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Aston Villa Women: Davies delighted to be back at Villa Park

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Aston Villa Women: Davies delighted to be back at Villa Park
Gemma Davies has supported Aston Villa Football Club her whole life.  

In January, the Aston Villa Women Head Coach realised a dream when she patrolled the touchline at Villa Park for the first time as her side drew 0-0 against Leicester in front of a record crowd. 

Davies will be back in the Villa Park dugout on 8th September as she looks for her first win at the stadium against Blackburn Rovers. But win, lose or draw, a chance to manage at the club’s home ground will always be special to her. 

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“It’s unbelievable. It’s the club I support,” she said. 

“I supported the club as a child and I played for the academy side, so to be able to stand on the touchline as a manager of this football club is a huge honour. 

“It’s an absolute privilege to stand there and it’s always a highlight for me. It’s something that I’ll always remember.” 

Perspective and ambitions around the Women’s team have shifted since Davies was installed as Head Coach in June last year. 

From being happy to survive in the FA Women’s Championship under the previous regime to targeting promotion on the back of support from CEO Christian Purslow and the current owners, the team is vastly different to that which took to Villa Park in January. 

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Nine new signings have bolstered the playing squad, and two wins from their opening two league matches have justified the changes. 

Davies is hoping the club’s fan base will turn out in numbers to support the new-look Women’s side as they look to continue their 100% start to the season. 

She said: “We’re all really excited to be back at Villa Park. The confidence is flowing through the team, but their feet are firmly on the ground. 

“It’s important that we play the game and not the occasion, but it will be something that we all remember as we continue the journey that we’re on. 

“I would urge those fans who are sceptical about what Aston Villa Women offer to come down and see what we’re about.” 

Men’s Season Ticket Holders can claim their free ticket online here, while fans can save money by buying online in advance of the match. Tickets will be available on the day priced at £7 adults and £3 concessions.

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By @GregStyles91 30th August 2019