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- 13 July 2015 00:00
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Record crowds turned out to watch Women's Super League sides as stars of the World Cup returned to domestic action with their clubs.
Of the 23 England Lionesses that finished third overall in Canada, 17 made league appearances on Sunday. A new league-record crowd of 2,102 saw Manchester City beat Birmingham City 1-0 at the Academy Stadium.
The average attendance of Sunday's WSL 1 games was 78% higher than the average for the first half of the 2015 season. The crowd attendance of 2,061 that saw Liverpool earn a 3-1 victory at Arsenal was more than two-and-a-half times the crowd for the Gunners' last home game.
While these might seem like tiny steps, this is a new era of women’s football in England where players of the ladies game could become household names with many girls getting involved in the game aspiring to be like the lionesses who were involved in the World Cup campaign.
Bassett, the scorer of the unfortunate own goal against Japan in the World Cup semi-final, was an authoritative presence on the pitch for her team Notts County at the weekend and afterwards spoke realistically of what all involved hope could be a small landmark of a day for the women’s game.