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Thank You Millsy

Captain announces retirement

24 July 2020

Pompey Women captain Amelia Southgate has announced her retirement from football, ending a 12-year playing career.

The defender made 71 appearances for the Blues after joining in 2017, winning two Hampshire Cup trophies during her time.

Her Pompey debut was in a 4-1 win over Cardiff at Westleigh Park in 2017, while she scored twice across three seasons.

The first goalcame in an FA Cup win over AFC Wimbledon in the 2017/18 season, while she also netted against Warsash in a Hampshire Cup quarter-final tie during the same campaign.

Southgate’s superb leadership qualities on and off the pitch meant she was named vice-captain to Charley Boswell in February 2018, following the departure of Nadine Bazan.

Boswell made the move to Championship side Lewes at the end of that season and manager Jay Sadler decided to hand the armband to Amelia.

Her first game as skipper came at C&K Basildon in a 6-0 victory, where she produced a solid defensive performance to ensure a clean sheet.

Southgate captained the side that won the Hampshire Cup in 2019, lifting the trophy after a 3-1 win over rivals Southampton.

She said: “Football has pretty much been the main focus of my life for over 20 years now.

“I am at a point in my life where I have lots of other competing priorities. I can’t commit to football as much as I would like to at the moment or as much as the other girls deserve.

“I have absolutely loved my time at Pompey and feel honoured to have represented the club. I would like to thank everyone at the club for everything they have done for me and also for the team.”

“I have absolutely loved my time at Pompey and feel honoured to have represented the club. I would like to thank everyone at the club everything they have done for me and also for the team.”

Amelia Southgate

Manager Jay Sadler added: “I want to say a massive thank you to Millsy for everything she has done for the club.

“She has made an incredible contribution as both a player and captain, playing a significant role in the progress and evolution of Pompey Women.

“She has represented this club with diligence and professionalism over the past three seasons and has been a true leader and inspiration to us all. I wish her all the very best in her retirement.”


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