Liverpool F.C. Women
The team linked with one of the top names in English football history, Liverpool F.C. Women are a women’s football club. Women of Liverpool plays in the top-tier of English football in the FA Women’s Super League. The team famous for completing one of the biggest turn arounds in English history going from last place to champions in one year. As their turnaround began so did that of their affiliates Liverpool F.C. The ladies have done well to represent their colors through 3 decades.
History of the Club
The club was originally founded as Newtown LFC in 1989 and change its name to Knowsley United WFC. They were one of the originally founding members of the National Premier Division. They reached the Premier League Cup in 93. In 1994 they reach of the final of FA Women’s Cup and following summer linked with Liverpool F.C. and took their name in Liverpool. Following two years the team lost the finals of the FA Women’s Cup twice in 1995 and 1996.
After a good run through the 1990s in the National Premier League, Liverpool ladies were relegated to the Northern Division in 2001. In 2004 the ladies brought home the Northern Division title and secured their promotion only to be relegated again the following season. They were once again promoted to top league in 2006-07. The competition proved hard but the team survived in the bottom third the first season and were relegated the following season.
In 2009-10 they won the Northern Division with one loss and the following year they were picked to be one of the founding members in the newly formed FA WSL in 2011. The first two years in the new top tier league proved to be as difficult as expected as the Liverpool Ladies finished the 2011 and 2012 seasons at the bottom of the table. This led to a change in management. The new manager Matt Beard who did not enjoy finishing in last place overhauled the entire team to become competitive and it worked.
The 2013 season proved to be the change Liverpool Ladies needed. In September 29, 2013 ladies of Liverpool lifted their first major title by clinching the Women’s Super League title. This miraculous redemption story was amazing to watch, as not only did the team go from last place to winning it all but they did it by ending the 9-year domination of English women’s football by Arsenal.
2014 season also ended in the same fashion as the Liverpool Ladies repeated and lifted the FA WSL trophy one more time. This time the show continued when the club entered the final day of the season in 3rd place but finished as champions above Chelsea and Birmingham City. 2015 saw the team drop down to finish in 7th place in the FA WSL, fifth round of the FA Women’s Cup, semis of the FA WSL Cup, and the round of 32 of the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
In July 2018 the club rebranded as Liverpool Football Club Women.
Current Roster & Staff
The Women of Liverpool have a squad of 22 players, from 6 countries while 16 players on the roster come from England. The starting defender Leandra Little captains the team and the vice-captain is Sophie Bradley-Auckland. The top scorer for the squad is the forward Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, who has 6 goals through 13 games. The Liverpool F.C. Women currently sit in 8th place with 13 points.
The team is currently controlled by manager Vicky Jepson who took over in 2018. Her Assistant Manager is Chris Kirkland who used to be the interim manager before Vicky took over.
Stadium & Kits
Liverpool Football Club Women “The Reds’ play their home games in Prenton Park a stadium with a capacity of 16,587. The team kits come in three varieties: Home jersey that is the same red as the men’s team, away jersey is purple with pink tints, and the third jersey is a designed white and gray jersey. In April 2017, the team singed a shirt sponsorship deal with beauty and cosmetics company Avon Products for the next 3 years.