Julie Chipchase Memorial Game

Whites and Belles join together for memorial trophy match.

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Leeds United Women will be facing off against Doncaster Rovers Belles in the first ‘Julie Chipchase Memorial Match’, to decide who takes home the trophy.

The game has been arranged between the two clubs who Julie represented so wonderfully.

A true pioneer of women’s football, Julie is sorely missed having passed away due to a short illness at the beginning of May, 2021.

She was a much loved character, friend and colleague within football as a whole, but especially with both Leeds United Women and Doncaster Rovers Belles.

‘Chippy' played and managed the Belles, before taking over at Leeds, whom she led to their first ever Women’s FA Cup final.

This memorial match will now take place annually, to play a friendly fixture allowing Julie’s exceptional legacy to be remembered.

Date: Sunday 8th August

Kick-off: 2pm

Location: Global Stadium, Ings Lane, Tadcaster, LS24 9AY.

Tickets: Adults £5, U16s FREE.

There will be no sales in advance of the game, all attendees are asked to pay upon their entry.

Leeds United Women’s General Manager, Julie Lewis explained what the game meant to the club.

She said: “We’re playing the game in order to honour a colleague, a friend, and a true inspiration to football as a whole, not just within the women’s game.

“Our friend Julie touched all aspects of the game and she was a coach educator. It wasn’t just about the women’s game it was about football as a whole for her.

“The two teams she spent most of her time at were the Belles and with us, so it seemed right to honour the memory with the two teams she loved the most.

“It will now be a yearly event, switching between home and away, with a trophy for the winners in Julie’s memory.

“All proceeds made from the game will go to a charity of the family’s choosing, so we would love to see as many people come along and support as possible.”

Belles founder and president Sheila Edmunds said: “This is a fantastic way to pay tribute to Chippy, a dear friend of everyone at the Belles, and remember the remarkable legacy she leaves behind.

“Her impact on the Belles and women’s football in general was huge, as we saw with the comments when she passed away.

“It is particularly pleasing that supporters will now be able to attend the game and pay their own tribute to such a popular player, coach and manager.”

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