London Bees

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London Bees
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Full name London Bees
Nickname(s) The Bees
Founded 1975; 42 years ago (1975) (as District Line Ladies F.C.)
Ground The Hive Stadium, Edgware
Ground Capacity 6,916 (6,186 seated)
Chairman Anthony Kleanthous
Manager Luke Swindlehurst
League FA WSL 2
2016 7th
Website Club website

London Bees is an English women's football club affiliated with Barnet F.C.. They play in the FA WSL 2. The club has been in existence under several names since 1975. Originally titled District Line Ladies F.C. The team became officially affiliated with Barnet F.C. when Barnet F.C. Ladies, were re-branded as London Bees after joining the new WSL 2 for the 2014 season. The club have a First team and Development team (U21's) at present which all train and play at The Hive Stadium under the management of Head Coach Luke Swindlehurst.[1]

History[edit]

The club began in 1975 as District Line Ladies FC then tied up with Wembley FC in 1993 to become Wembley Ladies FC. In 1997 the club moved to play at Hanwell Town FC but kept the Wembley Ladies name. Then in 1998 the club became affiliated to Barnet FC, amalgamating with the existing Barnet Ladies FC from the Greater London League to form Barnet FC Ladies.

In March 2010 Barnet F.C. Ladies were announced as an unsuccessful bidder for the FA Women's Super League.[2][3] In 2013, they were successful in their bid to join the WSL under their new name of London Bees for the 2014 season.

In the 2016 FA WSL summer season, London Bees became the first WSL 2 club to reach the semi-finals of the FA WSL Cup, after notable wins against Chelsea Ladies on penalties and Sheffield Ladies in their quarter-final fixture. They were later defeated in the semi-final by Birmingham City Ladies.

Stadium[edit]

London Bees play at The Hive Stadium in Edgware, the home of Barnet F.C..

Current squad[edit]

London Bees team in April 2017 prior to a match against Millwall Lionesses
As of 15 September 2017.[4]
No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Nicola Hobbs  England
2 Defender Chelsea Weston  England
3 Defender Sophie Fogarty (vice-captain)  England
4 Midfielder Destiney Toussaint
6 Defender Rosie Lane
7 Forward Lucy Loomes  England
9 Forward Jo Wilson  England
10 Forward Evie Clarke  England
11 Midfielder Paula Howells  England
12 Forward Rosie Kmita  England
14 Forward Tricia Gould  England
15 Defender Ocean Rolandsen
16 Forward Hana Lalani  England
17 Midfielder Emma Beckett (captain)  Ireland
18 Katherine Huggins  England
19 Midfielder Rebecca Anderson  England
20 Midfielder Lisa Milliken  England
22 Defender Amber Tullett  England
23 Midfielder Ashleigh Goddard  England
48 Goalkeeper Sophie Harris  England
Defender Anne Meiwald  England

Current technical staff[edit]

As of July 2017.

Position Name
General Manager England Luke Swindlehurst
First Team Manager England Luke Swindlehurst
Development Manager (U21's) England Liban Mude
Goalkeeping Coach England Craig McCreeth
Coach England Sian Osmond
Club Doctor Belgium Naheem Ali
Lead physiotherapist Italy Nicola Bottioni
Conditioning Coach England Luke Callis
Marketing Officer England Amy Colson

Notable former players[edit]

Players who played for District Line Ladies, Wembley Ladies, Barnet FC Ladies or London Bees and received recognition at full international level

Honours[edit]

Player Honours[edit]

  • FA WSL 2 Golden Boot Award
    • Winner: Jo Wilson with 10 League goals in 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Breaking | Luke Swindlehurst named as new London Bees head coach". londonbeeswsl.com. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  2. ^ "Lincoln Ladies FA Women's Super League bid success". BBC. 22 March 2010. Archived from the original on 28 March 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Leighton, Tony (21 March 2010). "Lincoln City the surprise name in newly formed Women's Super League". London: The Guardian. Archived from the original on 25 March 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "London Bees confirm Squad Numbers for 2017/18". London Bees Official site. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 

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