The Future is Bright…… The Future is Blue and Pink …..

Bishop Auckland Football Club is thrilled to announce a new community partnership with Bishop Auckland Girls FC and their Ladies teams.

A meeting took place earlier this week with the management team from Bishop Auckland Girls and representatives from Bishop Auckland Ladies FC. Both clubs have agreed to work together to develop the foundations already in place and secure a natural pathway for girls/women’s football in our town and surrounding areas.
Bishop Auckland Girls FC has agreed to become a “feeder club” for our Ladies teams with immediate effect. This will mean that their players will have a structured and natural pathway into the adult game in the future with Bishop Auckland Ladies FC.
For Bishop Auckland FC it will mean that the Ladies teams will have a steady supply of young female footballers coming through from junior grassroots football for many years to come and at the same time building stronger links with the community of Bishop Auckland and its surrounding areas.
Both clubs will continue to work together on ways they can interact with each other more and further details will follow in the coming weeks.
Bishop Auckland Ladies will play their final home game of the season at Heritage Park on 7th May against Gateshead Leam Ladies and are delighted that Bishop Auckland Girls U12’s have accepted the invitation to be ball girls / mascots for it. The match will kick off at 2pm and everyone is welcome to come along and support us. Bar open from 1.30pm.
A spokesperson for Bishop Auckland Ladies said:
“We are extremely excited about the new partnership with Bishop Auckland Girls and we will continue to liaise with them over the coming weeks and months to make sure that we develop a strong process for their players coming through from junior to Adult Football. For us, this is a step in the right direction for the future of our Ladies section as we will have a steady stream of young players coming into the club for many years to come.
A Bishop Auckland Girls Representative said:
“A link with Bishop Auckland Ladies is a great chance for girls’ football in the local area and for our club to be able to transfer girls across to a local ladies team after they have finished junior grassroots football. It’s an opportunity for the town to continue girls’ football for many years without them having to leave the local community. The partnership will be great for both clubs, the local community and girls football in Bishop Auckland and the surrounding areas.”

Interim Arrangements for Bishop Auckland Ladies FC

BAFC and Bishop Auckland Ladies FC would like convey their thanks and very best wishes to outgoing first team manager Kate ‘Bob’ Vogelsang who resigned from the Ladies team last week. Bob brought a wealth of coaching experience with her to the club which was evident to see in the games played this season.
Going forward we have implemented the following interim arrangements until the end of the season:
John Payne (ex Bishop Auckland Girls FC) has agreed to take over the management of the Ladies team’s last 8 games of the season. He will be assisted by James Cleminson on match days.
John, who lives in Tow Law, started his coaching over 10 years ago when his step daughter showed an interest in wanting to play football at the age of 9. He was a coach at Willington Youth under the guidance of Jeff Alston for 3 years before leaving to Manage/Coach at Bishop Auckland St. Marys JFC Angels with Stephen Stewart.      BASMJ is BAFC’s local community club.
Most recently, John managed Bishop Auckland Girls FC Ladies team until they folded in January this year because of a shortage of players.
John said “I have been given a chance to work with some great people and players under the guidance of a great club, I can’t wait to get started” The club would like to extend its thanks to John and wish him and the ladies team good luck with the rest of the season.
Bishop Auckland Ladies FC would also like to welcome on board Gareth Scurr as Ladies Coach until the end of the season. Gareth is in the process of achieving his UEFA B coaching licence and is a local lad currently living in Coundon. He will be taking the Ladies training sessions from this coming Thursday (2nd March).
Gareth comes highly recommended to the club and we look forward to working with him and John in the coming weeks.

Bishop Auckland Ladies FC

Bishop Auckland Ladies SSE Women’s FA Cup Dream

Bishop Auckland Ladies will fulfil their dream to play in the SSE Women’s FA Cup when they compete in the 2nd qualifying round this coming Sunday, 18th September 2016 and in doing so will also create a place in the history of Bishop Auckland FC.
The Ladies will travel to Frenchfields Stadium, Penrith to take on Penrith AFC Ladies and the game will kick off at 2pm. The team will travel to the game via coach which has been supplied by Hodgsons Of Barnard Castle. There is a limited amount of seats available @ £10 each should anyone wish to travel to the game. Please contact Jackie on 07799662792 to arrange.

Felling Magpies Ladies v Bishop Auckland Ladies Dev. 04.09.16

On a day of changeable weather Bishop Auckland Ladies Development squad put in a consistent performance that lead to their first hard earned win of the season.

A clinical 4 goal haul from debutant Katie Huntington was a key factor in the win for Bishop Auckland with her first goal coming within the first few minutes of the match putting the two blues on the front foot.

The overall play from Bishop was a real step up from their previous match letting the team dominate position and create numerous chances with the full squad of 16 players being utilised, with each one contributing to the win.
A worrying ankle injury to captain Fay Burn, who had been dictating the play, was a cause for concern, but after taking time to recover managed to shake it off.
In the meantime box to box number 8 Sam Moody kept stability through the middle aided by Dani Stephenson who deputised at centre midfield dropping back from striker. The Bishop defence kept a disciplined back line marshalled from goal by Ash Kell who got her first clean sheet of the season. Emily Eggert scored a lovely lob with the outside of the foot to add to the 4 goals from Katy, with a goal from Dani and and Sophie Mitton to take the teams tally to 7 making the final score 7-0 to Bishop Auckland.

Player of the Match: Katie Huntingdon

Bishop Auckland Ladies v Hartlepool Utd Ladies Reserves 04.09.16

The first game of the season for Bishop Auckland Ladies started well, with a chance shot from outside the box forcing a diving save from the Hartlepool reserves keeper and an early corner. The early pressure of the first 5 minutes was soon to be reversed, with hopeful balls through the Bishop defence leaving the back four stranded, and Hartlepool soon went 2-0 up. 15 minutes in and Rebecca Lowes came on for Georgia Ireson, and her running at pace down the right wing caused ‘Pools problems. Natasha Napier hit the crossbar, Leah Curry started to boss the central midfield, and tireless running from Toni Sidgwick meant a goal was surely coming. Chloe Mackay came on for Tracey Priestley, and Reanne Rooney for Vicky Rodgers and the fresh legs clearly helped as a great ball from Mackay and a finish from 15 yards from Rooney made the score 2-1 at half time.

Second half and Bishop started as they ended the first, piling pressure on a ‘Pools team who began to tire, leaving gaps all over the field for Bishop to exploit. Rooney scored again to make it 2-2 and Bishop went in front with a well worked goal from Napier. Bishop now started to play as the Hartlepool heads dropped and two poachers goals from Napier gave her a hat trick and a well deserved 5-2 win for Bishop.
Player of the match: Leah Curry

New Season Starts this Sunday

The new season starts this Sunday (4th) with a home game for the Ladies  against Hartlepool Utd Ladies Reserves from last seasons Development Division.

Whilst the Development team travel to Felling Magpies for their first game hoping for a repeat of their final game of last season where they came away with a win.