Charlton Athletic Football Club Women
Preparations are underway for the FA Women's Championship
Preparations are underway for the FA Women's Championship
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:53PM UTC, Friday, 01 June 2018
The hard work has already started for the Charlton women’s team ahead of their foray into the newly formed FA Women’s Championship in the 2018/19 season.
Quote by: James Marrs“It’s not just about ability, the stuff off the pitch – the work rate, the desire, the commitment that these girls put in is a real big factor in playing for this football club.Quote by: James Marrs
James Marrs
The women’s team clinched promotion to the second tier of English women’s football courtesy of a 2-1 FA Women’s Premier League Championship Play Off win over Blackburn Rovers.

Head Coach Riteesh Mishra and First Team Coach James Marrs wasted no time in committing their long-term futures to the club, and the pair are excited to test themselves at a higher level.

And, at the club’s Player of the Year awards night on Thursday, both re-iterated that the Addicks will not be coming into the league to make up the numbers. “We want to go in there and do well,” said Marrs. “It’s going to take a lot of hard work, but I think we’re not shy of that.” 

And, while some teams will be overhauling their squads during the short off-season in order to make themselves as competitive as possible, Marrs doesn’t think Charlton need much in the way of fresh blood. “I don’t think we need to look too much further than the squad that we’ve already got,” he added.

“Yes, it would be lovely to have some really nice additions and we’ll certainly be looking to strengthen in certain areas but the crop that we’ve got has worked fantastically well and have really knuckled down and cracked on with what we’ve asked them to do over the last six months.

“It’s not just about ability, the stuff off the pitch – the work rate, the desire, the commitment that these girls put in is a real big factor in playing for this football club.

“If we are looking to strengthen, then we’ll certainly be looking for the right type of players. It won’t just be a panic situation where we think we need to go out and get nine or 10 players because we don’t.”

Mishra, who joined the club as under 16s coach in 2014 and worked his way up to the top job via reserve team manager and first team assistant coach, admits his side are currently behind in terms of planning for next term.

However, the restructure of the women’s game we’ve seen in the past week has been huge. As a result, the gaffer reckons we’ll only really get a sense of who will be favoured to do well come the start of the campaign.

“The biggest thing that gives me confidence is the staff we have behind the scenes and the players – what they’ve achieved this year and the performances they’ve put together I think that we’ll be competitive,” Mishra said.

“What that means and how we’ll do only time will tell, but we’re not just going to turn up to make up the numbers.”
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Date Opposition Score
23 Feb 2020 Leicester City 2 - 2
02 Feb 2020 Aston Villa 0 - 3
26 Jan 2020 Chelsea (FA Womens Cup 4th Round proper) 0 - 4
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