It’s turning into a rather busy summer of transition, change, and face old, and new for Barry Procter and Jackie Cleminson and the Bishop Auckland Ladies.
Already announcing in mid-July the first set of retained players ahead of the upcoming season the club announced a further thirteen to the list, before a few ‘surprises’ were also wheeled out; Procter moving quick, and well, to tie up some names in the Ladies game in the region.
Behind-the-scenes Paula Wake was added to the coaching staff; a former County League player, Paula has credible regional, and international, coaching experience so will be a valued asset to Barry’s backroom team.
As the Women’s FA Cup saw Bishops Ladies drawn away to Penrith in the Preliminary Round on September 1, the club also announced the further additions to the squad, an extra nine players –
Charlotte Austin, Mia Cooper, Adrianna Czerwinska, Sophie Golightly, Charlotte Lowes, Danielle Parker, Tanya Shires, Elisha Wakes, Annya Wray
(Subject to Change)
September 1 Women’s FA Cup Preliminary Round
Spare (looking for a friendly)
Chester-le-Street Amazon Women (A)
Hartlepool Utd Ladies Reserves (H)
(OR First Qualifying Round of Women’s FA Cup)
Silksworth CW Ladies (A)
September 5 (Thurs)
Spennymoor Town Ladies (H)
Newton Aycliffe Women (H)
Stockton Town Ladies (H)
CLS Amazon Women Amazines (A)
Washington AFC Development Ladies (H)
In addition to the 22 players on board, Barry has also snapped up the services of goalkeeper Kira Whittle, former player Natalie Wild, and the returning striker, Natasha Napier.
Kira (pictured above) is both vastly experienced and arrives highly recommended following her eight years at Boldon Girls, a season at Norton Ladies, and again with Kansas City in America; she also has international experience having played in the Youth World Cup in Sweden and for England YCP.
Natalie (above) arrives having started as a junior in the region before joining the Sunderland School of Excellence aged 15 and then to Spennymoor Town Ladies at 17 before a two-year absence from the game due to knee surgery curtailed her career somewhat; upon her return she had her first spell at Bishops before a spell at Norton Ladies ahead of her coming home.
Natasha (above) makes her eagerly anticipated return to the Bishop Auckland Ladies first team following two years side-lined with ACL reconstruction; one of the BAFC Ladies originals from the clubs inception in 2013 her early days saw her turn out for Bishop Auckland St Mary’s JFC and Cestria Ladies.
Part One of the Ladies preparation for new season can be read HERE