Brighton’s Super League dream in jeopardy as top trio leave

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Jay Blackie, Charlotte Gurr and Deanna Cooper playjing for Brighton (Photos: James Boyes/Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Jay Blackie, Charlotte Gurr and Deanna Cooper have all left Brighton following the dismissals of James Marrs and Tracy Doe (Photos: James Boyes, Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Brighton’s Super League hopes have been plunged into chaos after three key players left in the fallout following the sackings of head coach James Marrs, his assistant Lee Hayes and now the head of the club’s entire women and girls section, Tracy Doe. Continue reading

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Brighton finally in control of their own destiny as Marrs makes it third time lucky

Sent Her Forward takes a look at the background to Brighton’s Premier League title success

Brighton celebrate winning the FAW Premier League Southern (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Brighton are deserved Premier League champions – but they haven’t finished yet (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHAFC)

Two years ago James Marrs took his table-topping Gillingham team to Brighton for a crucial end-of-season game that could have all but sealed the Premier League title. Continue reading

Keynsham charged over cancelled Brighton fixture

Tracy Doe, Brighton & Hove Albion WFC (Photo: Paul Hazlewood/BHAFC)

Tracy Doe said the postponement was bad for the image of the Premier League (Photo: Paul Hazelwood/BHAFC)

The fate of the Brighton v Keynsham Town game, controversially called off on Saturday night, may not be known for several days, according to the FAW Premier League.

The late cancellation by Keynsham, who reportedly told Brighton they could not field a side, angered their opponents and caused a flurry of criticism on Twitter.

The fixture was one of two key matches affecting the outcome of the title race, and the postponement deprived followers of women’s football a potentially exciting day of fluctuating fortunes. Continue reading

Fury as Premier League promotion showdown is called off

Tracy Doe, Brighton & Hove Albion WFC (Photo: Paul Hazlewood/BHAFC)

Tracy Doe says today’s postponement is bad for the image of the women’s game (Photo: Paul Hazelwood/BHAFC)

Brighton’s potential Premier League title-decider against Keynsham Town has been called off, taking the edge of what was to have been the league’s biggest day of the season.

Keynsham notified the Sussex club last night that they could not muster a team for a game that Brighton have to win to have a chance of winning the Premier League Southern.

The news, less than 24 hours before kick-off, has angered the club, who say the image of the league will suffer as a result. Continue reading

All eyes on Super League pot of gold as Premier League kicks off

Collage of Gillingham, Brighton, Portsmouth and Lewes (Photos: Julian Hart, Paul Hazlewood/BHAFC, Jordan Hampton, James BoyesNot since 2011/12 has there been quite such a competitive edge to the FA Women’s Premier League, which kicks off on Sunday.

For the first time there is the prospect of promotion to the Super League for the winners of the two regional Premier Leagues, who will play off for the right to be considered for entry in 2016.

With more at stake than ever, and teams stepping up their efforts to reach the promised land, the stage is set for the most competitive league campaign for years. Continue reading

Sussex’s pride set sights on Super League

Action from Brighton v Lewes 2014 (Photo: James Boyes)

Lewes and Brighton both have Super League ambitions (Photo: James Boyes)

Last season they had an almighty tussle in the battle to be the best in Sussex, but this time Brighton and Lewes have their eyes set on a more prestigious prize.

Tracy Doe, Brighton & Hove Albion WFC (Photo: Paul Hazlewood/BHAFC)

Tracy Doe is setting up an academy at Brighton (Photo: Paul Hazlewood/BHAFC)

Jacquie Agnew (Photo: James Boyes)

Jacquie Agnew will oversee all women’s and girls’ teams at Lewes (Photo: James Boyes)

The East Sussex rivals are gearing up for the next step in their footballing odyssey, with new club structures to help them prepare for a future that will be more challenging still.

But while their ultimate goals are the same, their approaches are slightly different. Continue reading

Marrs leaves Gillingham for Brighton Super League challenge

James Marrs, the new head coach of Brighton (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHS)

Marrs took Gillingham to the brink of a league title (Photo: Geoff Penn/BHA)

Gillingham boss James Marrs is the new head coach of Brighton & Hove Albion.

Marrs, who took the Gills to within two points of the Premier League title last season, replaces John Donoghue, who left the Sussex club this week after a year in charge.

It represents a massive coup for Brighton, who finished a disappointing seventh in the Premier League, and is surely a statement of ambitious intent from the club, who are also creating a women’s football academy. Continue reading