Derby County Football Club Women

Ewe Rams Boss Sam Griffiths Pays Glowing Tribute to Retiring Cara Newton

Derby County FC Women Boss Sam Griffiths has paid tribute to Ewe Rams Record Goalscorer Cara Newton after yesterday’s announcement of her retirement from the game.

The prolific striker has been dogged by a persistent ankle injury and has made the decision to move to the next phase of her life with Griffiths paying a glowing appraisal of her ability on the pitch and her friendship off the pitch.

Griffiths said “I was hoping this day wouldn’t come for a while yet but I know how this injury has affected Cara and I and the club are fully supportive of her decision to move on in her life and I know that we are going to have an extra supporter in the stands instead.

“I’ve grew up with Cara as a footballer and I was always so proud to have her as a teammate but even prouder to know her as a friend and it really is the end of an era and I’m sad for her that it had to end the way it has with this injury but so glad to have been around her for so long.

“Our days together as a player, was always one of fun and you always knew that she would put in 100% commitment to become a better player. I’m sure she will always remember our corner routine, we worked so hard on the near post header :).

“Achieving what she has in the game, playing for England U17’s and heading over to the USA to play college football, shows the ability that she has.”

Upon Griffiths appointment at the Ewe Rams, one of the first actions was to bring Newton back to the club where she started at, knowing she had unfinished business and the gaffer had no doubt that she would mark her return by writing her name into the club’s record books as the leading goalscorer.

“When I took over the role of Manager at the club, I knew we needed to add firepower to the squad and I also knew where to look and it was the right time for Cara to come back and finish what she started and play her role in the changing face of the club.

“I knew she would lead by example and that she still had so much more to give and its been so good to see her pick up where she left off and earn her rightful place among the many legends at this club.

“I know she will remain a friend to the club and we will see her as a supporter but mainly I know we will remain friends for life and I’m so thankful that I get to call her a friend. We’ll miss her around the club with her commitment and her uncanny ability to be one of the great characters with her banter.

“She’s got so much to look forward to in the near future with her wedding to her partner Stuart and her desire to have her own family. She knows there’s always a place at our club and I’m sure that won’t be the end of her involvement at Derby County FC Women.”