Lady Imps favourite Stacey Aisthorpe would be proud to play for new Lincoln City Ladies club
Former Lincoln Ladies regular Stacey Aisthorpe has thrown her backing behind Glen Harris’s bid to form a new women’s club in the city.
Ex-Lady Imps manager Harris has lobbied the Football Association about parachuting the new club, to be called Lincoln City Ladies, into the Combination League, the fourth tier of women’s football.
Harris fears for the future of women’s football in the county following Lincoln Ladies’ decision to rebrand as Notts County Ladies and move to Nottingham from 2014.
Aisthorpe – one of the club’s star players from their Premier League Northern Division days – shares Harris’s views and would be eager to join the new club, which would play up to three games per season at Sincil Bank.
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“When I heard about the club moving to Nottingham, I was gutted, I couldn’t believe it,” said the Lincoln-born striker.
“Having built the club up from the very bottom to where it is now, and then having it taken away is terrible.
“I do understand why they’re doing it (moving to Nottingham), but it’s not been handled very well.
“No thought seems to have been given to the people who have helped build the club up over the years – people like Glen (Harris), Rod Wilson, Geoff Adams and Rick and Julie Futter.”
Aisthorpe now plays for the Lady Imps’ reserve side after losing her first-team place following a string of new signings in the wake of the club’s rise to the Women’s Super League.
She has no intention of following the franchise to Nottingham and instead would jump at the chance to play for Lincoln City Ladies in the Combination League.
“I can’t speak for the other girls, but I won’t be going to Nottingham. I’m a Lincoln girl and I want to play for Lincoln,” she declared.
“I know a couple of the girls who played for the club in the (Premier League) Northern Division would be interested in coming back.
“We built a really good side that finished runners-up four times and got to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
“There could be players coming through from the Centre of Excellence so I would imagine we would have a good blend of youth and experience.”
The FA’s women’s football committee are considering the proposal at a meeting in London today and a decision is expected shortly.