Portsmouth FC are pleased to announce that following their recent incorporation into the parent club, the ladies’ team will now be known as Portsmouth FC Women.
This name change has been lodged with all the relevant football authorities and the club will play in the Women’s National League under the new name in the coming season.
It also brings them into line with other sides, such as Arsenal, Chelsea and Birmingham, who have made similar decisions of late.
Eric Coleborn, chairman of PFCW, said: “This name change is important as it underlines the national trend to afford women’s football the respect it deserves as one of the fastest-growing participation sports in the country.
“I am sure the name ‘Pompey Ladies’ will endure as a familiar name for the club, and rightly so, but the club plays in the Women’s National League and competes in the Women’s FA Cup, so with the incorporation of the club it seemed the ideal time to change the name.”
"This name change is important as it underlines the national trend to afford women’s football the respect it deserves."
Outgoing chairman Mick Williams, who ran the club successfully for three years, as well as being involved in women’s football since the 1960s, added: “This is a proud moment for Pompey Ladies. All those involved in the club down the years, including, I’m sure, those no longer with us like Dave Coyle, who did so much for the club, are delighted that the club is now firmly part of the Pompey family and this name change moves the club along with the times.”
PFCW will also adopt a new crest, in line with the parent club branding. It includes the year of 1987, which was when the current women’s club was founded.
Colin Farmery, chair of the Pompey History Society, added: “It's worth noting the city of Portsmouth actually has a proud tradition of women’s football going back more than 100 years. In Edwardian times there were many well-attended matches at Fratton Park and the team was one of the foremost in England.”
PFCW will play its home fixtures at the PMC Stadium, opposite Anchorage Park on the Eastern Road, home of Baffins Milton Rovers. The postcode to find the stadium is: PO3 5LY.
There are two friendlies scheduled there against Poole Town Wednesday, July 25 (7.30pm) and Cheltenham Town Ladies on Sunday, July 29 (2pm). Entry is £2 for adults and £1 for children.