Champions Chichester benefit from Greenfield development

Chichester City celebrate winning the FAWPL South West Division 1 title, May 4 2017 (Photo: Caroline Henry-Evans)

Chichester City clinched promotion – and the title – in their penultimate game, but they had led the way all season (Photo: Caroline Henry-Evans)

When Matt Wright shocked Chichester City two years ago by revealing he was standing down as manager he said his successor would prove an even better boss and would take his beloved team into the FAW Premier League Southern the following season. Continue reading

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Ten-goal Chichester win title in style

Chichester City celebrate winning the FAWPL South West Division 1 title, May 4 2017 (Photo: Caroline Henry-Evans)

Chichester City have scored 118 goals in 21 league games on their way to the title (Photo: Caroline Henry-Evans)

Chichester City 10-0 St Nicholas

Chichester City sealed their place in the Premier League Southern with another double-figures victory – their 20th win in 21 league matches in this record-breaking season. Continue reading

Buoyant Chichester win title showdown to close in on Premier League dream

Action from Chichester City v Plymouth Argyle, April 9 2017 (Photo: John Holden)

Cherelle Khassal was flying in more senses than one during Chichester City’s victory over Plymouth Argyle (Photo: John Holden)

Chichester City 3 (Wilson-Blakely 14; Khassal 65; Dowdell 90+4)
Plymouth Argyle 0

Chichester City finally put a mathematical gap between them and their only rivals for a place in the Premier League’s top division with a hard-fought victory at Oaklands Park that leaves Plymouth needing snookers to overhaul the buoyant Sussex side. Continue reading

Ambitious Chichester City pull off another coup as Wilson joins Green revolution

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Action from Portsmouth v West Ham United, 2014/15 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Wilson scored 16 goals for Portsmouth in her last full Premier League season in 2014/15 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Chichester City have made another stunning capture, adding former Portsmouth striker Charley Wilson-Blakely to a team already bulging with Premier League talent.

The ambitious Premier League South West Division One leaders have transformed their squad – which finished second last season – signing a host of players with Premier League top-flight experience. Continue reading

Classy Chichester hand new girls a lesson in life at the top

Action from Chichester City v Brislington, Sep 18 2016 (Photo: John Holden)

Chichester City laid siege to the Brislington defence for much of the match (Photo: John Holden)

Chichester City 7 (Ambler 7; Khassal 19, 27, 74, 80; Lewry 64, 89)
Brislington 1 (Maggs 50)

Chichester City shrugged off their midweek setback to reassert themselves as justified favourites for promotion to the Premier League’s top tier with an overwhelming win over the division’s newest team. Continue reading

Shrinking league won’t stifle ambitious clubs

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Gemma Shepherd, Kit Graham and Avilla Bergin, Charlton Athletic, July 2016

With new signing Avilla Bergin joining Gemma Shepherd and Kit Graham at Charlton, goals should not be a problem as they bid to go one better in the new campaign (Photo: Charlton Athletic WFC)

The launch of another season in the Premier League Southern has been overshadowed by the withdrawal of Forest Green Rovers because of their struggle to provide a competitive squad. Continue reading

Injury mars spectacular feast of football as Chichester dent Swindon record

Chichester City 1 (Found pen 48) Swindon Town 1 (Westlake 9)

Actionfrom Chichdester City v Swindon Town, Sep 27 2015 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)How sad that just 10 seconds from the end of probably the best match that I have seen at this level, a serious injury deep into stoppage time should overshadow such a terrific game of football.

The match, between two of the best sides in the Premier League’s South West Division 1 had been played in impeccable spirit, with no quarter given or asked, and with an absolute emphasis on flowing football.

But when Amy Found, Chichester’s influential midfielder, lunged into a challenge in an attempt to break up what would surely have been the last attack of a compelling match, she sent Swindon’s Sarah Uzzell flying, and by the time the substitute came back to earth, she was clearly in desperate pain. Continue reading