New era and new boss for Banbury women

Kevin Phillips and Kath Faulkner

A new women’s football team is on the lookout for players following the appointment of their management team.

Banbury United unveiled Kevin Phillips as the new woman’s team manager alongside his assistant Kath Faulkner last Friday.

The new club is a complete departure from the old Banbury United Ladies team, a separate club that withdrew from the league mid-season due to a shortage of players.

Phillips, who holds a Level 2 coaching qualification, has experience of managing men’s, women’s and youth teams over the last decade.

As a player he was part of Under-21 teams at German sides Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke and, on his new position in the Banbury dugout, said he is “very excited” and “proud” to have been appointed.

Faulkner has spent 18 years playing in senior women’s football, including eight years with Oxford United.

United will apply to join the Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football League for next season and will play matches on a Sunday afternoon. Home games will be played at the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium.

Phillips said: “Women’s football has changed over the past 10 years through the support of the FA and their new ‘Gameplan for Growth’, it’s an exciting time to be part of women’s football.

“Women’s teams at Banbury United have had previous success over the years and my ambition is to emulate this and put the team on the map once again.”

Martin Cantrell, the Puritans’ vice chairman, added: “These are very exciting appointments for the club and we are confident that they will lead to Banbury United having a vibrant and successful women’s team that is attractive to local players.”

If you are over 16 and are interested in playing for the Banbury United Women’s team, then email women@banburyunitedfc.co.uk or phone Kevin Phillips on 07734 060314.

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