Derby County Ladies Football Club

Ewe Rams Welcome New League Branding

‘From the Derby Telegraph’

Derby County Ladies CEO Duncan Gibb has welcomed the latest FA announcement, naming the new league’s for the forthcoming expansion of Women’s Football.

Having undertook consultation for the new league name’s, the FA have kept the Women’s Super League as it’s flagship division featuring England’s premier sides such as Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal.

The change however has come at the next level, currently the FA Women’s Super League 2, with that being renamed the FA Women’s Championship and Gibb believes it is important to differentiate between the two top leagues.

“Without a doubt, the FA Women’s Super League has created a brand, particularly in the top division and to just throw that away and start again would have raised questions about setting the game back a few years.

“We have seen a lot of coverage of the FA Women’s Super League 1 but at the level below, it is not as visual and so to brand the new league, the Women’s Championship, it will in our opinion kick-start the semi-professional league and give it an identity of its own.

“This expansion of the league’s means that it will open up more opportunity to get the game out there and it has to create interest and I think they have got it right, only time will tell of course but for those teams that have aspirations to become one of the tier 2 sides, it gives them the tools to market the club to prospective partners and create interest.”

The Ewe Rams currently play in the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division, effectively the third tier in England and there has also been a slight tweak to the naming of those divisions too.

Having consulted with clubs, the FA have kept the ‘Premier’ part of the name, something that both Derby County Ladies and other clubs felt was needed and at tier 3 the leagues will now become the FA Women’s National League – Northern Premier Division / Southern Premier Division.

“We felt, as other clubs did too, that the ‘Premier’ part of the name was a brand that had been a success for us and so we were pleased to see that part included for next season too.
“Obviously we are exploring a bid to become a Tier 2 side but we also know that having the Premier name behind us if we didn’t go into the Championship was important in the way we create partnerships.”
On the field, the club were in action at the weekend against league leaders Middlesbrough and fell to a 3-1 defeat but Gibb felt the result was harsh on the Ewe Rams and on another day it could have been different.
“Letting in two early goals was not what we wanted after winning against Fylde the previous week and to do that against the league leaders, gave us an uphill task.
“That being said, we took the game to Middlesbrough, got one back and pushed for the remainder of the game to get back on level terms. Had we got the crucial next goal at 2-1 down, I felt that we would have gone onto win but alas, they went up and scored a third goal in the 92nd minute and it was not to be.
“The team though can be proud of the way they have played in the last two weeks. We dominated against Fylde and matched the league leaders and were possibly the better side for the majority of the game.
“We have a break this weekend but are back in action next week against Wolves Women so hopefully we can get another positive performance in and pick up three points.”