Fulham F.C. Women

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Fulham F.C. Women
Full nameFulham Football Club Women
Nickname(s)The Cottagers,[1] The Whites, The Friends
Founded1993 (dissolved 2006)
2006 (as WFC Fulham, dissolved 2010)
2014 (as Fulham FC Foundation Ladies)
2018 (as Fulham FC Women)
GroundMotspur Park
ManagerSteve Jaye
LeagueLondon and South East Women's Regional Football League
2022–23London and South East Women's Regional Football League, 3rd of 12
WebsiteClub website

Fulham FC Women, previously known as Fulham LFC, WFC Fulham and Fulham FC Foundation Ladies, is a women's football club based in London, England. The team were dissolved as of 16 May 2006, but were later re-established with independence from Fulham F.C. The club dissolved for a second time in June 2010 when sponsors pulled out following a second successive relegation.[2] The club reformed again in 2014.

Fulham became the first Ladies' football team in Europe to turn full-time professional in April 2000;[3][4] club chairman Mohamed Al-Fayed reverted the club to semi-professional status three years later,[5] but the club reformed in 2014.


Fulham L.F.C. were seen as the successor club to Friends of Fulham, winners of the FA Women's Cup in 1985 and twice runners-up in 1989 and 1990. After they moved to become what is now AFC Wimbledon Ladies, Fulham F.C. re-established a women's team, with women's football becoming very popular by the early 1990s. Fulham L.F.C.'s debut came in 1993 in the Greater London Division, and they eventually reached the FA Women's National Premier League, via the Greater London Premier Division, the South East Combination League and the FA Women's Premier League Southern Division, mirroring the progress of the men's professional club. After becoming professional themselves in 2000, a huge investment paid dividends in their first season, 2000–01, as they reached the FA Women's Cup final and won the South East Combination Women's Football League by a comfortable margin. Star players like Rachel Yankey and Katie Chapman were supplemented by high-profile overseas imports like Marianne Pettersen.[6]

In the 2001–02 season, they won the FA Women's Premier League Southern Division, the London County Cup, the FA Women's Premier League Cup and the FA Women's Cup, scoring 342 goals and conceding just 15.

Fulham won the treble of FA Women's Cup, League Cup and Premier League in 2002–03, scoring 68 goals and conceding just 13.[7] In 2003–04 they were the only English team to compete in the UEFA Women's Cup, and they came second in the Premier League National Division, despite reverting to semi-pro status at the end of the previous season.

During the 2005–06 season, having lost most of their professional squad, they struggled in the league and finished eighth.

On 16 May 2006, Fulham FC announced that they were withdrawing the team from the Women's Premier League and discontinuing the team altogether. The decision to dissolve the team was made on financial grounds, with Fulham officially laying the blame on a poor media coverage and poor league attendance. Fulham did announce plans to continue its Girls Development Centre, but clearly stated they would not be fielding any further league teams in the foreseeable future.[8]

Following the withdrawal of the funding of the Ladies, Fulham FC let club officers, parents and players take over in order that the team could continue playing at the highest level of women's football – the FA Women's Premier League. A similar fate befell several other ladies' teams at around the same time. As there was no remaining connection with Fulham FC, it was decided to alter the club's name to Fulham WFC and then WFC Fulham, in order to make this separation clear.

The new committee was presented with a number of difficult problems to solve. Season 2006–2007 saw the club survive, albeit with the relegation of the first team from the Premier League National Division, but with the bonus of a County Cup final appearance. The team bounced straight back by winning the Premier League Southern Division in 2007–08,[2] thanks largely to the goals of Ann-Marie Heatherson.

In 2008–09, WFC Fulham finished 12th and were relegated from the National Division. Another relegation into the Combination League followed in 2009–10 and the club folded due to the withdrawal of their sponsors.[2] A new official Fulham ladies team restarted in 2014.[9]

In 2014, the club reformed once more, as Fulham FC Foundation Ladies and entered the London & South East Regional Women's League. The club has remained in that division since, officially becoming re-incorporated into Fulham FC and rebranding as Fulham FC Women in 2018.

On 20 November 2022, Fulham FC Women played its first match back at Craven Cottage since the clubs reformation. The match was against AFC Wimbledon in a Capital Cup match, resulting in a 3–1 defeat. The match had the clubs highest attendance of 3,181 since the reformation.


Current squad[edit]

As of 8 September 2023[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 Libby Stratton
2 DF England ENG Emily Bird
3 DF England ENG Tessa Allen
4 DF England ENG Ella Tagliavini (Vice-Captain)
5 DF England ENG Mary Southgate (Captain)
6 MF Scotland SCO Chloe Christison-McNee
7 DF England ENG Tia Foreman
8 DF England ENG Becky Stormer
9 FW England ENG Ellie Olds
10 MF England ENG Lilly Lambird
11 DF England ENG Madi Parsonson
12 GK England ENG Ellie Parker
13 GK England ENG Frankie Gibbs
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 FW England ENG Sophie Manzi
15 MF England ENG Anisha Hill
16 MF England ENG Milla Lewis
17 FW England ENG Mia Adaway (on loan from Portsmouth)
18 FW England ENG Georgia Heasman
19 FW England ENG Ede Buchele
20 DF England ENG Olivia Dale
21 MF England ENG Sasha Adamson
22 MF England ENG Betty Barron-Clark
23 FW England ENG Alex Hayman
24 MF England ENG Ava Huntrods (on dual registration with London Bees)
26 FW England ENG Rachel Panting
27 DF Portugal POR Megalie Mendes


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ This is in reference to the stadium of the men's stadium, Craven Cottage, athlough there is no longer any formal link between Fulham L.F.C and Craven Cottage.
  2. ^ a b c "WFC Fulham fold". She Kicks. 20 June 2010. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2010.
  3. ^ Ronald Atkin (6 May 2001). "Glory daze on Fulham's second front". The Independent. London. Retrieved 23 May 2010.[dead link]
  4. ^ From BBC news
  5. ^ Burt, Jason (3 May 2003). "FA's broken promise ends Fulham's brave new world". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 9 July 2022. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  6. ^ Merritt, Stephanie (8 April 2001). "Something for the ladies". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Pioneers, film premieres and unrivalled dominance: When Al-Fayed turned Fulham's women professional". The Athletic. Retrieved 27 November 2022.
  8. ^ "Fulham Ladies". FulhamFC.com. Archived from the original on 27 June 2006. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  9. ^ FC, Fulham. "Fulham FC Women". Fulham FC. Retrieved 3 August 2021.
  10. ^ "Fulham FC Teams – Women". Fulham FC. Retrieved 9 November 2022.
  11. ^ "Blast from the past: Fulham stun Arsenal in 2003 title race". womenscompetitions.thefa.com. Retrieved 29 November 2022.
  12. ^ "Women's FA Cup final: Doncaster Belles 1 – 2 Fulham". the Guardian. 7 May 2002. Retrieved 29 November 2022.
  13. ^ "Fulham Ladies bag Cup". 5 May 2003. Retrieved 29 November 2022.
  14. ^ "Fulham win League Cup". 7 April 2002. Retrieved 29 November 2022.
  15. ^ Lansley, Peter. "Fulham win treble as the whistle blows for full timers". ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 29 November 2022.