June 28, 2007

Charlton Athletic Women's Team Gone

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/women/6246542.stm

I was going to write about the winding up of Charlton Athletic’s women’s team, the second most successful women’s club of recent years, and one of the few (indeed, two) teams who were any challenge at all to an Arsenal Ladies whose purchase power and success rate would make Chelsea men’s seem completely inferior by comparison.

However the BBC have today published a column from Danielle Murphy, one of Charlton’s players, which says everything which needs to be said about the situation elegantly.

I’m well aware that football is now a business (as Manchester United ladies, Leeds ladies and Fulham ladies have all found to their cost) but it’s still an unpleasant sight to see that the uselessness of the men has cost the brilliant ladies’ team their existence.

When I mentioned this elsewhere the other day someone said “But you can see Charlton’s reasons, they’d rather save money by getting rid of their women’s team than one of their decent players”. Maybe if Charlton men’s had any decent players they wouldn’t have gotten relegated in the first place. Oh and what’s this? Darren Bent to Spurs for £17m? Decent players? My arse.

Good luck to all the Charlton girls in finding other clubs.

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  1. It’s a seriously worrying trend. It’s just the way that it’s come about that’s so distasteful, the complete disregard for the feelings of the staff.

    But Fulham proved that there just isn’t any financial stability in the women’s game when they failed to go proffessional. I wonder what’s stopping the girls getting together, forming their own sides disaccoiated with the men rather playing spare part in the money machine. I also wonder, given how rubbish their men are, how Doncaster manage to keep the Belles going.

    28 Jun 2007, 12:57

  2. Dave tCB

    Hibs Ladies won the treble! Unfortunately there were probably only members of their families and friends who saw them do it. When Hibs men won the League Cup this season there were 30,000 Hibees at Hampden. I can’t forsee a day when Hibs Ladies get 30,000 along the M8 for a final to be honest.

    The 5-1 victory was possibly the happiest day of my life. Get a taste of it here:


    28 Jun 2007, 23:18

  3. Go Hibs ladies! And Hibs mens! Not a bad season for Hibees really (what with Hearts going all strange and all).

    29 Jun 2007, 15:04

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