Middlesbrough W.F.C.

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Middlesbrough WFC
Middlesbrough WFC crest.png
Full nameMiddlesbrough Women Football Club[1]
Nickname(s)Boro
Short nameMWFC
Founded1976; 46 years ago (1976)[1]
GroundBishopton Road West
Capacity1,800 (200 seated)
ChairmanBen Fisher
ManagerAndy Campbell
LeagueFA Women's National League North
2021–22FA Women's National League North, 11th of 13 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website

Middlesbrough Women Football Club is an English women's football club. Founded in 1976, they currently play in the FA Women's National League North, with home games played at Bishopton Road West, Stockton.

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 Football Club was formed in 1976. Originally known as Cleveland Spartans, the club played in the Nottinghamshire Ladies League,[2] and were coached by Middlesbrough players Mark Proctor and David Hodgson.[3] The club reached the 1982 WFA Cup Final, losing 2–0 to Lowestoft.[4] Middlesbrough later played in the Yorkshire and Humberside Ladies League.[5]

In 1996 Marrie Wieczorek became full time manager. Under her guidance Middlesbrough won the 2001–02 Northern Combination and were promoted to the FA Women's Premier League Northern Division. They remained in the Northern Division for four seasons, returning to the Northern Combination following relegation at the end of the 2005–06 season.[6]

In September 2010, Middlesbrough travelled to North Korea and played two friendly matches against April 25 SC, losing 6–2, and Kalmaegi, losing 5–0.[7] In 2013 Gemma Grainger was appointed manager, and the club finished the 2012–13 season in fourth place.[8]

As a result of the restructuring of the FA Women's Premier League for the 2014–15 season, Middlesbrough competed in the newly formed FA Women's Premier League Northern Division One, finishing the season in fourth place.[9] For the 2015–16 season, manager Lindsey Stephenson stated that the team's aim was promotion to the Premier League Northern Division.[10] In their first season back in the third tier of woman's football, Middlesbrough achieved a second place finish.[11]

In January 2020, Ben Fisher was announced as new chairman, while Marrie Wieczorek returned to the club as an ambassador.[12] In 2020, Middlesbrough reached the semi-finals of the 2019–20 FA Women's National League Plate, losing 2–0 to Watford.[13] On 24 August 2021, former Middlesbrough player Andy Campbell was appointed manager.[14] Middlesbrough were relegated to the National League Division One North at the end of the 2021–22 season.[15]

Kits[edit]

Kit suppliers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2020–2021 Hummel Team Stokes Limited (TSL)[16]
2021–2022 Map Group (UK)[17]
2022– Erreà

Stadium[edit]

Middlesbrough spent ten years playing home games at Teesdale Park, Thornaby. In July 2018, the club moved to Bedford Terrace, Billingham.[18] Since June 2022, Middlesbrough have played their home games at Bishopton Road West, Stockton.[19]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 30 January 2022.[20]

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 Kayley Dunn
3 DF England ENG Katie Ormerod
3 DF England ENG Megan McKenzie
6 DF England ENG Emily Cassidy
7 MF England ENG Jess Holder
9 FW England ENG Faye Dale
11 FW England ENG Jess Foster
12 MF England ENG Savanna Robson
13 GK England ENG Ruby Cook
14 MF England ENG Leanna Giles
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 FW England ENG Armani Maxwell
16 MF England ENG Imogen Longcake
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
23 MF England ENG Jess Whittaker
24 MF England ENG Abby Robson

Former players[edit]

Club staff[edit]

As of 1 June 2022.[21]

Executive Members
Role Person
Chair Person England Ben Fisher[22]
Club Secretary England Ben Fisher
Management & Backroom Staff
Role Person
First Team Manager England Andy Campbell
Assistant Manager England Claire Streeter
First Team Coach England Jill Stacey
Reserve Team Manager England Abbey Lyle
Reserve Team Coach England Damian Shanahan
U16's Manager England Ben Fisher

Managerial history[edit]

Dates Name
1996–2013 England Marrie Wieczorek
2013–2014 England Gemma Grainger
2014–2018 England Lindsey Stephenson
2018 England Kelsey Byrne
2018–2021 England Steph Fairless
2021– England Andy Campbell

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

Seasons[edit]

Champions Runners-up Relegated
Season League FA Cup National League Cup National League Plate Top scorer(s)
Division Pld W D L GF GA Pts Pos Player(s) Goals
2010–11 Northern Combination 22 14 1 7 46 34 43 3rd R2
2011–12 Northern Combination 22 7 6 9 36 43 26 9th R2
2012–13 Northern Combination 21 11 3 7 49 32 36 4th R3
2013–14 Northern Combination 22 11 3 8 43 53 36 6th R3
2014–15 NL Division One North 22 11 4 7 83 54 37 4th R3 DR R1 Bianca Owens 16
2015–16 NL Division One North 22 17 3 2 90 22 54 1st Q4 R1 Bianca Owens 49
2016–17 NL North 20 14 1 5 60 31 43 2nd R2 R2 Bianca Owens 22
2017–18 NL North 22 14 0 8 63 52 42 3rd R4 R1 Emily Scarr 28
2018–19 NL North 22 13 4 7 60 41 43 5th R3 DR QF Emily Scarr,
Tyler Dodds
14
2019–20 NL North
[Note 1]
15 4 2 9 27 52 14 8th R2 DR SF Tyler Dodds 12
2020–21 NL North
[Note 1]
9 2 1 6 15 24 7 9th R4 [Note 1] [Note 1] Tyler Dodds 3
2021–22 NL North 24 5 3 16 27 67 18 11th R1 R1 Armani Maxwell 8
  1. ^ a b c d Cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Middlesbrough Women F.C." middlesbroughwomenfc.co.uk. Middlesbrough W.F.C. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Internationals on show at league cup final". Long Eaton Advertiser. 27 April 1978. Retrieved 22 October 2022 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  3. ^ "Marrie Wieczorek joy as Team GB women make history". Middlesbrough Evening Gazette Live. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  4. ^ "History of the Woman's FA Cup Final". The Football Association. Retrieved 25 May 2022.
  5. ^ "Ladies on the ball". East Cleveland Herald & Post. 29 September 1993. Retrieved 22 October 2022 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. ^ "Boro ladies target promotion". GazetteLive. 27 August 2011.
  7. ^ "Middlesbrough Ladies footballers back from North Korea". BBC. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Middlesbrough Ladies' team packed with young talent". GazetteLive. 12 June 2013.
  9. ^ "FA Women's Premier League: Northern Division One 2014/15". The Football Association. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  10. ^ "MFC Ladies". Middlesbrough Football Club. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  11. ^ "Middlesbrough Women aim to make it back-to-back wins against Burton in the cup". GazetteLive. 29 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Marrie Becomes Football Welcomes Women's Ambassador". MFC Foundation. 28 January 2020. Retrieved 11 August 2022.
  13. ^ "Good Luck to Middlesbrough Women FC In FAWNL Plate Semi-Final". Middlesbrough Football Club. Retrieved 26 May 2022.
  14. ^ "MFC Ladies". Middlesbrough Football Club Website. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  15. ^ "Women Preview: Burnley vs. Middlesbrough". Burnley Football Club. Retrieved 26 May 2022.
  16. ^ "Middlesbrough Women FC announce new first-team sponsorship with TSL". Middlesbrough Women F.C. Retrieved 3 November 2022.
  17. ^ @BoroWomen (8 August 2022). "Middlesbrough Women FC are excited to announce MAP Group UK Ltd will continue to be our first team sponsor for the 2022/23 season" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  18. ^ "Middlesbrough Women announce new Billingham Town base". SheKicks. 31 July 2018.
  19. ^ "Home Ground Announcement". middlesbroughwomen.co.uk. Middlesbrough W.F.C. Retrieved 30 October 2022.
  20. ^ "Team". middlesbroughwomen.co.uk. Middlesbrough W.F.C. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  21. ^ "Staff". middlesbroughwomen.co.uk. Middlesbrough W.F.C. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  22. ^ "Chair Person". middlesbroughwomen.co.uk. Middlesbrough W.F.C. Retrieved 30 January 2018.

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