Leeds United Women to play Donny Belles in Julie Chipchase tribute

Doncaster Rovers Belles and Leeds United to play Julie Chipchase Memorial Match
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The first Julie Chipchase Memorial Match will take place next month as Doncaster Rovers Belles and Leeds United pay tribute.

Leeds and the Belles will take turns in hosting the annual game, with United’s home ground of Tadcaster Albion FC staging the inaugural game on Sunday 8 August.

Belles founder and president Sheila Edmunds told doncasterroversfc.co.uk: “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.”

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

Leeds United Women’s general manager Julie Lewis added: “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.

“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.”

Tickets for the 2pm kick off are £5 for adults (pay on the day only), while U16s go free.

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