NUFC Women make their St James' Park debut

NUFC Women play at St James' Park

Paige Rutter
17th May 2022
"Howay the lasses" - Twitter @NUFCWomen
For the first time in their history the Newcastle United Women’s team graced St James Park with an outstanding amount of home support. The East Stand was planned to be opened first but due to the overwhelming support the Gallowgate and most of the Leazes Stand ended up needing to be opened. 

The ladies played in front of a crowd of 22,134 with kick-off having to be delayed by 15 minutes due to the number of supporters arriving. 

Amongst those supporting were Eddie Howe and Amanda Staveley who hasn’t hidden how she wants to boost the NUFC women’s team. Support was also provided from some famous faces including Ant and Dec who tweeted their praise and Alan Shearer who provided a video beforehand wishing them the best on this historic day.

The well-known ‘Wor Flags’ provided a display for the women with flags being waved all around the stadium and a banner noting ‘Howay The Lasses’. Due to play Barnsley Women, a quick change led the women to play against Alnwick Town Ladies. 

By half-time the women were up 2-0 with goals from Katie Barker, who provided an Alan Shearer like celebration, and Brooke Cochrane from the penalty spot. The goals didn’t stop there with the third goal being scored two minutes into the second half by Georgia Gibson. A final goal was also added on this historic day with another penalty awarded to Newcastle and Beth Guy converting. 

Although the three points were secured with the match ending 4-0, the team missed out on promotion from the FA Women’s National League Division One North due to Liverpool Feds securing the title. 

The team manager Becky Langley was full of praise when speaking to NUFC TV about the support stating, “I just can’t thank the people of Newcastle enough for coming out and support the girls”. First forming in 1989, this was the first time the ladies were able to play in their home stadium and will likely be a match they will never forget. 

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