The England Women's team will return to Lancashire next month to play an interna
The England Women's team will return to Lancashire next month to play an international match against Scotland at Preston North End, following the great support received at September's historic victory over Australia at Burnley FC...
The FA is delighted to be taking Hope Powell's side back to the county just two months after the 1-0 win over Australia which was watched by over 4,000 fans at Turf Moor, despite calling the game at short notice.
The Scotland encounter, presented in partnership with Nationwide, takes place at Preston's Deepdale ground on Thursday November 13th 2003, kick-off 7.45pm, and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
National Coach Hope Powell said: "The reception we had from the people of Lancashire was fantastic at the last international and we're pleased to be coming back.
"By staging this game at Preston, we will give those fans who enjoyed the last game the chance to see the team play again while also giving the opportunity to showcase top women's football action to the people of Preston," added Powell.
"England versus Scotland matches have a special meaning to many fans and it's no different with women's football. The first ever England international was played against Scotland and we have a proud record against them, although they are improving as a side and will provide a hard test for us"
England Women return to Deepdale for their second international. Their first was an epic 6-4 defeat to Germany on February 2nd 1997 and the current National Coach Hope Powell OBE was one of the goalscorers that day. Current player Sue Smith, from Liverpool, was also on the scoresheet.
For the forthcoming game, Lancashire-born England goalkeeper Rachel Brown, 23, who enjoyed a full game at her home town club Burnley last month, will be hoping to recover from her fractured thumb - sustained in that England game - to once again entertain her home fans.
England Women are currently placed 13th in the FIFA World Rankings, while Scotland are ranked in 30th place. In 17 meetings between the two sides, England have won 16 times - losing just once back in 1977.
The match will act as part of England's preparations for the UEFA European Championship in 2005, which England automatically qualify for as hosts of the tournament.
Tickets for the match, priced at £3 for adults and £1 for concessions, are set to go on sale next week. There will be special group rates for local clubs and schools. For further details keep a look out on TheFA.com or call Preston's ticket hotline number on 0870 442 1964.
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