Bristol to stage Lionesses' return to England
By April Slattery
Last Updated: 29/07/15 12:42pm
England Women's first home fixture since their historic third-place finish at the World Cup will take place at Bristol in November.
An extra-time penalty from Liverpool midfielder Fara Williams earned England a 1-0 victory over Germany in the play-off match at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Canada.
Mark Sampson's side open their Euro 2017 qualifying campaign away to Estonia on Monday, September 21, before the home fans get a chance to welcome their heroes against Bosnia & Herzegovina at Ashton Gate on Sunday, November 29.
The match will be staged on familiar territory for Sampson who managed the Bristol Academy side for four years before taking up his role with the national team.
England captain Steph Houghton said: "The team can't wait to play in England once again in front of our home fans. The support we received from home during the World Cup was amazing and really helped push us on and perform how we did.
"We want to continue building the momentum throughout the Euro qualifying campaign and hope that as many fans as possible come out to support us."
The team can't wait to play in England once again in front of our home fans. The support we received from home during the World Cup was amazing.
Andrew Billingham, chief executive of Bristol Sport, said: "We are thrilled that the FA has chosen the new Ashton Gate Stadium to host England Women's first home match since the World Cup.
"It really builds on our vision of putting Bristol on the map as a top sporting city attracting first-class events. Hosting the national team will be an honour and builds on our support of women's football.
"Last year, Bristol Academy played their UEFA Women's Champions League games here, notably their memorable win against Barcelona. I look forward to welcoming Mark Sampson back to Bristol with his team this November."
Tickets are on sale now priced £5 for adults and £2.50 for children. A family ticket (two adults and two children) is available at £10 and group booking discounts apply.
Book tickets via tickets.bristol-sport.co.uk or call 01179 630 600.