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Arfa Griffiths, Jimmy Griffiths,

Emily Defroand, Jack Butler,

Rob Pritchard, David Fletcher

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Izzy Atkinson was voted as your

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in our win over Leicester City.

The Republic of Ireland

international scored the only

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off the bench to score her first

goal for West Ham United.

The 21-year-old showed

fantastic composure to take the

ball beyond two defenders and fire

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W

e’re hoping that we can

secure another victory in

front of our fans today.

We’ve had a really productive

week out on the training ground

and we’re really looking forward

to today’s match. This is the

first full week that we’ve had

together as a group since the

international break, and we’ve

been able to put in some really

good work on the training pitch.

As a group, we were delighted

to come away with all three points

from our last match, a 1-0 win

over Leicester City. It was a really

hard-fought match where we had

to battle for every ball. Although

we didn’t produce the best

performance, we found a way to

DAGNÝ BRYNJARSDÓTTIR

Good afternoon and welcome to Chigwell Construction Stadium

for today’s match against Birmingham City.

get the three points over the line.

Sometimes you have to win

a little bit ugly, and I think that’s

exactly what we did. That was

shown in the way that players put

their bodies on the line to keep

the ball out of the net at the end.

We’re all delighted for Izzy,

who scored her first goal for the

Club in the win. She’s a young

player that came on and took

her chance and that’s what

every young player has to do.

I can remember most of the

matches that I’ve played against

Birmingham have been tough.

They’ve dropped down to the

Championship this season,

but that doesn’t mean that it

won’t be a difficult game.

We know that we need to

be the team that finishes top

of the group to make it to the

latter stages - which is the

aim for the entire team.

We want to put in a good cup run

this season in both the Conti Cup

and the FA Cup, so winning today

would help us with that ambition.

I’d like to personally thank you

for your support this calendar

year, it’s been great to have your

backing throughout this season

and it’s really helped us in matches.

As this is our last home

game, I would like to wish

you all a great Christmas and

New Year, and I look forward

to seeing you all again against

Manchester City on 15 January!

COME ON YOU IRONS!

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FROM THE

MANAGER

I’d like to welcome Darren Carter, his staff

and his players to east London for this

Continental Tyres League Cup match.

e’re looking for our

first three points in this

Wcompetition, that is our

aim today as we look to make

sure that we give ourselves

the best possible chances of

winning the group and advancing

into the knockout stages.

The never-say-die attitude

of this group showed itself

once again last weekend, as

we got back to winning ways

against Leicester City.

Whilst I believe there are plenty

of improvements performance

wise that we can make, it

was pleasing to see the team

finding a way to win again.

I’m delighted for Izzy Atkinson

to have scored her first goal for

the Club. She’s a young player

that we value highly, and she

has a bright future in the game.

I thought that she took her

chance well, with composure

beyond her years, if you like.

It’s always nice to get a

last-minute winner, especially

in a really tight game like

that, and I’m pleased that the

team fought until the very last

moment so that we could walk

away with all three points.

Looking at today’s match, we

know that we have to guard against

complacency going into this sort of

fixture. We will be looked at as the

favourites going into the game, but

we’ve watched a lot of Birmingham

in preparation for the fixture and

I think they’re a good side who

could cause us problems today.

We’ve obviously worked on

ways that we can not only deal

with their strengths, but also

maximise our own. We know

that we need to perform to give

us the best possible chance of

heading into the latter stages,

and that’s our aim today.

It’s crazy to think that this is our

final home match of 2022, so I

just wanted to take the time to

thank you for your support of the

team and wish you all a very happy

Christmas and a good New Year!

Keep on supporting this team,

and we will continue to give

everything out there on the pitch.

COME ON YOU IRONS!

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Club News

KATE LONGHURST – 20 QUESTIONS

Have you ever wondered who Kate Longhurst would

invite to dinner? Or where she would venture on her

ideal holiday? Wonder no more!

In the second episode of our new series, West Ham

United Women’s midfielder and lifelong Hammers

supporter Longhurst reveals all to

Nancy Baker as they take a walk

around the Mark Noble Arena at our

Chadwell Heath Training Ground.

Watch the full interview by

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NEW DATE FOR CONTI CUP

CLASH WITH BRIGHTON

West Ham United will now face Brighton

& Hove Albion on Saturday 17 December

in the Continental Tyres League Cup.

The fixture has been rescheduled due

to previously clashing with the men’s

FIFA World Cup final and will now

kick-off at 12 noon the day prior.

The Hammers will face the Seagulls in

their final Conti Cup match in Group C,

which could have great significance if

Paul Konchesky’s side pick up a positive

result against Birmingham City today.

Ticketing information for the fixture will

be available on whufc.com in due course.

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WEST HAM UNITED WOMEN 1-0 LEICESTER CITY

Barclays Women’s Super League | Chigwell Construction Stadium | Sunday 20 November 2022

Late Atkinson winner secures victory

over Leicester City

Izzy Atkinson’s first West Ham

United goal secured a narrow

1-0 victory over Leicester City

in their latest Barclays Women’s

Super League outing.

The Republic of Ireland

international came off the

bench to score an 88th minute

winner at Chigwell Construction

Stadium to move the Hammers

up to sixth in the table.

Paul Konchesky welcomed

back No1 goalkeeper, Mackenzie

Arnold to the starting XI, with the

Australian international missing

the previous two league matches

due to injury. Claudia Walker made

her first start of the season, as

she was preferred to Thea Kyvåg,

who dropped to the bench.

Leicester started the better

of the two sides in the opening

exchanges in east London. CJ

Bott looked to cause issues with

a cross, but she got her angles

all wrong and it ended up behind

the back of Arnold’s goal.

Natasha Flint was then played

in behind and tangled with Kate

Longhurst, but referee Louise

Sanders waved away the protests

from the Foxes forward.

The Hammers were experiencing

their early joy down the right,

with Risa Shimizu and Lisa Evans

combining well as they looked to

double up on Leicester full-back

Jemma Purfield. The Japanese

international collected a lovely ball

through from Evans, and her cross

found her compatriot, Honoka

Hayashi, but the midfielder couldn’t

force Demi Lambourne into a save.

Flint had a golden opportunity to

open the scoring with 20 minutes

gone. Willie Kirk’s side won the

ball inside the Hammers penalty

area, but the forward couldn’t

capitalise on the mistake and

blazed the ball over the bar.

Viviane Asseyi, who was

celebrating her 29th birthday,

almost opened the scoring with

a cross-cum-shot from distance.

Walker, who Asseyi might have

been aiming for in the first place,

couldn’t prod the rebound

home thanks to good pressure

from the Leicester defender.

Walker went close again

moments later, and whilst

her effort was hit with plenty

of power, she couldn’t

guide the shot on target.

The Hammers continued to

look the most likely to open the

scoring, but couldn’t break down

the Foxes backline before the

referee sounded for half-time.

Ten minutes went by in the

second half before Leicester

should have opened the scoring.

A floated ball into the area

was connected with by Aileen

Whelan who was unmarked, but

she couldn’t head home and

narrowly missed the target.

Carrie Jones had the best

opportunity of the game

to open the scoring, but

her header crashed off the

underside of the crossbar and

was eventually cleared away.

However, it would be

Konchesky’s Hammers that

would be celebrating at full-time.

Substitute Atkinson skipped beyond

two Leicester defenders and

slotted the ball beyong Lambourne

to win the game for her side.

Heroic defending at the end from

Longhurst and her teammates

kept the Hammers in front, and

they would be celebrating their

third WSL home victory as the

full time whistle sounded.

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KONCHESKY:

MY TEAM FOUND

A WAY TO WIN

It wasn’t the best game, if you

like - It was a little bit scrappy out

there. But the most important

thing is that we came off the

pitch with the three points.

My girls showed fantastic

desire to keep the ball out of

the net at the end, so to get a

clean sheet as well is fantastic.

There’s no better feeling

than winning it late.

First half I thought we were

really good, but we just couldn’t

put the ball in the back of the

net. We had some really good

chances and I thought we

should have come in ahead.

I thought Leicester looked really

well drilled – you can see that their

manager has had a bit of time to

work with them now and coming

into the game we knew it was

going to be tough because of that.

The second half wasn’t pretty

from our perspective, but we’ve

found a way to win and it’s a big

bonus to be walking away with

three points instead of one.

Izzy came up with a

rocket of a goal.

I’ve been able to watch it

back and it’s a fantastic finish. I

thought she’d taken a touch too

many, but she took it superbly.

I’m really pleased for her.

All I ask from my players

that don’t start is, can they

come into the game and

make a positive impact.

Izzy coming on and scoring

gives me something to look at

going into the Conti Cup game

next week. She’s finished the

game for us and got us the

three points which is brilliant.

Hopefully the win will

build momentum for us.

We’re playing in a different

competition next, but ultimately,

we still want to do well and

progress. We’re hoping that we

can get a little run together and

carry that through until Christmas.

WEST HAM UNITED

Arnold, Smith, Fisk, Longhurst,

Shizmizu, Stringer (Filis 72),

Brynjarsdottir, Hayashi, Evans

(Kyvåg 82), Walker (Atkinson 63),

Asseyi.

Unused Subs: Hillyerd, Houssein,

Flannery

Bookings: Stringer 47, Asseyi 56

Goal: Atkinson 88

LEICESTER CITY

Lambourne, Tierney, Bott,

McManus, Flint (O’Brien 63),

Whelan, Simon (Goodwin 75),

Howard, Jones, Plumptre, Purfield.

Unused Subs: Levell, Vance,

Brougham, Pike, Jones, Baker,

Scofield.

Referee: Louise Sanders

Attendance: 1,038

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GARRAD:

I’M ENJOYING THE

BEST OF BOTH

WORLDS WITH

WEST HAM UNITED

AND WATFORD

WORDS: GEORGE BENSON

Grace Garrad knew that

something was missing

after her first season

with West Ham United.

The 19-year-old made four first

team appearances in her debut

season in Claret and Blue – and

after a successful pre-season

with the Hammers earlier this

summer, the young defender

decided to sign dual-registration

terms with FA Women’s National

League side Watford in August.

The agreement between the

two clubs has allowed Garrad

to get vital minutes for the

Hornets as she continues to

develop as a footballer, while

she also returns to West Ham’s

Chadwell Heath Training Ground

to work with the first-team

when her schedule allows.

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And ‘GG’, as she is affectionately

known to everyone at Chadwell,

has enjoyed the best of both

worlds so far this season.

“I’m really enjoying it with

Watford,” Garrad told whufc.com.

“All of the girls have been really

welcoming and I’ve made a really

good start there. The standard

of football is really good, and

I’m getting the balance of being

able to train with West Ham a

couple of times a week, whilst

also playing regular football.

“It’s the best of both worlds to

be honest. I’m grateful that I get

the opportunity to still be here and

around the girls, whilst also being

with my teammates at Watford.”

Garrad signed for West Ham

United in the summer of 2021,

making the move across the

Capital having left Arsenal to

pursue a new opportunity.

Whilst Garrad was limited in

the way of first team minutes,

she gained valuable experience

day-in day-out at Chadwell

Heath, as she trained amongst a

number of international players.

But regular first-team football

was what Garrad was after. So

this season, she made the switch

to the Hornets, who are looking

to gain promotion back to the

Barclays Women’s Championship

having been relegated last season.

Garrad has played in 10 of

Watford’s eleven matches

so far this season – and has

become a crucial player for

Head Coach Damon Lathrope.

Primarily operating at leftback

and centre-back, Garrad

has also found the back of the

net on two occasions – once

in the National League in a 6-0

rout of Cheltenham Town, and

more recently, when Garrad

scored a 120th-minute winner

in style against AFC Wimbledon

in the FA Women’s National

League Cup first round.

The defender believes that the

amount of playing time that she

is currently getting can only be a

good thing for her moving forward.

“Having played quite a lot of

minutes during pre-season here

at West Ham and then heading

over to Watford and getting

stuck into the National league

campaign, it’s been really good.

“I’ve gotten a lot of games under

my belt, which I haven’t been able

to do previously because of the

quality of players ahead of me

here, plus I’ve not had the best luck

with injuries since I joined the Club.

“It’s important that I get this

experience now, at a young

age – you can’t beat playing

matches and I’m loving playing at

the moment,” Garrad beamed.

It can sometimes be difficult

heading into a new environment,

particularly as a young player.

But Garrad has felt nothing but

love from her new teammates

at Watford, who have welcomed

her in with open arms.

“I knew a couple of the girls from

previous clubs, so that made the

initial few days a lot easier, but it

was all really seamless. They’re a

fantastic bunch and they’ve really

welcomed me into the team.

“I think being able to slot myself

into the first-team straight away

has helped with that. I don’t think

I could have made a better start

to my time with them if I’d wanted

to and I’m really pleased that I

was able to fit in very easily.”

Watford’s ambitions as a club are

to get back into the Championship

having been relegated on the

final day of the 2021/22 season,

and Garrad hopes that she can

help the team in that endeavour.

“We’ve started the season

really well and we’re in a good

position at the moment having

only lost one league game.

“It’s a really tough league with

clubs like Oxford and Portsmouth

all in the mix, so we need to make

sure that we continue with the

good form that we’ve shown

so far,” Garrad concluded.

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MAKING HER MARK

THE MEN’S FIFA WORLD CUP IS CURRENTLY TAKING PLACE OUT IN QATAR,

BUT NEXT SUMMER, ALL EYES WILL BE ON THE 2023 WOMEN’S WORLD

CUP. THE COMPETITION WILL BE TAKING PLACE IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW

ZEALAND WHERE 32 TEAMS WILL BATTLE IT OUT.

WORDS: GEORGE BENSON

One of those teams will be

the Republic of Ireland,

who will head to a major

tournament for the first

time in their history. West Ham

United’s Izzy Atkinson hopes to

be one of those that will be on the

plane with ‘The Girls in Green’.

A convoluted play-off system

gave the Republic of Ireland the

opportunity to achieve an aim

that they have desired for so long,

however, their story of qualifying

began long before their victory

over Scotland in Glasgow which

ultimately saw them secure their

spot on the world’s stage.

Vera Pauw’s side played eight

matches in Group A, where they

would face Georgia, Slovakia,

Finland and Sweden, with the

latter ranked 2nd in the world at

the time when qualifying matches

first began. The Girls in Green lost

only once, a narrow 1-0 defeat

to Sweden at Tallaght Stadium,

whilst they held the Swedes in

Gothenberg in April 2022.

Ireland then had to negotiate

their World Cup play-off match

against Scotland, and whilst

Atkinson wasn’t involved,

she saw her teammates

book their place with a 1-0

victory at Hampden Park.

The 21-year-old, who has four

caps to her name, is now hoping

that she can have a fruitful season

with West Ham United and give

Pauw something to think about

as the tournament draws near.

“Even though I was only on

the bench, it was one of the

best moments of my life so far,”

Atkinson beamed. “Just to see all

of the emotion as the full-time

whistle blew, seeing my teammates

that are much older than me that

have waited their whole career for

this moment, it was incredible.

“I think that brings it all into

perspective. I’m still a very

young player with a lot to come

in my career, but I have this

opportunity now that most

players will never have. I want to

give everything to be there and

that’s what I’m planning to do.”

Atkinson arrived in east London

this summer from Scottish

Women’s Premier League side

Celtic, where Atkinson had spent

15 months before deciding that a

move to the WSL was right for the

next step in her development.

At Celtic, she experienced

full-time training for the first

time, and helped the Glasgow

based Club clinch the Scottish

Cup before departing.

Since arriving at West Ham,

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she has made six appearances,

scoring in the Hammers’ win over

Leicester City last time out.

She reflected on how her time at

the Club has been since she made

the move south of the border.

“I’ve enjoyed the experience

of being here and playing in

the WSL. I’ve definitely seen

myself improving as a player,

and that was what I wanted –

it’s the best league in the world

at the moment so I knew this

was where I wanted to be.

“I’ve only made the one start

so far since I arrived, but I know

that I need to be patient, continue

to adapt to things here and

then my chances will come.

“I’m so driven in what I want

to do, and the next step for me

is to really push on, and I want

to do that by working as hard

as I can and giving my all every

time I cross the white line.

“I have to make sure that I

continue to remember that

I’m still a very young player

and that there will be plenty of

opportunities as the season goes

along. It’s been a crazy 2022 for

me, and I hope there’s plenty more

opportunities like that to come.”

As was mentioned, Atkinson was

the match winner last time out

for Paul Konchesky’s side, as she

came off the bench to slot home

the winner against the Foxes.

The 21-year-old showed

composure beyond her years

as she danced beyond two

defenders and slotted the ball

past Demi Lambourne as the

game was looking like it was

going to fizzle to a drab close.

Instead, Atkinson’s moment of

brilliance meant that the Hammers

secured their fourth win of the

campaign, moving them up to sixth

in the Barclays Women’s Super

League standing – and Atkinson

was pleased to be able to have

that sort of impact having come

off the bench on 62 minutes.

“There’s no better feeling than

being able to contribute and help

the team win, particularly when

we knew how important it was

to get back to winning ways.

“It was a really tough match, and

to be honest, that’s exactly what

we were expecting from Leicester.

I’ve learnt very quickly that there

are no easy games in the WSL – I’d

even include the Championship

in that because our game against

London City Lionesses in the

Conti Cup was also really tough.

“It’s great to be off the mark

for West Ham, and hopefully

it’s just the start for me here.”

Atkinson will be hoping to

make a similar impact against

Birmingham City – with the Blues

heading to Chigwell Construction

Stadium for the second match

of the Conti Cup group stage.

Birmingham were relegated from

the WSL last season and are aiming

for a return on the stewardship of

former midfielder, Darren Carter.

Whilst they’re hoping to make an

instant return, they will also be

hoping to build on their winning

start in this cup competition. The

Blues beat Brighton & Hove Albion

in their opening game, and they

will know that a positive result

will put them in a good position

heading into the final match.

The Hammers, meanwhile, are

looking for their first three points

in Group C, having picked up two

from their penalty shootout win

over London City Lionesses in

October. Atkinson is hoping that

her side can get the job done

against today’s opposition.

“We’ve got a little bit of

momentum to take into the game

now, which I think will be really

good for us. We know it’s going

to be a tough game, but I think as

a group we’re prepared for that.

“We will have had a full week as

a group going into the match and

I think that will serve us well, it

will give us time to work on things

that we want to work through.

“I’m confident that if we play to

our best, we will get the result that

we want,” Atkinson concluded.

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MEET THE

OPPOSITION

t was a difficult 2021/22

Icampaign for Birmingham

City, who despite the arrival

of Darren Carter in November

2021, were unable to avoid

to the drop to the Barclays

Women’s Championship.

Come the final standings in the

Women’s Super League last

May, Birmingham sat bottom of

the table.

They had recorded just three

wins, having taken one point

from their opening ten matches.

Still, the Blues stuck with Carter,

who was appointed head coach

on a permanent basis in May

and has since led the Midlandsbased

side in their FA Women’s

Championship campaign this

time around.

In 2022/23, Birmingham City

have won four of their first

eight league fixtures including

an impressive 1-0 triumph

over then-leaders Bristol City,

who fell to their first loss of

the season against the Blues

on November 20. Birmingham

currently sit fifth in the Women’s

Championship table.

But the Blues have also

shown their ability to compete

with WSL sides this season

too, however. A 3-2 win over

Brighton & Hove Albion in their

first match of Continental Tyres

League Cup Group C shows that

West Ham United will have to

be at their best should they take

the points from today’s clash.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

BIRMINGHAM CITY 0-4 WEST HAM UNITED

CONTI CUP, ST ANDREW’S, 17 NOVEMBER 2022

West Ham United Women took huge strides

towards the knockout stages of the Continental

Tyres League Cup with a convincing 4-0 victory

over Birmingham City in November 2021.

The Hammers controlled proceedings in the Midlands and

were two goals ahead at the break thanks to an own goal

from Blues’ skipper Louise Quinn and later a placed effort

from Claudia Walker, who had earlier struck the post.

After the interval, Lucy Parker – who netted for a successive

game in the Conti Cup - and Katerina Svitkova added a

fourth to secure a four-goal triumph for the Hammers.

BIRMINGHAM CITY 0-1 WEST HAM UNITED

WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE, ST ANDREW’S, 13 MARCH 2022

West Ham United Women climbed into the top half

of the Barclays Women’s Super League table with a

narrow 1-0 victory over a battling Birmingham City.

In a close contest in the Midlands, Adriana Leon’s second

strike of the season was enough to see the Hammers headed

back to London with a crucial three points secured.

Olli Harder’s side did well to hold on to the one-goal

margin as the Blues pushed for a response, although

there would be no further change to the scoreline after

Kateřina Svitková’s superb delivery from a corner found

Leon unmarked in the box just before the break. A 1-0

triumph was enough to see the Hammers move above

Reading and Brighton & Hove Albion to go sixth.

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ONES TO WATCH

THE

MANAGER

L

ifelong Birmingham

City supporter Darren

Carter replaced Scott

Booth as interim head

coach of the Blues in

November 2021, less

than a year after his

playing career finished

at Solihull Moors.

He was later made

permanent head coach

despite Birmingham’s

relegation in May 2022.

After managing Solihull

Moors academy while

also a player, Carter

was later employed as

a first-team coach with

West Bromwich Albion

Women.

The former central

midfielder, who also

had playing spells at

Preston North End

and Northampton

Town amongst others,

made just shy of

50 appearances for

Birmingham City, scoring

five goals.

Most notably, he played

a key role in the club’s

promotion to the Premier

League in 2002. Joanne

Potter, who spent four

years coaching at FA

Women’s Championship

side Coventry United

Ladies, was appointed

assistant head coach in

May 2022.

LUCY THOMAS

Lucy Thomas joined Birmingham

City from Championship side

Coventry United in July 2022.

Darren Carter’s third signing of

the summer, Thomas spent time

at Arsenal and National League

side Oxford United, while the

22-year-old shot-stopper has

also represented London City

Lionesses. She was recently part

of the England-U23s squad for

the November international

break.

JADE PENNOCK

Jade Pennock arrived at

Birmingham City in July

2021, having impressed at

Championship side Sheffield

United over the past three

seasons. The English forward,

who played for Leeds United

as a youth, scored 29 goals in

67 appearances for the Blades,

while Player of the Year,

Players’ Player of the Year and

Manager’s Player of the year

awards also came in her first

season in Sheffield.

LOUISE QUINN

Louise Quinn has been the

captain of Birmingham City

since she was first given the

role ahead of the 2021/22 WSL

season. Born in Blessington,

the 32-year-old played for

Fiorentina in the 2020/21

Women’s Serie A and has made

over 100 international caps –

scoring 11 times – for Ireland.

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SUPPORTER SERVICES

Matchday information for fans from our dedicated

Supporter Services Team.

W

elcome back to Chigwell

Construction Stadium

for today’s Continental

Tyres League Cup tie against

Birmingham 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.

@WESTHAMWOMEN

Want to keep up with the latest

information for our West Ham

Women’s team? Press the

follow button, to keep in touch

for the latest ticketing update,

competitions, exclusive access to

the first team and matchday news.

PROGRAMME FEATURES AND

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

For supporters that are

wanting to make a loved one’s

matchday extra special with a

programme feature and half-time

announcements, 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.

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HAMMER COLLECTABLES

For today’s match, we have

Claudia Walker 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 SUPPORTER 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.

WSB representatives meet

throughout 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. Please

feel to speak to one of WSB

representatives on a matchday if

you would like to feedback your

matchday experience.

If you would like to keep in touch

with the WSB and the work that

they do, please follow their Twitter

handle - @whuwsb

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FOUNDATION

STUDENTS FROM LEE CHAPEL

PRIMARY SCHOOL INVITED

TO BE MASCOTS FOR WEST

HAM UNITED WOMEN

W

est Ham United Women’s

players Lucy Parker and

Sophie Hillyerd, firstteam

coach Danielle Bowman

and General Manager Aidan

Boxall visited the students at

Lee Chapel Primary School

in Essex earlier this month.

The visit was off the back

of the Lee Chapel students

representing West Ham United

Foundation at a Premier

League Primary Stars (PLPS)

girls’ tournament in October,

where they delivered their own

video rendition of the popular

West Ham is massive’ chant.

“It’s incredible to be able to

do this,” said Hillyerd. “When I

was younger, I don’t remember

being visited by any female

athletes, especially with

football, so I think it’s good to

show them that growing up,

they can do whatever they

want to do, whether it be

football, or any other sport.”

Premier League Primary Stars

uses the appeal of the Premier

League and professional football

clubs to inspire children to learn,

be active and develop important

life skills. It aims to inspire

children aged five to eleven in

the classroom, the playground

and on the sports field.

Prior to the players’ visit, the

girls from Lee Chapel Primary

School travelled to Brentford

to compete in the PLPS event.

In a field consisting of ten

other London clubs, the girls

finished the tournament in

an impressive third place. To

celebrate their achievement,

the girls recorded a video

chanting ‘West Ham is massive’

which West Ham United’s

women’s team engaged with.

“There was a great feeling

around the school in the lead

up to the event,” said year four

teacher Adrian Summerfield.

“I was constantly being asked

questions by the children

about the visit which shows

me how excited they were to

meet the players. As the players

entered the school theatre,

it was amazing to see them

bouncing with excitement.”

Parker, Hillyerd, Bowman and

Boxall were keen to get involved

with the group and congratulate

them for their efforts both

on and off the pitch. So, as

part of the surprise the group

joined hundreds of students in

the school assembly hall and

answered questions from the

children about their career

journeys and the challenges

they have faced breaking into

the professional scene.

“It’s all about representation,”

said Parker. “It’s about showing

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the kids that being a professional

female player is a viable career.

The more they can see us

in these positions, that’s the

important work we need to do.”

In the slew of surprises,

the women’s team delivered

a video from some of their

teammates at the training

ground congratulating the

school’s girls’ team once again

and inviting them to be mascots

for today’s Continental Cup

fixture against Birmingham City.

“It’s amazing to see so many

young people that are so into

women’s football and supporting

us!” exclaimed Hillyerd. “They

had loads of questions which

was great, and it shows just

how much work we’re doing

to make the game bigger.”

After Parker and Hillyerd

handed out the matchday

invites to all the team members,

the girls managed to collect

everyone’s autograph,

staff and players alike.

“Our pupils left the school

very excited which we hope

will inspire them to join one of

our many after-school sports

clubs or an external sports

club,” confirmed Summerfield.

“In particular, I’m expecting

to see more girls joining our

after-school girls football club.”

The visit formed part of the

Club’s Players’ Project and

Boxall felt it was a crucial part of

inspiring the local community

to fulfil their potential, growing

the fanbase of the women’s

game and encouraging the

expansion of women’s football

in the area as the team looks to

develop homegrown talent.

“We’re really keen to develop

players in our community and

have them represent our first

team,” said Boxall. “The longterm

strategy is to have up to

50 per cent of our team coming

from Essex and east London and

we hope we can achieve that.

As we’re going out to different

schools, clubs and partnerships,

we’re starting to see more girls

playing so we realise there’s a

lot of talent in the area and we

hope that they can be inspired

by things like today and push on

and progress into our first team.”

To learn more about the

Foundation’s PLPS delivery

or its wider work, please

contact Foundation@

westhamunited.co.uk or visit

the Foundation area on the

West Ham United website.

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CLAUDIA

WALKER

Claudia is the

next player up to

choose their XI…

I’ve picked a mixture of

players that I’ve played

with, come across, or

just admire in general.

ANN-KATRIN BERGER

| | GK

I think Berger is one of the top

goalkeepers in the world at the

moment. She’s a brilliant shotstopper

and would be a very good

goalkeeper to have in any team.

WENDIE RENARD

| | DF

Renard is a defender that’s got it

all. She’s a brilliant defender, but

she also adds a lot at the other end

of the pitch with the number of

goals that she scores. She would

add leadership to the team as well,

so it’s a no-brainer to pick her.

MILLIE BRIGHT

| | DF

Another player from Chelsea –

Bright is a fantastic defender and I

think she would be solid alongside

my other two central defenders.

She would add a lot of steel to this

team, and I think you need that.

LUCY PARKER

| | DF

Lucy rounds off my backline. I think

she’s an up-and-coming star that

has her whole career ahead of her.

She’s got all of the attributes to go

on and be a world class defender

and I think those attributes would

really complement this team.

FARA WILLIAMS

| MF

j Fara would add a lot of magic

to this team. I was in the same

team as her for a short period

of time at Liverpool, and in

her prime she was amazing.

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PERNILLE HARDER

| | MF

Harder is always a really tough

opponent to come up against. She

has a lot of really good qualities

and a good eye for goal.

SAM KERR

| | FW

Kerr goes from strength to

strength every season, and she’s

so important to Chelsea and she

would be to this team as well. I

really like the way that she pops up

with important goals for both club

and country.

ELLEN WHITE

| FW

An absolute legend and a player I

had to pick. She has scored goals

for every club that she has played

with and is the record goalscorer

for her country, so she has to be in

my team.

KEIRA WALSH

| | MF

One of, if not the best midfielder in

the world. She’s an absolute joy to

watch play and was always a very

tough opponent when she was

here in England.

ALEXIA PUTELLAS

| | MF

I have to put the current Ballon

d’Or winner in my team. Putellas

has a fantastic range of passing,

and it’s almost self-explanatory

as to why I would have her in my

team. f

ADA HEGERBERG

| | FW

A former Ballon d’Or winner,

Hegerberg would round off my

front three. She has been brilliant

for Lyon for the past eight seasons

– a brilliant finisher and would be

very good in this team with the

service that she would have.

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 1-0 Atkinson

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

Sat 17 December Brighton & Hove Albion A Broadfield Stadium (Crawley) 12pm 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 CHELSEA 8 7 0 1 14 21

2 ARSENAL 7 6 0 1 16 18

3 MANCHESTER UNITED 7 6 0 1 13 18

4 MANCHESTER CITY 7 5 0 2 9 15

5 ASTON VILLA 7 4 0 3 2 12

6 WEST HAM 8 4 0 4 -3 12

7 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 6 3 0 3 0 9

8 EVERTON 7 3 0 4 -2 9

9 BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION 7 2 1 4 -16 7

10 LIVERPOOL 7 1 1 5 -7 4

11 READING 7 1 0 6 -11 3

12 LEICESTER CITY 8 0 0 8 -15 0

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

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 6 1 7 0

2 KIRSTY SMITH SCO 8 1 9 0

3 RISA SHIMIZU JPN 8 1 9 0

4 ABBEY-LEIGH STRINGER ENG 4 2 6 0

7 LISA EVANS SCO 8 2 1 9 2

8 EMMA SNERLE DEN 1 1 0

9 CLAUDIA WALKER ENG 1 6 1 8 0

10 DAGNY BRYNJARSDOTTIR ISL 8 4 1 1 9 5

11 IZZY ATKINSON IRL 5 1 1 6 1

12 KATE LONGHURST ENG 8 1 9 0

15 LUCY PARKER ENG 3 1 4 0

16 JESS ZIU IRL 2 1 1 4 0

17 MEL FILIS ENG 1 4 1 6 0

19 HONOKA HAYASHI JPN 7 1 1 8 1

20 THEA KYVAG NOR 4 4 1 9 0

22 GRACE FISK ENG 6 1 1 8 0

23 HAWA CISSOKO FRA 4 4 0

24 BROOKE CAIRNS ENG 0 0

25 GRACE GARRAD ENG 0 0

26 VIVIANE ASSEYI FRA 8 4 1 1 9 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

Total

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RETAIL MEET

& GREET -

ROMFORD

Viviane Asseyi, Mel Filis and

Thea Kyvåg went down

to our Romford Store on

Wednesday afternoon and

met a number of the West

Ham United faithful.

Here are some of the best

of the images from the

meet & greet!

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