BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Birmingham City (H)

Durham Women are in Vitality Women’s FA Cup action this weekend – as they welcome top tier side Birmingham City to Maiden Castle.

After a brief break due to international action, the Wildcats will be looking to progress into the Quarter Finals of the prestigious competition for only the third time in their history.

But standing in their way will be a Birmingham team packed with internationals and looking to continue their progress under new boss Darren Carter.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game…

Durham Women v Birmingham City

Date: Sunday 27th February

Kick-off time: 2pm

Gates open: 12:30pm

Venue: Maiden Castle, DH1 3SE

Members of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League since its inception in 2011, the Blues have a proud history in the league – and indeed in the FA Cup.

They lifted the trophy in 2012 and were runners-up in 2017, and will no doubt be keen on another cup run this term.

That said, the focus for Darren Carter’s side is naturally on the league and pulling away from danger.

Birmingham have secured some eye-catching results this term – beating Arsenal on home soil – and when on song, are a real threat.

They have talented players across the board, with Manchester United loanee Emily Ramsey having caught the eye between the sticks in recent weeks.

Ahead of her, the experienced Republic of Ireland defender Louise Quinn marshalls the backline and there are more internationals in front of her – in the form of midfielders Christie Murray, Veatriki Sarri and ex-Wildcat Lisa Robertson.

Up top, the lively Jade Pennock and Lucy Quinn will need to be watched.

Sunday’s game will be the first time the two teams have met – and it’s sure to be a cracker.

Durham Women will be without forward Nicki Gears who remains sidelined with a long-term injury.

Stay tuned for a pre-match interview.

Tickets remain available for this game.

Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets online, but tickets will be available to purchase on the turnstiles on the day of the game once they open at 12:30pm – with cash, card and contactless payment accepted.

Tickets are priced at the following rates:

  • Adults – £7
  • Students – £5
  • Children (U16) – £3

All tickets sold are unreserved and seating will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Tickets can be purchased below:

For Season Ticket holders, this game will be included as part of their package and so there is no need to purchase an additional ticket.

Season Ticket cards will also be able to collect from the turnstile on the day of the game for those who are yet to collect – please bring your confirmation email to collect yours. 

Food and drink will be available courtesy of Fat Frank’s Food Truck – which will be offering a range of hot and cold drinks and food.

Find out more about them HERE.

The truck will be situated to your left as you enter the turnstiles.

A brand new match day programme will be available for this game – priced at £3.

Featuring exclusive interviews, features and activities for kids, there’s also space for you to get all of the player’s autographs!

Programmes are available from the merchandise stall, which will be situated to your right as you enter through the turnstiles.

Make sure you head to the merchandise stall – situated to your right as you enter through the turnstiles – pick-up all your club memorabilia!

We’ve got hats, scarves, shirts and much more – so don’t forget to pay a visit!

Car parking will be available in the main sports centre car park at Maiden Castle.

To find the ground, please use the SatNav postcode DH1 3SE.

The map below shows parking details and supporter walkways to the ground itself:

The  ground is also accessible by public transport, with the following buses all stoping outside Maiden Castle:

  • 56
  • 57
  • 57A
  • 57X
  • X12
  • 58
  • 59 IndiGo

The stop nearest to the ground is called ‘Houghall College’.

Wondering what’s happening and when at Sunday’s game?

Check out our full Match Day Timetable below…

Spectators attending our games in the 2021/22 season must familiarise themselves with and follow our Supporter Code of Conduct.

You can read the code of conduct HERE.

We will have live coverage of the game on our Twitter account – @DurhamWFC.

Updates will also be posted on our Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Durham Hospitals Radio will offer live coverage of the game with John Middleton and Phill Davison – you can tune-in HERE.

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