England Women to play World Cup qualifier in Shrewsbury
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England Women are set to play their key World Cup qualifier against Ukraine at Shrewsbury Town’s Greenhous Meadow stadium.
The Lionesses, who sit top of their qualifying group after winning all of their four games played, will take on Ukraine on Thursday 8 May 2014. The match, which kicks off at 7.30pm, will also be broadcast live on BBC2.
Tickets are on sale now and priced at £5 for adults and £2.50 for concessions (U16s, over 65s and students). A family ticket, for two adults and two children, is available at £10.
A win would bring England a step closer to qualification for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup which takes place in Canada. England’s next game in their campaign is against Montenegro on Saturday 5 April 2014 at Brighton’s AMEX Stadium.
England Women manager Mark Sampson said:
“I am pleased to be taking the team back to Shrewsbury Town and using their excellent stadium.
“The club and local community have shown fantastic support to the England Women’s team in the past and I am sure this will be the case again in May.
“I really hope our supporters will be out in force come May for what will be a tough match for us against a strong Ukraine team.”
Shrewsbury last hosted England Women in 2010, when they took on Switzerland as part of a successful 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign. The club has also staged England Men’s U19s, U20 and U21 internationals, including England U21’s Euro qualifier v San Marino in November 2013.
Gwilym Butler, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for leisure, libraries and culture, said:
“I’m delighted that the Football Association has decided to host another Women’s international at the Greenhous Meadow. Hosting events like this really put the town of Shrewsbury on the map. I hope everyone who attends the game has a wonderful time and England get the right result.”
Jayne Bebb, Shrewsbury Town club secretary, said:
“It is a great honour to once again be able to welcome the England Women’s team to the Greenhous Meadow.
“Since their first visit back in November 2007 we have built up an excellent relationship with the team and the FA. It is great to have been asked to host this important game against Ukraine, and hopefully we can play our part in helping the team reach Canada 2015.
“It is an exciting time for women’s football in the country, and to be able to help stage this game is another big boost for Shrewsbury Town FC.”
England travel to Larnaca this weekend to defend their Cyprus Cup title. They will face Italy (5 March), Finland (7 March) and Canada (10 March) in the group stages of the annual tournament.