CULFC start their 2021/22 FA Women’s Championship campaign this Sunday against newly promoted, Sunderland AFC Ladies at the Butts Park Arena on Sunday 29 August with kick off at 2pm.
As fans are welcomed into the stadium for the first time in over a year, we also welcome some new recruits, which are; Katie Wilkinson, Naomi Hartley, Nat Johnson, Mollie Green, Rio Hardy, Olivia Fergusson, Grace Riglar, Charlie Escourt and Lucy Thomas.
Our opponents this weekend, Sunderland AFC Ladies are newly promoted to the FA Women’s Championship after coming up from the FA Women’s National League North.
The Lady Black Cats, formed in 1989, head coach is Melanie Reay and captain is Keira Ramshaw. They also play their home games at Eppleton Colliery Football Ground.
Sunderland have previously spent time in both the WSL and the FAWC.
They have won the FA Women’s Championship back in 2014 when the league was previously called the FA WSL 2.
This summer the Lady Black Cats have made two signings which are Emma Kelly and Charlotte Potts.
The government also plans to make a special provision for large, outdoor, seated venues where crowds can be safely distributed, allowing up to 10,000 people or 25 per cent of total seated capacity, whichever is lower.