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Merseyrail supports women and girls' football

Awards & Achievements

13 July 2015
  • Merseyrail Supports Women and Girls' Football at Bootle Football Club
  • Womens' Team Wins First Game in FA Cup
  • Player of the Match, Alice Brown, Scores Two Goals 24 Hours After Getting Married

Bootle Football Club’s women’s team, set up and sponsored by Merseyrail, played and won 10-0 in the women’s FA Cup against Chester City on Sunday 28 September.

It was the first time the team played in this competition, and they are already taking the Liverpool league by storm. In their first five league fixtures, they recorded five wins, scoring 25 goals and conceding just two.

Merseyrail believes that it is important to invest in the health and well-being of the communities in which we operate.

Paul Bowen

Commercial Director at Merseyrail

The club was established last year through sponsorship from Merseyrail as part of the rail operator’s community engagement programme, in partnership with Bootle Football Club.

Merseyrail first helped set up a team for women, followed by one for under-ten girls, and hope soon to set up more girls’ teams. The club is based at the Delta Taxi Stadium on Vesty Road in Bootle.

The women’s team, playing together for the first time last season, finished in third place. This year, a few top quality players have joined the ranks − among them Alice Brown, who got married just the day before.

The match saw the team’s speedy centre forward Em Swindells score in the third minute. Then the goals started coming in thick and fast, with another from Em, two from Alicia Hardacre, Siobhan Cliff, new bride Alice and Rachel Atherton as well as an own goal. This resulted in an impressive 10-0 victory. The under-ten team were mascots in Sunday's match.

Paul Bowen, chair of Merseyrail Bootle Ladies’ Football Club and finance and commercial director at Merseyrail coaches.