Leeds United join ex coach and players to pay tribute to legendary figure Julie Chipchase
Leeds United have paid tribute to former manager and legend of the women's game Julie Chipcase who has died at the age of 60 following a short illness.
Chipcase was a player for Doncaster Belles in the 1970s and managed their first team for six years before a six-year spell in charge of Leeds United Ladies.
In her time with Leeds she led them to the finals of the FA Women's Premier League Cup and FA Women's Cup.
She also worked with England Women's Under 15, Under 17 and Under 23 sides.
In 2013 she returned to Doncaster Belles in the role of director of football and occupied a place on the club's board.
Leeds United tweeted this morning: "The thoughts of everyone at #LUFC are with the friends and family of former manager Julie Chipchase, a pioneer of women’s football."
The Belles released a statement saying: "Everyone at the Belles is saddened to learn of the loss of Julie Chipchase, a pioneer of women’s football who passed away on Tuesday morning after a short illness.
“Julie had performed every role possible at the Belles since joining as a player in the 1970s, including managing the team, and remained director of football and a board member until her death.”
Former England, Leeds and Belles forward Sue Smith Tweeted: "Absolutely heartbroken to hear of the sad passing of Julie Chipchase she was a Donny Belles legend as player and a successful manager. Loved playing for you! A legend and pioneer of the women’s game and a friend RIP Chippy Love to Jo Lily and Charlie."
Former Belles and Leeds player Sophie Walton said: “Absolutely heartbroken to hear the sad news of the death of Chippy You showed faith in me as a 15 year old to give me my debut and I will be forever grateful for everything you have done for me throughout my career at Leeds and Donny. My thoughts are with Jo, Lilly and Charlie."
Ex Whites coach and caretaker boss Neil Redfearn added: "Absolutely shocked and saddened to hear the the passing of Julie Chipchase. My thoughts are with her family at this sad time. A truly remarkable football person and I will never forget our time together at Doncaster Rovers Belles. RIP Chippy."