AFC Fylde chairman David Haythornthwaite has reversed the National League club’s decision to become the first to disband a top women’s side.
The Coasters chief announced the reprieve on Tuesday, three weeks after saying they would not be able to keep the team going because of the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis.
Had it gone ahead, the National League Northern Premier Division side would have become the first women’s club in the top levels of the English women’s game to fold because of global pandemic.
They will now play at AFC Fylde’s old home at Coronation Road in Kirkham after a major restructuring to keep them afloat.
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In a video interview with the club’s website, Haythornthwaite said: “It’s fantastic news and something I’m delighted about. Right from the very beginning when I started to try to build a Fylde brand, it’s always been my aim to make it more than just men’s football here.”
Kim Turner, the newly-instated co-manager alongside club captain Danielle Young, told BBC Radio 5 Live: “The club got a lot of media attention, which was great for us. The one thing we really wanted was just to a conversation to see how we could make it work instead of just getting rid of it, and they were willing to listen.
“It’s been the craziest three weeks within a crazy time that’s going on anyway, and the fact we’ve got this turned round and the girls can stay together means so much.”
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