Everton L.F.C.

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Everton Ladies
Everton's crest
Full name Everton Ladies Football Club
Nickname(s) The Toffees, The Blues
Founded 1983; 35 years ago (1983) as Hoylake WFC
Ground Halton Stadium, Widnes
Capacity 13,350
Manager Andy Spence
League FA WSL
2017–18 FA WSL 1, 9th of 10
Website Club website
Current season

Everton Ladies Football Club are a women's association football team from the city of Liverpool, who compete in the FA WSL 1, the first division of women's football in England. Formed in 1983 as Hoylake W.F.C., they are now part of Everton F.C. but play their home games at the Select Security Stadium, previously known as Halton Stadium in Widnes, home of Widnes Vikings. The team have won the Premier League National Division once, the Premier League Cup once, and the FA Women's Cup twice. From 2002 until 2012 they were managed by former captain Mo Marley and are now managed by former Assistant Manager Andy Spence.


Early Years[edit]

The club started life as Hoylake WFC in 1983. They merged with Dolphins YC to become Leasowe, then added Pacific to their title in a sponsorship deal. In 1987–88 they came to prominence winning the North West League and reaching the 1988 Women's FA Cup final, losing to Doncaster Belles 3–1. They were back the following year and this time they beat Friends of Fulham, this time on the right end of a 3–2 scoreline. By 1991–92 they had won their regional league five years running, and when the regular national competition was expanded the next season they were admitted to Division One North and promptly finished top to join the FA Women's Premier League.

Becoming Everton[edit]

In 1995 the club became known as Everton Ladies and continued to make their mark. In 1997 they reached the final of the Premier League Cup only to lose to Millwall Lionesses 1–2. The following year, however, Everton Ladies were crowned National Premier League Champions which is their biggest success to date.

Laudehr of Duisburg scores against Everton in the Champions League

In 1999 the club again lost in the League Cup final, 1–3 to Arsenal Ladies, and in 2005 reached the FA Women's Cup final only to lose 0–1 to Charlton Athletic after a disappointing display. Revenge of sorts came two years later when Everton pipped Charlton to second place in the Premier League, which as champions Arsenal had already won the UEFA Women's Cup, meant a European debut for the Toffees in 2007–08. In 2008 they won the Premier League Cup, by beating Arsenal in the final. Arsenal was unbeaten in England two years then.[1]

The ladies' first foray into UEFA competition saw them win their opening game against local Lithuanian side Gintra 4–0. They won further group games against Glentoran and Zulwil without conceding and scoring 20 goals in the process. The campaign was to end in disappointment at the second group stage. Despite beating Valur 3–1 in their final group game, Everton only finished third and failed to progress into the quarter–finals amidst much controversy.[2]

On 10 May 2009, Everton needed only a draw against Arsenal Ladies in the last match of the season to win the Women's Premier League for only the second time in their history, but lost 1–0 to finish runners–up on goal difference. Due to the reformatting of the European Cup into the UEFA Women's Champions League, however, they still qualified for Europe, although they had to enter at the qualifying group stages and were eliminated in the Round of 32 by Norway's Roa IL. In 2010 Everton beat Arsenal 3–2 to win the FA Women's Cup with Natasha Dowie (niece of Iain) scoring the winner deep into extra time.[3]

In 2011 the club advanced to the quarter–finals of the Champions League; where their best run so far was stopped by German side FCR Duisburg. Everton were one of eight founding teams in the FA WSL in March 2011.[4]

Relegation to FA WSL 2 in 2014[edit]

After several seasons finishing mid-table, Everton would struggle to gain form during the 2014 season having lost key players Jill Scott and Toni Duggan (both to Manchester City) during the off-season.[5][6] In September 2014, Everton would lose 2–0 to Notts County sealing their relegation to WSL 2 after 21 years of top flight football.[7]

FA WSL2 (2015-2017)[edit]

Everton celebrate winning the FA WSL 2 Spring Series in 2017

Everton would contend in WSL2, registering back-to-back third-place finishes during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. In anticipation of re-aligning the season with the typical FIFA calendar, the WSL 1 and 2 competed in a truncated 9-match season. The "FA WSL Spring Series" (as it became referred), would not have teams compete for promotion or relegation before the full 2017-18 season.[8] Everton won the Spring Series, recording 7 wins from 9 with scoring led by Claudia Walker (7 goals) and Simone Magill (5 goals). The Spring Series title was the first since the FA Women's Premier League National Division 1997-98 season title.

Return to Top Flight[edit]

Prior to the 2017-18 season, Notts County of the WSL 1 folded prior to the Spring Series prompting the FA to invite FA WSL 2 clubs to apply and fill the vacancy.[9] Everton were awarded the invitation back into the top flight on 9 June 2017, and would compete in the WSL 1 for the 2017-18 season.[10]

Everton struggled to gain much form during the 2017-18 season. Despite making a run to the semi-finals in the 2017–18 FA Women's Cup, Everton finished 9th in the table (only beating out winless Yeovil Town); however league structural changes prevented the club from being relegated.[11]


Everton Ladies had Arriva Stadium (formerly "Rossett Park") as their home ground starting in 1998, sharing with non-league side, Marine FC, located in Crosby, Liverpool.[12] Arriva would be the Blues home ground for 15 years.

In 2013, the team moved to their current ground, Halton Stadium (previously known then as "Select Security Stadium"), also used by their Merseyside rivals Liverpool. The move was prompted by needing improved technical requirements for the developing WSL standards and providing notably increased capacity.[13]

Ahead of the 2018-19 season, Everton announced that they would play the first half of the season at Merseyrail Community Stadium.[14][15]

Period Stadium Location Capacity
1998–2013 Arriva Stadium Crosby 2,800[16]
2014–present Halton Stadium Widnes 13,350[17]
2018 Merseyrail Community Stadium Southport 6,008[18]

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 September 2018.[19][20]

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

No. Position Player
1 England GK Kirstie Levell
3 England DF Danielle Turner
4 England DF Georgia Brougham
5 Netherlands DF Siri Worm
6 England DF Gabrielle George
7 England FW Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah
8 Netherlands MF Inessa Kaagman
9 England FW Claudia Walker
10 Northern Ireland FW Simone Magill
11 England FW Chloe Kelly
No. Position Player
12 Wales MF Angharad James
13 England MF Abbey-Leigh Stringer
15 England MF Emma Doyle
15 England DF Taylor Hinds
16 England FW Hannah Cain
17 New Zealand MF Olivia Chance
20 England MF Megan Finnigan
22 Netherlands MF Dominique Bruinenberg
26 England DF Faye Bryson
28 Wales MF Elise Hughes

Former players[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach England Andy Spence


For a detailed international record see English women's football clubs in international competitions

Everton Ladies celebrate the 2010 Cup win


Name Tenure M W D L Win % Notes
England Keith Marley – 2002
England Mo Marley 2012 – 13 October 2012 206 129 26 51 62.2% [21]
England Andy Spence 14 November 2012 – 10 June 2015 51 16 13 22 31.4% [22][23]
England Nicola Anderson 10 June 2015 – 15 December 2015 14 5 4 5 35.7.% Interim manager[23][24]
England Andy Spence 15 December 2015 – present 37 18 3 16 48.6% [25]

Player of the year[edit]

Supporters player of the year[edit]

  • 2018 Angharad James
  • 2017 Gabby George
  • 2016 Simone Magill
  • 2015 Danielle Turner
  • 2014 Nikita Parris
  • 2013 Toni Duggan & Elizabeth Durack (Tied)
  • 2012 Toni Duggan
  • 2011 Fara Williams
  • 2010 Fara Williams
  • 2009 Danielle Hill

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Toffee ladies make Everton history". liverpoolecho.co.uk. 29 February 2008. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  2. ^ Leighton, Tony (14 October 2007). "Everton 'disgusted' with Uefa as protest is ignored". The Guardian.
  3. ^ "Everton upset Arsenal to win FA Women's Cup". BBC. 3 May 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Lincoln Ladies FA Women's Super League bid success". BBC. 22 March 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2010.
  5. ^ "Scott Leaves Blues". Everton. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  6. ^ "WASL: England Striker Toni Duggan set to leave Everton Ladies". Sky Sports. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Women's Super League: Tears flow as Everton are relegated". BBC. 28 September 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Spring Series Fixtures". www.thefa.com. 10 January 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Women's Super League: WSL 2 clubs invited to apply to replace Notts County Ladies". BBC Sport. 16 May 2015. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Everton have been elected to FA Women's Super League 1". FA WSL. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  11. ^ Rachel Rose Gold (20 May 2018). "Everton Ladies end season with defeat at Man City". Royal Blue Mersey. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Ground of the week - Arriva Stadium". www.bbc.co.uk. 16 March 2009. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  13. ^ Dave McMillan (2013). "Ladies team to leave Arriva Stadium after 15 years..." Marine Football Club. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Ladies To Play Home Games At Southport". www.evertonfc.com. 7 September 2018. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  15. ^ "Everton Ladies Are In Town!". southportfc.net. 7 September 2018. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  16. ^ "The Marine Travel Arena | Soccerway". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  17. ^ "Select Security Stadium | Soccerway". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  18. ^ "Southport | Merseyrail Community Stadium". www.footballgroundguide.com. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  19. ^ "The Team". Everton Ladies.
  20. ^ "Squad listing". Soccerway.
  21. ^ "Marley Resigns As Ladies Boss". FA WSL. 13 October 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  22. ^ "Andy Spence named as new Everton FC ladies boss". The Chester Chronicle. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  23. ^ a b "Everton ladies boss Andy Spence quits". Liverpool Echo. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  24. ^ "Everton Ladies: Nicola Anderson to stay as interim boss". BBC Sport. 24 July 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  25. ^ "Andy Spence: Everton Ladies boss returns six months after departure". BBC Sport. 8 December 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  26. ^ "At A Glance: Dixies Winners". Everton F.C. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  27. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Awards Winners". Everton F.C. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  28. ^ Philip Kirkbride (21 May 2009). "Everton Ladies boss Mo Marley sacked husband so she could be manager". The Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 9 September 2009.

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