simpson on 07929 758748 for information.