Sunday, March 19 – 1995
(From the match programme of FA Cup semi-final between Bristol City and Liverpool).
Visitors to he Village
The club was formed in May 1989 under the name of Newton Ladies but in June 1991, they changed their name to Knowsley WFC and became affiliated to the first National League and in Knowley’s first season, under the guidance of Liz Deighan, they finished fourth in the Premiership. During the close season of 1992, Knowsley strengthened their squad with the addition of a number of England Internationals and as a result the 92/93 season saw them finish third in the league and also play in the League Cup Final at Wembley where they were beaten by Arsenal.
Liz Deighan retired as Manager in the summer of 1993 and Angie Gallimore, who was player/manager at Wigan Ladies and a former England International, took over the hot seat. She found success right from the start, as they finished third in the Premiership and reached the FA Cup Final and only lost by a single goal to the Doncaster Belles. The start of this campaign sees another name change to Liverpool F.C. Ladies with the support and backing of the full Liverpool side. Recent signings of Tracy Davidson, Jan Murray and Louise Ryde from the successful Doncaster Belles, has trengthened Liverpool’s challenge.
June 1991 – Chaned club name to Knowsley WFC and affiliated to the first National League.
July 1991 – Lancashire International Tournament Winners.
July 1992 – Moss Farm seven-a-side Winners.
August 1992 – Lancashire International Tournament Winners.
May 1993 – League Cup Finalists and Runners-up.
August 1993 – Reebok International Tournament Runners-up.
April 1994 – FA Cup Runners-up.
June 1994 – Lancashire International Tournament Winners.
August 1994 – Reebok International Tournament Runners-up.
Liverpool FC Ladies have played in the last three rounds of this competiton, all at home, beating Surbiton 8-0, Notts County 5-0, and Croydon 3-0, so they can certainly score goals and defend very well. Their two major Sponsors are ADIDAS and LITTLEWOODS HOME SHOPPING.
Let’s meet the girls.
Angie Gallimore (Player/Manager) Age 33 Textile Manageress.
Ex-England International. Now in her 2nd season at Liverpool. Recently moved from Wigan Ladies were, as Player/Manager, she led them to the NW league Championship and the First/Second division Cup. Gained 35 full England caps until a serious knee injury interrupted her international career.
Jill Thomas (defender) Age 31 Wardess.
Liverpool goalkeeper for most of last season, although she prefers an outfield position. AWFA Cup winner with Leasowe’89.
Pam Markey (defender) Age 30 Process Worker.
A left sided player who played most of last season at left-back. Previous clubs include Leeside and Kirkby.
Dianne Coughlin (defender) – Age 26 Sports Retailer. Assistant Manager.
A right sided player who can operate in either defence or midfield, another member of Leasowe’s 1989 cup winning squad.
Clare Taylor (defender) Age 29 Post Office driver.
Was a member of the successful England World Cup winning Cricket team, she also plays at international level in football.
Sammy Hayward (midfield) Age 23 Sports retail Co-ordinator.
One of the younger squad members but already an established player at both club and international level for England.
Karen Burke (midfield) Age 23 Spors Retailer.
Another younger squad member, Karen has also established herself as a regular England squad player. Previously at St. Helens.
Cathy Gore (midfield) Age 35 Sub Post Office Mistress.
Very experienced. Cathy was a member of he successful WFA winning Leasowe side of 1989.
Maria Harper (forward) Age 32 Policewoman.
Ex-England international, who is still capable of playing for her country. Also at Leasowe in 1989.
Tracey Davidson (Goalkeeper) Age 33 Football coach.
Former member of successful Doncaster Belles. Experiences international with several England caps. FA Cup and Premier League winner on many occasions with Doncaster.
Nicki Barnes (midfield) Age 17 Caterer.
A product of the youth development policy for Knowsley schoolgirls. Nicki recently progressed to the Liverpool senior squad.
Julie Hewitt (midefield) Age 18 student.
Signed this season from Warrington Town Ladies. Good prospects, who will add strength to the squad.
Jan Murray (forward) Age 27 Upholsterer.
Signed from Doncaster Belles this season. Found success with Belles and Leasowe. Exciting left winger and current England international.
Louise Ryde (defender) Age 28 Police Officer.
Returning to the club from Doncaster after winning FA Cup and Premiership medals. Another former Leasowe player.
Joy McQuiggan (midfield/defence) – Age 28 Care Assistant.
Returned to the club last season from the Belles. Versatile player who scored winning goal in ’89 Cup Final at Old Trafford for Leasowe against Fulham.
Gayle Formston (forward) Age 19 Purchase ledger clerk.
Recent acquisition from neighbours Leasowe and scored on her debut for Liverpool against her old team. A good prospect for the future and a renowned goalscorer.
Paula Oldham (midfield/defence) Age 20 student.
Another signing from Leasowe this season. Versatile utility player who has settled well in to the squad.
Sylvia Gore (Chairwoman) Knowsley Girls Football development officer.
Ex England International player in 1970’s and is currently the under 16’s Manager and also County Coaching Representative for the F.A.
Three players – Louise Ryder, Tracy Davidson and Jan Murray were FA Cup winner with Doncaster Belles last season and eight members of last year’s losing finalist team (Knowsley as they were known) are in the Liverpool squad.
Liverpool FC Ladies have enjoyed much success in their short History and look set for more in the future and will provide formidable opposition for Bristol City this afternoon.
(Maggotsfield United match programme, 19-03-1995)