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West Ham Women v Leicester City Women

Official Matchday Programme of West Ham Women West Ham Women v Leicester City Women | Barclays Women's Super League Sunday 20th November, 2022 | KO 3pm | Chigwell Construction Stadium

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Editor: George Benson

Contributors: Troy Downes,

Arfa Griffiths, Jimmy Griffiths,

Emily Defroand, Jack Butler, Rob

Pritchard, David Fletcher

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EMERGENCY AND

SAFETY PROCEDURES

The following acts are offences under the

Football Offences Act 1991, as amended:

the throwing of any objects within the

stadium without lawful authority or

excuse; the chanting of racist, anti-

Semitic, Islamophobic or homophobic

nature; the entry onto the playing area

or any adjacent area to which spectators

are not generally admitted without lawful

authority or excuse.

Please respect your fellow spectators

by refraining from persistent standing in

seated areas. Please note that smoking

is not permitted anywhere within

Dagenham & Redbridge Stadium and this

includes the use of electronic cigarettes.

In the event of an emergency, you will

hear a message over the public address

system – listen to the message carefully

and follow the instructions of stadium

staff. Evacuation of the stadium is a last

resort and we may ask you to move from

your immediate area initially.

Please remain vigilant at all times and

report anything you consider suspicious to

a member of stadium staff.

The use of threatening behaviour, foul

or abusive language is strictly forbidden

and will result in arrest and/or ejection

from the stadium. West Ham United and

Dagenham & Redbridge may impose a

ban from as a result.

To ensure our young Hammers and

visitors have a safe and enjoyable

experience, please ensure children are

supervised at all times.

Lost children should be reported to the

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It was great to have players from the Barking & Dagenham U11s

Girls’ District Team at our match against Brighton & Hove Albion.

The girls were our guard of honour, and posed for a photo with

Abbey-Leigh Stringer, Lisa Evans, Mel Filis, Halle Houssein, Viviane

Asseyi and Mackenzie Arnold at full-time!

We hope that they all enjoyed their day with us, and we hope to

see them back at Chigwell Construction Stadium soon!

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veryone is ready and raring

to go, as we look to get

back to winning ways in

front of our supporters.

We were disappointed to come

away with a defeat from our

last match here – a 5-4 loss to

Brighton & Hove Albion. I speak

for all of the girls when I say

that we’re incredibly frustrated

that we weren’t able to get

the result that we wanted.

We made another really

good start, but I don’t think

we managed the game well. A

couple of individual mistakes

crept into our game, and that’s

not been like us this season,

so that was disappointing.

When you concede five goals

in any match, it’s always going to

be a big struggle to come back

into the game. I thought the team

showed a lot of a character to

bring the game back to 5-4, but

unfortunately, we just didn’t have

enough time left to get a point.

DAGNÝ BRYNJARSDÓTTIR

Good afternoon and welcome to Chigwell Construction Stadium

for today’s match against Leicester City.

I think the game will prove

to be a good lesson for us as

a team, and it’s a small blot

on what has otherwise been a

very positive season so far.

We mustn’t lose sight of the

good start that we have made,

but we now enter a run of fixtures

where we need to be picking

up a solid number of points,

whilst also making sure we finish

well in our Conti Cup group.

As always, our supporters have

been really important for us and

will be again today. We were

disappointed that we let you

down against Brighton, but we

want to bounce back today.

We had a very good match

against Leicester at home last

season, but we were second

best against them in a defeat

away from home. They may

not have made the best of

starts to the new season, but

under their new manager,

Willie Kirk, we know we’re in

for a tough afternoon today.

We come into this match off

the back of an international break,

which always makes things difficult

as the majority of our players are

away for a week. I was one of

those that stayed behind, which

is not usually the case. It was nice

to be able to have a little bit of a

break, whilst also working with

the coaching team on a oneto-one

basis whilst our numbers

were a little lower than usual.

If this is your first time attending

one of our matches this afternoon,

then on behalf of the team, I hope

you have an enjoyable afternoon,

and hopefully we can get a positive

result to send you home happy!

COME ON YOU IRONS!

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I

’d like to wish Willie Kirk, his

staff, and his players a warm

welcome to east London

for this afternoon’s fixture.

We’ve had two weeks since we

were last here, and we’re hoping

to put right the disappointing

aspects of our performance

against Brighton & Hove Albion.

I said it in my post-match

interviews, but you can’t expect

to take points from any fixture in

which you concede five goals.

That was very disappointing,

and as a team, we’ve looked

over what we can improve

on heading into this game.

We know that Leicester will

put up a really good test for

us this afternoon, so we need

to make sure we’re heading

into the game with the right

mentality and that we’re ready to

compete from the first whistle.

Willie Kirk has gone in as their

new manager, and I think you

will see a toughness that perhaps

they haven’t had so far this

season. They might be bottom

of the table at the moment, but

we can’t underestimate them.

I spent four full seasons with

Leicester during my own playing

career, and won promotion to

the Premier League with them

in the 2013/14. It’s a club that I

have a great fondness for from

my time there. That feeling gets

put aside this afternoon, though,

FROM THE

MANAGER

Good afternoon and welcome to Chigwell

Construction Stadium for today’s Barclays

Women’s Super League match against

Leicester City.

as we go in search of our third

home win of the season.

We’ve just had our third

international break of the season,

and I’m pleased to report that the

majority of our players came back

in good condition. It’s great that

we’ve got so many of our players

representing their countries at

all age levels, and I’m pleased for

those that went away and did well.

Obviously, that does mean that

we have less time as a whole

group to work on things heading

into today’s game, but every

club is in the same boat, so we

can’t use that as an excuse.

Since our last match, we’ve

also said goodbye to my assistant

manager, Edu Rubio. Edu became

my assistant this summer, and

has been absolutely fantastic,

not only for the team, but for

me personally as I make my

first steps into management.

He now becomes Julen

Lopetegui’s first-team coach,

having previously worked together

at the Spanish FA. We’re gutted

to be losing a person of his

quality, but we know that this is a

fantastic opportunity for him, and

we wish him every success with

Wolves in the Premier League.

I’m delighted to have my new

assistant manager, Jimmy Walker

in the dugout with me today.

Jimmy is somebody that I’m

really pleased to have as my

number two. I’ve known him

for a very long time and has

been helping us out with the

goalkeepers this season. He’s

fitted into the group seamlessly

and the girls really respect him.

He has a fantastic

amount of knowledge and

experience from his years as

a player and as a coach.

I’m really excited by the prospect

of working with Jimmy, alongside

our first-team coach, Danielle

Bowman, in leading this team to

the goals we want to achieve.

As always, thank you for your

fantastic support. We will need it

once again this afternoon as we

look to return to winning ways.

COME ON YOU IRONS!

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Club News

HAMMERS IN ACTION DURING

NOVEMBER INTERNATIONAL BREAK

During the international break, a total of eight

West Ham United players were in action in

friendly matches for their respective countries.

Here’s a rundown of the best of

the action from the break.

Viviane Asseyi scored as France beat

Norway in their only friendly match of

the November international break.

Asseyi came off the bench to score the

winner at the Estadi Olimpic Camilo Cano

La Nucia, heading the ball home with

seven minutes of normal time remaining

after former Hammer, Kenza Dali had

whipped a corner into the area.

Kadidiatou Diani had got Les Bleues off to

the best possible start with 22 minutes gone,

but AS Roma midfielder, Sophie Homan Haug

scored a leveller only ten minutes later.

However, Asseyi score the decisive goal,

continuing with her good form in front of

goal, having scored a brace for the Hammers

in a 4-5 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion

on the eve of the international break.

Kirsty Smith played the full 90 minutes as

she earned her 47th cap in Scotland’s 2-0

victory over Panama at Chapin Stadium in

Cadiz. Bristol City’s Abi Harrison stabbed

home a cross from Smith to give Scotland

the lead at the break, before 21-yearold

defender Jenna Clark scored her first

goal for her country after half-time.

The defender was an unused substitute

in a 2-1 win over Panama two days later.

Risa Shimizu featured in Japan’s defeats

to England and Spain, shilist Hayashi was

an unused substitute against England,

but did play the full 90 minutes in the

narrow loss in Cadiz against Spain.

Mel Filis played 90 minutes in both of England

U23s’ friendly matches. The 20-year-old

midfielder helped the Young Lionesses to a 2-0

victory over the Netherlands, before following

up with a 0-0 draw with Italy in Rome.

Moving down the age groups, Halle Houssein

played 64 minutes for England U19s, as they

beat Norway 2-1 in Portugal. Thea Kyvåg was

an unused substitute but was able to pose

for a photo with Houssein at full-time.

Keira Flannery scored for England

U18s in a 5-1 defeat to Portugal.

Finally, Izzy Atkinson was an unused

substitute as the Republic of Ireland

recorded a comprehensive 4-0 victory over

Morocco in their friendly match in Marbella,

which forms part of their preparations for

next summer’s World Cup in Australia.

ASSISTANT MANAGER RUBIO JOINS

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

West Ham United Women can confirm that

assistant manager Edu Rubio has departed

the Club to join Premier League side

Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Rubio joined West Ham United in the

summer, taking on the role of assistant

manager to Paul Konchesky.

He now becomes Julen Lopetegui’s firstteam

coach, having previously worked together

at the Spanish FA.

Everyone at West Ham United would like to

thank Edu for his efforts and wish him the best

of luck at Wolves.

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An in-depth interview with rookie

head coach Paul Konchesky on his

new role leading West Ham United’s

Women’s team

P

aul Konchesky has

been on quite a journey

in his professional

footballing career.

The 41-year-old has a whole

host of fantastic memories from a

distinguished playing career that

spanned over three decades.

A former West Ham United

schoolboy, Konchesky broke

through at Charlton Athletic at

just 16 years of age, before going

on to score for his beloved West

Ham United at the Millennium

Stadium in the 2006 FA Cup final.

At Fulham, he helped the

Cottagers reach the 2010

Europa League final, before

helping Leicester City reach

the promised land of the

Premier League back in 2014.

Konchesky played for 12

different clubs during his career,

whilst also earning two caps for

England in friendly matches against

Australia and Argentina in 2003.

Now, he is manager at West

Ham United Women. He calls West

Ham ‘My Club’ – and in truth, West

Ham United has always been the

place that he has called home.

“If I’m being honest, I’ve really

loved it since I took charge,”

Konchesky smiled. “I’ve enjoyed

coming to work, which I think is

the most important thing because

if I’m enjoying it, then hopefully

my team are also enjoying playing

their football here at West Ham.

“I’ve loved being in the role,

and all of the highs and the lows

that have come with it so far,

and hopefully that can continue

for a long time to come.

“It’s been a long journey for me

as a player, as well as transitioning

from an assistant manager to

now being the boss myself –

I’ve enjoyed that process.”

TRANSITION

Konchesky is a familiar and popular

figure at Chadwell Heath Training

Ground, the base of both the

Women’s team and the famous

West Ham United Men’s Academy,

with the U18s age group and below

training on the famous pitches.

It was there, whilst working

as Academy Loans Manager

that he was first approached by

then manager, Olli Harder, to

assist with the Women’s team.

“Whilst I was working on my

‘UEFA B Licence’ coaching course,

I was working with the boys in

the academy here at West Ham

and then the opportunity came

up to go into the Women’s

first team when Olli Harder

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was here,” he explained.

“Initially, I went in to help

out a little bit with the training

sessions and pass on some of the

knowledge that I had accumulated

from my playing career – and from

there I was offered the opportunity

to become the assistant manager.

“That was a really good

transition for me as I went into

the assistant coach role and was

able to learn the ins and outs of

the women’s game. That was

important because it is different

to the men’s game, and there

is a lot that I felt like I needed

to pick up and learn quickly.

“The assistant manager role

presented me with a good

opportunity to learn the game

properly before I had the chance

to become the manager and

build on the foundations that Olli

had established at the Club.”

A NATURAL PROGRESSION

Barking born and bred, and

a proud East End favourite

whose contributions to the

community even include a

traditional pie ‘n mash shop in

Brentwood – Konch’s Kafé – it

is clear just how much this

Club means to Konchesky.

Such passion is a natural product,

however, of a footballer steeped

in Claret and Blue heritage from

his early days – and is ultimately

part of what attracted him to first

take the assistant managers role

with the women’s team, and thus

transition into the top job when

the opportunity came knocking.

“I’m a massive West Ham fan – I

think most people know that by

now!” he smiled. “Once I finished

playing, I wanted to have a go

at coaching, and from there I

knew that eventually going into

management would be that next

step. To be able to make my first

steps into management with my

Club, if you like, is fantastic.

“It was a natural progression

– having spent a year here

as the assistant, I knew what

I was going into, what the

environment was like and what

the differences are from the men’s

game. My playing experience

has been really beneficial and

hopefully that experience

rubs off onto my players.

“Obviously, the men’s game is

a little bit quicker, but technically,

the women’s game is very good –

and I think it’s getting better and

better. Especially coming off the

back of the Euros this summer,

the women’s game is growing and

has the potential to be massive.

I think that people getting into

the women’s game and coming

to support is a good sign and can

only mean good things for the

future of the game,” he explained.

FRONT FOOT

Konchesky was always the type

of player that would give his team

100%, and his tenacity has rubbed

off on his team in the Barclays

Women’s Super League this season.

The Irons currently sit eighth in

the WSL table on nine points –

having beaten Everton, Aston Villa

and Reading so far this season.

Fast and committed starts

have been a feature, with the

team scoring first in six of their

seven league fixtures so far

this season, and Konchesky

believes that there is plenty more

to come from his players.

“I think that you can see at the

moment that we’re playing on our

front foot and we’re trying to get

into games early,” he observed.

“We’ve been really successful at

doing that so far and we’ve scored

early goals, which is important

because it sets us off well from

the start of game. What I’ve said is

that all of my team will always give

100% out on the pitch, that’s the

minimum that I expect from them.

“We’re creating chances and

scoring goals, which has been

good, but there’s still little

improvements that we need

to make to stay consistent.

“As a manager, I would say

that my style is quite chilled, and

naturally I’m quite a happy person.

However, my expectations are

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clear, so when my standards have

to be higher my team know that

I’m being serious. But they also

know when they can have a bit

of a laugh and a joke with me.

“I try to be quite chilled because

I want them to just relax and

enjoy playing football. I think

once they’re enjoying it, and

they’re happy where they are,

then the rest falls into place.”

GROWTH

The growth of the WSL has been

enormous over the last five

seasons. The league is into its

12th year and has ambitions of

being financially self-sufficient

in the next ten years, something

that can come off the back of a

growing audience, bigger TV deals

and a greater commercial reach.

The league went fully

professional in 2018, and ahead of

the 2021/22 season, the Football

Association announced a recordbreaking

three-year deal with

Sky Sports and the BBC for the

broadcast rights to the top division.

The agreement gave Sky the

right to show up to 44 matches

live per season, with the BBC

broadcasting 22 live games each

season, up until the summer of

2024, and the remaining matches

not selected for broadcast shown

live on FA Player – free of charge.

This increased exposure

means that the growth of the

game has been exponential,

and Konchesky can only see

it moving in one direction.

“I think the game is only

getting better and reaching

bigger audiences. The broadcast

deals are massive for the

game, and the progress that is

being made is really good.

“Obviously, the triumph for

England at the Euros has meant

that more eyes are on our game

this season, which is massive. I

think everyone will look back at

that moment in 10 years’ time and

see that the win was the catalyst for

the growth that we’re going to see.

“It’s a slow progress, but we’re

starting to see the sponsorship

coming in that the women’s

game needs. Of course, we all

want to be at the top but it’s

not that easy sometimes, and

hopefully we can continue with

the strides that have been made.

“You can even see that the level

has increased in the WSL since

the summer. We’ve had an influx

of players coming to the league,

which has raised the quality. But

not only that, our own domestic

talent is improving and getting

better. It’s a great time to be

involved with women’s football in

this country, and I think we need to

shout about it as much as we can.

“If you want to be able to

compete then you have to add

to your squad, and I think every

team has done that – so you’re

seeing teams compete in every

game. Bridging the gap with the

likes of Chelsea, Manchester

United and Arsenal is certainly a

challenge, but ultimately, we will

go about our business in the way

that we want to and hopefully

we’ll be up near the top teams

come the end of the season.”

FAMILY FRIENDLY

The Women’s team have two

matches at their home ground,

Dagenham & Redbridge’s

Chigwell Construction Stadium

during the men’s World Cup

break, whilst also making trips to

Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and

Brighton & Hove Albion before

the team’s Christmas break.

And Konchesky wants to

encourage the West Ham

United faithful to come down

and get behind the team.

“We really want the supporters

to come down and get behind

us during the break – our

home support is massively

important to us because we

want to make our home ground

a really difficult place to go.

“It’s a real family friendly

environment, and we want

everyone to feel welcome

coming to watch us – it’s

like one big family.

“We’re playing some really

good stuff this season, and

hopefully the fans are coming

away from matches thinking that

they’ve had an enjoyable day

out even when the team don’t

get a win,” Konchesky said.

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BUILDING ON

A SOLID START

WORDS: GEORGE BENSON

Grace Fisk reflects on how her fourth season

at West Ham United has begun.

Having signed for West

Ham United under the

team’s first Manager of the

WSL era, Matt Beard way

back in December 2019, Fisk is

now the second longest serving

player in the current squad – with

only Kate Longhurst wearing

the Claret & Blue for longer.

She has since become a very

important cog at the heart of

the Hammers defence. In the

2020/21 season, Fisk played every

single minute for West Ham in

the WSL, and last season, she

bounced back from injury at

the beginning of the campaign

to play 16 league matches.

In total, the 24-year-old has

made a total of 63 appearances

for the Club, and she is

hoping to earn many more as

the season progresses.

She reflects on the start that the

team have made to the 2022/23

season, and what the team can

expect to come up against today…

Grace, starting things off, how was

the international break for you?

I think the break allows the

players that are still at the training

ground to work on a lot of

individualised things. Obviously,

there’s a lot of players missing,

so we don’t do a lot of teambased

work out on the pitch.

It’s challenging when you are

only left with a small group and

then everyone only comes back

together a couple of days before

the next league game, but it is

the same for every team in this

division. It used to be the top two

or three clubs, but now that we’ve

had the influx of talented players,

plus the improvements that have

come as time has gone on, it

means that teams have a lot more

internationals than they used to.

It’s something we have all gotten

used to, and it’s always nice

when everyone returns from their

respective international camps.

You’ve played against a

number of teams that have

been managed by Willie Kirk

– what are you expecting

from Leicester on Sunday?

He’s obviously a very wellrespected

manager throughout

the WSL and we’re expecting quite

a tough game. We know that he’s

only just taken over, but he will

have had time during the break

to implement some of his ideas

with the players that have stayed

behind, and his appointment

could spur the team on.

I think it will be a good game

and both teams will go into it

wanting to prove something for

different reasons. We want to get

back to winning ways after our

defeat to Brighton last time out,

and they want to get their first

points of the season on the board.

We know that there isn’t an

easy game in this league, but

we’re excited to get back out

there in front of our fans.

You’ve mentioned the Brighton

game, how disappointing was it to

be on the losing side last time out?

Incredibly. For us, conceding

five goals in unacceptable. We’ve

gone back over the game as a

group and we’ve looked at the

areas where we need to be better

and make sure that we don’t ship

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that many goals in a match again,

But, on the positive, we showed

a good spirit to try and bring

ourselves back into the game

and could have potentially

snatched a draw right at the

end with the chances that we

had in the final moments.

We’re not going to dwell on

it though, and we’re eager

to get back to winning

ways against Leicester.

And overall, how would you assess

our start to the season so far?

I think it’s been a decent start

from us. I think we knew going into

the campaign that we didn’t have

the pre-season that we all wanted,

but what it did do was allow us to

really knuckle down in the final

few weeks before the season

began and made sure that we were

ready to kick things off positively.

We’ve been able to get some

solid points on the board so far

and we just want to keep building

on that. I think we’ve still got

quite a lot of potential to unlock,

we’re a relatively new team that

brought in a lot of new faces, and

I do honestly think the best is still

yet to come from this group.

You’ve worked under three

different managers here at

West Ham United. What has

Paul Konchesky brought to the

role since he took charge?

It was quite easy from a player’s

perspective to get used to

Konch being in charge because

a lot of players had a really good

relationship with him from when he

was assistant last season- it’s been

nice to be able to build on that.

It’s been good playing for

him, and I think he’s a manager

that you can have open and

honest conversations with. His

communication has been really

good, and everyone is really

supportive of the way that he wants

to do things. I’m really excited for

where he can take us this season.

You’re in your fourth season

here at West Ham, and you’re

the teams second longest

serving player. Do you feel

that you’re slowly developing

into a leader of this team?

It’s funny because somebody

told me about the longest serving

player stat the other day and I

just couldn’t believe it! I think I’ve

been on such a journey since I

arrived here in December 2019.

When I first joined, I was getting

to grips with the WSL having

played out in the USA, and then

the following season I played every

single minute and started to fully

establish myself within the team.

Being one of the more

experienced players, in terms of

WSL appearances, feels a bit crazy

to say to be honest, as I’m still a

young player that’s developing my

craft. I try not to look too much

into it to be honest – first and

foremost I’m just another player in

the team, and I want to continue

learning and taking everything in

as I continue with my career.

We’ve got five matches to

go until the Christmas break.

How important could this

run of matches be for us?

It’s crazy to think that we’ve

only got three WSL matches to

go until Christmas, but it means

that we have to really knuckle

down during this period and

make sure we come away with

a good number of points.

We’ve also got two Conti Cup

games, and we want to make sure

that we advance to the knockout

stages of that competition.

As I said, I think we’ve made a

decent start, and all we need to do

is get a good number of points on

the board and stabilise our position

within the table come Christmas.

Obviously, every team we face

will bring a different challenge,

so we need to be ready for that.

Our aim going into every game

is the same, which is to come

away with three points – so

hopefully we will be in a very good

place come Christmas time.

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MEET THE

OPPOSITION

an a ‘new manager bounce’

Caid the Foxes’ tricky start?

With seven defeats from seven

matches, it has been far from

an ideal start to the 2022/23

Barclays Women’s Super League

for Leicester City. And so,

something had to change. As

the only side without a point

in the WSL, the club parted

company with Lydia Bedford

before their fixture with leaders,

Arsenal. A reorganisation of the

technical and coaching team

at the Midlands-based side saw

former Everton coach Willie

Kirk – previously Director of

Football at Leicester – transition

to the dugout, while former

assistant manager Nicola

Williams also left the club.

Make no mistake, the Foxes

would have set their sights

far higher than just survival

in their second top-flight

season, although right now

last year’s 11th-placed finish

will be the aim for a side that

already finds themselves three

points adrift of Reading at

the foot of the WSL table.

Still, Kirk’s outfit will take

confidence from a 3-0 win

against the Hammers last

season as they head to east

London. Of note is that it will be

nearly two years since Leicester

City achieved promotion to

the WSL for the first time in

2020/21. And so, the Foxes

will look to kickstart their bid

to secure a third successive

top-flight campaign against

Paul Konchesky’s Irons today.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

WEST HAM UNITED 4-0 LEICESTER CITY

BARCLAY’S WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE, 26 SEPTEMBER 2021

West Ham United recorded their first win of the 2021/22

Barclay’s Women’s Super League season thanks to a

comfortable triumph over Leicester City at Chigwell

Construction Stadium in September 2021.

Tameka Yallop opened the scoring with a well-taken goal on

her Claret and Blue debut, before Claudia Walker added the

second seven minutes before the break.

An own-goal from Ashleigh Plumptre ensured the Hammers

took a three-goal lead into the interval, while a fourth was

secured nine minutes from full-time when the ball deflected

over the line off Foxes’ goalkeeper Kirstie Levell.

In truth, the Hammers could have added to their showing as

Yallop had earlier hit the crossbar – an effort which was just

one of the Irons’ 25 shots (eight on target) at the visitors’ goal.

The Foxes almost added a goal of their own, but a trio

of saves from Hammers’ shot-stopper Mackenzie Arnold

ensured a clean sheet would cap an impressive showing in

east London.

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ONES TO WATCH

THE

MANAGER

T

oday’s fixture will be

the second match

in the dugout for new

Leicester City manager

Willie Kirk, who replaced

Lydia Bedford ahead of

the Foxes’ 4-0 defeat to

WSL leaders, Arsenal on

November 6.

That was, of course,

a tough debut for the

46-year-old, who is

seeking his club’s first

point of the season

in east London today.

Kirk had previously

been brought to the

Midlands-based side as

a Director of Women’s

and Girls’ Football in

July but transitioned

to the dugout in early

November. Of note is

that Kirk has a wealth of

experience as a manager.

A career that started as

an academy coach at

Livingston FC and later

Hibernian has also taken

the 44-year-old to Bristol

City and seen him work

as an assistant manager

at Manchester United.

The Edinburgh-born

coach saw his most

recent WSL managerial

experience come on

Merseyside, where he

was the manager of

Everton until 16 October

2021. He will seek a

change of fortunes for

his Leicester City side in

the WSL today.

CARRIE JONES (MF)

A product of the Cardiff City

Ladies youth set-up, Carrie

Jones has joined Leicester City

on loan from Manchester United

for the duration of the 2022/23

Barclay’s Women’s Super League

season. The Welsh 19-year-old

earned her first international

call-up aged just 15 and joined

Manchester United from Cardiff

in 2020. She has made 10

appearances for the Red Devils

– in all competitions – but is set

for more regular game-time at

Leicester City.

CJ BOTT (DF)

Wellington-born defender

CJ Bott saw the first part

of her Leicester City career

hampered by injury after

she signed from the Foxes in

March 2022. The New Zealand

international arrived at LCFC

Women from Norwegian

first-division side Vålerenga.

She has also featured for

Bundesliga side FF USV and

Swedish team Vittsjö GIK.

ERIN SIMON (DF)

Former Hammer Erin Simon

joined Leicester City in July

2022 following a spell with

National Women’s Soccer

League side Racing Louisville.

Capped at the U23 level by the

United States, Simon saw her

first taste of the WSL come in

east London, during a two-year

spell with West Ham United. The

highlight of her time in Claret

and Blue was a run to the FA

Cup Final in 2019. She made her

Foxes debut against Tottenham

Hotspur last September.

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23

SUPPORTER SERVICES

Matchday information for fans from our dedicated

Supporter Services Team.

elcome back to Chigwell

Construction Stadium for

Wtoday’s Barclays Women’s

Super League match with

Leicester City. Whether you’re a

longstanding Season Ticket Holder

or a junior joining us for the first

time, our Supporter Services team

are here to help. The Supporter

Services Team has six full-time

staff who work Monday to Friday

to listen to your feedback, and to

always help where we can.

We have six Matchday Supporter

Liaison Officers (SLO) in

attendance and are on hand to

assist you with any support you

may need, as well as welcoming

any feedback you may have and

want to share. They are easily

identified, wearing a blue West

Ham jacket and blue tabard. If

you have something you wish

to raise with us, take the time

to speak with one of our SLOs

located around the stadium.

Alternatively, you can tweet us on

Twitter @WestHamHelp or email at

supporterservices@westham.co.uk

You can visit our dedicated

supporter information Help Centre

at whufc.com/help which has

plenty of information articles,

that can assist you with finding

the answer to any of your queries.

Furthermore, show your support

by following @westhamwomen

on Twitter and sharing your

experience.

@WESTHAMHELP

We use our Twitter feed

@WestHamHelp to cover all

aspects of the Club, from ticketing

updates to matchday news. It’s

a handy tool for us to spot any

problems and solve them quickly.

If you have a query – please do

get in touch! Our staff are on hand

from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday

to assist you with all your questions

and queries. Additionally, we are

available from two hours before

kick-off on a matchday.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

For a special announcement, we

would kindly ask that you email

your message to announcer@

Westhamunited.co.uk. Please note

that, due to a small timeframe at

half-time, the Club will only be able

to select the first ten messages

received, to be announced at your

selected fixture. Please address the

relevant fixture in the subject line

of your email request.

ACTIVATIONS

To increase the atmosphere for

today’s game, explore our food

and drink vendors in the stadium

to get you in the match day

mood. Fingers crossed for the

three points!

HAMMER COLLECTABLES

For today’s match, we have Viviane

Asseyi as our Hammer Collectable

card! Please see your nearest SLO

to start your collection. Missing

any cards? Not a problem, you can

email us at supporterservices@

westhamunited.co.uk and we will

see what we can do!

WOMEN’S SUPPORTERS’ BOARD

The West Ham United Women

Official Supporters’ Board (WSB)

has been established to give

supporters of the women’s team

the opportunity to have their

voices heard at the highest level.

WSB representatives meet at three

points during the season, to raise

and discuss the topics and issues

that are most important to them

and the fans they represent. With

women’s football one of the fastest

growing sports in England, and

West Ham United women entering

their fifth season in the Barclays

Women’s Super League, this gives

the Club the opportunity to consult

directly with the fans supporting

the game.

If you have any questions or

queries for the WSB you can reach

them on Twitter @whuwsb

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FOUNDATION

LOCAL CHILDREN AND FAMILIES SUPPORTED BY

FOUNDATION’S HALF-TERM ACTIVITIES

A

s schools broke for the

October Half-Term

the West Ham United

Foundation (WHUF) delivered

a range of free and lowcost

provisions to support

hundreds of local families

and children in need.

The Foundation was able to

deliver more than 60 hours of

activities to over 200 children

in east London and Essex within

its Holiday Hammers camps as

well as 200 free school meals

for Healthy Hammers (Holiday

Active Fund) participants, which

aims to tackle holiday hunger.

TACKLING HOLIDAY HUNGER

In addition to engaging

children in multisport activities,

the Foundation’s Healthy

Hammers programme

provides those eligible for free

school meals with a range of

enrichment activities, support

for the families involved,

as well as one hot meal

per day for participants.

The Foundation’s Healthy

Hammers Coordinator Courtney

Bullis said “As a Foundation

we’re delighted to continue to

offer these essential activities

across our communities. Being

able to take pressures off of

families who may be struggling

and put smiles on the children’s

faces and provide them with

opportunities to develop new

skills and new relationships

across what could otherwise

be a distressing time gives

everyone involved a great

feeling. Seeing all the children

not only engaged but taking on

leadership roles and investing

themselves fully into the

classroom and physical activities

makes co-ordinating this type

of programme a breeze.”

Given the current economic

hardships facing families across

the country as a result of

the cost of living crisis, Bullis

emphasised the importance

of the Foundation’s work

in the community going

into the winter period.

“With the increased cost of

living we are noting a higher

level of demand for our Healthy

Hammers provisions than ever

before,” she remarked. “The

WHUF are and will continue

to respond to the local

need through the upcoming

December holiday! Keep an

eye out for these spaces to

go live this month! We have

venues all over Essex and east

London this December.”

During the three days Healthy

Hammers was running at

Debden Park High School in

Loughton and Lincewood

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Primary School in Basildon, the

programme managed to provide

61 children with ten hours of

physical activity, workshops

discussing mental health and

anti-discrimination, as well

as 200 hot meals in total.

Commenting on her

experience at the Foundation’s

half-term activities at Lincewood

Primary School, Scarlett said

“I like coming here because

you make loads of new friends

and the food is really nice!

My favourite meal has to

be meatballs and pasta.”

HOLIDAY HAMMERS

As part of the Foundation’s

half-term activities, children

were also engaged in Holiday

Hammers camps during the

school break. Over the course

of the five days, the holiday

camp managed to engage

140 boys and girls aged 5-15

in footballing activities at the

Foundation’s base in Beckton.

With his role mainly focused

on preparing players for the

West Ham United performance

academies, Player Development

Manager Luke Hirst was

pleased to get back to basics

with the younger age groups

during the half-term break.

“One of the best parts of

coordinating Holiday Hammers

is to see kids focus more on

the social aspect of football.

Holiday Hammers is about

scaling back football to a

no pressure environment;

it’s all about the kids making

friends and having fun.”

To round off the week of

holiday activities, Friday’s session

concluded with an award

ceremony, whereby coaches

from each age group nominated

their Hammer of the Week. As

well as medals and a signed

diploma from West Ham United

captain Declan Rice awarded to

all participants for completing

the sessions, each Hammer

of the Week also took home a

goodie bag with a replica shirt.

“It was great to see so many

young people from different

schools and different abilities

all coming down to engage

and make new friendships

through football,” said Hirst.

“We had a great mix of young

people: beginners, players

from our Player Pathway, their

family and friends. Everyone

really enjoyed it, and we

look forward to welcoming

everyone back in December.”

If you are eligible for our Healthy

Hammers programme or

would like further information

or support, then please get in

touch with Courtney Bullis at

Cbullis@westhamunited.co.uk.

To book onto our next

Holiday Hammers camps

running on 23 and 24

December at the WHUF pitch

in Beckton, visit our website

at foundation.whufc.com.

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My

V

VIVIANE

ASSEYI

Viviane Asseyi is

the next player up

to choose their XI…

I’ve chosen a mix of

former teammates,

players that I have come

up against, as well as

some of my idols. I

think this team has a

real mix of quality and

characters.

CHRISTIANE ENDLER

| | GK

Endler is a goalkeeper that is

really good across all areas. She

makes really good and important

saves, whilst also being very

good with her feet. She’s a player

that hasn’t been in the best form

recently, but she makes it into

my team because when she is

at her best, she is brilliant.

LUCY BRONZE

| | RB

She is the best right-back in the

world, for me. When I played in

France and would come up against

her when she was at Lyon, she

would be everywhere. You would

turn your head and there she was,

waiting to get the ball off you.

She’s a very good player that is

not only solid defensively but can

also be a big threat going forward.

WENDIE RENARD

| | CB

For me, she is the best. She’s a

defender that truly has everything.

She can score, she’s a great Captain

and she has a lot of experience.

The one thing I can say about

her is that she recognises when

the team needs to change its

style to grind out results.

MARINA HEGERING

| | CB

I played with Marina in Bayern –

she’s an incredibly hard-working

player who gives everything, day in,

day out. She will leave everything

out on the pitch and I think you

need players like that. I was very

impressed by her mentality and

paired with Renard, I would have

two very good defenders.

SAKINA KARCHAOUI

| | LB

j I really like playing with Sakina.

She started out as a winger, and

then moved back to full-back.

It’s really hard to do that, but

now she is a fantastic full-back.

She can run, she can cross

and she’s one of my friends.

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LINA MAGULL

| | CM

She’s another player that I played

with at Bayern. She’s the Harry

Potter of my team, my magician.

I don’t think she would enjoy

being the deeper midfielder in

the team, but it would be okay!

I would also have her take all

of my free-kicks and corners,

she has a great delivery.

MARTA

| | AM

When I started to play football

and I discovered the women’s

game, I saw only her. I like the

technical side of the game,

seeing people that are dribbling

and making something happen.

Marta is someone that, in her

prime was exactly that. I played

against her, and it was impressive.

She would have a little bit of a

free role in my team, she’d be

able to do what she wanted.

LINETH

BEERENSTEYN

| | LW

She’s a very quick winger, that’s

very fast and strong. She has

a good mentality, and is one

of my friends, so I think she

would do well in my team. r

DELPHINE

CASCARINO

| | RW

She’s a very young player who

still has a lot of time to improve,

which is exciting. She’s my

Mbappe, I know that if the

team get the ball to her, then

she will run, or do something

productive with the ball.

AMEL MAJRI

| | AM

She’s like me, she likes to have

the ball at her feet. She’s a very

technical player and knows how

to score goals. Her left foot is

very good and is very important

for the team. Even though she

is pregnant at the moment, I

would still have her in my team!

ALEXANDRA POPP

| | FW

Popp is a player that has had

two really unlucky injuries that

ruled her out of the European

Championships. When I played in

Germany, I learned all about the

adversity she has had to come

back from, and that’s not easy.

She’s so important for Wolfsburg

and Germany, and I need a

forward to link up with everyone

and work hard for the team.

Who would you like to see pick their XI next?

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FIXTURES

& RESULTS

Date Opponent H/A Venue KO/Att Comp Res Goalscorers

Sun 18 September Everton H Chigwell Construction Stadium 1,118 WSL 1-0 Evans

Sun 25 September Manchester United H Chigwell Construction Stadium 2,104 WSL 0-2

Wed 28 September Chelsea A Kingsmeadow 2,842 WSL 3-1 Brynjarsdottir

Sun 2 October London City Lionesses A Princes Park (Dartford) 514 CC 2-2** Brynjarsdottir, Asseyi

Sat 15 October Aston Villa A Bescot Stadium (Walsall) 1,753 WSL 1-2 Brynjarsdottir, Hayashi

Sun 23 October Reading H Chigwell Construction Stadium 1,041 WSL 3-2 Brynjarsdottir, Asseyi (2)

Sun 30 October Arsenal A Meadow Park (Boreham Wood) 3,988 WSL 3-1 Brynjarsdottir

Sun 6 November Brighton & Hove Albion H Chigwell Construction Stadium 3pm WSL 4-5 Evans, OG, Asseyi (2)

Sun 20 November Leicester City H Chigwell Construction Stadium 3pm WSL

Sun 27 November Birmingham City H Chigwell Construction Stadium 3pm CC

Sun 4 December Liverpool A Prenton Park (Tranmere) 2pm WSL

Sun 11 December Tottenham Hotspur A Brisbane Road (Leyton Orient) 2pm WSL

Sun 18 December Brighton & Hove Albion A Broadfield Stadium (Crawley) 2pm CC

Sun 15 January Manchester City H Chigwell Construction Stadium 3pm WSL

Sun 22 January Everton A Walton Hall Park 1pm WSL

Sun 5 February Arsenal H Chigwell Construction Stadium 3pm WSL

Sun 5 March Reading A Madejski Stadium 2pm WSL

Sun 12 March Aston Villa H Chigwell Construction Stadium 3pm WSL

Sun 26 March Manchester United A Leigh Sports Village 12pm WSL

Sun 2 April Liverpool H Chigwell Construction Stadium 3pm WSL

Sun 23 April Manchester City A Academy Stadium 2pm WSL

Sun 30 April Chelsea H Chigwell Construction Stadium 3pm WSL

Sun 7 May Brighton & Hove Albion A Broadfield Stadium (Crawley) 2pm WSL

Sun 21 May Leicester City A King Power/ Pirelli Stadium 3pm WSL

Sun 28 May Tottenham Hotspur H Chigwell Construction Stadium 3pm WSL

* All fixture times and dates subject to change. H Fixtures in Bold. ** West Ham won 10-9 on penalties

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SQUAD STATISTICS

2022/23 SEASON

Barclays Women’s Super League

Barclays

WSL

POS TEAM P W D L GD PTS

1 ARSENAL 6 6 0 0 17 18

2 CHELSEA 7 6 0 1 11 18

3 MANCHESTER UNITED 6 5 0 1 12 15

4 MANCHESTER CITY 6 4 0 2 8 12

5 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 5 3 0 2 3 9

6 ASTON VILLA 6 3 0 3 0 9

7 EVERTON 6 3 0 3 -1 9

8 WEST HAM 7 3 0 4 -4 9

9 BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION 6 2 0 4 -16 6

10 LIVERPOOL 6 1 0 5 -7 3

11 READING 6 1 0 5 -9 3

12 LEICESTER CITY 7 0 0 7 -14 0

Continental

League Cup

Women’s

FA Cup

No: Name: Nationality: APP SUB GLS APP SUB GLS APP SUB GLS APP GlS

1 MACKENZIE ARNOLD AUS 5 1 6 0

2 KIRSTY SMITH SCO 7 1 8 0

3 RISA SHIMIZU JPN 7 1 8 0

4 ABBEY-LEIGH STRINGER ENG 3 2 5 0

7 LISA EVANS SCO 7 2 1 8 2

8 EMMA SNERLE DEN 1 1 0

9 CLAUDIA WALKER ENG 6 1 7 0

10 DAGNY BRYNJARSDOTTIR ISL 7 4 1 1 8 5

11 IZZY ATKINSON IRL 4 1 5 0

12 KATE LONGHURST ENG 7 1 8 0

15 LUCY PARKER ENG 3 1 4 0

16 JESS ZIU IRL 2 1 1 4 0

17 MEL FILIS ENG 1 3 1 5 0

19 HONOKA HAYASHI JPN 6 1 1 7 1

20 THEA KYVAG NOR 4 3 1 8 0

22 GRACE FISK ENG 5 1 1 7 0

23 HAWA CISSOKO FRA 4 4 0

24 BROOKE CAIRNS ENG 0 0

25 GRACE GARRAD ENG 0 0

26 VIVIANE ASSEYI FRA 7 4 1 1 8 5

28 SOPHIE HILLYERD ENG 2 1 3 0

33 HALLE HOUSSEIN ENG 3 3 0

35 ALEX HENNESSY ENG 0 0

41 KEIRA FLANNERY ENG 2 1 3 0

LEAGUE TABLES 2022/23

1 = WSL Champions | 2 & 3 = Champions League qualification | 12 = Relegation

Total

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ARNOLD,

PARKER AND

SNERLE

ATTEND

SISTER

CLUB

WILDCATS

FESTIVAL DAY

W

est Ham United Women’s

players Mackenzie

Arnold, Lucy Parker

and Emma Snerle went to watch

the next generation of players

in action last weekend, as two

of the Hammers’ Sister Clubs,

Tigers JFC and FC Redwing joined

forces to host their Weetabix

Wildcats Football Festival Day.

Over 125 young girls took part in

the Football Festival at the Brittons

Academy school in Rainham,

home of Tigers JFC on Saturday

mornings, with General Manager,

Aidan Boxall accompanying the

three players at the event.

Weetabix Wildcats is an FA

initiative designed to inspire

girls aged between 5-11 to get

involved in football. They provide

girls with regular opportunities

to play football and take part

in organised sessions in a fun

and engaging environment.

The tournament saw two of West

Ham United’s Sister Clubs link up

for the very first time, with Arnold,

Parker and Snerle offering words

of encouragement to teams from

the sidelines, taking questions and

then presenting every participant

with a medal at the end.

“It’s fantastic for myself and the

girls to come and support local

football like this,” Parker explained.

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“It shows how far our game

has progressed in such a small

amount of time. I didn’t have

the opportunity to play in teams

with girls, I had to start out in

a boys’ team - so for these

girls to have the opportunity to

have a day like this with over

125 other people is brilliant.

“It creates a really good

environment for them to explore

football, and hopefully will

inspire some of them get serious

with it later down the line.”

Keith Di Palma, Chairman of

Tigers JFC and Wildcats Coordinator

was delighted with

the turnout and hopes to be

able to host further Festival

Days with other West Ham

United Sister Club partners.

“It’s been a fantastic day, and I’d

like to thank everyone that helped

pull the day together. To get all of

these young players in a football

environment, it’s so important

in helping them get to know

teammates and other people.

“It’s about getting players

used to playing against other

people in a controlled and fun

way, and we’ve been able to do

that today which is amazing.

“I’ve been able to put six new

girls teams into the league already

this year, so you can see that

the growth is there and young

girls want to take up football.

“After Christmas, we’re hoping

to involve some of the other West

Ham Sister Clubs and really grow

our partnership with all of them.”

Mark Gordon, Head of

Academy at FC Redwing Girls

said that the festival couldn’t

have gone any better.

“What an amazing day,” Gordon

beamed. “We’ve been looking

to put this event on for a while

now, and then Keith phoned

me up and said, ‘let’s do this.’

“We’re the two biggest

Wildcat centres in Essex and

to get the amount of girls that

we’ve had today come down

and have fun is superb.

“What’s really important is the

interaction that the young players

can have with the players that

come down from West Ham

United. It was superb to have

Lucy, Emma and Mackenzie here

today because it allows them to

essentially interact with their idols.

“It just shows what a great

state girls football is in at the

moment. The fastest growing

league in the county is the Essex

Girls League, so events like this

just shows you the appetite that

there is to play football,” he said.


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