The Lionesses on life after Millwall and how they can survive without 'big brother'

The Lionesses have won three of their first four games this season (London City Lionesses Twitter)
11:10am, Sun 22 Sep 2019
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London City Lionesses are out to prove a women's club can make it on their own.

After breaking away from Millwall, the Lionesses, previously Millwall Lionesses, are bucking the trend of most female clubs linked to a "brother" side. They have already silenced the doubters by winning three of their four Championship games this season.

Their run so far (nine points in four games) has already amassed more points than their last 20 outings as a Millwall side in 2018/19 (five) and manager Chris Phillips is hoping this sets an example for other female clubs around the country.

"We want to prove that a women's team can now be run as an independent club and not rely on handouts from an older brother," said Phillips.

He continued: "We're in the right place at the right time with the right product. Maybe a few will follow suit."

The manager acknowledged that building up a fan-base from scratch will be a challenge but when asked how they will do this, his response was: "The first thing is no-one hates us.

"Our players will be going out to schools, to youth clubs, to communities and interacting with people."

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He added: "We know it's going to be a gradual process but we've built the foundations." 

The second-tier side are riding a positive wave and will now have to take on Super League Champions Arsenal in their first League Cup fixture at home today.