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Hammers promoted in controversial circumstances

Filed: Monday, 28th May 2018
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United Ladies will play in the highest division of the Women's Super League next season - despite ending the 2017/18 mid-table in the third tier.

It was confirmed this morning that the Ladies, who finished 7th out of 12 in the Women's Premier Southern Division last season have been controversially granted a place in the newly-named professional Women’s Super League.

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Controversial because Sunderland, who finished a respectable 7th in last season's Premier Division have been dumped into the Premier Northern Division in order to accommodate the Hammers, who are one of 11 teams that will be forming the reformatted league.

In order to become a professional concern, any club must raise a minimum of £350,000. West Ham, who have satisfied that criteria will begin their new campaign on the weekend of 18/19 August.

West Ham's co-chairman David Sullivan, whose son Jack was placed in charge of the Ladies in 2016, said: "Earning Women’s Super League status is an incredible achievement for everyone involved in our Ladies team.

"I have every confidence that Managing Director Jack Sullivan and General Manager Karen Ray will lead our team to the forefront of women’s football in the top division and I look forward to seeing what the team can accomplish going forward."

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Sullivan Jnr took control of the Ladies team in October 2016 after former Chairman Stephen Hunt lodged a formal complaint with the FA.

Hunt accused the club of discriminating against the team who had to pay for their own transport to games, wear out-of-date kit and train on the side of the road having been locked out of the club's Beckton training ground.

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