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Review: The First Team gained promotion to the Southern Region Premier Division after coming through a play-off game with Luton Town Belles on Sunday 13th July. The prolific Su Oakley scored a hat-trick in the 3-0 victory.
Luton 0 Wycombe 3 - Play-off match report
Reports from the 2002/3 season are available from the link below.
Click here for First Team results, fixtures and report links 2002-2003
Women's Football Magazine:
Those interested in reading more about Women's Football should look out for the new Magazine titled fairgame. Follow the link below for the associated website (www.fairgamemagazine.com)
Click here for Fair Game website
Reserve Team: The First Team having been using Flackwell Heath's ground for some of their games during 2002/3 but there was still womenís football played on the Rye, as the newly formed WWLFC Reserves used the regular booking. Manager Lee Palfrey worked with the development squad over the summer and the Reserves completed a successful first season by winning their County League. Girls from 14 years and upwards can play in the adult leagues and most local schools now have players in the squad, which is good news for the club for the years to come. Click here for Reserves results, fixtures and reports
Football League initiative: There was a special 'Ladies Day' at Adams Park on New Years Day 2003 to tie in with Division Two game against Bristol City. The initiative sparked by Football League sponsors Nationwide Building Society and backed by the Club saw the Ladies Reserve team receive a brand new Wanderers home kit with the 'Nationwide' logo on the front. The team wore this kit during a pre-match penalty shoot-out against Wanderers' Youth Team goalkeeper Tom Gott.
Further awareness raising activities took place during the remainder of the season as part of a National Campaign across all 72 Football League Clubs. As part of this package the Football Club has given the Ladies Team 1,000 Nationwide Football League matchday tickets for three WWFC home games to sell and keep 100% of the proceeds to assist them raise awareness of their Club, Women's Football and buy much needed playing kit and equipment.
If you would like more information on the Wanderers Ladies Team or would like to get involved in any way then please contact Marion Lyon email@example.com
Youth Team: The younger girls went over to Denham on Saturday 26th October for a series of small sided friendly matches, in which they all performed excellently. It was especially nice to see how girls that played their first match in the summer have come on over the last few months. Rolling subs saw 11 players win each of 4 short 8-a-side games. Congratulations to Julia Blackstock, Daisy Turner, Mollie Laverty, Louise White, Lottie Lynn, Stephanie, Kimberley & Sammie Bignall, Nicola Robinson, Ellie Faulkner and in goal - Sian Pill.
League structure 2002/2003: The First Team played in the South Region, Southern Division during 2002/3. After narrowly missing out on promotion the previous year, a re-jigging of the League saw the team move sideways into the parallel feeder league. As a result they visited some new away grounds including Bracknell, Southampton, Didcot and Burnham.
Awards Last season's trophies were presented at Adams Park before the Blackpool match - The First Team received the League runner's up trophies from Martin Taylor and the Under-11 team received their runners up trophies from the Reading Royals 6-a-side tournament held in July.
Coaching News: Congratulations to Graham Malcolm, who passed his FA Coaching Licence over the summer of 2002, Lee Palfrey who passed his FA Coaching Certificate and Tracy Sturges for her Junior Team Manager Award.
New home ground: Following very positive discussions with Flackwell Heath FC the first team have been playing at a new home ground during the non-Winter part of the 2002/3 season. Flackwell have re-sown their pitch at Wilks Park, off Magpie Lane and WWLFC will be one of the beneficiaries. Flackwell Heath FC has welcomed the Ladiesí to use the clubhouse as their base, to provide hospitality to supporters, visiting teams and host fundraising events.
Sponsorship: We have seen many changes over the last couple of years and the support of local businesses has become increasingly important in supplementing the players own contributions. Alan Evans, of Marlow Coaches has watched Wycombe Wanderers for many years and having seen the Ladiesí teams play a few times last season, was keen to support the dedication of the players and coaches. Prestwood Motors has recently relocated their garage; director Lee Embury is keen that the business continues to play an active part in the local community and has offered to underwrite some of the uncertainties of our continual development. These two businesses have pledged a total of £750 a year for the next 5 years, together with offers to help out with any special projects if they can. This provides us with a platform to plan for the future rather than continue to try to respond on the spur of the moment, for which we are very grateful.
Marion (Maz) Lyon - Wycombe Wanderers Ladies Team Secretary
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