London City Lionesses

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London City Lionesses
LCL Crest.png
Full nameLondon City Lionesses Football Club
FoundedMay 2019; 18 months ago (May 2019)
GroundPrinces Park, Dartford
Head coachMelissa Phillips (interim)
LeagueFA Women's Championship
2019–20FA Women's Championship, 4th of 11
WebsiteClub website
Current season

London City Lionesses is a fully professional women's association football club based in Dartford, England.[1] The team competes in FA Women's Championship during the 2019–20 season, the second tier of English women's football. The club was founded in May 2019, as an independent breakaway club from Millwall Lionesses.[2][3]


On 13 May 2019, a statement was released by Millwall F.C. announcing that the board of directors and senior management at the team's official women's affiliate, Millwall Lionesses, had declared their intentions to split from the club, becoming an independent entity and operating under a new name.[4][5] The breakaway was already agreed in principle by the FA.[6] The transfer of Millwall's Championship licence was officially approved by the FA on 29 June 2019.[7] After only six league games, manager Chris Phillips was sacked with the team sitting fourth in the Championship.[8]


Current squad[edit]

As of 6 September 2020.[9]

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 Lucy Thomas
2 DF England ENG Chantelle Mackie
3 DF England ENG Leanne Cowan
4 MF England ENG Poppy Wilson
5 DF England ENG Hannah Short
6 DF England ENG Ylenia Priest (co-captain)
7 MF Republic of Ireland IRL Alli Murphy
8 FW England ENG Freda Ayisi
9 FW Finland FIN Juliette Kemppi
10 MF England ENG Lily Agg
11 MF England ENG Annie Rossiter
12 DF England ENG Grace Neville
13 GK England ENG Hope Smith
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 FW England ENG Kallie Balfour
15 MF Republic of Ireland IRL Hayley Nolan
16 MF England ENG Harley Bennett
17 MF England ENG Lucy Fitzgerald
18 MF England ENG Ellie Mason (co-captain)
21 MF England ENG Flo Fyfe
22 FW England ENG Eden Bailey
23 MF England ENG Lilly Pursey
30 GK United States USA Shae Yanez
37 MF Albania ALB Elizabeta Ejupi
FW England ENG Gabriella Ravenscroft
FW England ENG Atlanta Primus

Former Players[edit]

Managerial history[edit]

Information correct as of 9 October 2020. Only competitive matches are counted.

List of London City Lionesses managers
Name Nationality From To P W D L GF GA Win%[nb 1] Notes
Chris Phillips  England 13 May 2019 15 October 2019 7 4 0 3 11 16 057.14 [10]
John Bayer (interim)  England 15 October 2019 27 May 2020 14 4 3 7 17 27 028.57 [10]
Lisa Fallon  Ireland 27 May 2020 9 October 2020 5 0 1 4 2 11 000.00 [11]
Melissa Phillips (interim)  United States 9 October 2020 present 0 0 0 0 0 0 ! [12]


Results of league and cup competitions by season
Season Division P W D L F A Pts Pos FA Cup League Cup Name Goals
League Top goalscorer[nb 1]
2019–20 Championship 15 8 2 5 25 24 26 4th R4 GS Elizabeta Ejupi 4
  1. ^ Goals in all competitions (Championship, FA Cup and League Cup are counted.)


  1. ^ Wrack, Suzanne (18 August 2019). "'Equality has to be more than words': London City Lionesses go it alone". The Guardian.
  2. ^ "London City Lionesses: Millwall Supporters Club "saddened" by women's team breakaway". BBC News. 13 May 2019. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  3. ^ "London City Lionesses: Can a women's team thrive independently?". 19 September 2019 – via
  4. ^ "Club Statement: Millwall Lionesses".
  5. ^ McElwee, Molly (13 May 2019). "Millwall women's team to split from club and form new London City Lionesses outfit". The Telegraph.
  6. ^ "London City Lionesses: FA Women's Football board approve Millwall switch". BBC News. 14 May 2019. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  7. ^ "London City Lionesses".
  8. ^ "London City Lionesses sack manager Chris Phillips". 15 October 2019.
  9. ^ "London City Lionesses first team". Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  10. ^ a b "London City Lionesses sack manager Chris Phillips". 15 October 2019. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  11. ^ "Lisa Fallon and Melissa Phillips announced as new London City Lionesses coaching team". London City Lionesses. 27 May 2020.
  12. ^ "London City Lionesses Statement: Lisa Fallon stands down". London City Lionesses. 9 October 2020.

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