Stakes higher than ever as Premier League clubs invest in chance of glory

Chichester City celebrate winning promotion/Lewes promotional pic (Photos: caroline Henry-Evans/James Boyes)

Cbichester City join the Premier League elite where they will be competing against a Lewes side now paying their women the same as their men (Photos: Caroline Henry-Evans/James Boyes)

Love it or fear its consequences, the Super League has ignited a change in women’s domestic football, forcing standards among the genuine challengers in the Premier League to rise inexorably. Continue reading

Five-star Sands set to make an impact in Sussex League

Action from Saltdean United v Eastbourne, Aug 13 2017 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)Saltdean United 5 (Sands 3, 29, 55, 56, 82)
Eastbourne 0

The early signs suggest the standard in the Sussex County League this season is going to be pretty high.

With almost double the number of sides compared with last year – including some exciting new teams – competition is set to be fierce at the upper end of the Women’s Division. Continue reading

Super League test proves Chichester are not out of their depth

Action from Chichester City v Watford, August 6 2017 (Photo:: John Holden)

Both sides can be satisfied with their performances in a combative friendly (Photo: John Holden)

Chichester City 0
Watford 2 (Nuttall 41; Cudone 67)

Two teams who, a few months ago were two divisions apart, continued their pre-season journeys in a no-holds-barred clash at Oaklands Park that should leave both managers satisfied with how preparations are progressing. Continue reading

Promising Portsmouth performance suggests upheaval all but over

Action from Crawley Wasps v Portsmouth, July 30 2017 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Crawley Wasps managed to bridge the two-division gap with Portsmouth but succumbed to three quickfire second-half goals

Crawley Wasps 1 (Rabson 2)
Portsmouth 5 (R Tonks 32; Albuery 38; Bell 56; Panting 60; Stephens 63)

Portsmouth’s agonisingly long period of transition following the break-up of their championship-winning side might finally be almost at an end. Continue reading

Greenfield quits Chichester on eve of Premier League adventure

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Matt Wright presents Liam Greenfield with a managerial award (Photo: Caroline Henry-Evans)

Matt Wright (left) replaces Liam Greenfield, the man who succeeded him as manager two years ago (Photo: Caroline Henry-Evans)

Newly promoted Chichester City have lost the manager who led them to the Premier League just a month before their historic first season in the top division begins.

Liam Greenfield, who oversaw just two league defeats in his two seasons in charge, has quit the club for “personal and business reasons”. Continue reading

Lewes equality campaign takes football world by storm

Male and female Lewes footballers (publicity photo for the club's Equality FC campaign), July 2017 (Photo: James Boyes)

Lewes are the talk of football after launching their campaign to bring women’s funding in line with the men’s (Photo: James Boyes)

Ever since Lewes declared to the world that they were going to be “the first professional or semi-professional club to pay its women’s team the same as its men’s team” they have been caught up in a whirlwind of publicity and acclaim.

That publicity machine has been a little slow in delivering some answers to important questions posed by Sent Her Forward.

But with a little help from one of the club’s owners – and an e-mail with answers of sorts from the company handling their media requests – here is Sent Her Forward‘s take on a historic week in the life of Lewes Community Football Club. Continue reading