Huddersfield Town Ladies: All You Need To Know

In 1917 Dick, Kerr & Co munitions factory in Preston formed a football team made up of it's workers, those who were aiding the war effort and keeping Britain's front line armed on the fields of Flanders.


That football team would go on to be the most succesful team in women's football that this country has ever seen. However, they were blocked from fulfilling their legacy thanks to a fervent ideology of sexism in the halls of the football association.


In 1920 Dick, Kerr Ladies attracted a crowd of 53,000 fans when they travelled to Goodison Park and barely one year later, they were banned from playing football. In their infinite wisdom the chiefs at the FA banned women's football in 1921 stating that the game was, "unsuitable for females and ought not to be encouraged."


It wasn't until 1969 that the women's game officially returned in Britain, and it hasn't been until the last decade that the sport has gained widespread support amongst fans and the media in this country.


Four million fans tuned in to Channel 4's coverage of the Lionesses European semi-final against the Netherlands and crowds of over 5,000 have been present at FA Cup clashes in recent years.


Despite the growth of the women's game there has been relatively little coverage of our Town's women's team - Huddersfield Town Ladies. We don't think that's right, so here we bring you everything you need to know about The Female Terriers'.



Chairman: David Mallin

Manager: Ashley Vickers

Captain: Kate Mallin

Ground: Stafflex Arena - Storthes Hall

Division: FA Women's National League North (Third tier)


The Huddersfield Town Ladies side currently sit 4th in the National League North table after 9 games this season, winning 6 of those and scoring 31 in the process (the joint highest in the league).


To gain promotion to the FA Women's Championship Town must finish top of their division and beat the winners of the southern division in a play-off game. Something which a northern team have failed to do in the past 3 years.


Sunderland Ladies are currently leading the way in Town's decision, but sit just 3 points ahead of Ashley Vicker's side.


Last match: Stoke Ladies 3 Huddersfield Town Ladies 4 - Sunday 21st October


The Terriers travelled to Stoke in search of an important win facing a side with a potent attacking threat. It was the home side that took the lead in the first period when Amy Hughes raced clear of her marker before finishing terrifically past Town 'keeper Charlotte Oats.


Town went into the break 1 down after spurning several good opportunities to level the tie, but they came out all guns blazing in the second-half. Club captain Kate Mallin drew Huddersfield level when she slotted home superbly following good build-up play.


Then came a crazy spell that saw Town race into a 3-1 lead as Brittany Sanderson twice scored from a corner - the first coming from a scrappy goal mouth scramble and the second being an emphatic towering header.


However Stoke City fought back and drew level thanks to a goal from dangerous forward Ashleigh Hayes and an unfortunate own goal from Town's Shauna Legge who was pressured from an inswinging corner.


With time running out Lucy Sowerby showed incredible composure to chest the ball down and stab her shot past the despairing Stoke 'keeper. The 95th minute strike sealed all 3 points for Town and avenged their 3-2 defeat at the same venue last season.



Affiliation with men's team: Unfortunately the official affiliation between the men's side and the women's side ended abruptly in 2014 following a disagreement over funding. In an article published by The Examiner it was revealed that the men's club were charging the women's almost £250 more for official kits than direct suppliers.


Ladies chairman David Mallin raised this issue with Sean Jarvis along with questions over availability of training facilities and the Town director promptly ended the association between the two clubs.


However ties between the two clubs have since been restored trough the Town Foundation and Danish duo Jonas Lossl and Zanka even sponsor ladies players' Kate Mallin and Vicky Abbott respectively.


For clarification on the affiliation between the two clubs, TerrierBlog contacted HTLFC Chairman and HTAFC commercial director Sean Jarvis for comment;


Sean Jarvis: "The two clubs are now linked via the Town foundation and our relationship is strong and good."


David Mallin: "The relationship now between Huddersfield Town AFC and Huddersfield Town LFC is very strong.


"This season they've provided us with full official home and away kit and training gear for all open age players. 


"We also have a close working relationship with The Town Foundation and just today, HTTV have started to add our highlights to their Youtube channel!"


Watching Huddersfield Town Ladies: As mentioned above the Ladies side play their home matches at the Stafflex Arena, Storthes Hall. Match day pricing is £4 for adults and free for kids, all information about upcoming fixtures and results can be found at www.htlfc.co.uk


What are you waiting for? Get on down and support Huddersfield Town Ladies, at the very least they'll satiate your need for goal scoring action!







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