Firsts Bounce Back

Leicester City Ladies bounced back from midweek disappointment with a positive 3-1 win versus Radcliffe Olympic.
Olympic took the lead from a corner on 20 minutes with a fine header. Eva Rogers pulled the home team back ten minutes later after fine solo play from Amanda Whalley to cross the ball and Rogers close range volley found the net.
Half Time Score 1-1
Second half Leicester City Ladies were much more dominant and were trying to break down a resilient Radcliffe side. It was a fine footballing move between Rudkin, Kilby, Rogers and Whalley that carved open the away team and Whalley finished calmly passed the advancing goalkeeper.
Leicester City Ladies went on to finish the match off as Burbidge stole in at the back post at a set play to put the game beyond Radcliffe.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match:- Annie Rudkin

Double Hat-Trick

Loughborough Foxes kicked off this league game and gave the ball away a cross by Jamie Elday from the right lead to the first goal for the Leicester City Ladies scored by Simran Singh in the 8 minute her second followed a minute later and City went further in front in the 11th minute when Jamie Carr latched on to a through ball to score then. Singh completed her hat-trick with a headed goal in the 13th minute for City’s fourth the City midfield were now in command and some brilliant football being played with Niamh Ruff and Jamie Elday running the wings with Jamie Carr and Demi Knott up front, in the 17th minute Knott won a tackle beat a Foxes defender to score City’s fifth goal a sixth followed in the 21st minute scored by Niamh Ruff from a cross by Knott, in the 24th minute Knott scored her second and City’s seventh in the 29th minute City brought on Annie Taylor, Lauren Steadman and Carly Wilson for Singh, Knibbs & Charlie Tature in the 30th minute Carly Wilson scored from twenty-five yards with her first touch of the ball, CC Cooper on for Ruff a shot off target by Wilson C C Cooper scored in the 43rd minute.

HALF-TIME LEICESTER CITY LADIES U18S 9 V 0 LOUGHBOROUGH FOXES U18S

Leicester City Ladies kicked off with a shot by Jordan Burrows saved in the 49th minute, Burrows won the ball an scored City’s 10th goal. Loughborough Foxes were not getting any joy from the City defence who were in commanding form however the City goalkeeper Chloe Park came off through illness Annie Taylor took over in goal in the 64th minute Jamie Elday scored after a run down the right. Loughborough Foxes saw an effort from a corner go over the crossbar. In the 69th minute Singh scored her fourth goal and City’s 12th goal further goals followed in the 76th minute Demi Knott completed her hat-trick and a penalty awarded for hand ball in the area scored by Annie Taylor to complete another brilliant performance by the Leicester City Ladies.

FULL-TIME LEICESTER CITY LADIES U18S 14 V 0 LOUGHBOROUGH FOXES U18S

Derby Defeat

Leicester City Ladies made the trip to Harborough Town to take on their nearest rivals Leicester City Woman.
After the teams only met a few weeks ago it was a quick turn around, Leicester City Women were two up in twenty minutes through a penalty and a one on one which was finished into the near post .
Leicester City Ladies were struggling all first half. Second half was better from the away team and Kyleigh Brant halved the score line with a long range shot. Leicester City Women held on however and took a 2-1 victory.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match – Reva Allen

Carr Double Seals Citys Win

Leicester City Ladies kicked off this fixture against Northampton Town, the first shot on two minutes by C C Cooper for the City. Five minutes in Northampton had a free kick which came to nothing a couple of shots by Jordan Burrows on target were saved by the Town keeper a shot by Northampton was off target in the 15th minute Leicester took the lead through Jamie Carr. In the 23rd minute Connie Ingall came off and Jamie Elday came on, a Megan Clements shot on target saved Northampton had a couple of free kicks which were cleared by the City defence substitution Demi Knott on Burrows off Jordan Knibbs on C C Cooper off. In the 38th minute Knibbs won the ball in midfield it fell to Demi Knott to increase Leicesters lead a shot by a Northampton forward was well saved by the City keeper Chloe Park Leicester made it three when Jamie Carr scored her second goal in the 41st minute.

Half -Time Northampton Under 18s 0 V 3 Leicester City Ladies U18s

In the second half a corner to Leicester by Annie Taylor was cleared and in the 50th minute a free kick by Clements was cleared by the Town defence in the 56th minute Carly Wilson came on Jamie Carr came off after an excellent game a free kick by Northampton outside the Leicester area went over the crossbar Leicester scored their fourth goal in the 68th minute when Simran Singh Collected the ball and ran at the Town defence beat a defender to score in the 77th minute the City keeper Park saved a shot by a Northampton midfield player. C C Cooper on for Demi Knott and J Burrows on for Charlie Tature in the 85th minute a shot by City’s Singh was saved by the Town keeper, another fine display by the City girls

Full-Time Northampton Town U18s 0 V 4 Leicester City Ladies U18s

LCLFC host Inclusive County League at Aylestone Recreation Ground

Saturday 21st September saw Leicester City Ladies Football Club & Leicester City Woodgate FC organise the first event of the season for the Leicestershire and Rutland Inclusive (Disability) County League (an FA Charter Standard and Respect League) at Aylestone Recreation Ground, Artificial Turf Pitch.
21 teams from Oadby and Wigston, Ibstock Utd, AFC Barwell, Aylestone Park, Allexton and New Parks, Leicester City Ladies( Leicester City Woodgate FC), Market Harborough (Harborough Alliance), Birstall Utd and Asfordby Amateurs L & G Inclusive, all competed in the day long festival.
The event was co-ordinated by volunteers from Leicester City Ladies FC who were given explicit instructions to make the day a success and what a great success it was.
In total, over the Juniors, Youth and Adults teams, 21 teams attended from 9 Clubs, played 51 games with 142 players of all abilities taking part, a large crowd to cheer them all on and fine dry weather to make the day a great experience for all.
Added to the football were the antics of Donna the Allexton and New Parks FC coach, if we could bottle her enthusiasm and commitment we would make a fortune.
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Members of the Allexton and New Parks Teams with Coach, Donna.

Ian Smith the Aylestone Park Inclusive Football coordinator who has been in this role with the club over 10 years, was this year made a Life Member and said, ‘ It is always a great way to spend a day meeting friends, not opponents, and making sure all the players enjoy the whole experience. This is really the key element, it is not the winning but the taking part’.

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Ian Smith on the left with the APFC Inclusive Section

Mary Rudkin added ‘ Great Facilities, great attitudes, great commitment and lots of enjoyment making a great success for players, parents and carers’ .

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Members of the Leicester City Woodgate Team, with Coaches Paul Gibson and Harry Gethins.

Paul Gibson started Leicester City Woodgate alongside Mary Rudkin in May 2007, both as volunteers. Paul is retiring from full time employment with the FA Tesco Skills Coach team in the next two weeks after years of service. Paul has been a volunteer within grassroots and disability football for over 30 years and will continue with this role.
Bob Stretton Leicester City Football Strategy Manager said, ‘It is always a pleasure coming along to the Inclusive (Disability) competitions and seeing the amount of enjoyment everyone has, I coached with the APFC Inclusive section 10 years ago and some of the players are still playing and some have gone onto other things such as refereeing, but the important thing is they are still involved in and still enjoying football, and that’s what this investment in all the new facilities is all about’

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Tom Smith has progressed through the ranks of player to Referee.

Philippa Bass the newly appointed Football development Officer at Leicestershire and Rutland Count FA, said ’ this is my first experience of a Disability festival in Leicester and I must say I am very impressed, the day has gone like clockwork and everyone has worked so hard to make it such a success. The support has been brilliant’
A word of thanks for the co operation given by members of AFC Andrews who use this site every Saturday for training and who happily gave up this Saturdays occupation of the ATP so that the event could be staged and again to Kerry and Kay the catering managers for their continuous supply of refreshment over the 5 hours of Football.

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Participants receive their trophies at the end of the Festival presented by Mary Rudkin watched by a large crowd of supporters and players.
Article by – Bob Stretton | Football Investement Strategy Manager /Aylestone Recreation Ground

If any, player, coach or volunteer want to get involved in Inclusive (Disability) Football, please contact Mary Rudkin – 07752 746229 Send Email

Ingall Scores Four in City Win

Leicester City Ladies scored twice in the first five minutes with goals from Connie Ingall and Jamie Elday, a corner kick by Simran Singh flashed across the Harborough area the city girls were playing some good football. In the 11th minute Harborough were awarded a free kick for a back pass but the shot hit the wall. In the 17th minute city went three up through an own goal, Leicester City Ladies were now playing some really nice football and further goals by Jamie Elday, Jordan Burrows, Megan Clements and CC Cooper made the half time score Harborough Town 0 Leicester City Ladies 7.
The second half started with a goal by Niamh Ruff scoring in the first minute from a pass by Singh a pass to Singh who was brought down in the area for a penalty in the 52nd minute Annie Taylor scored from the spot. Leicester City Ladies were now in complete control in this half and further goals by Connie Ingall (three), CC Cooper (two), Simran Singh, Jordan Burrows and Annie Taylor completed the scoring to make the full time score Harborough Town U18s 0 Leicester City Ladies U18s 17.

Firsts Bounce Back

After a disappointing result in Leafield where a depleted Leicester City Ladies side went down 3-2 the squad bounced back up north in tough weather conditions.
This was a big match for the Ladies and an own goal gave them a platform. Leicester City Ladies were soon two up from a rare Annie Rudkin goal, a great first touch and a cool finish put City in pole position.
Before half time it was three and game over new sighing Eva Rogers hits her second of the season, quickly making a name for herself at 18 years of age with her new club.
Conditions worsened and City conceeded late through a penalty but held on for a fine away win to put pressure on the top two.
Leicester City Ladies do not play in the Midland Combination until the following midweek when they make the short journey to play Leicester City Women.

Season Opening

Leicester City Ladies FC will be hosting the 1st Inclusive (Disability) County League fixture of the season on Saturday 21st September at the Rubber Crumb Pitch opposite Aylestone Leisure Centre. The League fixture programme will see Junior and Youth Inclusive (Disability) Teams playing from 11.00am until 1.30pm and the Adults teams will then play from 1.45pm-3.45pm.
The League has an ethos of Fair Play and Respect and works to ensure all players have a positive experience whilst being involved.
Leicester City Ladies FC and Leicester City Woodgate FC (the Club’s Inclusive’s section) has been running since 2007 and now has Junior and Youth teams with around 16 youngsters training at the New College Sports Hall every Thursday from 5.00pm-6.00pm and the adults teams, which include around 45-50 male players and 10 females training every Thursday at St. Margarets Pastures from 4.30-6.00pm.

The Club proudly won Fair Play & Respect Awards in both the Junior and Adult Divisions at the Inclusive Respect Festival hosted at County FA back in June.

The Inclusive Section is always looking to recruit new players of all ages and is also looking to recruit volunteers to get involved with supporting players and coaching at the Thursday training sessions and managing the teams during the League fixtures which takes place on a Saturday, once per month.

If you want to Get involved in Inclusive Football as a player, coach or volunteer, contact:
Mary Rudkin 07752 746229 or E-mail

Ladies defeat Women

It was a battle of the two female sides residing in Leicester and the first time they have met in a league situation since 2009.
The match was always going to be lively and competitive with two good sides competing on the day. Leicester City Women had a chance to take the lead with a one v one which went wide of Cattels post. Eva Rogers then had a chance for Leicester Ladies but could only find the keepers hand. Leicester City Women had a couple of free kicks with Preston and Burbidge for Leicester City Ladies all tried to break the deadlock but no to avail. The home side probably looking better in possession.
Second half Leicester City Ladies squeezed the game more and dominating the ball, the away side always threatening on the break with two good centre forwards. Leicester City Ladies made the break through however as a quick move in to Rodgers feet who played in Hillier who finished high and powerfully over the keeper from what looked an impossible angle.
Leicester City Women had two goal line scrambles to level but Ladies were brave to hold on to their clean sheet and a vital victory.
Overall a tight encounter but one in which fell the right way, Whalley ,Preston and Rudkin dominated in possession, a solid back four and pace in attack or was a good all round team performance for a very pleased Leicester City Ladies manager Matt Cook who commented after the game “There is obviously a lot made of the game Leicester v Leicester but really that was never important it was all about my girls and applying themselves to a tough match. That will rank as one of best for me purely for the reason every player was so brave in possession and played with such enthusiasm. Win , loose or draw tonight they deserve credit but I’m delighted they got the win that I truly think the performance merited.”
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Amanda Whalley

First Win

Leicester City Ladies recorded their first win of the season at home to Loughborough Students, although they made hard work of it after a bright start. Whalley gave Leicester City Ladies the lead from a corner before Students hit back with two quick fire goals, one which involved a fine free kick to stun the home team. Kilby leveled for Leicester City Ladies before the break however the flow seemed to have gone from Leicesters game.
Second half the home side were better in their play but it took time to break down Students. It was a fine move that did so involving a passing move that Eva Rogers headed home a Brant cross on her debut. Brant was involved again ten minutes later as her cross ball went straight in over the goalkeepers head to finish the scoring at 4-2.
Overall a stop start performance from the home side but promising signs and important three points.
Leicester City Ladies Player of the Match: Kyleigh Brant