Southern Premier League sides still being sent to Coventry

Coventry City players celebrate winning the Premier League at Furze Lane, Portsmouth

Coventry celebrated their Premier League Southern title after a fine season but will not be defending their title

Premier League clubs in the south will compete for a place in the Super League without last season’s champions.

Coventry City, who pipped Gillingham to the title on the final day, have been moved to the league’s northern counterpart for the 2014/15 season by a geographical quirk of fate. Continue reading

Community shares Portsmouth’s celebrations

Charley Wilson receives her fans' player of the year award from Millie Underwood (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Fans’ player of the year Charley Wilson received her award from superfan Millie Underwood (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

It’s always nice to hold your club presentation evening in somewhere called the Victory Lounge.

And while the Victory in mind might have more to do with one of the finest competitors ever to come out of Portsmouth, the flagship that featured in Lord Nelson’s most celebrated triumph is a fine metaphor for the teamwork and spirit that now pervades that city’s football club. Continue reading

Super League place up for grabs this season

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Action from Portsmouth v Notts County  April 2014 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Several of the South’s FAWPL sides have already met Super League teams in the FAW Cup (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

The 12 clubs competing in the coming season’s Premier League Southern are playing for a potential place in the 2016 Super League.

The FA’s women’s boss, Kelly Simmons, has confirmed that the winners of this season’s Southern and Northern Premier Leagues will play off for a place in FAWSL2 for the 2016 summer season. Continue reading

Super League concessions ‘rekindle ambition’

Action from Arsenal's FAW Cup tie against Gillingham, April 2014 (Photo: Julian Hart)

The likes of Gillingham could now play the likes of Arsenal in the Super League within a few years (Photo: Julian Hart)

The South could have its first Super League club as soon as two seasons’ time following the latest concessions by the FA.

The governing body has agreed to accelerate the linking of its élite summer Super League and the pre-existing Premier League, which runs from autumn to spring. Continue reading

Donoghue switches from Brighton to Lewes

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Lewes have appointed their close rivals’ former boss, John Donoghue, as their new manager.

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Donoghue left Brighton & Hove Albion earlier this month when the club brought in James Marrs, from Gillingham.

Now after less than a fortnight out of a job, Donoghue is back to spearhead the ambitious East Sussex club’s drive towards the Super League. Continue reading

Chichester arrange fascinating pre-season schedule

Double rainbow over Oaklands Park, ChichesterChichester City have lined up a string of intriguing friendlies ahead of the the new season.

The first team, who finished third in the South West Combination League, visit the renamed Fulham FC Foundation – formerly Westfield – who play in the league immediately below, on July 20.

Then they travel to Premier League Lewes for an early test of their promotion credentials. Continue reading

Gillingham join men in bid to achieve Super League goal

Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham (Photo: Julian Hart)

Gillingham will be playing their home games at the Priestfield Stadium next season (Photo: Julian Hart)

Gillingham have become the latest Premier League club to position themselves for Super League football after agreeing to a takeover by the town’s men’s club.

The women’s side – currently without a manager – will move from their base at Chatham Town FC to the League One side’s Priestfield Stadium, and – along with their reserves – will enjoy equal use of the professional club’s training, physiotherapy and other facilities. Continue reading