Spurs Ladies need point to clinch promotion

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies' Rianna Dean looks to keep the ball from a Manchester United Women's oppone

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies' Rianna Dean looks to keep the ball from a Manchester United Women's opponent (pic: Wu's Photography). - Credit: Archant

Karen Hills takes her team to Aston Villa Ladies knowing a draw will see them secure promotion to the FA Women’s Super League

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies will play their penultimate game in the FA Women’s Championship on Wednesday away to Aston Villa Ladies and a point will see them play in the top flight next season.

With two fixtures left, Spurs have their destiny in their hands and only need a draw from their last two matches to join Manchester United Women in the Women’s Super League.

Karen Hills’ team have enjoyed a remarkable season so far and promotion would be the next big step on the club’s journey.

From next season, Spurs Ladies will be renamed Tottenham Hotspur Women and they have also appointed a Head of Women’s Football.

The name change will come into effect ahead of the start of the 2018/19 campaign and was confirmed last week on Friday, April 26.

A club statement read: “We are delighted to announce that from next season Spurs Ladies will be renamed Tottenham Hotspur Women.

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“Originally known as Broxbourne Ladies, the club was formed in 1985 before becoming Spurs Ladies in 1991.

“Glenn Weaver, who was the first-team coach for three years and then chairman until his sad passing in 2015, was instrumental in growing the club.

“Glenn worked tirelessly alongside his sister Valerie Weaver and June Clarke, who continue to be involved in the club.”

To also further support the progress of the women’s team, Spurs have appointed Heather Cowan as Head of Women’s Football.

She will oversee all day-to-day operations having previously undertaken a similar role with her former employers Birmingham City Women.

City, who compete in the Women’s Super League, enjoyed huge success with Cowan acting as General Manager at Damson Park.

Speaking about her role to the official club website, Cowan said: “I am thrilled to have joined Spurs at a time where women’s football is really starting to flourish.

“The club has a wonderful opportunity to create an exciting future and a lasting legacy in the women’s game and I’m looking forward to playing a part in that.

“We shall be working hard to develop a structure and culture that enables talented female footballers to thrive.

“We’re striving for continued success and to build something that fans, players and staff are all proud to be a part of.”