September 6 – With the Women’s Super League kicking off this weekend, Everton’s women’s team will open their campaign against Birmingham City Women with a new name. Everton Ladies will now be known as Everton.
Explaining the reason for dropping the ‘Ladies’ tag, Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Chief Executive Officer at Everton, said: “The identity change is an important and progressive step and part of our desire to bring our men’s and women’s teams closer in identity and location. It is a clear symbol of togetherness and unity and part of our ‘one club’ vision.”
Everton were one of eight founding members of the Women’s Super League, and have won the FA Women’s Premier League, the FA Premier League Cup and two FA Women’s Cups since forming as Everton Ladies in 1995.
“Everton has played a significant role in the development of women’s football. As well as winning silverware, Everton has produced a number of players that have represented not just their club with distinction but gone on to represent their countries,” said Barrett-Baxendale.
“Willie Kirk is in charge of the squad during an exciting period with quality additions made this summer, a new home a stone’s throw away from Goodison Park at Walton Hall Park on the horizon, with extra focus on the women’s game and new commercial opportunities ahead – highlighted by our recent ‘women’s exclusive’ deal with feminine hygiene brand Lil-Lets.”
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