Reading F.C. Women

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Reading WFC
Reading FC.svg
Full name Reading Football Club Women
Nickname(s) The Royals
Founded 2006
Ground Adams Park
Ground Capacity 9,617[1]
Director of football Kelly Chambers
First team manager Kelly Chambers
League WSL 1
2015 1st, FA WSL 2
Website Club home page

Reading Football Club Women is an English women's football club affiliated with Reading FC. The club currently play in FA WSL 1. The club played in the FA Women's Premier League National Division after being promoted from the FA Women's Premier League Southern Division, which they were relegated to at the end of the 2011–12 season. They had previously won promotion to the National Division from the Southern Division in 2009–10. They gained entry to an expanded FA WSL in 2014.[2]

History[edit]

Reading FC began an association with women's football when it affiliated with Reading Royals LFC (previously Twyford Comets) in 1988.

In May 2006, Reading ended this affiliation and started their own women's team, Reading FC Women.[3] In their first season they achieved a Southern Region Women's Football League and Cup double[4] and were promoted to the South West Combination Women's Football League. They followed this with an unbeaten 2007–08 League season to gain promotion to the Premier League Northern Division (in which they competed due to an overload at the Southern).

After finishing sixth in the Northern Division, Reading were transferred to the Southern Division for the 2009–10 season. In 2010 they won their last four games of the season to finish runners–up to Barnet and secure promotion to the FA Women's Premier League National Division.[5]

On 3 April 2011 Reading successfully defended the Berks and Bucks County Cup trophy, cruising past Milton Keynes Dons 3–0 in the final.[6]

Their first season in the FA Women's Premier League National Division (the second highest league, following the formation of the Women's Super League) saw Reading finish third.[7] In March 2012 Reading lost top goalscorer Nikki Watts to WSL club Bristol Academy.[8] They finished 9th in the National Division in the 2011–12 season, resulting in their relegation back to the Southern Division for 2012–13.

In 2012–13 Reading FC Women won the FA Premier League Southern Division by eight points and a goal difference of 41,[9] while both the first and reserve team retained the County Cup.[10]

Reading's top scorer in 2012–13, Fran Kirby, was rewarded for her campaign by being named as Player of the Season – as well as receiving a call up to play for Great Britain in the World University Games in Kazan, Russia. Striker Kirby surpassed the 30-goal mark this season and was also selected for an England under-23s Camp.[11]

Reading were granted a licence to play in the FA Women's Super League 2 from 2014.[10] They won the division in the 2015 season and were promoted to the WSL 1. On 10 December 2015 it was announced that Reading would play their home games at Adams Park, the home of Wycombe Wanderers FC, for the next two seasons.[12]

Management[edit]

Reading F.C. Women Director of Women's and Girls' Football and First Team Manager is former captain of Reading F.C. Women, Kelly Chambers. Chambers took over from former manager Jayne Ludlow who stepped down to manage Wales. She is assisted by former manager Sean Cousins who stepped down in 2012.

Players[edit]

As of 25 January 2016.[13]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Republic of Ireland GK Grace Moloney
Wales GK Claire Skinner
England DF Molly Bartrip
England DF Rebecca Jane
Wales DF Kylie Davies
Wales DF Nia Jones
Republic of Ireland DF Harriet Scott
Republic of Ireland MF Lois Roche
England MF Rebekah Haines
England MF Kirsty McGee (captain)
England MF Bonnie Horwood
No. Position Player
Wales MF Laura May-Walkley
Wales MF Charlie Estcourt
England MF Emma Follis
England MF Kayleigh Hines
Equatorial Guinea FW Jade Boho
Wales FW Helen Ward
Wales FW Melissa Fletcher
England FW Lauren Bruton
England FW Amber Stobbs
Wales FW Rachel Rowe

Stadium[edit]

Reading FC Women play at Adams Park in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, the home of League Two men's club Wycombe Wanderers FC.

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Coordinates: 51°37′50″N 0°48′1″W / 51.63056°N 0.80028°W / 51.63056; -0.80028