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STEVE WINTERBURN REJOINS HTWFC

Huddersfield Town Women are delighted to announce Steve Winterburn has returned to the club as a Development Team Coach. 

After the earlier announcement of Mo Mouelhi joining our first team as a coach and Alan Eastwood taking over as Development Team manager, we are thrilled that Winterburn will be rejoining the Terriers to join Eastwood with our Devs.

With the Devs winning their first league game of the season, Winterburn joins a team who are well prepared for the upcoming season.

On his arrival, Winterburn said:

“After my announcement over two years ago, bringing 25 years of coaching to an end, I’m pleased and excited to say that “It’s great to be back!”

“The break was much needed for me at the time as all coaches, managers and people involved in football know just how addictive and time consuming the sport is and sometimes we have to remind ourselves that family and personal life is just as important to us all. 

“After receiving an unexpected text message from an old friend at Town last month it kick-started my love of coaching again and after a few sleepless nights and a lot of decision making, weighing up the pros and cons, I made the next step of going to meet some of the players and chat face to face with coaches and committee members. Three weeks later I’m now helping out with the development team and have made a commitment to help run the squad with Manager Alan Eastwood. 

“When I was last at Town, my coaching role started with the devs before moving on to the first team and u14s before leaving to take back the reins at Bradford City where after only a short stay I made the decision to hang my boots up.

“The best part of returning to coach the Devs is that the majority of the squad are a mixture of the Devs that I was involved with before and what ‘were’ the u14’s!  Not forgetting replenishing the much enjoyable partnership with big Al. 

“So familiar and friendly faces definitely helped make my mind up and what helps is they already know me and know what I expect from them at training/match days and so far things are looking good. I hope I can continue to work on their pathway to bigger and better things over time but the immediate plans are to settle into the new season.”

Alan Eastwood, Devs Manager, spoke on Winterburn’s arrival:

“Things seem to be coming together nicely and bringing in the highly experienced Steve Winterburn alongside me will only help us get better and better. We have all the right ingredients, we just need to cook up something special.” 

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ALAN EASTWOOD TO STEP UP AS NEW DEVS MANAGER

Huddersfield Town Women are excited to announce that Development Team coach Alan Eastwood will be joining the team permanently as their manager with immediate effect.

Eastwood returned to HTWFC in July after previously having a role with our Development Team a few years ago. 

Everyone at the club is excited to have him on board permanently and upon his arrival, he said:

“I’m raring to go and would like to thank the club for showing faith in me and giving me this fantastic opportunity. We have an amazing group of young players, full of potential who are hungry to learn, work hard and fight for their places across two very strong open age teams. 

“I’m looking forward to working with the players and helping them progress onto the next stage of their development as individuals and as a team. The main focus is the players development. I’m looking to get the right balance of ability and experience in the side to develop everyone in this squad as a player, a team and as a person.

“Having had experience of working with both the juniors and the open age teams, I know it can be overwhelming for some players to make the step between the two. I will support anyone making that transition but the team have already been extremely welcoming to the junior players and we are gelling nicely as a group.

“I know the junior teams inside out and know the potential we have coming through over the next few years and having a familiar face in the set up will hopefully make that easier for them….even if it is mine!

“The players have quickly realised I’m extremely hands on as a manager and that I set very high standards of professionalism on and off the pitch. It’s been great getting to know some new faces and it’s been fantastic to catch up with some familiar ones. 

“We’ve had some extremely productive training sessions over that past few weeks and the players fitness levels and first touch are coming on nicely, especially considering how long they’ve been away from the pitch during the pandemic. The players seem to be a solid unit and with the addition of multiple junior players coming through the ranks, it’s setting up to be a promising season.

“Sunday was a decent start and there are so many positives to take from the game but there is still a lot of room for improvement. A huge sign of knowledge and maturity is that the players have identified this as well. They want to improve on certain aspects of their game as individuals and as a team and we will work extremely hard as a group over the coming weeks to ensure we all reach a standard we feel is high enough.

“The players have been fantastic for me so far. They are very mature for their age and there is some real heart and passion within the group which always makes it easier for a manager. It’s refreshing to see so many players playing for the badge with fire in their bellies and wanting to get better each week. The morale is great and will only improve the more the season progresses.

“If they carry on showing the required levels of professionalism, working hard and striving to develop then we will give ourselves the best possible chance of success when we cross that white line on matchday.”

Alan will take charge of his first game with our Development Squad this weekend as he and the team travel to Chorley for their season game of the season. 

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MO MOUELHI STEPS UP TO FIRST TEAM

After a year at the club, we are excited to confirm Mo Mouelhi will be leaving his role with our Development Side and joining our First Team as a coach.

PHOTO: MARK PARSONS

Mouelhi had a successful first year at the club with our Development Squad and took charge of the team during their pre-season run and first league game win over Liverpool Feds last weekend. However, the highly qualified coach will now join our First Team with immediate effect.

Speaking on his time with our Development Side, Mouelhi said: 

“I think my time with the Devs was a successful experience, we worked hard last session in an exceptional environment  and we achieved good results. 

“For this season we had a very strong start in pre-season where we played very competitive teams and we managed to have positive results and we started the league with a comfortable win.”

As he begins his new chapter with the first team, he continued:

“I think coaching the first team will bring new exciting challenges as the league is so competitive and there are some very good teams. I am sure with my experience in tactical analysis and  conditioning I can support Steve and the team in achieving good results.”

Everyone from our Development Side wishes Mouelhi all the best as he joins the first team ahead of their cup game at the Stafflex Arena this weekend. 

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Founder of Proud Terriers talks to Huddersfield Town Women

Huddersfield Town Women spoke to Ryan Mather, the founder of Proud Terriers, recently to discuss the importance of LGBTQ+ fan groups and his experiences.

Football is one of, if not the most, popular sports in the world and one thing that still causes problems in modern times is the casual use of homophobic language. Especially in recent weeks, football clubs have had to speak out against homophobic language after fans return to stadiums.

Ryan Mather, the founder of Proud Terriers, a Huddersfield Town LGBTQ+ supporters club shared his experiences at football stadiums and how important it is to continue to discuss the topics in both the men’s and women’s games.

“Just existing is powerful to see, to know that there are other like-minded people up and down the country that are trying to push for change because that is the right thing to do because football should be for everyone, but unfortunately it is not.

“I feel like it gives LGBT people a voice when they feel like they may not have one. It shows that there are a lot of people who want to fight for change in football.”

Proud Terriers was founded by Ryan when he was inspired by other LGBTQ+ football groups. Being inspired is how everything starts, and having public figures who speak up to show their support for the community is massive in today’s society. Ryan continued:

“Jordan Henderson for example, during the euros he came out in solidarity with us, and that is powerful for me and for others because to see a high-profile name come out in support, it is important because you can’t understand the difference that makes.”

Huddersfield Town Women stand for equality in and outside of football, because not everyone, including Ryan, have had a good experience in stadiums.

“From personal experience, I have come to terms with who I am, I am open about who I am, but I was experiencing things on the terraces that I didn’t feel comfortable with and I felt uneasy, so I started this fan group up and the rest is history.

“I had my flag out and I started to notice these two men starring and laughing at me, making comments under their breath, that made me feel uncomfortable. But, as I say, I stood strong at that moment. That’s just one instance where you can see it’s unacceptable.”

Having confidence in yourself and everyone around you is so important in modern times, and that is why we are proud to share our support to Ryan and everyone at Proud Terriers.

In the months to come, we will start displaying a “Proud Terriers” flag at our home ground, The Stafflex Arena. As well as continuing to work with the official supporters club to show that you can be who you are, and you can wear that with pride. 

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Alison Bamforth becomes new HTWFC Chair

Huddersfield Town Women are delighted to announce that Alison Bamforth has been appointed as new Chair.

Alison was appointed as Chair at the recent HTWFC Committee AGM by her fellow Committee members and took up the position before the start of the 2021/22 season. Former Chair David Mallin will continue his involvement with the club in a Secretary role. Whereas Tess Fawcett will continue as Club Treasurer.

On her appointment as Chair, Alison said:

“I am honoured and proud to be appointed to represent Huddersfield Town Women as Chair. To be given the opportunity to continue the great work of the committee as a whole, and David [Mallin] in particular after his 12 years in the role of Chair is a privilege and honour.”

“I have been involved with HTWFC for almost 4 years since moving back to the area; first as a volunteer coach and recently as a member of the committee. I am passionate about football in general, and women’s football in particular, and look forward to contributing to the club’s continued success.”

“It is fantastic to be able to welcome fans back to the Stafflex Arena; please do come and say hello! If you’re intrested in volunteering with the club or sponsoring us, please get in contact with me: chair@htwfc.co.uk”

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RIA MONTGOMERY SIGNS!

Huddersfield Town Women are pleased to announce the signing of forward Ria Montgomery following a successful trial against Celtic, Fleetwood Town and Blackburn. 

Ria Montgomery Signs For Huddersfield Town

The forward joins us with Championship expeirence from her previous club of Blackburn Rovers. The 22-year-old’s attacking potential has already shown with her hattrick during pre-season against Fleetwood Town Wrens.

On joining, Ria Montgomery said:

“I’m buzzing really, the girls have been really welcoming and I can’t wait to hopefully score some goals and get some assists for the team.”

“I have a little bit of expeirence in the Championship so hopefully I would be able to bring this with my pace.”

“I played against Huddersfield a couple of times when I was at Blackburn, it was always a tough game against Huddersfield. Obviously I saw last season that they had been playing really well and were top of the league.”

INTERVIEW | New signing @riamontgomeryx spoke to #HTWTV about her move the #htwfc! :

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Manager Jordan Wimpenny Departs Huddersfield Town Women

Huddersfield Town Women can today confirm the departure of first team manager Jordan Wimpenny.

Jordan Wimpenny Leaves Huddersfield Town Women

Jordan has released the following statement:

“This has been by far one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make, my announcement to leave the club is one that has been thought about in great detail but sadly one I must take at this current moment.

Personal circumstances have meant I must leave this great team of staff and players but knowing the club is in a great position is something that everyone should be looking forward too.

I can’t thank everyone enough for their support. The staff and players have been nothing but exceptional since I’ve been working with them but as I now leave the club I wish nothing but great success for all those involved.

The supporters of the club will continue to see their side perform each week and strive to be the best they can. Once again I thank you and wish you all the very best for the future.”

Highly experienced Steve Appleton will take over as an interim manager for the upcoming season including our remaining two pre-season fixtures. We want to wish Jordan all the best for the future and thank him for his contribution to the club and to the league.

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BECKY FLAHERTY SIGNS!

Huddersfield Town Women are pleased to announce the signing of goalkeeper Becky Flaherty following a successful trial against Celtic and Fleetwood Town. 

Goalkeeper Becky Flaherty Signs for Town

The goalkeeper joins us after spells with Sheffield United and Blackburn. Plus, the young ‘keeper has competed internationally, having represented her country Northern Ireland. 

On joining, Becky Flaherty said:

“Although I’m quite young, I have a lot of experience in the game, like representing Northern Ireland.

“I’ve loved it so far, the girls have been class. It was great having my first trial game up in Scotland. It’s been great.

“They’re a team that’s got lots of aspirations, they’re going in the right direction and I just want to be a part of it.

“I think (Nottingham) Forest will be a really good to team to play and I know they have signed some good players, but I’m excited for all of them and to get going because the season starts so soon.” 

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AUTUMN HOUSLEY SIGNS!

Huddersfield Town Women are pleased to announce the signing of defender Autumn Housley following a successful trial against Celtic and Fleetwood Town.

Defender Autumn Housley signs for HTWFC

The vastly experienced defensive player arrives from Sheffield United ahead of the 2021/2022 season in the FA Women’s National League North.

On joining, Autumn Housley said:

“I’m really excited, they are a nice bunch of girls. They finished top of the league last season and I’m looking forward to getting started and creating a good season this time around.”

“I’ve been at Sheffield United which is a Championship club. So I’m looking forward to getting started here and bringing the experience from there. I think defensively I should bring something special to the team and kick on to the season.”

“I have to make sure I do the best defensive work for the team. The goal for the group is to finish in first place again. Hopefully I will fit straight into the team, it was good to get started and see the playing style in training.”

“I’m a local girl so I’ve been following Huddersfield for a couple of seasons and their success last season was very well documented. So I’ve taken a liking to the club after following the girls very closely.”

Match News by Raheil Mehboob.

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HTWFC – Trials & Recruitment 2021/22

HTWFC - Junior Trials and Recruitment

Huddersfield Town Women FC
is recruiting for their Under 13’s team.

 Do you love football?
• Want to play in an all girls team?
• Think you’re good enough to join us?

 5th & 7th July 2021 

Yrs 6 & 7 girls can trial
Location : Grange Moor Football Field, Liley Lane WF4 4TD 

For more details :
If you think you’re good enough to join us …. Email : dkmallin@sky.com

HTWFC - Trials and Recruitment

* Players must not be registered with any other SHWGL team

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