HUCSF play their part in England’s big day at Wembley.
The Road to Wembley for Hartlepool United girls started early on Sunday 23rd November, having to set off at 4am to attend the pre-match Under 16 5-a-side tournament outside Wembley Stadium.
Thirty three teams entered the tournament which was played under extreme weather conditions with the rain being constant throughout the day.
The team, coached by HUCSF staff Chris Burton and Vicki Hutchinson, played three games against Sheffield Wednesday, Shrewsbury Town and Hull City but unfortunately after playing some closely-fought games and scoring eight goals, the girls
narrowly missed out on progressing through to the final, which was eventually won by Crawley Town who beat Hull City in the decider.
After the tournament the girls joined over 45,000 fans to attend the match between England Women and Germany Women at Wembley Stadium.
The landmark fixture for women’s football in England was the first official game for the Lionesses at Wembley Stadium.
The game had an exciting start with FFD Women and Girls’ Ambassador Jordan Nobbs hitting the bar within the first 8 seconds of the match.
Germany showed their strength and creativity by scoring three goals to come out as eventual winners.
The staff and girls would like to thank Nicol Meredith, National Women and Girls’ Football Project Co-ordinator, for arranging a fantastic event and providing the girls with the opportunity to take part in a day they will never forget.