Aberdeen F.C. Women

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Aberdeen F.C. Women
Aberdeen FC logo.svg
Full nameAberdeen Football Club Women
FoundedJanuary 2011; 11 years ago (2011-01)[1]
29 November 2018; 3 years ago (2018-11-29), as part of Aberdeen F.C.
GroundBalmoral Stadium, Cove Bay, Aberdeen
Co-managersGavin Beith, Emma Hunter
LeagueScottish Women's Premier League 1
2020–21SWPL2, 1st of 10 (promoted)
WebsiteClub website

Aberdeen Football Club Women, formerly known as Aberdeen Football Club Ladies, is a Scottish women's football club affiliated with Aberdeen Football Club[2] that competes in Scottish Women's Premier League 1, the top tier of women's football in Scotland, after winning their second consecutive promotion in 2021.

History[edit]

Aberdeen F.C. Ladies was formed in January 2011, with the merger of Aberdeen City, Aberdeen University, East End Girls F.C. and Aberdeen Ladies & Girls F.C.[1]

On 12 November 2017, after a 4–2 defeat to Stirling University, Aberdeen were relegated from the SWPL 1, the first tier of the Scottish Women's Premier League.[3] When Stefan Laird left the club, Derek Gordon took over as interim head coach.[4] In 2018, the team, who was left with only four players over the age of 20,[4] finished seventh in the league and was once again relegated.[5]

On 29 November 2018, Aberdeen F.C. launched Aberdeen F.C. Women;[6] the club formalised its relationship with Aberdeen Ladies F.C., who will continue to operate teams from U7s to U19 National Performance League, and invited the senior team to Pittodrie Stadium to sign their official registration forms with the club and begin the process of integration with the club.[7] They won the 2019 SWFL Division 1 – North, being immediately promoted back to the Scottish Women's Premier League 2.[8]

Stadium[edit]

For their return to the top flight, Aberdeen are playing their home matches in 2021–22 at the Balmoral Stadium in the Cove Bay area of Aberdeen, home of Cove Rangers. They had previously played at Cormack Park, the Aberdeen F.C. training ground near Kingswells.[9]

Current squad[edit]

As of 28 January 2022.[10][11]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Scotland SCO Gail Gilmour
2 DF Scotland SCO Loren Campbell
4 DF Scotland SCO Jessica Broadrick
5 DF Scotland SCO Carrie Doig
6 MF Scotland SCO Natasha Bruce
7 MF Scotland SCO Eilidh Shore
8 FW Scotland SCO Chloe Gover
9 FW Scotland SCO Lauren Gordon
10 FW Scotland SCO Bayley Hutchison
11 DF Scotland SCO Bailley Collins
No. Pos. Nation Player
12 FW Scotland SCO Johan Fraser
13 MF Scotland SCO Francesca Ogilvie
14 DF Scotland SCO Kelly Forrest
15 DF Scotland SCO Donna Paterson
16 FW Scotland SCO Hannah Innes
17 MF Scotland SCO Nadia Sopel
18 FW Scotland SCO Eva Thomson
20 GK Scotland SCO Anna Blanchard
23 FW Scotland SCO Louise Brown
30 GK Scotland SCO Aaliyah-Jay Meach

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "History - Aberdeen F.C. Ladies". Aberdeen F.C. Ladies. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Dons announce official launch of Aberdeen FC Women". Aberdeen F.C. 29 November 2018. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  3. ^ Oliver, Tim (12 November 2017). "Aberdeen Relegated And Celtic Win Old Firm – SBS SWPL 1 Round-Up – 12 Nov 17". TartanKicks. Archived from the original on 31 October 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  4. ^ a b Michie, Lewis (21 June 2018). ""We absolutely cannot get relegated" – Aberdeen Interim Boss, Derek Gordon". Scottish Women's Premier League. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  5. ^ Dewar, Heather (24 December 2018). "Celtic Women going full-time hailed a 'potential game-changer' for Scottish game". BBC Sprot. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  6. ^ Third, Paul (29 November 2018). "Aberdeen announce launch of first ever senior women's side". The Press and Journal. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  7. ^ Law, Callum (24 November 2018). "Aberdeen want 'to be part of' women's sports, commercial director Wicks says after ladies side talks". Evening Express. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  8. ^ Durent, Jamie (26 October 2019). "Title-winning Aberdeen FC Women keen to push 'one club' mantra as part of Dons family". Press and Journal. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  9. ^ Durent, Jamie (7 August 2021). "Emma Hunter putting faith in continuity as Aberdeen Women prepare to start new season". The Press and Journal. Aberdeen. Retrieved 5 September 2021.
  10. ^ "Women". Aberdeen F.C. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Share of the spoils on opening day for Dons & Killie". Aberdeen F.C. 23 February 2020. Retrieved 5 April 2020.

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