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Amie Belshaw: A Woman on a Mission

The 2019 Women's World Cup sees England reign supreme as Amie leads the Lionesses to their maiden title. Now she has captured attention in the men's game and has been hired by French side US Boulogne. Will Amie have what it takes to succeed?
Started on 13 January 2020 by ScottT
Latest Reply on 29 April 2020 by Justice
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Two Years On: Ellen White following defeat to the Netherlands in the semi-finals at the 2017 European Championships

7th July 2019

The stage was set once again at the Stade de Lyon for Amie Belshaw and the Lionesses just five days on from their victory against the three-time world champions, the United States. Amie couldn't quite comprehend the gravitas of the result following the game, but ahead of the final spoke clearly about how her side are "showing their intent" on the grandest stage. She concluded her comments with a simple message; "we were forever the bridesmaid. Now we are looking to become the bride."

However, England's opponents were also looking to impress in their maiden appearance in a World Cup final. In fact, the Netherlands are looking to continue a fairy-tale story which has seen them grow from strength-to-strength under the guidance of head-coach Sarina Wiegman.

Wiegman took over the reigns in January 2017, just six months ahead of the 2017 European Championships in which were due to be hosted by the Dutch. Morale was at a low as she inherited a side who had lost four of their last five matches, which subsequently led to her implementing exercises to significantly improve the feel-good factor around the Dutch camp, as well as imposing an attacking philosophy onto her players.

It proved to be hugely successful. The Dutch went on to reign supreme in their own backyard, winning every game en route to claiming the European Championship, including a three-nil victory against The Lionesses in the semi-finals before defeating Denmark in the final. It was a vastly dramatic and remarkable achievement; the Dutch had previously failed to even qualify from their group in the 2015 European Championships held in Sweden.

Ever since, Wiegman's side have continued to impress critics and gained plaudits for their entertaining, attacking-style. Victories against New Zealand, Cameroon and Canada resulted in maximum points being obtained from their group, before they outclassed both Japan and Italy to set-up a semi-final tie against Sweden.

Sweden, coached by Peter Gerhardsson, were seeking to reach their first World Cup final since finishing runners-up to Germany in the 2003 World Cup held in the United States. This would be their fourth appearance in a World Cup semi-final. While the Swedes are a side with a glowing history, the Netherlands were very much the opposite. This was just the second time the Dutch have made an appearance at a World Cup, following their debut in Canada four years ago which saw them reach the last sixteen before losing to Japan.

Extra-time was required as the two sides held firm in a game which very much mirrored the other semi-final game held just twenty-four hours earlier. Both sides came bitterly close to breaking the dead-lock in normal-time, but Dutch goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal pulled-off arguably one of the greatest saves of the tournament to deny Nilla Fischer's low-driven strike from inside the area. A finger-tip save enabled her to tip the ball onto the post before it was scrambled away.

Stefanie van der Gragt saw her header came off the cross-bar following Hedvig Lindahl's slight-touch for the Dutch.

Ultimately however, the Netherlands would clinch the decisive goal early-on in the first-half of extra-time. Jackie Groenen struck her effort from outside the area perfectly into the bottom left-hand corner, eluding the outstretched Lindahl, to set-up a final in which would result in a maiden winner of the competition between England and the Netherlands.

There was a cautious sense of optimism in either camp ahead of the game. Both sides strode out onto the turf of the Stade de Lyon believing they could get the better of their opponents which would create an intriguing final for the neutral. Importantly, there were no injury concerns for either side and therefore resulted in the strongest sides possible being elected for either side.

England perhaps approached the game as favourites on the basis that they were given an extra-day of rest ahead of the final over their counterparts, but the Netherlands had the quality within their ranks to make a strong case that they, in fact, came into the game as the favourites. The bookies were largely split, as were pundits and neutrals alike. There simply was nothing to choose between the two ahead of the game. This was perhaps the toughest final to call for many, many years.

The Lionesses reverted back to what is arguably their strongest starting eleven, as Fran Kirby and Alex Greenwood were reintroduced to the side. Carly Telford remained in goal ahead of the usual number one Karen Bardsley after her clean-sheet against the United States.

The Netherlands have been largely consistent with their team selections throughout the competition. There was one notable change to the side that beat Sweden with Lineth Beerensteyn starting ahead of Shanice van de Sanden, however parity was restored to the Dutch front-line as van de Sanden made a return after coming off the bench in the previous game.

England starting XI: Telford, Bronze, Houghton (c), Bright, Greenwood, Walsh, Kirby, Scott, Mead, Parris, White

Netherlands starting XI: van Veenendaal (c), van Lunteren, van der Gragt, Janssen, van Dongen, Groenen, Spitse, van de Donk, van de Sanden, Martens, Miedema

Unsurprisingly, the game attracted a sold-out crowd which included thousands of England and Dutch supporters. The Dutch contingent especially had received plenty of attention in the hours leading up to the game as they paraded into the complex in bright orange uniform to match their national team's colours. Many simply painted themselves from head-to-toe; taking advantage of the beautifully warm conditions in Lyon.

Once the formalities were completed, the game was underway and the eyes of the world were drawn to this game for the next couple of hours, at least. Both sides were renowned for their attacking-fluid styles and therefore it made for an interesting battle. There was a question looming in everyone's minds; which team would be the side to drop-off first? It would come down to this.

The opening half an hour prompted an exciting display of end-to-end football with both sides sticking true to their attacking principles. Aside from the US, who benefited heavily from their thirteen-nil drubbing of Thailand in their opening group game, both England and the Netherlands had asserted themselves as the most potent goalscorers over the course of the tournament. For England, Ellen White had remained an important figure as she sought to claim the golden boot by scoring a seventh goal of the tournament, whilst for the Netherlands - aside from their array of attacking talent - it was goalkeeper van Veenendaal who had caught the attention of plaudits.

The Atlético stopper had been impressive throughout, but kept decisive clean-sheets in the Netherlands's victories against Italy and Sweden in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, respectively, despite being called into action on numerous occasions in both games. White certainly had a difficult task ahead of her to capture a goal to benefit both herself and her side.

Approaching half-time and it had been a fairly even game. The Netherlands sought to create one final opportunity before referee, Stephanie Frappart, blew her whistle to bring an end to the opening half of the game. Both sides had largely remained keen to maintain possession and focused their play by playing short passes in order to avoid surrendering possession, however the Dutch this time played a long-bail forward that caught the England defence out.

Steph Houghton found herself in a foot-race she was never destined to win with Vivianne Miedema and Millie Bright was unable to recover to aid her teammate. Miedema simply latched onto the long-ball played by van Dongen, took the ball round the onrushing Telford and stroked the ball home to give the Netherlands the lead heading into the break.

The aforementioned travelling Dutch supporters were sent into raptures as the Dutch players celebrated. The half-time whistle would sound moments later. England had it all to do heading into the second-half, but from a Dutch perspective the score-line was extremely pleasing. Sarina Wiegman's side were set for back-to-back major tournament success should they hold onto their lead.

Amie Belshaw's team-talk at half-time was extremely difficult. Her side weren't playing poorly by any stretch of the imagination yet found themselves behind. It was purely a lapse of concentration on the behalf of the England players which ultimately proved costly. Steph Houghton was bitterly disappointed in her role in the Dutch's opening goal, but maintained positive ahead of the second-half. She had a role to play as a captain to aid Amie in motivating the side for the second-half. They weren't going to let this opportunity pass them by without a fight.

"Keep your heads up," Amie instructed her players. "You've been largely impressive but just haven't had that killer-ball within you to unlock the Dutch defence. They're an extremely well-drilled side, we have to try something different to get through." She turned her attention to her substitute Georgia Stanway. "Georgia, get yourself ready. You're going to come on and upset the back-line." Georgia's eyes lit up with a fire. She recognised this was a fantastic opportunity in her relatively young career so far.

Stanway has been an absolute revelation for her club, Manchester City. She merited the PFA's Women's Young Player of the Season award ahead of the World Cup and her talent was obvious. At just twenty-one, she has a promising career ahead of her. Her minutes over the course of the tournament had been largely sporadic, but Amie placed a belief that her energy, confidence and natural ability would enable her side to get themselves back into the game.

Her arrival onto the pitch saw the departure of Jill Scott, who's experience was replaced in favour of youth in this case. Jill understood the situation of the game and had no complaints about the decision made. She was a model professional, as are all the girls without the Lionesses dressing-room. Belshaw was truly blessed with an excellent crop of players in that respect. They fought as a collective rather than as individuals. A fight for the badge and for the nation of England.

The second-half brought renewed confidence from England despite the fact they trailed the game. The Netherlands continued to remain on the front-foot whenever possible, but were being pinned-back well by the Lionesses. Stanway had changed the game and brought an air of danger that, whilst existed in the first-half, severely tested the steely Dutch defence.

With the pressure being applied by the Lionesses, it was surely only a matter of time before they eventually broke the resistance of the Dutch and found an equaliser. Georgia Stanway would prove to be the difference-maker in this respect; playing a quick one-two with Nikita Parris before sliding in the winger to play a low-cross into the middle. Ellen White saw her effort blocked by some excellent defending by Anouk Dekker, who had continually marked White to perfection throughout the game, but the ball fell kindly to Fran Kirby who was on-hand to finish. One-one with fifteen minutes to play and the momentum was firmly with England.

The Netherlands seemed to quickly awake from their slumber. Whilst they were keen to press-on with their attacking-nature, they had firmly fallen second-best to England in the second-half and the equaliser proved to be a wake-up call for them. The game seemed to revert back to its original nature in the opening exchanges of the game as both sides sought for a winner in an end-to-end final fifteen minutes.

Neither side could complain when the game headed into extra-time, though. This would be increasingly telling into how much of an advantage an extra day of rest has on a side. The Netherlands had largely remained in-sync with their opponents on a physical level in the latter exchanges of normal-time, but with an increasing number of minutes to play it remained to seen whether the Lionesses could assert their advantage onto their opposition.

The atmosphere within the Stade de Lyon had continued to remain jubilant. The nature of the game had given supporters plenty to be entertained by and neutrals in particular were high on praise in regards to the initial ninety-minutes they had witnessed. The final certainly hadn't disappointed and there was still plenty more excitement to be had with extra-time in store.

Not only did England come into extra-time with the potential advantage of scheduling on their side, but they also had an extra substitution over the Netherlands who had used all of their substitutions in normal-time in a bid to settle the game there and then. It was a huge risk taken by Wiegman that could ultimately leave them vulnerable over the course of the next half an hour. Jill Roord, Dominique Bloodworth and Lineth Beerensteyn had all taken to the pitch in exchange for Lieke Martens, van Dongen and van de Sanden.

Whereas for England, Georgia Stanway's introduction was added to by the arrival of Jodie Taylor for Beth Mead.

The theme of the game remained throughout extra-time. It was England who came the closest in the first-half, as Ellen White was denied by van Veenendaal following an excellently worked team-move that involved twenty-four passes in the build-up. The Netherlands continued to maintain their play in spite of the physical advantage England had, although it became apparent they were tiring in the final exchanges in the second-half. They became content with sitting-back in the final few minutes as England applied a barrage of pressure to no avail. The game would be settled by a penalty shoot-out.

England supporters nervously laughed in the crowd at the prospect that awaited them. It's increasingly well-known that England and penalties simply don't mix, although Gareth Southgate's England side had dispelled the ghosts of the past by triumphing against Colombia the previous summer.

Throughout the tournament though, England's conversion record from penalties had been largely poor. Nikita Parris, despite scoring from the spot in the opening game against Scotland, had seen her efforts denied on two separate occasions at this World Cup alone. It was a massive physiological test for the Lionesses against an opponent who had been largely untested in such circumstances due to the nature of their rapid success. They simply hadn't been taken to penalties before, so this was very much untested waters for the Dutch.

Both sides elected the order of who would step-up. Surprisingly there seemed to be no fracas about who and when would step-up at which moment. The Netherlands were granted the opportunity to convert first as the goalscorer Vivienne Miedema would take first. She looked confident, maintaining eye-contact with Telford before turning her attentions to the ball. She sent Telford the wrong-way and the Netherlands led the shoot-out.

Similarly to the Netherlands, the talisman of the side for England would step-up first. Ellen White placed the ball on the spot before taking a deep-breath. She strode back a couple of steps before the whistle sounded, firmly keeping her attention on anything other than van Veenendaal. She struck the ball sweetly into the left-hand corner, evading the Dutch goalkeeper who couldn't quite deny her effort. We were level after a penalty apiece.

The next two penalties for either side were both converted, as Sherida Spitse and Jackie Groenen both converted for the Netherlands comfortably, whilst Lucy Bronze and Jodie Taylor ensured England remained level.

Danielle van de Donk stepped-up next for the Netherlands and it was evident she was unsettled. Her body-language as she took to placing the ball into the net wasn't oozing of her usual confidence. Carly Telford noted that. The lack of confidence led to Telford easily sussing out where the midfielder was aiming to place her effort, enabling her to dive to her right and comfortably parry the ball away from goal. Advantage England.

Notably, England's usual penalty-taker Nikita Parris had yet to be elected. Georgia Stanway was next. The young women displayed the confidence of a seasoned-veteran as she took to placing the ball on the spot. The England supporters behind the goal, in whom had been fairly reserved even when the Netherlands looked to convert, watched on with hope. Stanway versus van Veenendaal...

The penalty was struck hard and true, van Veenendaal was beaten. The ball clipped the underside of the bar with the 'keeper simply watching on, but found its way into the net. Stanway gave out an enormous roar of delight upon the confirmation her penalty was in. It was four-three in England's advantage with the final set of penalties to be taken.

Beerensteyn ensured that the fate of the World Cup would be decided on England's, and more specifically Steph Houghton's, terms. The pressure was enormous, but Houghton understood that her role as captain meant this position was destined for her. She stepped-up in place of Nikita Parris who quite simply was overcome with nerves.

The group of England players had been watching on nervously throughout the duration of the penalties being taken, but they could hardly watch as Steph braced herself to take the penalty that could win the World Cup for the Lionesses. Amie turned away from the pitch with a rye-smile being expressed to her coaching-team. This was it.

The atmosphere within the stadium dropped completely as everyone waited anxiously for the outcome of this penalty. The silence which had descended upon the Stade de Lyon was eerily nerve-wracking. The magnitude of pressure upon the England captain's shoulders was extraordinary. Houghton to win it for England...

The noise within the stadium soon erupted. Steph Houghton wheeled away in celebration and was quickly met by an onrushing barrage of players and coaches who rugby-tackled her to the floor, piling on and hugging profusely. She had won the World Cup for England.

Amie Belshaw shook the hand of Sarina Wiegman before received a warm congratulatory hug from her opposing manager. Overwhelmed by the situation, she was confined to the dug-out as she sobbed in disbelief. From day one she spoke of her desire to win the World Cup with her country and she had done it. Her dream had been made in her final outing as the Lionesses head-coach. It was a fairy-tale story with a beautiful ending.

She was soon dragged over to the pitch by her assistant manager, Hope Powell - who had been reappointed to the England staff following her run as head-coach between 1998 to 2013 - to join in with the celebrations. The players would quickly gather to hoist their manager in the air before parading her round the ground to soak in the applause from everyone. The Dutch supporters were gracious with their kindness to which prompted Amie to applaud them in return, but more importantly she was greeted with a roar of delight from England supporters. There were even a few tears shed by some; it was a truly beautiful moment that epitomised why football is loved so emphatically.

Moments later, the World Cup ceremony began and the trophy was lifted high above the head's of Belshaw, Houghton and company. Everyone embraced, this was truly a fitting way to end the Belshaw legacy...


Seb: It was a fantastic result against, as you say, the favourites for the World Cup. It was an excellent way to win the game... but perhaps not as sweet as this one! ;)
ITS COMING HOME!!

An excellent tournament for Amie and England with a number of players stepping up when called upon, with a special mention being given to Stanway who really changed the game allowing for Steph to win it all for England. The question now is, where is next for Amie after that?

Also needs to be said, incredibly detailed update and excellently written as usual. Great work mate!
I aged 10 years reading this, nonetheless the best 10 years of my life :)
Fantastic effort to bring it home, especially against a team showing as much quality as this Netherlands side.

No matter how you do it whether it be penalties or not a win is a win and they won't care!
A dream ending for Belshaw's reign as the woman who led a nation to world domination and a superbly written piece to fit the scenario perfectly. Bravo Belshaw, Bravo Scott!
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3 monthsEdited

8th July 2019

The previous night was a wild one for Amie as she celebrated with her players and England supporters in the bars located around the city centre of Lyon. Her head was pounding and she couldn't remember much of what went on the previous night, although she seemed to recall a dodgy karaoke performance of ABBA's hit song 'Fernando' being performed alongside the duo of Lucy Bronze and Millie Bright. It was probably best she didn't recall the events of the night previous in all honesty, she thought to herself.

Importantly though, Amie departed her role as the Lionesses head-coach with a World Cup winners medal to show for her efforts. England walked-away from France with their maiden title on the world stage and Amie couldn't have been prouder of not only herself, but also her players. It was an emotional goodbye, but one that will be remembered fondly given the circumstances.

Today was the beginning of the next chapter in Amie's managerial career though and in spite of her current state, she readied herself to the best of her ability in preparation of her impending flight to the north of France. She gathered all of her possessions safe in the knowledge that her departure from her previous role was merely due to the opportunity being presented to her in which she could simply not afford to turn-down.

Discussions had been largely halted as Amie wanted to attend to ongoing matters at the World Cup and focus entirely on the task at hand, but following England's 3-0 victory over Norway that would later prompt the England head-coach to announce her departure with the conclusion of the tournament, it became apparent negotiations were re-opened. A deal was agreed in principle that would enable her to take the role on from 10th July - three days on from the World Cup final.

Her desire had always been to follow in the footsteps of her close-friend, Corinne Diacre. Amie was disappointed to not have been given the chance to face Corinne during the World Cup as she found herself in charge of the French national team, but kept in close-contact with Corinne ahead of her transition into the men's game. She needed all the advice she could get. As much as the women's game has dramatically improved and in some fashion isn't largely too dissimilar to the men's game in some respect, there was still a large gulf to contend with.

Corinne was a pioneer for women in the men's game. She became the first woman to manage a men's game in the the top two tiers of a European league when she coached Clermont Foot in a losing effort to Stade Brestois in Ligue 2, maintaining her role for three years until she opted to return to the women's game to take the vacant managerial position with Les Bleues. During that time, the club consolidated a mid-table finish year-upon-year to which met the approval of supporters. Her advice was welcomed.

Amie hurriedly arrived at the airport and took the relevant steps in order to lead her to her flight, ensuring her luggage was safely attended to first. After around a fifteen minute wait, she clambered on-board and took her seat, smiling to herself as she realised for the first-time the beginning of the next chapter was about to begin.

The journey take just over an hour to make, so Amie took the opportunity to continue reading the critically acclaimed book written by Jack Lister named 'Paper Planes' to which she perused through when time allowed. It was a truly fascinating book that details the life of the author and his love for Leeds United in a compelling fashion and had Amie hooked. She wasn't usually a book-person, so it came as a surprise to Amie just how much she had fallen in love with the writing.

It seemed as though the journey had only just begun when the announcement was made that the plane had arrived to its destination. Amie had almost reached the end of the novel and was left open-mouthed by what she had read. She didn't know whether to laugh at the supposed actions of a young Jack as he inadvertently engaged in some questionable and deeply troubling scenes in a fixture against Manchester United. Regardless, she was looking forward to reaching the end of the book.

She packed the book back into the small handbag she had brought on-board and exited amongst the crowd of other passengers before collecting the rest of her items. The club had arranged for a personal chauffeur to be on hand waiting outside the airport, ready to collect her and take her to the club's premises to complete the final arrangements before taking her luggage to the hotel in which was also supplied by the club.

The chauffeur, Guilbert, was a middle-aged man with slicked-back jet-black hair. He was well-mannered and extremely humorous as we travelled into the city from the Charles de Gaulle Airport that was located forty minutes outside the city borders. Upon arrival to the complex in which the meeting would take place, Guilbert notified me he would be ready to collect me once again following the conclusion of my contract signing and my luggage would be waiting for me at the hotel.

Stepping foot out of the vehicle, a gorgeously maintained Rolls-Royce, Amie was greeted by a fleet of directors who were patiently awaiting the arrival of their soon-to-be head-coach. There was a ruckus of conversation being made as she greeted each man individually and accepted the kind congratulatory comments made in relation to her recent success with the Lionesses. She was then quickly ushered into the complex by the chairman, Reinold Delattre, who was keen to get on with proceedings as the other directors followed in-toe.

Everyone hastily gathered in the spacious meeting-room as Reinold immediately began his speech. "We are delighted to welcome Miss Amie Belshaw here this afternoon to welcome what is to be the beginning of a new chapter for this football club," he began. "We are keen to usher in a new sense of optimism to the football club following years of stagnation and regression that has confined us to the third tier of French football for the past eight years," he continued.

"As chairman, I do not want to be associated with an inability to guide this football club back to the second-tier - where we truly belong - any longer. I take responsibility for a succession of wrongful appointments of previous head-coaches, but following in-depth discussions with you all [the directors] this time around, I truly believe that this woman right here can be the difference.

She has proven to be a successful head-coach in both the previous roles she has undertaken with the Olympique Lyonnais women's side and most recently with the England women's national team that concluded with the Lionesses winning the 2019 Women's World Cup." This was met with widespread applause from all the directors present in the room as Amie smiled and mouthed a simple "thank you" once again.

"She has the winning mentality that is needed in order to be successful. With that, I welcome Amie to the club once again," Reinold concluded as he gestured for me to continue upon his speech. I gracefully accepted his invitation and waited for the applause to conclude before beginning.

"Thank you. This is a tremendous opportunity which I simply couldn't refuse. I intend to keep my speech short, so apologies for the briefness, but I tend to let my do my talking on the touchline and in the dressing-room!" Amie laughed. "I'm extremely grateful for what is to come and cannot wait to get to work with this football club.

I echo the words of Reinold and intend to act upon the shortcomings of previous head-coaches by bringing success and rejuvenation to this football club which they ultimately failed to do. The task ahead is set to be a difficult with the quality of opposition in the league this season and the advantage some have due to the professional status they occupy in contrast to our semi-professional status, however financial clout which ultimately allows these clubs to maintain their professional status won't deter us.

Success is paramount in this business and I intend to settle for nothing less."

Reinold applauded alongside his fellow directors as he ordered for the paperwork to be delivered into the meeting-room so the confirmation could be gathered. A young, blonde lady who Amie assumed to be the club's secretary soon came in flanked with documents to which were placed on the table in-front of me. The club's photographer quickly entered the room behind the secretary so photos could be published to the club's website and social media accounts as I put pen to paper on a one-year-deal with clauses in place for the deal to be extended.

With one natural swift movement of the pen, a couple of flashes from the camera and beaming smiles from both myself and Reinold, I was the new head-coach of US Boulogne.


Seb: Stanway was ultimately the game-changer for England. Without her, the World Cup could have been heading to the Netherlands! Appreciate the kind words.
OMGItsToddzy: Glad to be of service! ;)
Aaron: The Netherlands were an excellent team over the course of the tournament. They made for very difficult opposition, but you're right, irrespective of how it was done, the World Cup was won. A truly fantastic accomplishment.
Jack: Thank you very much x
Intrigued to see how this will go...
Fascinated to see how this will go
Congrats to Amie on her arrival to the mens game, I believe she will make a massive impact in the mens game, just as she did with the womens.

Certainly an interesting book it seems, wonder what that Jack could of possibly done!
Amie Belshaw is on the rise as a manager and US Boulogne will do well to keep hold of her in the next couple of years as success will no doubt follow her from international football to club.

Club Overview: US Boulogne - 2019



Basic Information

Name: Union Sportive de Boulogne-sur-Mer Côte d'Opale
Location: Boulogne-sur-Mer
Club Status: Semi-Professional
Nickname: L'USBCO
Founded: 1898
League: Championnat National (3rd tier), France

Chairman: Reinold Delattre
Manager: Amie Belshaw

Club Facilities

Stadium: Stade de la Libération
Location: Boulogne-sur-Mer
Capacity: 15,204 (12,000 seated)
Under Soil Heating: No
Roof: No
Surface Type: Grass

Corporate Facilities: Average
Training Facilities: Average
Youth Facilities: Average
Data Analysis Facilities: Poor
Junior Coaching: Average
Youth Recruitment: Fairly basic

Club Rivals

Derbies
None

Fierce Rivals
None

Other Rivals
USL Dunkerque (Local), LOSC Lille (Local), RC Lens (Local), VAFC (Local)

Club History

Trophies Won: 2
League Competitions
French National 2 (4th tier) x2 (2001, 2005)

Last Five Seasons:
2018: Championnat National | 6th
2017: Championnat National | 7th
2016: Championnat National | 9th
2015: Championnat National | 8th
2014: Championnat National | 7th

Club Heroes

Legends
Franck Ribéry

Icons
Philippe Montanier

Favoured Personnel
N/A

Club Records

Highest Attendance: 15,242 (vs Olympique de Marseille, Ligue 1 Conforama, 17th April 2010)
Lowest Attendance: N/A

Biggest Win: 10-2 (vs FC Nantes, Domino's Ligue 2, 25th September 1960)
Biggest Defeat: 8-0 (vs RC Lens, Domino's Ligue 2, 24th September 1968)

Most League Appearances: 315 (Guillaume Ducatel)
Most League Goals: 31 (Grégory Thil | 2006/07 Championnat National)

Aaron: Aren't we all!
Daniel: Stay tuned!
Seb: Amie certainly has a lot to achieve if she wants to mirror the level of success she had in the women's game. As for the book, ask the author himself... ;)
Imagine: It'll be interesting to see how Amie fairs in her first year in the men's game.
Good luck man I cant wait to see how you get on
The club's pre-match meal is Spaghetti Boulogne(se).
A new challenge for Amie, for sure. Previously not only was it a completely different world of football, but Amie had one of the strongest sides in the world. Here it seems - at least for the past few seasons - Boulogne have been happy with mid-table finishes. Will it be more of the same or will a woman revolutionise this side?!
Not much history to celebrate as a club, hopefully Amie can change that!

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