London Bees

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London Bees
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Full nameLondon Bees
Nickname(s)The Bees
Founded1975; 47 years ago (1975) (as District Line Ladies F.C.)
GroundThe Hive Stadium, Canons Park
Capacity6,500 (5,419 seated)
ChairmanAnthony Kleanthous
ManagerSian Osmond
LeagueFA Women's Championship
2020–21FA Women's Championship, 11th of 11 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

London Bees is an English women's football club affiliated with Barnet F.C. They play in the FA Women's National League South. The club has been in existence under several names since 1975, originally being called District Line Ladies F.C.. The team were re-branded as London Bees after joining the new WSL 2 for the 2014 season. The club have a first team and a youth academy; both train and play at the Hive Stadium.

History[edit]

The club began in 1975 as District Line Ladies FC, then merged 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. In 1998, the club became affiliated with 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.[1][2] 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.

In the 2020–21 season, London Bees finished bottom of the Championship and were relegated to the third tier of English women's football.

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 February 2021.[3]

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 Faye Hazelton
2 DF England ENG Jess Burke
4 MF England ENG Danielle Puddefoot
5 DF England ENG Amber Tullet
6 DF England ENG Hannah Porter
7 FW England ENG Frankie Webster
8 MF Republic of Ireland IRL Flo Gamby
9 FW England ENG Courtney Ward-Chambers
10 DF England ENG Parker Dunn
11 FW England ENG Hannah Coote
12 MF England ENG Lauren Heria
13 FW England ENG Nikki Jancey
14 MF England ENG Chiara Lape
15 FW England ENG Millie Constantine
17 DF England ENG Sophie Lee
18 MF England ENG Sabiha Jamal
19 DF England ENG Megan Wood
20 FW England ENG Jade Bell
21 MF England ENG Ashleigh Goddard
22 MF England ENG Alketa Rragami
23 DF Italy ITA Stef Paci
39 DF England ENG Jo Wilson

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Name
General Manager Natasha Kleanthous
First Team Manager Sian Osmond
First Team Assistant Gary Bailey
Goalkeeping Coach Marie Hourihan
S & C Coach Connor Lynch
Lead therapist Jade Dornan
Team Analyst Jake Toyer
Sports Psychologist Billy Docherty
Media & Communications Howard Bloom

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

Former managers[edit]

Manager Dates
Lee Burch May 2019 – February 2021
Rachel Yankey February 2019 – May 2019
Luke Swindlehurst July 2017 – February 2019
David Edmonson February 2016 – May 2017
Julian Broomes August 2014 – October 2015

Honours[edit]

Player honours[edit]

  • FA WSL 2 Golden Boot Award
    • Winner: Jo Wilson with 10 League goals in 2016
  • FA WSL 2 Player of the Month (April 2017/18)
    • Winner: Katie Wilkinson
  • FA Championship Player of the Month (January 2019/20)
    • Winner: Sarah Quantrill

Manager honours[edit]

  • LMA Women's Championship Manager of the Month (September 2019/20)
    • Winner: Lee Burch
  • LMA Women's Championship Manager of the Month (January 2019/20)
    • Winner: Lee Burch

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ Leighton, Tony (21 March 2010). "Lincoln City the surprise name in newly formed Women's Super League". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 25 March 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2010.
  3. ^ Rowe, Adam (21 August 2019). "Confirmed squad numbers 2019/20 season!". London Bees Official Website.

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