Charlton Athletic W.F.C.

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Charlton Athletic Women
Full nameCharlton Athletic Women's Football Club
Nickname(s)The Addicks
Founded1991 as Bromley Borough
1994 as Croydon W.F.C.
2000 as Charlton Athletic W.F.C.
GroundThe Valley from 2024-2025 season
ManagerKaren Hills
LeagueWomen's Championship
2023–24Women's Championship, 2nd of 12
WebsiteClub website

Charlton Athletic Women's Football Club (CAWFC) is a team founded in 1991 as Bromley Borough which plays in the Women's Championship. Also known as Croydon Women's F.C. and Charlton Athletic (2000–07), it was one of the most successful women's teams in England.

After the parent club's relegation from the Premier League, the women's team was controversially disbanded in the summer of 2007, causing almost all of the senior squad to depart, although later a rescue sponsorship package was formed allowing the women's set up to continue.

CAWFC won the FA Women's Premier League Southern Division title in 2017–18. On 27 May 2018, they beat Northern Division champions Blackburn Rovers Ladies FC 2–1 in a play-off final at Bramall Lane, Sheffield, and thus gained promotion to the FA Women's Championship, the second tier of women's football, for the season 2018–19.

In July 2023, the club was sold to SE7 Partners, a UK-based subsidiary of Global Football Partners.[1]


Bromley Borough[edit]

The team was formed in 1991 as Bromley Borough by disaffected members of Millwall Lionesses' WFA Cup winning squad.[2]

The team broke up in the aftermath of that success Hope Powell moved with team mate Sue Law to form a new club. They were initially led by Richard Hall with the support of Dan "Le Phyz" Kane. Beginning in the South East Counties League, the club quickly progressed through the divisions. After adding England player Brenda Sempare in 1992, Bromley Borough won all 16 matches in the South East Counties League Division One, scoring 142 goals in the process.[3] The team also reached the semi-final of the Women's FA Cup, where they lost 2–0 to treble-winning Arsenal.[4]

In 1993–94 Bromley Borough won the National League Division One South by ten points, securing promotion into the top flight of English women's football. Although they were handed a chastening 10–1 defeat by Doncaster Belles in the fifth round of the FA Women's Cup

Following a swift rise through the divisions, the club won promotion into the National Premier League.[5]


The club entered the top-flight as Croydon, having tied up with Croydon FC. Debbie Bampton was appointed player-manager[6] in the 1994 close season. She built a strong team which supplied six of England's squad for the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup including Kerry Davis as well as Bampton, Powell and Sempare. After securing a fourth-placed finish in 1994–95,[7] in 1995–96 Bampton led the team to a domestic double. After losing both domestic Cup finals to Arsenal Ladies in 1998, the club recaptured the League title in 1999. Another League and FA Women's Cup double followed in 2000.[8]


At Croydon's AGM in June 2000, the club's players controversially voted to accept a hostile takeover from Charlton Athletic.[9] Bampton resigned as manager, as both the club's committee and the FA declared affiliation with the men's Premier League club to be against the rules. The Croydon F.C. chairman, Ken Jarvie, also attempted to block the move[10] which was eventually sanctioned.[11]

Charlton Athletic[edit]

The club's first silverware under the new name came in the same year when the Charity Shield was shared with Arsenal, after the match resulted in a draw. Charlton reached the FA Cup final in 2003 but lost 3–0 to Fulham. In the following season (2003–04) Charlton finished runners-up in the Premier League, just one point behind winners Arsenal, and again reached the F.A. Cup final which they lost to Arsenal. The season did bring success to the club, though, with a victory over Fulham in the final of the League Cup. In 2004–05, Charlton won both the Charity Shield (beating Arsenal) and the FA Cup (beating Everton) and once more finished runners up in the league to Arsenal. In 2005–06, Charlton regained the League Cup, beating Arsenal in the Final. However, in this season, and also the 2006–07 season, Charlton finished third in the league, meaning the club missed the opportunity to participate in the UEFA Cup. In May 2007, Charlton were again runners up in the FA Cup, losing to Arsenal in the final. During these successful years under manager Keith Boanas and assistant Matt Beard, the team included several current and former England internationals, notably club captain Casey Stoney, goalkeeper Pauline Cope, Joanne Broadhurst, Eniola Aluko and Katie Chapman. Aluko and Chapman went on to play professionally in the United States.

Controversial disbandment[edit]

The same day as the 2007 FA Cup final, Charlton Athletic's men's team was relegated from the Premier League. It became evident that, in order to ensure the club's financial survival, a number of budget cuts would have to be enacted. On 23 June 2007 it was announced that Charlton's women's set up would form part of this.[12] This decision was criticised by, among others, several of the club's players at the time, including Casey Stoney[12] and Danielle Murphy.[13] Charlton's chief executive, Peter Varney, defended the decision and pointed to the lack of exposure in the media and lack of funding given to the women's game from the Football Association as reasons for undertaking the decision.[14]


On 22 August 2007, it was announced sponsorship had been secured by Charlton for the women's set up, allowing a senior side to continue to compete under Charlton's name.[15] The women's team, now controlled by the Charlton Community Trust, the organisation which operates Charlton's community programmes, appointed former Charlton player Paul Mortimer as the women's team's new coach. However, due to the exodus of players after the original closure announcement, only two players from the previous squad remained by the time the club's rescue was in place although a few more returned as the season progressed. The reconstituted team finished bottom of the National Division of the FA Women's Premier League at the end of the 2007–08 season, thereby relegating them to the League's Southern Division. The team stabilised at this level and a reserve team was successfully re-established, twice winning the Kent Women's Cup in 2008–09 and 2010–11. The first team were promoted back to the National Division at the end of the 2010–11 season as Southern Division champions.


Following an unsuccessful bid to enter the new Women's Super League that was formed in 2013–14, the club has played in the FA Women's Premier League, Southern Division. An FA requirement at the time of the bid was that applicant clubs were to be a separate legal entity. This led to the formation of Charlton Athletic Women's Football Club Limited on 9 February 2013. The majority shareholder is Stephen King, CEO of PHSC plc. CAWFC won the FA Women's Premier League Cup in 2015, beating Sheffield FC 4–2 on penalties after it was 0–0 at the end of extra time in a match held at Nuneaton Borough FC's ground. The club made the final again in 2017 but were defeated by Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 4–3 on penalties after a scoreless match and extra time.[16]


Current squad[edit]

As of 28 January 2024[17]

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 Sian Rogers
2 DF Northern Ireland NIR Rebecca McKenna
4 MF England ENG Mia Ross
5 DF England ENG Elisha N'Dow
6 FW Jamaica JAM Melissa Johnson
7 FW England ENG Angela Addison
8 MF England ENG Carla Humphrey
9 MF Ghana GHA Freda Ayisi
10 MF England ENG Kate Longhurst
11 FW Wales WAL Tegan McGowan
12 GK England ENG Jessica Gray
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 FW England ENG Freya Godfrey (on loan from Arsenal)
15 FW Wales WAL Kayleigh Green
16 FW England ENG Karin Muya
17 DF England ENG Kiera Skeels (captain)
19 FW England ENG Ella Rutherford
20 MF England ENG Mary Bashford
21 DF England ENG Sophie O'Rourke
22 DF England ENG Bethan Roe
24 FW England ENG Taylor Bell
26 DF England ENG Gracie Pearse (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
27 MF England ENG Melisa Filis (on loan from West Ham)

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
16 MF England ENG Heidi Logan (at Stoke City)
30 GK Wales WAL Poppy Soper (at Ipswich Town)

Former players[edit]


As of 5 December 2022[18]





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