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Tottenham Hotspur Women
Tottenham Hotspur.svg
Full nameTottenham Hotspur Women
Nickname(s)The Lilywhites
Short nameSpurs
Founded1985; 37 years ago (1985) as Broxbourne Ladies
GroundBrisbane Road
OwnerENIC International Ltd.
ChairmanJune Clarke
Head coachRehanne Skinner[1]
LeagueWomen's Super League
2021–22FA WSL, 5th of 12
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Women, commonly referred to as Tottenham (/ˈtɒtənəm/)[2][3] or Spurs, is an English women's football club affiliated with Tottenham Hotspur. The club currently plays in the FA WSL, the top flight of women's football in England. The club gained promotion for the 2019–20 FA WSL season after finishing second in the 2018–19 FA Women's Championship.[4][5]

Tottenham Hotspur plays its home games at Brisbane Road in Leyton, and occasionally at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.[6] The club has been training full-time at Hotspur Way since 2020.

The club have won twelve trophies, the most recent being the overall FA Women's Premier League in the 2016–17 season.


Early years and amateur era (1985–2017)[edit]

In 1985, the club was founded as Broxbourne Ladies by Sue Sharples and Kay Lovelock, following the folding of East Herts College.[7] Permission was obtained to change the club's name to Tottenham Hotspur Ladies F.C. in the 1991–92 season.[7] The reserve team started in 1992–93.[7] In the 1996–97 season, the club's teams started playing in the national division.[7] In the 2015–16 season, the club completed a historic double as they won the Ryman's Women's Cup and the FA Women's Premier League Cup.[8] In the same season they finished runners up in the Capital Cup nearly completing a cup treble.[9] The following season was the team's most successful, claiming the quadruple including winning promotion to the WSL 2.[10]

Promotion campaigns (2017–2019)[edit]

At the start of the 2017–18 campaign, the club made high-profile signings such as former England U20 midfielder Coral-Jade Haines and Wales international forward Sarah Wiltshire. The season saw the team claim their first ever victory over a top flight side, beating Bristol City in their FA Women's League Cup matchup.[11] The club finished their first season in a professional league in seventh place out of ten sides. In March 2018 it was confirmed that the club would apply to remain in the newly re-branded Women's Championship and would compete in the upcoming season.[12] There were several moves in made the lead up to their first season in the newly reformed Championship, this included the return of Welsh international Megan Wynne who played on loan for the club in 2015[13] as well as the departure of long time players Katie O’Leary and Shannon Moloney who played for the side for five and seven years respectively.[14] The club announced on 26 April 2019, that the team would be renamed to Tottenham Hotspur Women starting with the next season as well as the appointment of Heather Cowan as Head of Women's Football.[15] After a 1–1 draw with Aston Villa on 1 May 2019, Spurs secured a promotion spot to the FA Women's Super League for the first time in their history.[16] Their licence for the top flight was officially confirmed on 10 May 2019.[17]

Women's Super League and professionalisation (2019–present)[edit]

On 17 November 2019, the North London derby against Arsenal Women at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium recorded an attendance figure of 38,262, the highest ever for a Women's Super League match.[18][19]

In the 2020 summer transfer window Spurs reinforced their squad with a mix of players with WSL and NWSL experience.[20] On 12 September, 2020, United States women's national team forward Alex Morgan signed with Spurs on a contract that reportedly ran from September through December 2020, with an option to extend the deal through the end of the 2020–21 FA WSL season.[21][22] Still trying to regain fitness having not played since August 2019 and giving birth in May 2020,[23] Morgan eventually made her Spurs debut nearly two months after signing, on 7 November, appearing as a 69th minute substitute in a 1–1 WSL draw against Reading.[24] Spurs had started the season winless in their first seven matches, just one spot above last place and relegation. Due to this form, Rehanne Skinner was appointed as the new head coach of Tottenham on 19 November 2020, replacing long time managers Karen Hills and Juan Amorós.[25][26] Hills had been in charge of the first team since August 2009 while Spurs were playing in the then-third tier South East Combination Women's Football League and Amoros joined the club soon after in February 2011.[27] On 6 December 2020 in Skinner's first match in charge, Spurs took their first league win of the season with a 3–1 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion.[28] The match also featured Morgan's first goal for the club, an 84th-minute penalty.[29] On 21 December, Tottenham Hotspur announced that Morgan would end her contract with the club and return to the US.[30] Spurs would finish the season in 8th place, well clear of relegation and just a place under their initial WSL finish in the 2019–20 FA WSL season.

Skinner's first full season in charge of Spurs would see the team reach new heights and accomplish team firsts. Spurs' second match of the 2021–22 season on 12 September saw them beat Manchester City for the first time in team history. The defeat was City's first at home in the WSL since April 2018.[31] The win resulted in Spurs taking points from any member of the "top four," the other three sides being Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United.[32] That November Spurs would take their first ever point from Manchester United and Arsenal after drawing 1–1 against both sides in consecutive matches.[33] [34] Spurs had not taken any points against United since the teams first faced off in the 2018–19 FA Women's Championship season. Spurs' League Cup campaign saw them advance out of the group stage for the first time. Spurs would beat Liverpool in the quarter-finals to advance to their first ever semi-final in any major cup competition, but would bow out after a loss to eventual champions Manchester City.[35] Spurs finished the season in 5th place, their highest ever WSL finish in club history. Following the end of the season Spurs confirmed the departures of Rachel Williams, Angela Addison, and Josie Green. The trio had each joined the club at a different level of the pyramid, Williams in the first division WSL, Addison in the second division Championship, and former captain Green was the last player who featured in the third division, joining the team ahead of Spurs' quadruple and promotion winning 2016–17 FA Women's Premier League season.[36]


Kit suppliers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor (chest) Shirt sponsor (sleeve)
1985–1991 None None None
1991–1995 Umbro Holsten
1995–1999 Pony HP
1999–2002 Adidas Holsten
2002–2006 Kappa Thomson Holidays
2006–2010 Puma Casino & Poker
2010–2011 Autonomy Corporation
2011–2012 Aurasma
2012–2013 Under Armour
2013–2014 HP
2014–2017 AIA[37]
2017–2021 Nike[38]
2021–present Cinch[39]


Tottenham Hotspur Ladies moved home grounds to Cheshunt in 2016,[40] moving from Barrows Farm Stadium, the home of Harlow Town F.C.[41] However, the alternative first team stadium stayed the same, as Goffs Lane.[42] On 5 June 2019, the club announced that their 2019–20 season home matches will be played at The Hive Stadium.[43] On 6 June 2022, the club announced that their 2022–23 season home matches would be played at Brisbane Road.[44]

The women's team have had matches at both White Hart Lane and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Their final match at White Hart Lane on 19 April 2017 saw them win the FA Women's Premier League South title against rivals West Ham United Ladies.[45]

Training ground[edit]

The women's team began training full-time at Hotspur Way, the club's main facilities, in December 2020. The women's team had previously trained there once a week, with the rest of the time spent at The Hive Stadium.[46]


Tottenham Hotspur Women work closely with the Tottenham Hotspur men's first team, such as when supporting CoppaFeel!, a breast cancer awareness charity,[47][48] and when promoting the Stonewall (charity) Rainbow Laces campaign.[49]


Tottenham Hotspur players lining up for a team photo prior to a match against Liverpool F.C. Women in September 2019

First-team squad[edit]

As of 10 August 2022[50]

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 Finland FIN Tinja-Riikka Korpela
3 DF Canada CAN Shelina Zadorsky (captain)
4 DF England ENG Amy Turner
5 DF England ENG Molly Bartrip
6 DF England ENG Kerys Harrop
7 FW England ENG Jessica Naz
8 MF South Korea KOR Cho So-hyun
9 FW Poland POL Nikola Karczewska
10 FW England ENG Ellie Brazil
11 MF Germany GER Ramona Petzelberger
12 MF New Zealand NZL Ria Percival
13 DF England ENG Asmita Ale
14 FW Norway NOR Celin Bizet Ildhusøy
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 MF Wales WAL Angharad James
16 FW England ENG Kit Graham
17 FW Australia AUS Kyah Simon
18 FW England ENG Chioma Ubogagu
22 GK Jamaica JAM Rebecca Spencer
23 FW Morocco MAR Rosella Ayane
24 MF Jamaica JAM Drew Spence
25 MF Finland FIN Eveliina Summanen
26 DF England ENG Gracie Pearse
27 GK England ENG Eleanor Heeps
29 DF England ENG Ashleigh Neville
30 DF Wales WAL Esther Morgan

Former players[edit]

Management and support staff[edit]

Former co-head coaches Juan Carlos Amoros (L) & Karen Hills (R) in September 2019
As of 7 July 2021
Role Name
Head coach Rehanne Skinner
Assistant coach Vicky Jepson
Head of Women's Football Heather Cowen


First team[edit]

2016–17 First Team with the FA WPL Championship play-off trophy
2016–17 First Team with the FA WPL Southern Division league trophy


2016–17 Reserve Team with the FA WPL Reserve Southern Division league trophy
  • Capital Women's Intermediate Cup
    • Winners (1): 2016–17
  • FA Women's Premier League Reserve Cup
    • Winners (1): 2016–17
  • FA Women's Premier League Reserve Southern Division
  • Greater London Regional Women's League – Reserve Division 1
    • Winners (1): 2006–07
  • London County Junior Cup
    • Winners (1): 2012–13
  • Sue Sharples Memorial Trophy
    • Winners (2): 1995–95, 2006–07

Youth team[edit]

  • Greater London Regional Women's League – Reserve Division 3 (West)
    • Winners (1): 1997–98
  • Greater London Regional Women's League – Reserve Division 2
    • Winners (1): 2003–04


Tottenham Hotspur Women. has numerous teams; which are listed below:

  • First team
  • Reserves
  • Thirds
  • Academy
  • Under 17
  • Under 15
  • Under 14 Blues
  • Under 14 Whites
  • Under 13 FDP
  • Under 13 ECGFL
  • Under 11 FDP
  • Under 11 ECGFL[54]
  • Under 10 [55]


Tottenham Hotspur Women also run a football academy in partnership with Barnet and Southgate College for girls aged 16–19.[56][57]

WSL Academy is an U21s team which plays in the WSL Academy fixtures North & South and acts as a pathway to the First Team for those talented players.

See also[edit]


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