London Bees

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London Bees
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Full name London Bees
Nickname(s) The Bees
Founded 1975; 42 years ago (1975) (as District Line Ladies F.C.)
Ground The Hive Stadium, Edgware
Ground Capacity 6,916 (6,186 seated)
Chairman Anthony Kleanthous
Manager David Edmondson
League FA WSL 2
2016 7th
Website Club home page

London Bees is an English women's football club affiliated with Barnet F.C.. They play in the FA WSL 2.The club has been in existence under several names since 1975. Originally titled District Line Ladies F.C. The team became officially affiliated with Barnet F.C. when Barnet F.C. Ladies, were re-branded as London Bees after joining the new WSL 2 for the 2014 season.The club have a First team and Development team (U21's) at present which all train and play at The Hive Stadium under the management of Head Coach Dave Edmonson.

History[edit]

The club began in 1975 as District Line Ladies FC then tied up with Wembley FC in 1993 to become Wembley Ladies FC. In 1997 the club moved to play at Hanwell Town FC but kept the Wembley Ladies name. Then in 1998 the club became affiliated to Barnet FC, amalgamating with the existing Barnet Ladies FC from the Greater London League to form Barnet FC Ladies.

In March 2010 Barnet F.C. Ladies were announced as an unsuccessful bidder for the FA Women's Super League.[1][2] In 2013, they were successful in their bid to join the WSL under their new name of London Bees for the 2014 season.

In the 2016 FA WSL summer season, London Bees became the first WSL 2 club to reach the semi-finals of the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup, after notable wins against Chelsea Ladies on penalties and Sheffield Ladies in their quarter-final fixture. They were later defeated in the semi-final by Birmingham City Ladies.

Stadium[edit]

London Bees play at The Hive Stadium in Edgware, the home of Barnet F.C..

Current Squad[edit]

London Bees team in April 2017 prior to a match against Millwall Lionesses
As of 14 March 2017.[3]
No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Shayla Burgess  England
48 Goalkeeper Sophie Harris  England
2 Defender Anne Meiwald  England
3 Defender Sophie Fogarty  England
4 Defender Amber Tullett  England
5 Defender Aoife Hurley  England
6 Defender Mollie Burgess  England
15 Defender Ellie Perkins  England
11 Midfielder Paula Howells  England
17 Midfielder Emma Beckett  Ireland
12 Midfielder Holly Greenwood  England
19 Midfielder Rebecca Anderson  England
23 Midfielder Ashleigh Goddard (captain)  England
7 Forward Lucy Loomes  England
9 Forward Jo Wilson  England
10 Forward Evie Clarke  England
14 Forward Tricia Gould  England
16 Forward Hana Lalani  England

Current technical staff[edit]

First team manager David Edmondson in April 2017

As of March 2017.[3]

Position Name
General Manager England Steven Barron
First Team Manager England Dave Edmondson
Development Manager (U21's) England Liban Mude
Goalkeeping Coach England Craig McCreeth
Under-17s Manager England Sian Osmond
Club Doctor Belgium Naheem Ali
Lead physiotherapist Italy Nicola Bottioni
Conditioning Coach England Luke Callis
Marketing Officer England Aarron Pullen

Notable former players[edit]

Players who played for District Line Ladies, Wembley Ladies, Barnet FC Ladies or London Bees and received recognition at full international level

Honours[edit]

Player Honours[edit]

  • FA WSL 2 Golden Boot Award
    • Winner: Jo Wilson with 10 League goals in 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lincoln Ladies FA Women's Super League bid success". BBC. 22 March 2010. Archived from the original on 28 March 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Leighton, Tony (21 March 2010). "Lincoln City the surprise name in newly formed Women's Super League". London: The Guardian. Archived from the original on 25 March 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Team". London Bees Official site. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 

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