Everton Ladies Football Club
Everton Ladies Football Club are a team affiliated with one of the better teams in the Premier League. A team on the women’s association from the city of Liverpool, “The Toffees” Everton Ladies has been around for well over 30 years. The team has had its ups and downs and are currently fighting to stay in the top level of English women’s football. It took a while and few mergers and changes to become Everton, but with such a big name behind them, it is hard to see the team going through more changes.
History of the Club
The Everton Ladies was originally founded as Hoylake WFC in 1983. Soon after a merger with Dolphins YC brought with it the name Leasowe Pacific. In 1987-88 the team gained notoriety by winning the North West League. Same year they further advanced their brand by reaching the 1988 Women’s FA Cup final. The following year however they won the whole thing with a 3-2 victory over Friends of Fulham.
By the end of 1991-92 season they had collected five regional titles and were moved up to Division One North with the expansion of the national competition. The following year they had won a promotion to the then top-tier of English women’s football FA Women’s Premier League.
The rebrand to Everton Ladies came in 1995. Two years after, they managed to reach the finals of Premier League Cup. While they were defeated in that try, they did manage to win what would be the biggest accomplishment to date by winning the National Premier League. In 1999 the club lost another final, in the League Cup, against the most dominant team in English women’s history in Arsenal.
In 2005, the legacy of final defeats continued in FA Women’s Cup against Charlton Athletic. The revenge for them came in 2007 when they beat out Charlton for a second-place finish in the league.
The second-place finish brought with it the first entry of the team into European competition in 2007-08. The UEFA entry saw the team reach second group without conceding a goal were eliminated by finishing in 3rd place. The same year they won the Premier League Cup against the undefeated Arsenal.
A year late Everton was one draw away against Arsenal to secure the title in the Women’s Premier League but lost one nothing and finished as runners-up. This 2nd place finish brought them into qualifying group stages of the UEFA Women’s Champions League, where they were eliminated in the Round of 32.
In May of 2009, Everton Ladies beat Arsenal Ladies to secure the FA Women’s Cup. When the FA WSL was created, Everton ladies were one of the eight founding teams in March 2011. Their luck however changed upon entering the new top-tier of English women’s football.
Run of Bad Form
Everton Ladies only managed a few mid-table finishes before being relegated to FA WSL 2 in 2014. The team continued playing in FA WSL 2 for two more seasons before returning to top flight in the 2017-2018 season.
Current Squad & Staff
Everton Ladies have a roster of 21 players. Majority of players are from England while 8 of the players come from four other nations. Defender Danielle Turner is the captain of the team and Inessa Kaagman from Netherlands is the best player with two goals and 3 assists.
Stadium and Kits
Everton ladies have called Arriva Stadium home from 1998-2013, at which point they moved to the Halton Stadium. The move to Halton Stadium, was needed to meet the technical requirements of FA WSL standards. Halton Stadium has a capacity of 13,350. Currently the Everton Ladies call Haig Avenue in Southport their home grounds. Haig Avenue has a capacity of 6,008.
Ladies of Everton wear the traditional blue shirts with white shorts for their home kits and black with pink for their away games.