Laura Howard

Coventry United pull off the Great Escape

Coventry United charted an escape from relegation that wouldn’t seem amiss unfolding on the set of a Hollywood production. The FA Women’s Championship (FAWC) side overcame a ten-point deduction in dramatic fashion with an injury time screamer away at Watford. At the turn of the year Coventry United, the University...
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Posted Jun. 5, 2022

Chelsea clinch WSL in thrilling title race

Chelsea have continued their domestic dominance and sealed the Women’s Super League (WSL) title for a record third season in a row. In what is shaping up to be a rivalry for the ages, the Blues finished just one point ahead of fellow Londoners, Arsenal, on a dramatic final day....
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Posted May. 15, 2022

Coventry United saved from liquidation

Christmas time: hope, joy, relaxation. Or that’s what you’d expect. The story for Coventry United LFC was anything but. Coventry entered the Christmas break, customary in the women’s game, following an upturn in form and with the hope that they would be able to build on this in the new...
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Posted Jan. 30, 2022

Poor refereeing standards in women’s football: this has to change

“We shouldn’t expect lower standards for women’s football, we should demand that VAR and goal-line technology is part of our sport and as soon as possible.” These were the words of Emma Hayes following Chelsea’s 3-2 defeat to Arsenal in their season opener. There is no disputing Hayes’ assertion that...
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Posted Jan. 28, 2022

Women’s Super League gets off to a storming start

Just five games into the season and the Women’s Super League has already thrown up its fair share of shocks and thrillers. Excuses have been as abundant as goals; this season looks set to provide plenty more entertainment. It was predicted by many that the WSL would shape up to...
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Posted Oct. 28, 2021

A Covid-19 sporting retrospective

Seemingly unlimited time to indulge in my latest save of Football Manager, the novelty of a computerised Grand National, and attempting the feat of spelling my name on Strava have all undoubtedly had their charms over lockdown. The return of sport to our screens and parks in 2021, however, has...
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Posted Sep. 30, 2021

Arsenal triumph in London derby spectacle

The most highly anticipated game of the FAWSL’s opening weekend saw a clash of two title hopefuls in the Champions League finalists and defending champions, Chelsea, and last year’s third-placed team, Arsenal. Held at the Emirates and broadcast on Sky Sports, the game truly set the standard for where women’s...
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Posted Sep. 7, 2021

Football creates lasting legacies for host cities

Despite England's loss at the final of the Euros, choruses of ‘it’s coming home’ ringing out from beer gardens and pubs across England are still echoing in our minds. Yet football has become a truly global game and now contributes sizeably to tourism across the world. While this year’s Euros took on an alternative hosting arrangement, with games spread across multiple venues throughout Europe, the hosting of international tournaments can be both a blessing and a burden on the home nation.
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Posted Jul. 16, 2021

Cavendish equals Merckx’s record in remarkable return

Behind all the clamour and furore surrounding England’s historic journey to the Euro 2020 finals, another Englishman’s success has been somewhat overshadowed. While the nation’s eyes have been fixed on football, Mark Cavendish has been charting a resurgence in the cycling world that has seen him equal a record no...
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Posted Jul. 15, 2021

Football creates lasting legacies for host cities

The Euros are now well underway and choruses of ‘it’s coming home’ ring out from beer gardens and pubs across England. Yet football has become a truly global game and now contributes sizeably to tourism across the world. While this year’s Euros has taken on an alternative hosting arrangement, with games spread across multiple venues throughout Europe, the hosting of international tournaments can be both a blessing and a burden on the home nation.
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Posted Jul. 11, 2021