Crawley Wasps F.C.

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Crawley Wasps
Full nameCrawley Wasps Ladies FC
Nickname(s)Wasps
Founded1991; 30 years ago (1991)
GroundThe New Defence, Horley
ChairmanJack Ayles
Head CoachDave Cole
LeagueFA Women's National League South
WebsiteClub website

Crawley Wasps Ladies FC is an English women's football club, that currently plays in the FA Women's National League South. Wasps currently play at The New Defence located in Horley.

History[edit]

Founded in 1991, Crawley Wasps have been instrumental in the successful development of girls' football in the Crawley area. From the early days of playing seven-a-side in various Surrey leagues, the club have expanded to more than 100 playing members in teams at all levels from Under-11s to three Ladies sides.

Wasps helped pioneer the development of ladies and girls' football in Sussex, becoming a founding member of the Sussex County Women and Girls' Football League in 2002-03.

Between May 2013 and May 2018, as they progressed from Under-11s to Under-16s, one Wasps team lost just three of 70 matches against girls teams – their dominance was such that they tested themselves in a boys' league in 2016-17.

The club celebrated its 25th anniversary season, in 2016-17, in style on and off the pitch. Thales, one of Crawley's largest employers, became Wasps' first-ever main club sponsor, while the Ladies' first team reached the Sussex Cup final and also the League Cup final.

In 2017-18, Wasps' first team earned a historic promotion to the FA Women's National League South, going unbeaten as they won the London & South East Premier Division, while again reaching the Sussex Cup and League Cup finals.

The 2018-19 was unquestionably the most successful in the club's history. The first team won the FA Women's National League Division 1 South East (securing back-to-back promotions), reached the League Cup final and played Arsenal in front of 1,550 people in the fourth round of the Women's FA Cup. The reserves and Under-18s also won their respective league titles.

Wasps first team then led the FA Women's National League South for much of the following season, which was curtailed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. They did win the Sussex Women's Challenge Cup for the first time, beating Chichester on penalties. The club's reserves performed well in their debut season in the FA Women's National League Reserve Section, and the youth sectioned swelled to over 100 players.

In the summer of 2020, Paul Walker, first-team manager since 2015 and chairman since 2017, parted company with the club. Jack Ayles took over as chairman and Dave Cole as manager.

Players[edit]

First-team squad[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
2 MF England ENG Holly Talbut-Smith
3 DF England ENG Rachel Palmer (vice-captain)
4 MF England ENG Kate McIntyre
5 DF England ENG Darcey James
6 DF England ENG Ellie Russell
8 FW England ENG Skye Bacon
9 FW England ENG Magda Mosengo
10 MF England ENG Charlotte Owen
11 MF England ENG Tash Stephens
13 GK England ENG Megen Lynch
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 MF Wales WAL Immy Lancaster
17 MF England ENG Naomi Cole (captain)
18 MF Isle of Man Isle of Man Sarah Wignall
20 DF England ENG Madi Hook (dual registration with Brighton)
21 MF England ENG Flo Jackson
22 DF England ENG Hope Nash
30 FW England ENG Nikita Whinnett
- FW England ENG Iesha Swaby (dual registration with Brighton)
- FW England ENG Jo Wilson
FW Wales WAL Emma Plewa

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
7 MF Wales WAL Emma Plewa (at Charlton)

Reserves & Development squad[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
23 MF   Amy Green
24 MF   Lottie Turner
25 GK   Lauren Graves
27 DF   Chanelle Gainsford
33 MF   Jade Simmons
42 FW   Ami Martins

Coordinates: 51°10′32″N 0°10′53″W / 51.17556°N 0.18139°W / 51.17556; -0.18139

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