Pompey star Hillier bows out with ultimate club accolade

Gemma Hillier leads Portsmouth out at Fratton Park (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Hillier led Portsmouth Ladies in their first ever game at Fratton Park in December 2013 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

For a footballer who means so much to a club, Gemma Hillier’s retirement from Portsmouth, the team she has represented for more than 17 years, was a rather ill-fitting anti-climax. Continue reading

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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

Little heads West Ham exodus in week of turmoil in Premier League

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

Captains Charley Wilson and Stacey Little have left Portsmouth and West Ham respectively in the past week (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

West Ham United became the second Premier League club in a week to lose their captain when Stacey Little and almost half the team walked out after a clash with manager Marc Nurse. Continue reading

Wilson ‘heartbroken’ after Portsmouth pair are axed

Sadie Blakely and Charley Wilson celebrate winning the FAW Premier League Southern Division in May 2015 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Sadie Blakely and Charley Wilson (foreground) were told by Portsmouth they were being released earlier this week (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Portsmouth are maintaining a virtual silence over the shock axing of two of their star players, former captain Charley Wilson and goalkeeper Sadie Blakely. Continue reading

Portsmouth and Sheffield prepare to do battle for Super League dream

Portsmouth and Sheffield FC ream pictures (Photos: Jordan Hampton/Ben Webster)

Best teams in the Premier League… but who will come out on top on Sunday? (Photos: Jordan Hampton/Ben Webster)

Months – no, years – of toil on and off the field by an awful lot of people involved in women’s football will hopefully reap their reward on Sunday when the two best teams in the women’s winter game meet for the right to become the first to gain promotion to the Super League. Continue reading

Pride of the South: how Portsmouth won the league

Sent Her Forward analysis: anatomy of a league title

Portsmouth's Charley Wilson and Gemma Hillier (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Charley Wilson (left) and Gemma Hillier have been with Portsmouth through thick and thin (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

When Perry Northeast and his then joint-manager, Katie Poore, led Portsmouth to the brink of a Premier League title success in their debut season at the helm before falling just short, they analysed the reasons for their eventual shortcoming. Continue reading

Portsmouth’s turn to celebrate as they seal Premier League title

Portsmouth (Kempson pen, Frampton, Hillier) 3-1 West Ham United (Little)

Gemma Hillier celebrates her goal for Portsmouth against West Ham United, May 10 2015 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Gemma Hillier scored Portsmouth’s crucial third after good work by Charley Wilson (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Portsmouth are the Premier League champions.

Twelve months after watching Coventry City’s jubilant players and officials celebrate their last-day league triumph on Pompey territory, it was the turn of Perry Northeast’s team to sing, to dance, and to pronounce: “We are the champions.” Continue reading