Piccadilly Records to partner with West Didsbury & Chorlton Women
Thu 4th May 2017 | West Didsbury & Chorlton | By Rob McKay
West Didsbury & Chorlton have announced a new partnership that will see Piccadilly Records become the new Women’s team home shirt sponsor for the next three seasons.
This summer, Chorltonian Ladies will merge with West Didsbury & Chorlton to form West Didsbury & Chorlton Women’s’ team and will play their games in the First Division South of the North West Women’s Regional Football League. Chorlts just completed their inaugural season in the NWWRFL, finishing a respectable 8th playing against sides such as Merseyrail Bootle, FC United of Manchester Women and Altrincham Ladies.
Born in 1978, Piccadilly Records is an independent record shop in the heart of Manchester city centre. Based at 53 Oldham Street, and considered a Manchester Institution since its original days in the Piccadilly Arcade, they have been serving generations of music lovers and has built up a reputation as one of the world’s best independent record shops.
In recent years Piccadilly Records has been voted best Independent Record Store at the prestigious Music Week awards and has featured in countless national newspapers. In addition, West supporters Dutch Uncles have also featured on Piccadilly Record’s Albums of the Year list when their album O’Shudder appeared at number 17 in 2015.
Chairman Glyn Meacher was delighted with the announcement; “This partnership is a real coup for our club and especially our women’s team. Piccadilly Records is a huge name in Manchester and we’re excited to be associated with them.
"Our Women’s team forms a significant part of our community vision and both our Club Secretary Rob McKay and new Manager Paul Caddick have been working extremely hard to put everything into place.
"There is a strong history of grassroots women’s football in South Manchester and we cannot wait to be a part of it. This allows us to put down long term, and most importantly sustainable, roots in women’s football and become a part of that rich history.
“Piccadilly Records' sponsorship will help ensure that the Women’s squad will be provided with a permanent home at Brookburn Road, two hours of training weekly, access to a physiotherapist and NWCFL standard facilities.”
“We’ve already seen in the match here [when West hosted Chorltonian Ladies] against FC United of Manchester and Stockport County that there is real quality throughout the team and both matches were terrific adverts for the women’s game played in front of good crowds as well.”
New Women’s Team Manager Paul Caddick was excited by the announcement: “This is a huge opportunity for us and it shows the real viability of women’s football in South Manchester. For Piccadilly Records to support our new women’s team shows just how much potential there is in the women’s game.
"Next season we will boast the best facility in the league and we know that we must make the most of it. All the girls are already really excited to get going and we’ve had many enquiries from players looking to join up.”
“Ultimately, the clubs vision is to offer women’s football at the highest sustainable level possible underpinned by both a development squad and under-16s with tie ins to several local junior teams which we’ve worked hard to agree already.”
West’s Women will play their home games at Brookburn Road next season and any players wishing to get involved can contact the club directly at WDCWomen@gmail.com or phone Paul Caddick on 07805514054 with open trials and pre-season for the 2017/18 to be announced shortly.