Bradford City W.F.C.

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Bradford City AFC Women
Bradford City AFC.png
Full nameBradford City AFC Women
Nickname(s)City
Founded1988
GroundMitton Group Stadium,Plumpton Park, Bradford
Capacity3,000
ChairpersonIan Ormondroyd
ManagerChris Hames
LeagueFA Women's National League Division One North
2019–20FA Women's National League Division One North (season abandoned)
WebsiteClub website

Bradford City AFC Women is an English women's football club which represents the city of Bradford, West Yorkshire. Founded in 1988, they currently play in the FA Women's National League Division One North, and have competed in the Women's National League since promotion from the Northern Combination Women's Football League in 2013. Previously under the title of Bradford City Women's FC, the club announced its merger with Bradford City AFC in January 2021, through the Football in the Community Foundation, and has since adopted the name Bradford City AFC Women and Girls

After realigning the club with its former junior girls set up, Bradford City AFC Women has a player pathway from Under 9's through to Senior Football. A new Under 23's Development Team will be launched for the 2021–22 season, with an aim of providing a stronger pathway for the young women of Bradford to play National League football.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Founded in 1988[1] under the auspices of Bradford City's Football in the Community department, the club became founder members of the Yorkshire and Humberside League the following year. After success at local level, the club won promotion into the FA Women's Premier League Northern Division in 1996.[2] The club earned a second successive promotion in 1996–97, into the top level of Women's football in England.[3]

In 1997–98 the club avoided relegation[4] and also reached the semi–final of the FA Women's Premier League Cup – losing on penalties to eventual winners Arsenal after a 2–2 draw.[5] This was despite Arsenal's goalkeeper Sarah Reed being sent–off and defender Tina Mapes taking over in goal.[6] City dropped out of the top division in 1998–99,[7] and suffered a further relegation in 1999–00,[8] into the Northern Combination Women's Football League.

Modern era[edit]

The club gained promotion back to the FA Women's Premier League ahead of the 2013/2014 season. In 2017/18 striker Laura Elford was among the WPL Northern top scorers. Only Leicester's Rosie Axten (30), and Middlesbrough's Emily Scarr (28) scored more than Elford's 25 in all competitions.[9]

Following announcement that long serving Chairwoman Sally Thackray would step down, discussion began with a number of parties over the future running of the club. It was announced on 17 December 2020 that the club would move under the stewardship of Bradford City Football in the Community. This would mark the first time in the clubs history that it stood as a part of the 'men's' club at Bradford City AFC. As well as this, the club announced a restructure of its previous committee model, to one that fits into the new system, with Qasim Akhtar announced as the clubs first General Manager, overseeing the day-to-day running of the club

Position Season 2017/18
8th (Tier 3) England WPL Northern
3rd Round England Women's FA Cup
1st Round England WPL Cup
Runners-up England County Cup

Stadium[edit]

The club currently shares Eccleshill United's Mitton Group Stadium, having previously played home matches at Thackley FC's Dennyfield ground, Peel Park and the grounds of Bradford Park Avenue and Guiseley.

Current squad[edit]

As of 3 August 2020.

[10] 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 England ENG Elizabeth Hobson
13 GK England ENG Hannah Richards
2 DF England ENG Victoria Thomas
3 DF England ENG Beth Walker
4 DF England ENG Charlotte Sales
5 DF England ENG Katy Woodcock (captain)
6 FW England ENG Amy-Leigh Barrington-Beck
7 FW England ENG Sophie Hawkins
8 MF England ENG Maisie Norde
9 FW Burundi BDI Falone Sumaili
10 FW England ENG Harriet Jakeman
11 FW England ENG Keegan Lambert
12 FW England ENG Corina Riley
14 FW Latvia LVA Monika Stube
15 MF England ENG Jessica Dunlop
16 MF Wales WAL Charlotte Gill
19 DF Wales WAL Elanna Prothero
20 MF England ENG Caitlyn Douglas
25 DF England ENG Zoe Roberts
33 DF England ENG Charlotte Stuart

Individual Awards[edit]

Player of the Year[edit]

Year Winner
2007 England Alice Thackray
2008 England
2009 England Caroline Cropp
2010 England Whitney Taiwo
2011 England Emma Dobson
2012 England Abby Parkin
2013 England Carrie Simpson

Captains[edit]

The following is a list of the officially appointed captains of the Bradford City WFC first-team.

Name Nation Years
Dawn Lindley  England 2006–2007
Becky Griggs  England 2007–2009
Mel Garside-Wight  England 2009–2010
Sarah Binns  England 2010-2011
Bridie Hannon  England 2011–
Harriet Jakeman  England 2018–2019
Maisie Norde  England 2019
Zoe Roberts  England 2019-

Honours[edit]

Link with Bradford City A.F.C.[edit]

Bradford City Women have always traditionally adopted the colours of Bradford City AFC, despite no formal link between the two clubs. In 2015 BCWFC adopted the same crest and kits as the men's side in order to bring relationships closer together, gaining further support publicly from the club, in particular, the women's team were favoured as a natural exit route for players from Bradford City's girls Centre of Excellence before its closure. Recently, the clubs has both co–operated with sports charity One in a Million[11] with its Junior Girls set-up.

In 2008 an exhibition on the women's team was staged at the bantamspast museum at Valley Parade, with the aim of forging closer links between the clubs.[12]

The women's Under–16 section played at Wembley Stadium as a curtain-raiser to the 1996 Football League Second Division play-off Final.[13]

As of 2021 Bradford City Women's has been brought under the umbrella of Bradford City AFC, through the clubs community department, and the adoption of the clubs new title as Bradford City AFC Women, signifying the club as the official Women's side of Bradford City. This merger also realigned the clubs Girls junior set up, ahead of plans to form an official girls academy pathway, leading into a new Under 23's set up. Ryan Sparks, CEO of Bradford City, announced the merger to all staff in January 2021 stating that "No longer will we have Bradford City AFC and Bradford City WFC, but just Bradford City AFC with both Men's and Women's teams"

Seasons[edit]

Key[edit]

Champions Runners-up Promoted Relegated

Division shown in bold when it changes due to promotion or relegation. Top scorer shown in bold with club record when they set or equalled a club record.

Season League FA Women's Cup[14] West Riding's County Cup[15] Europe / Other Top scorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos
1988–89 no data
1989–90
1990–91
1991–92
1992–93
1993–94
1994–95
1995–96
1996–97 PL North[16] 16 45 1st
1997–98 PL National[17] 18 12 8th
1998–99 PL National[18] 18 10 9th
1999–2000 PL North[19] 22 17 11th
2000–01 Northern Comb no data
2001–02 Northern Comb
2002–03 Northern Comb
2003–04 Northern Comb
2004–05 Northern Comb R2
2005–06 Northern Comb 2Q W
2006–07 Northern Comb R1 SF
2007–08 Northern Comb R1 SF
2008–09 Northern Comb R2 R3
2009–10 Northern Comb R1 QF
2010–11 Northern Comb[20] 22 7 7 8 32 37 28 7th 3Q SF
2011–12 Northern Comb[21] 22 14 1 7 54 25 43 3rd 3rd RU
2012–13 Northern Comb[22] 21 15 2 4 54 20 47 3rd 2nd QF
2013–14 FA WPL Northern Division[23] 20 11 2 7 36 33 35 3rd 3rd
2014–15 FA WPL Northern Division[24] 22 11 6 5 49 28 39 4th 4th
2015–16 FA WPL Northern Division[25] 22 12 2 8 48 31 38 5th 3rd
2016–17 FA WPL Northern Division

References[edit]

  1. ^ Slegg, Chris; Garry, Tom (2018–19). Women's Football Yearbook. Legends Publishing. p. 190.
  2. ^ "1996-1997". The Owl Football Historian. Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  3. ^ Pete Davies (7 September 1997). "Football: New year for Belles of the ball". The Independent. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  4. ^ "1997-1998". The Owl Football Historian. Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  5. ^ "League Cup 1998". The Owl Football Historian. Archived from the original on 11 October 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  6. ^ Colin A. Aldis. "ENGLAND Clubs 1997 - 1998 Season". WomenSoccer.com. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  7. ^ "1998-1999". The Owl Football Historian. Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  8. ^ "1999-2000". The Owl Football Historian. Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  9. ^ Slegg, Chris; Garry, Tom (2018–19). Women's Football Yearbook. Legends Publishing. p. 192.
  10. ^ "Players". Bradford City Women's FC. Archived from the original on 21 February 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  11. ^ "One in a Million". One in a Million. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  12. ^ David Pendleton (12 January 2008). "Programme Notes". bantamspast.co.uk. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  13. ^ Catherine Mills. "Introduction". Bradford City Women's FC. Archived from the original on 12 July 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  14. ^ "The FA Women's Cup – Past Results". TheFA.com. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  15. ^ "West Riding FA – Cups". WestRidingFA.com. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  16. ^ "1996–97 Season". archive.is. Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  17. ^ "1997–98 Season". archive.is. Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  18. ^ "1998–99 Season". archive.is. Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  19. ^ "1999–2000 Season". archive.is. Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  20. ^ "Northern Womens Combination League 2010–2011". TheFA.com. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  21. ^ "Northern Womens Combination League 2011–2012". TheFA.com. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  22. ^ "Northern Womens Combination League 2012–2013". TheFA.com. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  23. ^ "FA Women's Premier League Northern Division 2013–2014". TheFA.com. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  24. ^ "FA Women's Premier League Northern Division 2014–2015". TheFA.com. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  25. ^ "FA Women's Premier League Northern Division 2015–2016". TheFA.com. Retrieved 4 September 2016.

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