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Picture special: MCWFC smash attendance record

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On Sunday evening, a record-breaking 3,180 supporters turned out at the Academy Stadium to cheer Manchester City Women on to victory and Champions League qualification.

The attendance - a league and club record - earned praise across the country, as women's football continues to thrive on the back of the Women's World Cup.

Record attendance for the @FAWSL today, 3180. Nice one to all the @MCWFC and @Official_NCLFC fans who made it down 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧

— Jayne (@blueberry1894) October 4, 2015

3,180 at the Man City ladies @MCWFC v Notts County @Official_NCLFC ladies match earlier in the #FAWSL great crowd #bbcfootball

— Pitch Talk (@pitchtalk) October 4, 2015

An attendance of over 3,000 for @MCWFC vs @Official_NCLFC today is an absolutely incredible achievement! Women's football on the up! #FAWSL

— Shareei Singer (@shareei11) October 4, 2015

Congratulations @MCWFC on qualifying for #uwcl & record setting attendance today!

— jennifer (@twbird18) October 4, 2015

An astonishing attendance of 3,180 by @MCWFC today in the @FAWSL. Hopefully that goes onto the next season :)

— Tim Oliver (@timoliver35) October 4, 2015

An astonishing 3,180 fans at @MCWFC's Academy Stadium tonight! A new record for the league #ALeagueOfOurOwn pic.twitter.com/GEWjVMlqOl

— The FA WSL (@FAWSL) October 4, 2015

Speaking to CityTV after the game, manager Nick Cushing thanked fans for their support.

He declared: "Our support this year has been exceptional. To get more than 3,000 fans in a women's game is astonishing and it's a credit to this football club and the fans.

"I don't know if people are aware but we broke our own record. Previously, it was 2,100 when we played Birmingham.

"It doesn't surprise me because this is a special football club with special supporters. We see it every fay in the Etihad Stadium to so have so many supporters in the Academy Stadium is an excellent achievement and I'm really proud."

Club photographer Victoria Haydn was on hand to snap the post-match celebrations. Here are the best of the photos from another historic night...

Team talk

The players gathered after the final whistle for a post-match team talk.

Steph Houghton

After addressing the home faithful, the boss hands the microphone to his skipper.

Hugs

Before heading over to the stands to greet the fans.

Fans

Ernie was definitely a lucky mascot!

Natasha Harding

"We're all going on a European tour!"

High fives

High-fives all around.

Jill Scott

Showing their true colours, these young Blues grab a photo with England midfielder Jill Scott.

Karen Bardsley

KB gets ready to launch miniballs into the crowd.

Karen Bardsley

CATCH!

Krystle Johnston and Toni Duggan

What are these two up to?!

Nikita Parris

Nikita Parris celebrates with a very young fan!

Kathleen Radtke

A delighted Paula Radtke speaks to CityTV after the game.

Natasha Flint

What a brilliant night!

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