Sheffield F.C. Ladies

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Sheffield F.C. Ladies
Full nameSheffield Football Club Ladies
Founded2003; 18 years ago (2003)
GroundHome of Football Ground, Dronfield
Capacity2,000
ChairmanRichard Tims
General managerHelen Mitchell
Head coachGraham Abercrombie
LeagueFA Women's National League North
2019–20FA Women's National League North (season abandoned)
WebsiteClub website

Sheffield Football Club Ladies is an English women's football club affiliated with Sheffield F.C.. The club won the FA Women's Premier League Northern Division in 2014–15 and the following promotion play-off and is the first club to earn promotion to the FA WSL 2.[1]

The team was founded in 2003 and started at the lowest level of the league pyramid back then.[2]

History[edit]

Sheffield FC Ladies was formed in 2003 when previous team Norton Ladies affiliated with the oldest football club in the world, Sheffield FC.[3]

In 2009–10, Sheffield lived up to their pre-season billing as title contenders and ultimately won the Division One East of the Yorkshire & Humberside League, the bottom level of the women's pyramid of football at the time until the formation of the County Leagues, thanks to a 3–2 victory in a title-deciding night match against runners up Barnsley at home in front of 150 supporters. The experience of losing a similar contest the season before proved invaluable as the team showed great experience to get the result they needed to lift their second League trophy.[4] The team also reached the semi-finals of the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Cup for the second time, losing in extra time to Rotherham United.

And so onto the Northern Combination WFL for the 2010–11 season which proved to be Sheffield's finest yet as they recorded 18 wins and just two defeats on their way to winning the league title at the first attempt, finishing 11 points clear of runners up Sheffield Wednesday.[5] A third league title in four years meant Sheffield FC Ladies were promoted to the FA Women's Premier League for 2011–12, a milestone that few could have predicted given the team's humble beginnings.

Sheffield LFC in August 2015

Sheffield's debut season at FA WPL level could hardly have gone much better as Sheffield finished the year as runners up, five points behind champions Manchester City. The team picked up silverware for the third season running, this time courtesy of a first win in the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Cup. The team also enjoyed their best run in the FA Women's Cup, reaching the Fourth Round Proper.

The first team went one better in 2012–13 as they lifted the FA WPL Northern Division title for the first time, crowning an incredible rise through the ranks of the women's game. Sheffield were front runners from the start of the season, losing just one league match in total, and finishing nine points clear of Nottingham Forest. They also repeated their success in the County Cup, beating Rotherham United in the final.[6]

In 2014–15, the team won the FA WPL Northern Division for a third year in a row. Because the FA WSL introduced promotion, a play-off between both division champions was held. Sheffield beat Portsmouth 1–0 and became the first team to earn promotion to the WSL 2.[7]

After the 2017–18 season the club had to withdraw from the second level league for financial reasons.[8]

Stadium[edit]

Sheffield Ladies are based at the Home of Football in Dronfield, Derbyshire.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 January 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 Serena Clarke
2 MF England ENG Sheldon Ashton
3 MF England ENG Holly Housley
4 DF England ENG Nicole Kemp
5 DF England ENG Beth Ibbotson
6 DF England ENG Sammy Conroy
7 FW England ENG Hope Knight
8 MF England ENG Charlotte Griffin
9 FW England ENG Lisa Giampalma
10 MF England ENG Milly Wortley
11 FW England ENG Tania Marsden
No. Pos. Nation Player
12 DF England ENG Ellie Millar
13 GK England ENG Elizabeth Hobson
14 DF England ENG Jess Heald
15 MF England ENG Jen Pearson
16 DF England ENG Rosa Neary
17 DF England ENG Brooke Smith
18 MF England ENG Steph Smith
19 FW England ENG Keeley Goodwin
21 FW England ENG Isabel Sullivan
23 GK England ENG Lauren Santoro

Former players[edit]

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Garry, Tom (24 May 2015). "BBC Sport – Sheffield FC beat Portsmouth in Women's Premier League play-off". Bbc.com. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  2. ^ "News Section: COACHING VACANCY: Sheffield FC Ladies". She Kicks. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Women's Football News – Sheffield FC v Middlesbrough – 15 Jan 2012". Womenssoccerscene.co.uk. 15 January 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  4. ^ "North East Regional Womens Football League". Full-time.thefa.com. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Northern Womens Combination League". Full-time.thefa.com. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  6. ^ "News". SheffieldFA.com. 17 April 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Sheffield FC beat Portsmouth in Women's Premier League play-off". BBC.com. 24 May 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  8. ^ http://sheffield.fawsl.com/news/club_statement.html#bHyQfGqyeh8xIZPV.97[bare URL]
  9. ^ "Player Profiles". Sheffield FC. Retrieved 30 September 2018.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 53°18′35″N 1°28′42″W / 53.309814°N 1.47839°W / 53.309814; -1.47839