West Bromwich Albion F.C. Women

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West Bromwich Albion Women
Full nameWest Bromwich Albion Football Club Women
Short nameWBA
Founded1989 (as West Bromwich Albion Womens F.C.)
GroundCentral Ground
Coles Lane
Sutton Coldfield
Capacity2,000
ManagerLouis Sowe
LeagueFA Women's National League North
2019–20FA Women's National League North (season abandoned)
Change colours

West Bromwich Albion Football Club Women is an English women's football club affiliated with West Bromwich Albion F.C. The first team currently plays in the FA Women's National League North. In 2010–11 the then named Sporting Club Albion won the Midland Combination Women's Football League promoting them to the FA Women's Premier League.[1]

The club is also closely affiliated with West Bromwich Albion Girls Regional Talent Centre, with the objective of bringing through Youth Players into the first team, as well as the Disability Sports Club and Basketball clubs.

History[edit]

Early years (1989–2008)[edit]

The club was founded as West Bromwich Albion Women's F.C. in 1989 playing local and recreational football.[2] In 1995 they joined the Midland Combination Women's Football League, but was not part of West Bromwich Albion F.C.[2] In the 2004–05 season they were incorporated in the WBA Community Programme and committed to developing youth players. They continued in this way for four more seasons.[2]

The Albion Foundation (2009–2011)[edit]

In 2009 the club was part of The Albion Foundation and was incorporated into Sporting Club Albion, alongside the Basketball and Disabled Sports teams. Their second season in this format saw them win the Midlands Combination Women's Football League title and gain promotion the FA Women's Premier League in the process. In the summer of 2011 the announcement of the Girls Centre of Excellence brought new promise of improvement in the development of young players.[2]

Recent years (2012–present)[edit]

Over the next seasons they have stabilised themselves in the Premier League Northern Division and are looking to become one of the strongest teams over the next few years.[2]

In the 2015/16 season under the leadership of manager Graham Abercrombie, the club achieved a league and cup double winning both the FA Women's Premier League Northern Division and the Birmingham Ladies County Cup. They narrowly missed out on promotion to the FA Women's Super League Division 2, losing 4-2 in a playoff with FA Women's Premier League Southern Division champions Brighton & Hove Albion W.F.C. They also made it to the quarter finals of the FA Women's Cup, losing 2-0 to Super League side Manchester City W.F.C.

For the 2016–17 season, the club reverted to the West Bromwich Albion name where they had another successful campaign winning the Birmingham Ladies County Cup for a second year running under new manager Craig Nicholls.

In the 2017-18 season, the club appointed Louis Sowe as new manager, but despite reaching the Birmingham Ladies County Cup Semi-Final, they suffered relegation to the newly named FA Women's National League Midlands Division One.[3]

Colours and badge[edit]

Their kits are identical to those of West Bromwich Albion F.C.

Stadium[edit]

West Bromwich Albion Women play their home games at The Trevor Brown Memorial Ground, home of Boldmere St Michaels FC. Coordinates: 52°33′24.15″N 1°49′07.17″W / 52.5567083°N 1.8186583°W / 52.5567083; -1.8186583

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 31 July 2020.

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK England ENG Scarlett Field
DF England ENG Bethan Jewitt
DF England ENG Ria Elsmore
DF England ENG Emily Owen
DF England ENG Hannah George (Captain)
MF England ENG Fran Othodoxou
MF England ENG Natalie Murray
MF England ENG Chloe Harper
MF England ENG Evie Gallop
MF England ENG Nicole Nymoen
MF England ENG Leigh Dugmore
MF England ENG Shannon Stamps
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF England ENG Brodie Vincze
MF England ENG Trina Greaves
FW England ENG Jade Arber
FW England ENG Jade Benford
FW England ENG Jessica Davies
FW England ENG Hattie James

Former players[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Role
Louis Sowe Head coach
Liam Wall Assistant Head coach
Andrew Oates Goalkeeping Coach
Cameron Wilson Sports Scientist (S&C)

Honours[edit]

Midland Combination Women's Football League

  • Champions: 2010-11[1]

FA Women's Premier League Northern Division

  • Champions 2015-16 (As Sporting Club Albion Ladies)

Birmingham Women's County Cup

  • Winners 2016-17
  • Winners 2015-16 (As Sporting Club Albion Ladies)
  • Runners up 2014-15

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Midland Womens Combination League". full-time.thefa.com. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Ladies". thealbionfoundation.co.uk. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Albion confirm re-signings". Official website of West Bromwich Albion FC Women. 16 July 2018. Retrieved 9 January 2020.

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