Crystal Palace F.C. (Women)

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Crystal Palace Women
Crystal Palace FC logo.svg
Full nameCrystal Palace Football Club Women
Nickname(s)The Eagles
Founded1992
GroundHayes Lane, Bromley
Capacity5,000
ChairmanRichard Spokes
ManagerDean Davenport
LeagueFA Women's Championship
2020–21FA Women's Championship, 7th of 11

Crystal Palace Football Club Women, formerly known as Crystal Palace Ladies Football Club, is a women's association football club based in south-east London which competes in the FA Women's Championship. The club, known as the "Eagles", is affiliated to Crystal Palace F.C., the men's equivalent. The women's section encompasses the under-9 age group through to senior level, including an academy at The Priory School in Orpington. The club plays their home matches at Hayes Lane, after forming a partnership with Bromley F.C. in 2014.

History[edit]

The club was formed in 1992 as Crystal Palace Ladies F.C.. Since 2003, the club has risen up England's football pyramid, winning the South East Combination Women's Football League in 2003–04, and later achieved their first cup success beating Chelsea in the Surrey FA County Cup Final in 2011. Palace reached the FA Women's Premier League in 2013–14. The club won the Division One title in 2015–16 after going the whole season undefeated and also won the Surrey FA County Cup that same season beating AFC Wimbledon in the final.

In 2018, The Guardian newspaper claimed that the Crystal Palace Ladies reserve team players were told "they face not being able to represent the club any longer if they cannot each raise £250 in sponsorship, or put up the money themselves", though the club reported this as "inaccurate." The Crystal Palace F.C. men's star first team player Wilfried Zaha, who had just signed a new contract made "a substantial financial contribution" to help subsidise the club's female section. The club issued a statement: "Everyone knows what Crystal Palace means to Wilf and he wants to give the same opportunities to the next generation of aspiring players at Palace Ladies that he enjoyed when coming up through junior teams."[1]

In 2019, the women's team was featured in Harry's Heroes: The Full English, a television documentary shown on ITV. They lost 1–0 to a team of male former professional footballers.[2]

On 10 June 2019, the club announced it would play as "Crystal Palace FC" instead of "Crystal Palace Ladies F.C." following the growing trend within the women's game to move away from the term "Ladies".[3]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 6 September 2021[4]

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 Chloe Morgan
2 DF England ENG Annabel Johnson
3 DF England ENG Leanne Cowan
4 MF Scotland SCO Leigh Nicol
5 DF England ENG Grace Coombs
6 MF England ENG Aimee Everett
7 MF England ENG Charley Clifford
8 FW England ENG Molly Sharpe
9 FW England ENG Millie Farrow
10 FW England ENG Kate Natkiel
11 FW England ENG Bianca Baptiste
No. Pos. Nation Player
12 DF England ENG Lizzie Waldie
13 GK England ENG Emily Orman (on loan from Chelsea)
14 DF Jamaica JAM Siobhan Wilson
15 MF England ENG Sophie McClean
16 DF England ENG Gracie Pearse (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
18 MF England ENG Kirsty Barton
23 MF England ENG Coral-Jade Haines
25 MF England ENG Hannah Churchill
GK England ENG Hope Smith

Former players[edit]

Club staff[edit]

Position Name
Chairman England Richard Spokes
Vice Chairman England John Harney
Director of Football Italy Alberto Kurti
Honorary President England Bill Nighy
Head coach England Dean Davenport
Assistant manager England Ritchie Callaghan
First team coach England Kirk Stoneham
Goalkeeping Coach England Lee Heywood
Strength and conditioning coach England Chico Lyons
Sports Therapist England Laila Braam
Matchday announcer/TV Presenter England Matt Hall
Cameraman England Ronan Howard

Honours[edit]

Leagues[edit]

Cups[edit]

  • Surrey County Cup Winners (2): 2011, 2016

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Crystal Palace Ladies: Wilfried Zaha makes 'substantial financial contribution' to club". BBC Sport. 5 September 2018. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  2. ^ Jeffries, Stuart (18 March 2018). "Harry's Heroes review – an answer to the question: 'Who ate all the pies?'". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  3. ^ "A new identity for Crystal Palace Ladies Football Club". CPFC Official Site. 10 June 2019. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Crystal Palace FC - Palace Women". www.cpfc.co.uk.

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