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
ManagerSteve Appleton
LeagueFA Women's National League North
2019–20FA Women's National League North (season abandoned)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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.

History[edit]

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.[2]

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]

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.[3] Huddersfield lost the game 4–1.[4] The 2019/20 season would later be declared 'null and void' by The FA due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[5]

On 19 March, Huddersfield Town Women confirmed the departure of manager Ashley Vickers.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8] Following a restart in December 2020, Huddersfield played only three more matches before the season was halted again in January 2021[9] after beating Liverpool Feds in the only Women's FA Cup match to be played. On February 13, the club announced on its website that they wouldn't be applying for promotion into the FA Women's Championship.[10] On March 15 The FA announced that the 2020/21 Women's National League season would be scrapped following discussions with clubs[11] 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.[12]

Players[edit]

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 Ella Harris
13 GK England ENG Phoebe Tomlin
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 FW England ENG Lucy Sowerby
15 DF England ENG Georgia Marshall
16 FW England ENG Macy Ellis
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
25 GK Northern Ireland NIR Becky Flaherty
26 DF England ENG Kayley Hird
27 MF England ENG Cassidy Clift
28 MF England ENG Brooke Marsden
29 MF England ENG Molly Ellis

Former players[edit]

League history[edit]

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

FA Northern Women's Combination League (Third Tier)

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

Cup[edit]

Women's FA Cup

League Cup

League Plate

County Cup

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]. Huddersfield Town Women F.C. official website. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Huddersfield Town ladies' football club history discovered - including 15,000 fans". YorkshireLive. 25 September 2010. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Record Huddersfield Town Women crowd see Terriers suffer FA Cup rout to Ipswich Town". YorkshireLive. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Huddersfield Town 1–4 Ipswich Town highlights and reaction". YorkshireLive. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  5. ^ Association, The Football. "Chelsea Women awarded Barclays FA WSL title and Aston Villa win Women's Championship". www.thefa.com. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  6. ^ "ASHLEY VICKERS DEPARTS HUDDERSFIELD TOWN WOMEN". HTAFC. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  7. ^ "JORDAN WIMPENNY NAMED TOWN WOMEN MANAGER". HTAFC. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  8. ^ Association, The Football. "An update for 'non-elite' football in England following latest COVID-19 restrictions". www.thefa.com. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Elite matches to continue but all grassroots sport suspended in England". The Guardian. 4 January 2021. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  10. ^ S, R. (13 February 2021). "Promotion decision announcement". Huddersfield Town Women FC. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  11. ^ "Tiers three to six of women's football curtailed for second successive season". The Guardian. 15 March 2021. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  12. ^ "Brighton & Hove Albion Women 6 - 0 Huddersfield Women | Football". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 30 June 2021.

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