Swansea City Ladies F.C.

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Swansea City
Swansea City AFC logo.svg
Full name Swansea City Ladies Football Club
Nickname(s) The Swans
Founded 2002
Ground Evans Bevan Playing Fields
Baglan, Wales
Ground Capacity 2,000
Manager Ian Owen
League Women's Welsh Premier League
2011–12 Southern Conference, 2nd
Current season

Swansea City Ladies Football Club (Welsh: Clwb Pêl-droed Merched Dinas Abertawe) is a ladies football club based in Baglan, Wales, currently playing in the Women's Welsh Premier League and South Wales Ladies Football League.

History[edit]

Formed in 2002, the team were members of the inaugural Welsh Premier Women's League in 2009/10 and came top of the Southern Conference, winning all six of their matches.

This set up a meeting with Northern winners, Caernarfon Town Ladies, with the winner clinching the title and becoming Wales' representatives in the UEFA Women's Champions League.

They beat the Canaries 4-0 at Haverfordwest to qualify for Europe for the very first time.[1] For the first time Swansea qualified to UEFA competitions in 2010 after winning the Welsh Premier League. As Wales is not in the top leagues by the UEFA coefficient for women, the team had to go through the qualifying stage of the UEFA Women's Champions League. Swansea City were drawn out in Group 5 and paired with ŽNK Krka (Slovenia) - who hosted the mini group - top seeds CF Bardolino Verona (Italy) and FC Baia Zugdidi (Georgia).[2] Swansea achieved one win in its group, beating Baia Zugdidi 2–1 and ended the group on place 3 of 4, thus failing to move on to the knockout stages.

They defended their title in 2011 again against Caernarfon with a 3–1 final win, thus will participate in the 2011–12 UEFA Women's Champions League.

Honours[edit]

A list of all major honours that Swansea City Ladies have won.

Competition Achievement Year(s)
Welsh Women's Premier League Champions 2009-10, 2010–11
South Wales Women's League Champions 2006-07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12
Welsh Women's Cup Champions 2011, 2015
South Wales Women's League Cup Champions
Runners-up
2007, 2008
2009

Current squad[edit]

As of 9 may 2010.

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

No. Position Player
Wales GK Gemma Border
Wales DF Lisa Edwards
Wales DF Kelly Melville
Wales DF Tija Richardson
Wales DF Jodie Kempster
Wales DF Holly Vowles
Wales MF Sarah Adams
Wales MF Natalie Ashford (captain)
No. Position Player
Wales MF Laura-May Walkley
Wales MF Rachel Rowe
Wales MF Rhiannon Summerfield
Wales MF Ella Walsh
Wales FW Lindsay Morgan
Wales FW Stephanie Turner
Wales FW Laura Davies
Wales FW Jodie Passmore
Wales FW Ria Hughes

Club officials[edit]

Position Name
Chairman Linden Jones
Secretary Julie Lowe
Manager Ian Owen
Assistant Manager John Hughes
Sports Therapist Wanye Brown
Physiotherapist Sam Treharne
Welfare Officer Julie Lowe

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ladies book European place". Swansea City A.F.C. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Swans Ladies are Slovenia bound". Swansea City A.F.C. 22 June 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 

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