Middlesbrough W.F.C.

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Middlesbrough WFC
Full nameMiddlesbrough Women Football Club[1]
Nickname(s)The Boro
Short nameMWFC
Founded1976; 45 years ago (1976)[1]
GroundBedford Terrace, Billingham
ChairmanBen Fisher
ManagerAndy Campbell
LeagueFA Women's National League North
2019–20FA Women's National League North (season abandoned)
WebsiteClub website

Middlesbrough Women Football Club are the women's side of Middlesbrough. Founded in 1976, they currently play their matches in the FA Women's National League North, with home games being played at Bedford Terrace, the home of Billingham Town

Middlesbrough WFC also have a reserve side competing in the FA Women's National League Division One North. Their home games are played at Middlesbrough College.[1]

History[edit]

Middlesbrough Women FC were formed in 1976. Originally known as Cleveland Spartans, they were coached in the early days by then Middlesbrough FC players Mark Proctor and David Hodgson.[2]

In 2001–02, Middlesbrough Women FC carried off the Northern Combination title for the first time and were promoted to the Northern Division of the Premier League, where they remained for four seasons. Since being back at Combination level, their best season came in 2010–11 when they finished third.

As a result of the restructuring of the FA Women's Premier League for the 2014–15 season, Middlesbrough Women FC competed in the newly formed FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division One where they finished 4th.[3] For the 2015–16 season, manager Lindsey Stephenson stated that the team's aim was promotion to the Premier League Northern Division.[4]

For the 2021-22 season, Middlesbrough Women FC will compete in the FA Women's National League Northern Division, the 3rd level of women's association football in England.

Club staff[edit]

As of 2 August 2018.[5]

Executive Members
Role Person
Chair Person England Ben Fisher[6]
Club Secretary England Ben Fisher
Management & Backroom Staff
Role Person
First Team Manager England Andy Campbell
First Team Coach England Courtney Vacher
Reserve Team Manager England Josh Ward
Reserve Team Coach England Jason Elgie
Reserve Team Coach England Ethan Oswald
U16's Manager England Ben Fisher

Managers[edit]

Andy Campbell is the current First Team manager and coach (2021-22 season). Formerly of Middlesbrough FC, England Under-21's and Cardiff City, Campbell was appointed s manager on August 24 2021.[7]

Previous Middlesbrough First Team managers have included:

Kelsey Byrne, now FA Women's National Coach Developer for the North East and North West regions.

UEFA A qualified, Middlesbrough born, Gemma Grainger who progressed to work with the national England Women's set-up for The Football Association as U20's assistant coach. She is currently manager of the Wales national squad. [1]

Steph Fairless was Middlesbrough Women manager between 2018 till August 2021.

Marrie Wieczorek (originally a talented central midfielder for the side) was the manager for some 20 years, during much of the early development of Middlesbrough WFC. She was welcomed back as club ambassador in January 2020 by newly appointed chairman Ben Fisher.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 3 August 2020.[8]

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 Rosie Todd
3 DF England ENG Megan McKenzie
4 DF England ENG Courtney Stewart
5 DF England ENG Abby Towers
6 DF England ENG Emily Cassidy
7 MF England ENG Jess Holder
8 MF England ENG Molly Holder
9 FW England ENG Faye Dale
10 MF England ENG Elysia Boddy
11 FW England ENG Jess Foster
12 MF England ENG Savanna Robson
13 GK England ENG Kayley Dunn
14 MF England ENG Lauren Robson
15 FW England ENG Armani Maxwell
16 MF England ENG Imogen Longcake
17 DF England ENG Millie Bell
18 MF England ENG Erin Boyle
19 FW England ENG Eve Marshall
20 DF England ENG Brooke Newton
21 MF England ENG Rebecca Olley
22 FW England ENG Fliss Jones

Former players[edit]

Current Birmingham City and Women's Super League midfielder Emma Kelly is Middlesbrough Women's former club captain, while Glasgow City's Tyler Dodds played for Middlesbrough Women for over three seasons before departing in 2020.

Local rivalry[edit]

Sunderland Ladies are a neighbouring team and derby. Norton and Stockton Ancients Ladies FC are another neighbouring team who have previously competed in the same league as Middlesbrough WFC (2015–16 season).

Trivia[edit]

On 2010, Middlesbrough Women Football Club went to North Korea and lost 2 friendly matches to 6-2 to April 25 SC and 5-0 to Kalmaegi. [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Middlesbrough Women F.C." middlesbroughwomenfc.co.uk. Middlesbrough WFC. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Marrie Wieczorek joy as Team GB women make history". Middlesbrough Evening Gazette Live Website. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  3. ^ "FA Women's Premier League: Northern Division One 2014/15". The Football Association Website. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  4. ^ "MFC Ladies". Middlesbrough Football Club Website. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Staff". middlesbroughwomen.co.uk. Middlesbrough L.F.C. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Chair Person". middlesbroughwomen.co.uk. Middlesbrough WFC. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  7. ^ "MFC Ladies". Middlesbrough Football Club Website. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Team". middlesbroughwomen.co.uk. Middlesbrough W.F.C. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  9. ^ ="Middlesbrough Ladies footballers back from North Korea". BBC. Retrieved 23 June 2020.

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