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Oxford United W.F.C.

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Oxford United Women
Full nameOxford United Women's Football Club
Nickname(s)U's / Yellows
Founded2005; 19 years ago (2005)
GroundMarsh Lane, Oxford
ManagerSam Rose[1]
LeagueFA Women's National League South
2023–24FA Women's National League South, 5th of 12
WebsiteClub website

Oxford United Women's Football Club is an English women's football club affiliated with Oxford United, and founded in the 1991–92 season. Although there were earlier women's football clubs playing in the Oxfordshire area with an Oxford name, the 1991–92 season represents the inaugural season of Oxford Ladies F.C.,[2] which would go on to be formally affiliated to Oxford United F.C. just one year later.[3] On affiliation to the men's club before the 1992–93 football season, Oxford Ladies changed their name to Oxford United Ladies to maintain a one-club ethos. Whilst initially playing at Witney Town's Marriotts Stadium, the first women's football match played at The Manor Ground was against Horsham Ladies F.C. on 25 October 1992[3] and this was also the first Oxford United women's team match to be televised on Central Television.

The success of Oxford United Women's F.C. is recognised and promoted by Oxford United.[4]


For the 1991–92 season, the women's team played in the Home Counties League Southern Section, which they won at the first attempt (losing only one league match in the entire season), whilst also reaching the Home Counties League Cup final against Red Star Southampton Ladies Reserves. The League Cup final score was level at full time, as well as after extra time, with Red Star going on to win the penalty shootout by 4 goals to 3. In the Women's FA Challenge Cup, Oxford Ladies reached the third round, losing narrowly at home to Frome Ladies by 3 goals to 2.

In the 1992–93 season they were promoted to the Women's FA National League Southern Section, which was the second tier in English women's football at the time (jointly with FA Women's National League Northern Section) and the club's name officially became Oxford United Ladies. The club was now eligible for the FA Women's National League Cup, but found the competition much tougher, losing in the first round to Epsom & Ewell Ladies by 2 goals to 1. They fared better in the Women's FA Cup, reaching the fourth round before losing to Rainworth Miners Welfare Ladies, by 2 goals to 0.

In 1993–94 the club's name officially changed to Oxford United Women F.C.

In 1995–96, the league changed its name to FA Women's Premier League Southern Division, in which Oxford they finished in 3rd place, as well as reaching the semi-final of the FA Women's Premier League Cup, and again reaching the fourth round of the Women's FA Cup, losing at St Helens Garswood Ladies by 2 goals to 1.

After a number of turbulent years, whilst much development occurred in women's football, the club re-emerged as Oxford United Ladies in the 2005–06 season, playing in the Thames Valley Counties League Division 1, which they won at the first attempt. They were also winners of the Thames Valley Counties League Cup and Oxfordshire FA Women's Cup.[5] Not to be outdone, the Reserves side won the Thames Valley Counties League Division 2 North. As a result, the first team were promoted to the Southern Region Women's Football League Division 1 for the 2006–07 season, and the Reserves rose to the Thames Valley Counties League Division 1, with a third Development side playing in Thames Valley Counties League Division 2.

The first team then floated between the Southern Region Division 1 and Southern Region Premier Division for the next few seasons, but by 2011–12 the club won the Southern Region Women's Football League Premier Division and were again promoted in 2012–13 where they won the South-West Combination and were elected as inaugural members of the Women's Super League 2nd division (WSL 2).

Oxford United Ladies have won the Ladies Oxfordshire Senior Cup, beating Henley Town Ladies 2–1 at Bicester Town F.C.[clarification needed] The scorers were Lauren Allison and Stacey Coles five minutes from time. "Credit must go to the girls for the win," said ladies boss Ben Thomas after the match.

Current squad[edit]

As of 28 May 2024.

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 Paris Sercombe
2 DF England ENG Emily Wallace
3 DF England ENG Gemma Sims
5 DF England ENG Catherine Beaver
6 DF England ENG Riva Casley
7 FW England ENG Daisy McLachlan
9 FW England ENG Carly Johns
10 FW England ENG Cheryl Williams
11 MF England ENG Sophie Baker
14 MF England ENG Molly Childerhouse
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 DF England ENG Daisy Ackerman
16 DF England ENG Georgia Hayes
17 FW England ENG Sarah King
18 DF England ENG Alex Ashley
19 MF Wales WAL Lily Stevens
22 FW England ENG Jade Grove
23 MF England ENG Merrick Will
26 DF England ENG Hannah Mackenzie
27 GK England ENG Rose Kite
DF England ENG Amber Roberts
DF England ENG Stephaney Bent
DF England ENG Bobby Lynch
DF England ENG Lena Stroem
FW England ENG Molly Peters
MF Scotland SCO Georgia Brown
MF Scotland SCO Brogan Moore
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW England ENG Laura Hennessey
FW England ENG Lauren Allison
FW England ENG Maddie Robertson
FW England ENG Lucy Durham
FW England ENG Issy Newns
DF England ENG Ellie Kirby
MF England ENG Leah Burridge

Former players[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

As of 15 September 2020.
Position Name
Head Coach Sam Rose[1]
Assistant Manager Tom Hartley


  • South-West Combination: Winners
  • Thames Valley Division Two: Winners
  • Oxfordshire FA County Cup : Runners up
  • Southern Region Division One :Runners up
  • Southern Region Division One: 1
  • Thames Valley Division One: 1
  • Thames Valley League Cup: 1
  • Oxfordshire FA County Cup: 1


  1. ^ a b "Sam Rose Appointed As New OUWFC Manager". Oxford United F.C. 9 November 2023. Retrieved 19 December 2023.
  2. ^ "The Women's F.A. Cup". Retrieved 16 April 2024.
  3. ^ a b Oxford United F.C. football programmes.
  4. ^ de Costa, Luke (5 May 2023). "Oxford United women eye title in season finale". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 April 2024.
  5. ^ "2005/06 season OULFC Awards evening". Oxford United Ladies FC. Archived from the original on 20 August 2007. Retrieved 18 March 2015.

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