Wolverhampton Wanderers W.F.C.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers Women
Wolverhampton Wanderers.svg
Full nameWolverhampton Wanderers Girls & Women's Football Club
Nickname(s)Wolves, She-Wolves, "Wolfettes"
Founded1975 (as Heathfield Rovers)
GroundCKW Stadium, Castlecroft
ChairpersonJenny Wilkes
ManagerDaniel McNamara
LeagueFA Women's National League Division One Midlands
2019–20FA Women's National League Division One Midlands (season abandoned)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Wolverhampton Wanderers Women's Football Club, commonly known as Wolves Women, is an English women's football club affiliated with Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.. The club play in the FA Women's National League North.

History[edit]

The club began playing in 1975 as Heathfield Rovers. After becoming Wolverhampton & Wednesbury Tube LFC the following season, they later settled on Wolverhampton Ladies. Just before 1993–94 the club got permission from Wolverhampton Wanderers to call themselves Wolverhampton Wanderers Women's Football Club and they were promoted to the FA Women's Premier League National Division that season. However, after two seasons they were relegated back to the Northern Division. Rachel Unitt came through the club's youth system and scored 12 goals in 1999-00 before signing for Everton the following season.

In May 2001 Dennis Mortimer was appointed manager. He challenged for promotion in his three seasons in charge but left in 2004, citing work commitments. In 2004–05 Wolves Women were runners-up to Sunderland but star players Emily Westwood and Amy McCann left for Everton during the summer and the club finished sixth in 2005–06.

Wolves Women were relegated to the Midland Combination after finishing 11th in 2006–07. In May 2008 the club was boosted by full affiliation with Wolverhampton Wanderers and a partnership with Wolverhampton College.

On Thursday 19 April 2012 Wolves Women won the Midland Combination Title gaining promotion back to the Northern Division for the 2012–13 Season. They followed that up with a 2–0 win over rivals Stoke in the League Cup Final to complete the League and cup double.

The 2014–15 season for Wolves Women was one to forget. They saw themselves relegated and bottom of the Northern Division. Wolves only managed 8 points from 22 games, and this saw a change in coaching staff at the end of the season.

At the start of the 2015–16 season, Steve Cullis was named manager and has been given the aim of promotion back into the Northern Division, as well as developing the youth section of the club.[1] Wolves also withdrew their reserve team from the FA Women's Premier League Reserves (Midlands), the reserves had been playing in the WPL for the past 13 seasons.

In October 2016, Cullis moved to a new role of Technical Director for the club's Regional Talent Centre. Tim Dudding was named as his replacement as manager of the Senior squad.[2] Dudding led a successful campaign, resulting in the club's promotion to the Northern Division.[3]

After a poor start to the season Dan McNamara took over as First Team Manager in early 2018 and led the team in a relegation battle, just missing out on goal difference after a hard-fought campaign.[4] After the restructure of the women's football pyramid this summer, the team now find themselves in the new FA Women's National League Midlands Division One. For the 2018–19 season the club have introduced a Development Team.

At the end of the 2020–21 season, Wolves Women were promoted via 'upward movement' to the FA Women’s National League North.

Stadium[edit]

Wolves Women play their home games at the CKW Stadium in Castlecroft in Wolverhampton, the home of A.F.C. Wulfrunians.

Players[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of 04 July 2021.

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 Northern Ireland NIR Shan Turner
2 DF England ENG Laura Cooper
3 DF England ENG Natalie Widdal
4 DF England ENG Anna Price (captain)
5 DF England ENG Emma Cross
6 FW England ENG Maz Gauntlett
7 MF England ENG Tammi George
8 MF England ENG Shannie Jennings
9 FW England ENG Jade Cross
10 FW England ENG Jamila Palmer
11 MF England ENG Amber Hughes
12 MF England ENG Kate Evans
13 GK England ENG Bec Thomas
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 FW England ENG Amy Dicken
15 DF England ENG Kelly Darby
16 MF England ENG Summer Holmes
17 MF England ENG Katie Johnson On Loan to Leafield Athletic
18 DF England ENG Anna Morphet
19 FW England ENG Ali Miller
20 MF Wales WAL Lowri Walker
21 GK England ENG Mackenzie Haydn Jones
22 MF England ENG Helen Dermody
23 DF England ENG Alex Buck
24 FW England ENG Elli Butler
25 FW England ENG Leonie Joyce
26 DF England ENG Ria Elsmore
27 FW England ENG Lauren Riley
28 FW England ENG Beth Merrick

Former players[edit]

Regional Talent Club[edit]

Wolves Girls Regional Talent Club is a Tier 3 Facility responsible for the delivery of elite girls' football development that commenced operations in June 2016.[5] The Regional Talent Club's Technical Director is Steve Cullis.

Other teams[edit]

Wolverhampton Wanderers Development Team compete in the FA Women's National Reserve League Midland Division 2.[6] Home games are played at Darlaston Town (1874) FC's Paycare Ground.

Club officials[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

Former Wolves players to have played at senior international level.

Honours[edit]

2016/17 FA Women's Premier League Midlands Division One Winner[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cullis aiming to build new Wolves legacy", "Express and Star", Wolverhampton, 17 November 2015. Retrieved 4 December 2016
  2. ^ New Management Structure In Place, "Wolverhampton Wanderers", Wolverhampton, 17 October 2016. Retrieved 4 December 2016
  3. ^ "Champions!", "Wolverhampton Wanderers", Wolverhampton, 15 May 2017. Retrieved 23 August 2018
  4. ^ "Emphatic Wolves Women Win", "Wolverhampton Wanderers", Wolverhampton, 21 May 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2018
  5. ^ "FA licenses awarded for new Regional Talent Clubs", "The Football Association", London, 29 April 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2016
  6. ^ "DIVISION 1", "Birmingham County Womens League", FA Full Time. Retrieved 25 August 2018
  7. ^ "Wolves Women Secure Promotion", "Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.", Wolverhampton, 15 May 2017. Retrieved 2 July 2017

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Coordinates: 52°34′31.184″N 2°11′21.228″W / 52.57532889°N 2.18923000°W / 52.57532889; -2.18923000