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Gallery: All lit up for the derby

History will be made at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday when City usher in the new FA Women’s Super League campaign with an historic derby encounter against newly-promoted United at the Etihad.

The first-ever women’s Manchester derby of the professional era promises to be a memorable occasion for everyone at the Club with skipper Steph Houghton revealing it was a fixture all the squad have been eagerly awaiting ever since it was confirmed in the summer.

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However, despite the high stakes and importance of the season opener, as our special pre-derby gallery demonstrates, the squad were in relaxed mood as the clock ticks down to Saturday.

Club photographer Tom Flathers was on hand to snap a series of eye-catching images as the City squad prepare for the historic derby encounter.

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