11th Dec, 2016

Birmingham City Ladies boss Dave Parker looking forward to new WSL season

Solihull Editorial 27th Jan, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

BIRMINGHAM City Ladies will kick-off their forthcoming Women’s Premier League campaign with a difficult trip to Liverpool Ladies.

Dave Parker’s side will travel to the Select Security Stadium on March 23 (Wednesday) to face Liverpool under new manager Scott Rogers before hosting last year’s runners-up Manchester City at the home of Solihull Moors on April 24 (Sunday).

Blues will host Notts County on May 22 (Sunday) in their final game before the mid-summer break and will face a long trip up north to face Sunderland on the final day of the season (tbc).

Speaking ahead of the new season, manager David Parker said: “I can’t wait to get going again, there’s a real buzz around the group.

“Everyone is so determined to put right the wrongs of last season, and put us back to where we have competed over the previous campaigns.

“Everybody knows we are at our most dangerous when people knock us and put us down.

“We’re going to be making some announcements over the coming weeks, it really is an exciting time to be at this Club and our opening game on 23 March will be the start of that.”

Parker has also moved to address concerns by supporters over recent departures during the winter break.

England star Karen Carney and goalkeeper Becky Spencer both joined Chelsea, while defender Chelsea Weston was released at the beginning of January.

He added: “As always, we would like to remain transparent with our fans, especially during the transfer window

“We are working hard behind the scenes and, for clarity, will review each departure on a case by case basis.

“With Karen Carney, she was out of her contract, and while we did offer her a new deal she had a great opportunity she couldn’t turn down.

“As a Club we wish her all the best and seeing the reaction on social media, everyone wishes her the same.

“The Club also received a great offer for Becky Spencer from League title holders Chelsea. Given their current League status and opportunity to play in Europe it was a great opportunity for Becky.

“We negotiated an extremely good deal for the Club and are confident that we have a ready replacement in Sophie Baggaley.

“Given Sophie’s performance last season it is a natural transition, one of which remains as part of our development philosophy.

“As regards Chelsea Weston, her departure was due to a decision made by the Club

“There was an option clause in her contract, which Blues Ladies chose to not exercise as it was in the Club’s best interest, making Chelsea a free agent. The Club, however, wishes to thank Chelsea for her service and offer all the best in her future endeavors.”

Early bird season tickets are available to buy now priced at just £40 for adults and £20 for concessions when purchased before February 1. For more information visit www.birminghamcityladiesfc.co.uk.