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Manchester City
Blackburn Rovers FC

FA Women's League Cup
FA Women's League Cup
Wednesday 26 October 2022
Kickoff at 19:30 BST
Academy Stadium,North Gate, Etihad Campus 400 Ashton New Rd Manchester M11 4TQ

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Everything you need to know as Manchester City begin our defence of the Conti Cup against Blackburn.

When and where

Gareth Taylor's side welcome Blackburn to the Academy Stadium on Wednesday 26 October, with kick-off scheduled for 19:30 (UK).

The match is available to watch on the FA Player, while you can also follow the key moments of the action on our dedicated matchday Twitter account: @ManCityWomen.

A detailed match report, plus reaction from Gareth Taylor and players alike, can be accessed soon after the final whistle.

Highlights from our Conti Cup encounter, as well as a CITY+ and Recast full-match replay, will also be made available later in the evening.

Gareth Taylor preview

The City boss will share his pre-match thoughts, and provide the latest squad update, when he faces the media on Tuesday 25 October.

You can read all about Taylor's assessment of our Conti Cup opener on and the official Man City app.


Ticket news

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Last time out

City claimed our first away win of the season with a 3-0 triumph at Tottenham Hotspur in the Barclays Women's Super League.

A Khadija 'Bunny' Shaw brace and clinical Lauren Hemp finish set the seal on a dominant display in the capital.

However, our last Conti Cup fixture came in March 2022, when a second half comeback secured our fourth triumph in the competition.

A Caroline Weir brace and instinctive Ellen White finish were enough to hand City a 3-1 victory over Chelsea on a memorable night for the Club.

Our opponents also enter Wednesday's clash on the back of a win, having beaten Coventry United 3-2 in the FA Women's Championship.

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Previous meeting

City and Blackburn are yet to face each other in a competitive fixture.

Rovers are currently 10th in the Championship, and come into the tie on the back of four points from a possible six against Charlton Athletic and Coventry United in their two most recent outings.

News about Man City v Rovers

Taylor: Retaining the Conti Cup a major focus

Gareth Taylor says retaining silverware is the sign of a top-level team, as City prepare to begin our defence of the Continental Cup against Blackburn Rovers. Read more

Training: Up for the Conti Cup

The best images as Gareth Taylor’s side prepare for matchday one in the 2022/23 FA’s Women’s Continental Tyres League Cup. View more

Bardsley impressed with Shaw's adaptability

Former Manchester City and England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley has been impressed with the way Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw has adapted her game to suit Gareth Taylor’s playing style. Watch more

Morgan eager to enjoy more cup success this season

Esme Morgan is eager for the FA Women's Continental League Cup trophy to remain in Manchester this season – after winning the tournament last time out. Read more

Blakstad: My really good memories of first cup win with City

Julie Blakstad recalls 'really good memories' of winning her first City trophy in the FA Women's Continental League Cup last season – and is looking to start strongly in this year’s edition too. Read more

Continental Cup run can aid WSL momentum, says Taylor

Gareth Taylor says a successful run in the Continental Cup can help us to maintain our impressive recent run of form in the Barclays Women’s Super League. Watch more

Fowler looking forward to experiencing Academy Stadium buzz

Mary Fowler is hoping to experience the ‘amazing’ home buzz at City as the midfielder gets set for the FA Women's Continental League Cup clash with Blackburn this week. Read more

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