Huddersfield Town W.F.C.

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Huddersfield Town Women
Full nameHuddersfield Town Women Football Club
Nickname(s)The Terriers
Founded1988 (as Huddersfield Ladies FC)
GroundStorthes Hall, Huddersfield
ChairmanAlison Bamforth
ManagerGlen Preston
LeagueFA Women's National League North
2021–22FA Women's National League North, 6th of 13
WebsiteClub website

Huddersfield Town Women Football Club is an English women's football club based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. The team play their homes matches at the Stafflex Arena.[1] They compete in the FA Women's National League North and are affiliated to the professional men's club Huddersfield Town. They were previously known as Huddersfield Town Ladies, but changed to Huddersfield Town Women in 2019.

Club staff[edit]

as of 12 August 2022.[2]

Club Board
Role Person
Chair Person England Alison Bamforth[3]
Club Secretary Scotland David Mallin
Club Treasurer England Tess Fawcett
Management & Backroom Staff
Role Person
First Team Manager England Glen Preston
First Team Coach Italy Mo Mouelhi
First Team Coach England Daniel Alogba
First Team Coach England Nick Hegarty
First Team Coach England Kamran Hussain
Goalkeeper Coach England Luke Haigh
Reserve Team Manager England Alan Eastwood
Reserve Team Coach England Steve Winterburn
Physiotherapist England Rebecca Booth
Nutritionist England Becky Thompson


An earlier women's football club, Huddersfield Atalanta Ladies F.C. was formed in 1920, playing against teams such as Dick, Kerr Ladies F.C., but was disbanded by 1925. It had played before crowds of up to 15,000 and raised large sums for charity. Players from Huddersfield Town F.C. had helped coach the players.[4]

The modern club was formed in June 1988 as Huddersfield Ladies FC and joined the North-East Regional League Division 2 where, in their first season, they won the league Cup and were promoted to Division One as champions. Over the next few seasons there were signs that an exciting team was beginning to emerge with the 1992–93 season seeing Huddersfield finish 3rd place in the league and runners-up in the League Cup. At the end of 1992–93 season, Huddersfield Ladies merged with Huddersfield Town Juniors, becoming Huddersfield Town Ladies FC.

The next season (1993–94) saw Huddersfield complete the triple as they won the league championship, League Cup and Yorkshire Cup. They only lost once all season. The following season (1994–95) saw the first team retain the league championship, winning all 16 league matches and scoring 101 goals in the process. Eventually Huddersfield Town Ladies were relegated twice over successive seasons to the Yorkshire and Humberside Premier League. However, in the same period a lot of time and effort was invested in producing a new crop of talented young players from within their own junior ranks.

During the 2006–07 season the first team finished in 2nd place in the first season of the North East Regional Women's Premier Division.

In the 2010–11 season the club won the FA North East Regional Women's Premier Division, league and cup double and gained promotion to the FA Northern Women's Combination League under the management of Mickey Booth. After 14 years in charge, Mickey Booth decided to step down as first team manager at the end of the 2012–13 season.

Glen Preston was appointed as manager, alongside Ashley Vickers and Fraser Green for the 2013/14 season. Their first season in charge couldn't have gone much better, winning the FA Northern Women's Combination League by a margin of 8 points and gaining promotion to the FA Women's National League.

In their five seasons since promotion to the FA Women's National League Huddersfield Town Ladies finished 5th, 8th, 9th, 6th, and 4th respectively. Ashley Vickers became manager with Lee Harrison, Michael Emery, Stuart Amos and Jordan Wimpenny acting as his assistants.

Huddersfield Town Women Era[edit]

2019–20 Season

In the Summer of 2019 the club changed their name to Huddersfield Town Women FC.

In January 2020, Huddersfield Town Women announced that they would play their upcoming Women's FA Cup match against Ipswich Town F.C. Women at the John Smith's Stadium. This match attracted 1,115 supporters, which broke Huddersfield Town Women's current attendance record.[5] Huddersfield lost the game 4–1.[6] The 2019/20 season would later be declared 'null and void' by The FA due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[7]

On 19 March, Huddersfield Town Women confirmed the departure of manager Ashley Vickers.[8] Lee Harrison and Michael Emery also left their positions at the club. Jordan Wimpenny was confirmed as the new first team manager on 23 March.[9]

2020–21 Season

The 2020–21 season saw Huddersfield Town rise to the top of the table before the season was suspended again in November 2020 due to the UK's second lockdown.[10] Following a restart in December 2020, Huddersfield played only three more matches before the season was halted again in January 2021[11] after beating Liverpool Feds in the only Women's FA Cup match to be played.

On 13 February, the club announced on its website that they wouldn't be applying for promotion into the FA Women's Championship.[12]

On 15 March The FA announced that the 2020/21 Women's National League season would be scrapped following discussions with clubs[13] however the Women's FA Cup would continue. Once the season restarted, Huddersfield equalled their record as they progressed to the fifth round of the Women's FA Cup where they lost 6–0 to FA Women's Super League side Brighton & Hove Albion Women.[14]

2021–22 Season

On 7 August, Jordan Wimpenny announced his departure from the club due to "personal reasons".[15] His assistant, Marcus Wilkinson also left the club on 11 August.[16] During this week, Steve Appleton was promoted to the manager role[17] before being joined by development team coach, Mo Mouelihi a month later.[18] Daniel Alogba joined the club in October.

Alison Bamforth was announced as the new club chair person on 28 August,[19] succeeding David Mallin (who became club secretary).

On 10 November, the club parted company with first team manager Steve Appleton.[20] Glen Preston returned back to the team for his second spell as manager on 15 November bringing with him former FC United of Manchester Women manager Kamran Hussain as a first team coach alongside the current Huddersfield coaching team.[21]

On 3 December, the HTSA (Huddersfield Town Supporters Association) inducted Huddersfield Town Women player Kate Mallin into the Huddersfield Town Heritage Project Hall of Fame.[22][23]

On 4 January, Huddersfield announced that they were set to play their Women's FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Everton F.C Women at the John Smith's Stadium.[24] On January 30, Huddersfield would go on to break their highest attendance record, previously set in 2020, with 1,168 fans coming down to watch Huddersfield lose 4-0 to Everton F.C Women.[25][26]

The First Round of 2021–22 Women's FA Cup saw Sir Tom Finney FC Ladies from the North West Women's Regional Football League (sixth-tier) against Huddersfield at the Stafflex Arena.[27] The game finished 20-0 to Huddersfield Town.[28] In the Second Round of the Women's FA Cup, Huddersfield were drawn away to FA Women's National League (third-tier) side Sheffield F.C. Ladies however the match was postponed due to Storm Arwen.[29] The re-arranged fixture took place at the Stafflex Arena with Huddersfield winning 3-0.[30] The Third Round of the competition was played on 12 December against FA Women's National League (third-tier) side Loughborough Lightning, with the Terriers winning 3-1.[31] The Fourth Round saw FA Women's Super League (first-tier) side Everton F.C Women face Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium on 30 January.[32] Everton went through to the next round beating Huddersfield 4-0.[33]

Huddersfield Town Women started their FA Women's National League Cup campaign with a 7-2 victory against fourth-tier Boldmere St. Michaels F.C. on 12 September during the FAWNL preliminary round.[34] This win allowed Huddersfield Town to progress into the First Round of the FA Women's National League Cup where they faced third-tier Middlesbrough Women at home, winning 3-2.[35] The next round saw Huddersfield facing fellow FA Women's National League (third-tier) side Loughborough Lightning at Loughborough University on 19 December with the Terriers winning 3-1.[36] The quarter-finals created a West Yorkshire derby as the Terriers travelled to third-tier Brighouse Town winning 4-1 on 23 February.[37] In the semi final Huddersfield were on the road again as they faced fourth-tier Liverpool Feds at Jericho Lane on 3 March, winning 1-0 to reach the final for the first time in their history.[38]


Current squad[edit]

As of September 2021.

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 Laura Carter
2 DF England ENG Beth Stanfield
3 DF England ENG Beth Ibbotson
4 FW England ENG Kate Mallin
5 DF England ENG Vicky Abbott
6 MF England ENG Lauren Griffiths
7 MF England ENG Katie Stanley
8 DF England ENG Charley Evans
9 MF England ENG Ria Montgomery
10 FW England ENG Laura Elford
11 MF England ENG Brittany Sanderson
12 DF England ENG Autumn Housley
13 GK England ENG Phoebe Tomlin
14 FW England ENG Lucy Sowerby
15 DF England ENG Georgia Marshall
16 FW England ENG Macy Ellis
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 DF England ENG Zoe Laughton
18 MF England ENG Alice Linsell
19 DF England ENG Paige Crossman
20 MF England ENG Sarah Dobby
21 MF England ENG Leoni Price
22 DF England ENG Lois Scholefield
23 MF England ENG Serena Fletcher
24 DF England ENG Sharone Buckle
26 DF England ENG Kayley Hird
27 MF England ENG Cassidy Clift
28 MF England ENG Brooke Marsden
29 MF England ENG Molly Ellis
34 FW Burundi BDI Falone Sumaili

League history[edit]



FA Northern Women's Combination League (Third Tier)

* FA North East Regional Women's Premier Division (Fourth Tier)


Women's FA Cup

League Cup

  • Finalists: 2021-22

League Plate

Sheffield & Hallamshire County Cup


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Coordinates: 53°36′22″N 1°43′23″W / 53.606192°N 1.723151°W / 53.606192; -1.723151