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Chelsea Ladies
Chelsea F.C. Crest
Full nameChelsea Ladies Football Club
Nickname(s)The Blues
Founded1992; 32 years ago (1992)
GroundWheatsheaf Park, Staines
Capacity3,002 (300 seated and 800 covered)
PresidentJohn Terry[1]
ChairmanBruce Buck
ManagerEmma Hayes
LeagueFA WSL 1
2016FA WSL, 2nd
WebsiteClub website
File:Soccerball current event.svg Current season
File:Imperial Fields - geograph.org.uk - 2434693.jpg

Imperial Fields Chelsea's 2011 home ground

Chelsea Ladies Football Club are an English women's football club based in Fulham, England. Since 2004, the club has been affiliated with Chelsea F.C., a men's team in the Premier League. Chelsea L.F.C. was a founding member of the FA WSL in 2010, the top level of women's football in England since 2011. From 2005 to 2010, the side competed in the Premier League National Division, the top tier of women's football in England at the time.

History[]

Establishment[]

Chelsea Ladies Football Club was formed in 1992 after supporters of Chelsea FC expressed demand for a women's side.[2] In June 2004, Chelsea Ladies voted to be taken over and funded by Chelsea FC's Football in the Community department.[3] The club then won promotion as champions from the Southern Division in 2004–05 to the Premier League National Division and have participated at the top level ever since.

FA Premier League National Division, 2005–2010[]

After starting 2005–06 with one point from six games, manager George Michealas was fired in September after four years in charge.[4] They finished bottom of the league that season under Shaun Gore, but won a promotion/relegation play-off against Northern Division runners-up Liverpool 4–1 on aggregate to stay in the Premier League National Division.[5] During the season the club had been linked with a transfer bid for North American star players Tiffeny Milbrett and Christine Sinclair.[6]

After an eighth-placed finish in 2006–07, Gore drafted in England players Siobhan Chamberlain, Casey Stoney and Eniola Aluko that summer.[7] American World Cup winner Lorrie Fair, regarded as one of the best midfielders in the women's game, joined in January as Chelsea finished 2007–08 in fifth position.[8]

Chelsea Ladies introduced a new manager for the 2008–09 season, former Arsenal Ladies reserve team coach Steve Jones. On 2 July 2008 Chelsea surprisingly signed Lianne Sanderson and Anita Asante from Arsenal Ladies,[9] in addition to veteran Mary Phillip. Then Arsenal Ladies manager Vic Akers criticised his former players as disrespectful,[9] while pursuing players from other clubs to bolster his own squad.

Chelsea Ladies finished the 2008–09 season third behind Arsenal and Everton. Mary Phillip retired a month into the new season,[10] Eniola Aluko and Anita Asante left for the new WPS in March 2009,[11] while Lorrie Fair missed the whole campaign with a cruciate ligament injury sustained in May 2008.[12] Jones departed as manager in January 2009, leaving Casey Stoney to act as player/manager.[13]

At Casey Stoney's recommendation, Matt Beard became manager for 2009–10.[14] Cuts to the Ladies club's funding were offset by financial assistance from John Terry and other Chelsea FC players.[14] A further blow arrived when Lianne Sanderson left for the 2010 WPS season.[15]

FA Women's Super League (FAWSL), 2011–present[]

The club bid successfully to be one of eight founding teams in the FA Women's Super League in March 2011.[16] Beard led the club to the FA Women's Cup final for the first time in 2012, but Chelsea were eventually beaten by Birmingham City on a penalty shootout after twice taking the lead in a 2–2 draw.[17] In July 2012 Matt Beard resigned as manager after three years in the post,[18] to be replaced by Emma Hayes.

In May 2013, Edda Garðarsdóttir revealed that club rules prevent Chelsea Ladies players from talking to their male clubmates, unless the male player initiates the conversation.[19]

The 2014 season was successful for Chelsea, as they finished second in the FA Women's Super League behind Liverpool on goal difference, after eight wins, two draws and four losses. A final day win would have clinched them the league title, but they lost 2–1 away to Manchester City. Their second-place finish meant that they qualified for the UEFA Women's Champions League for the first time in the club's history. They also reached the semi finals of both the FA and Continental Cups, where they lost to both eventual winners, Arsenal and Manchester City respectively.

In 2015, it was announced that many of Chelsea's players would be becoming full professionals for the first time.[20]

On 1 August 2015, Chelsea won their first ever FA Women's Cup. They beat Notts County Ladies at Wembley Stadium. Ji So-yun scored the only goal at the 39th-minute while Eniola Aluko won the player of the match award.[21] The team then beat Sunderland 4–0 in October 2015 to secure the FA WSL title and a League and Cup "double".[22]

Players[]

Current squad[]

As of 2 July 2016.[23][24]

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1 GK Sweden SWE Hedvig Lindahl

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3 DF England ENG Hannah Blundell

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4 MF England ENG Millie Bright

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5 DF England ENG Gilly Flaherty

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6 DF Republic of Ireland IRL Niamh Fahey

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7 MF England ENG Gemma Davison

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8 MF England ENG Karen Carney

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9 FW England ENG Eniola Aluko

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10 MF South Korea KOR Ji So-yun

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11 DF England ENG Claire Rafferty
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12 GK England ENG Rebecca Spencer

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14 FW England ENG Fran Kirby

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15 MF England ENG Bethany England

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16 MF File:Flag of Portugal.svg.png POR Ana Borges

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17 MF England ENG Katie Chapman (captain)

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21 DF England ENG Anne Meiwald

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24 MF England ENG Drew Spence

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25 MF England ENG Jade Bailey

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28 MF England ENG Alessia Russo

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40 GK England ENG Frances Kitching

Out on loan[]

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No. Pos. Nation Player

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18 MF England ENG Jenna Legg (at Oxford United)[25]

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19 MF England ENG Laura Coombs (at Liverpool until 30 December 2016)[26]

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20 MF England ENG Jodie Brett (at Bristol City until 12 January 2017)[27]

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22 FW England ENG Rosella Ayane (at Everton until 1 October 2016)[28]

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26 DF Northern Ireland NIR Laura Rafferty (at Oxford United)[25]

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29 FW England ENG Millie Farrow (at Bristol City until 12 January 2017)[27]

Former players[]

For details of former players, see Category:Chelsea L.F.C. players.

Stadium[]

Chelsea L.F.C. play their home games at Wheatsheaf Park, the home of the Staines Town F.C..[29] The stadium is located in Staines-upon-Thames, Middlesex and features capacity for 3,002 spectators.[30]

The team previously played at Imperial Fields during the 2011-12 season, the home ground of Isthmian League club Tooting & Mitcham United.[31]

Honours[]

File:2015 FA Womens Cup Winners.jpg

Celebrating the 2014–15 FA Women's Cup win

Domestic Competitions[]

  • FA Women's Super League 1
    • (1): 2015
  • FA Women's Cup
    • (1): 2014–15
  • Premier League Southern Division
    • (1): 2004–05
  • Surrey County Cup
    • (9): 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013

UEFA Champions League record[]

All results (home and away) list Chelsea's goal tally first.

Season Competition Stage Home Away Opponent
2015–16 Champions League Round of 32 1–0 3–0 Scotland Glasgow City
Round of 16 1˜–2 0–2 Germany Wolfsburg
2016–17 Champions League Round of 32 0–3 1–1 Germany Wolfsburg

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References[]

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  2. "Club history". Chelsea L.F.C. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  3. "Chelsea FC Take Over Ladies". Fair Game. Retrieved 17 May 2010.[dead link]
  4. "Chelsea Sack Manager". Fair Game. Retrieved 17 May 2010.
  5. "Sunderland & Chelsea Survive Play-Offs". Fair Game. Retrieved 17 May 2010.
  6. Cocozza, Paula (13 February 2006). "Tiffeny breaks Chelsea fast". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  7. "Chelsea Ladies Start Season". Chelsea FC. Retrieved 17 May 2010.
  8. "Lorrie Fair Joins Chelsea". Fair Game. Retrieved 17 May 2010.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Chelsea Ladies sign Arsenal pair". BBC. 3 July 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2010.
  10. "Mary Phillip Retires". Fair Game. Retrieved 17 May 2010.
  11. Gray, Ashley (30 March 2009). "It was a wrench to leave Arsenal but I couldn't pass up the American dream, says England striker Kelly 'Zidane' Smith". London: The Daily Mail. Retrieved 17 May 2010.
  12. "Chelsea F.C. likes the Carolina way". The Chapel Hill News. Retrieved 17 May 2010.
  13. "FA Women's Cup Quarter-Finals". Fair Game. 22 February 2009. Retrieved 9 December 2009.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Leighton, Tony (18 October 2009). "John Terry digs deep to rescue Chelsea Ladies after funding cuts". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 17 May 2010.
  15. Leighton, Tony (24 January 2010). "Lianne Sanderson cites Super League delay as reason for US move". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
  16. "Lincoln Ladies FA Women's Super League bid success". BBC. 22 March 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2010.
  17. Nisbet, John (27 May 2012). "Shoot-out has unhappy ending for Chelsea Ladies". The Independent. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  18. "Matt Beard leaves Chelsea". She Kicks (magazine). 6 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  19. Ólafsson, Guðjón (31 May 2013). "Atvinnumaðurinn Edda Garðarsdóttir: "Ekki leyfilegt að tala við karlalið Chelsea nema þeir eigi frumkvæðið"". Pressan.is. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  20. "Chapman targets Wembley double". Sporting Life. 28 July 2015. Retrieved 25 October 2015. Chelsea Ladies turned full-time at the beginning of this season and are based alongside the men at the club’s Cobham training complex.
  21. "Chelsea lift FA Cup in front of record crowd". She Kicks. 2 August 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  22. Garry, Tom (4 October 2015). "WSL 1: Chelsea Ladies 4-0 Sunderland Ladies". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  23. "The Team". chelsea.fawsl.com. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  24. "Player profiles". Chelsea FC. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  25. 25.0 25.1 "Two Chelsea stars join OUWFC". Oxford United Women. 24 June 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  26. "Laura Coombs player profiles". Chelsea FC. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  27. 27.0 27.1 "Millie Farrow & Jodie Brett join the club on long term loan". Bristol City. 12 January 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  28. "Ladies reaction: Reaping rewards". Chelsea FC. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  29. "Getting to the ground". Chelsea L.F.C. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  30. "Wheatsheaf Park". Soccer Way. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  31. Lomas, Mark (14 April 2011). "A new day for women's football". ESPN. Retrieved 8 December 2013.

External links[]

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