U's To Host Two County Cup Finals In 2023
Colchester United FC’s JobServe Community Stadium has been confirmed as the host venue for the 2022/23 BBC Essex Senior Cup and BBC Essex Women’s Cup Finals.
The Senior Cup Final will take place at the EFL League Two venue on Tuesday 21st March, whilst the Women’s Cup will take place on Thursday 13th April, changed from the original date to avoid classing with the Women's Finalissima. Venues for the remaining County Cup finals, which will take place between February and May, will be announced at a later date.
The north Essex stadium has hosted the Senior Cup Final since 2017, with 1555 spectators attending last season’s final between Billericay Town and Bowers & Pitsea. This will be the first time Colchester has staged the Women’s Cup Final, with 578 fans having watched each of the last two showpiece occasions.
Essex County FA Chief Executive, Brendan Walshe, is excited that the Women's Cup Final will be joining the Senior Cup Final in being contested at the Community Stadium. He commented: "We are delighted to be able to stage both the BBC Essex Senior Cup Final and the BBC Essex Women's Cup Final at Colchester United FC in 2023."
"The country was gripped by the success of the Lionesses at the Women's Euro 2022 tournament in England during the summer, with a packed-out Wembley for the Final showcasing the interest in the female game. Within Essex over 450 women's and girls' teams are playing affiliated football in 2022/23, and we look forward to celebrating this with the Women's Cup Final being hosted by Colchester for the first time."
"This arrangement enhances the excellent relationship we have with the club, and the joint project work we’ve undertaken. Finals at Colchester United have resulted in some exciting matches, played in a vibrant atmosphere, and we look forward to two more prestigious occasions for all involved in 2023."
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