Derby County Ladies Football Club

(White) and Black Friday Deals for Ewe Rams

Derby County Ladies have added two players to their 1st Team squad ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup clash with local rivals Nottingham Forest WFC.

Manager Sam Griffiths has swooped to sign former Ewe Rams stars with Hannah Baines joining from Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion Women, whilst also returning to the club is former Derby, Leicester and England Youth International Ellie May.

Going out the other way, summer signing Emily Owen has made the move to the Baggies. The former Stoke City defender made 10 appearances for the Ewe Rams, scoring her solitary goal in the 6-1 win at Hull City Ladies. The club would like to thank Emily and wish her all the best.

Speaking about the squad changes, Griffiths told DCLFC Media that she was pleased to add more bodies to the squad. She said “I’m pleased to be able to bring both Hannah and Ellie back to the Ewe Rams, both players will add quality and depth to the squad.

“It’s a blow to lose someone with the quality of Emily and she felt the move closer to her base would be more beneficial for her. However, to be able to replace like for like in terms of quality, position and experience in Hannah is a great coup.

“She had a great game against us a few weeks back and also has the added feature of scoring goals as she did in a 2-2 draw in October. We’re hoping she will be able to pop up with crucial goals and give us an extra attacking option from the back end of the pitch.

“First and foremost her job will be to defend and that is where she continues to excel and we are delighted to have brought her in and she will go straight into the squad for the weekends FA Cup game against Nottingham Forest WFC.”

Returning to the club she began her career with is former Ewe Rams Academy star Ellie May and fresh from her stint playing college football, Griffiths is delighted to have re-signed the exciting former England Youth International.

“It’s brilliant that Ellie has come back to the club, I’ve always seen huge potential in her and watching her develop when I was still playing when she broke through a few years back has been great to see and I can’t wait to see her back in the white and black of Derby County Ladies.

“She will add much needed skill and determination and you have to remember that she is still really young and is only going to get better and better, particularly working with the players that we have in this squad.

“A stint in college football in the USA is always a positive as it gets them added experience and developing a different style of play. She will give us another attacking option and that can only be good as we strive to move ourselves back up the table.”

The club are currently waiting for International Clearance and once received, Ellie will go straight into contention in the 1st team squad. 

This Sunday is our Women’s FA Cup clash with Nottingham Forest WFC at Mickleover Sports in a 1pm Kick-Off. Entry on the gate is free for DCFC Season Ticket Holders and just £3 Adults and free for Under 18s. Hot food and drink will be available and bar will be open.