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Liverpool F.C. Women, formerly known as Liverpool Ladies Football Club, is a women's football club affiliated with Liverpool Football Club. The team currently plays in the FA Women's Super League, the highest division of women's football in England.

Liverpool emblem
Full nameLiverpool Football Club Women
Nickname(s)The Reds
Founded1989; 30 years ago (1989),
as Newton Ladies F.C.
GroundPrenton Park
CEOPeter Moore
ManagerVicky Jepson
LeagueFA WSL
2018–19FA WSL, 8th of 11
WebsiteClub website
Current season

After being relegated from the FA Women's Premier League National Division to the FA Women's Premier League Northern Division for 2009–10, Liverpool won the league after losing only one game all season. On 29 September 2013 Liverpool clinched their first FA WSL title,[1] and retained the title in 2014.[2] The triumph completed a remarkable turnaround for Liverpool, who had finished bottom of the WSL table in 2011 and 2012.



The club was founded in 1989 as Newton LFC. It changed its name to Knowsley United WFC two years later; becoming founder members of the National Premier Division organised by the WFA.[3] Knowsley United reached the final of the Premier League Cup in 1993, but were beaten by Arsenal at Wembley.[4] The local MP, Eddie O'Hara, tabled an Early Day Motion congratulating the club on extending the annual sequence of Merseyside clubs playing in Cup finals at Wembley.[5] In 1994 the club reached the final of the FA Women's Cup, losing 1–0 to Doncaster Belles at Glanford Park.[6] That summer the club linked with Liverpool F.C. and took on its name.[7]

The club were also FA Women's Cup runners-up in the following two seasons. They lost the 1995 final 3–2 to Arsenal at Prenton Park after twice being ahead through Karen Burke goals, only for Marieanne Spacey to score a late winner.[8] In 1996 Liverpool and their 15-year-old goalkeeper Rachel Brown drew 1–1 with Croydon at The Den, but ultimately lost on penalties after extra time.[9]

For most of the 1990s Liverpool were National Premier League mainstays but a lack of support and investment saw them relegated to the Northern Division in 2001. In 2004 they won the Northern Division and earned promotion, but did not stay long as they were relegated again at the end of the season, having won only two games.

As in the men's game, their biggest rivalry is with Everton, but their recent spells in the second tier have led them to develop rivalry with counterparts of lower-level male rivals, such as Tranmere Rovers and Lincoln Ladies. The Merseyside derby was rekindled in the 2007–08 season, after Liverpool won back promotion as 2006–07 Northern Division champions.

Surviving their first season back in the FA Women's Premier League National Division, finishing third bottom, they sacked manager David Bradley at the end of the season.[10] The club were relegated into the Northern Division for 2009–10, but won the league losing just one game all season. Liverpool also won the FA Fair Play Award after playing for the whole season without having a single player booked or sent-off.[11][12] The club was one of eight founding teams in the FA WSL in April 2011.[13]

In June 2012, the manager for four seasons Robbie Johnson stepped down from his position. Under Johnson, the team won just two of their 20 games in his last two seasons in charge, having finished bottom in 2011, and with a similar record in 2012.[14] Johnson's assistant Andy Williams was subsequently promoted to the manager's role.[15]

In August 2012 Matt Beard, who had left Chelsea the previous month, was appointed manager on a full-time contract until 2014.[16] When the club finished bottom of the WSL for the second successive season, Beard overhauled his squad by releasing ten players and making high-profile signings including United States national team defender Whitney Engen.[17] The club then announced a move from the West Lancashire College Stadium in Skelmersdale, to the Halton Stadium in Widnes for 2013.[18] On 29 September 2013 Liverpool Ladies clinched their first Women's Super League title by beating Bristol in the end-of-season decider ending Arsenal’s nine-year dominance of women’s football in England.[1] They retained the title on 12 October 2014 by beating Bristol 3-0 despite entering the final day in third behind Chelsea and Birmingham City.[2]

In September 2015 it was announced that Matt Beard was leaving the club at the conclusion of the 2015 season to take charge of Boston Breakers in the United States.[19] Liverpool had a difficult season, plagued by players' injuries and managing a 7th-place finish in the FA WSL, semifinals of the FA WSL Cup, fifth round of the FA Women's Cup and round of 32 of the Women's Champions League.[20][21] In October 2015, Scott Rogers who was Matt Beard's assistant coach, was officially appointed as manager.[22]

On 19 April 2017, the club announced a landmark shirt sponsorship deal with beauty and cosmetics company Avon Products.[23] This three-year agreement will see Avon become the first independent shirt sponsor for the club, replacing Standard Chartered from the men's side. As part of the agreement, Avon will also become Liverpool Ladies FC's principal partner and ladies beauty partner.

In July 2018, the club rebranded as Liverpool Football Club Women.[24]

Managerial historyEdit

Dates Name Notes Ref
1989–93 Elizabeth "Liz" Deighan [25][26]
1993–95 Angie Gallimore Player-manager [25][26]
1995–97 ?
1997–2001 Barbara Nodwell [27][28]
2001 Craig Boyd [28]
2001–05 John Williams [29][30]
2005–07 Keith Cliffe [30][31]
2007–08 David Bradley [32][33]
2008–12 Robbie Johnson [34][14]
2012–15 Matt Beard [16][19]
2015–18 Scott Rogers [22][35]
2018 Neil Redfearn [36]
2018 Chris Kirkland Caretaker [37]
2018– Vicky Jepson [38]

Former playersEdit

For details of current and former players, see Category:Liverpool F.C. Women players.

Players and staffEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 5 August 2019.[39][40]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Anke Preuß
3   DF Leighanne Robe
4   MF Rhiannon Roberts
5   DF Niamh Fahey (vice-captain)
6   DF Sophie Bradley-Auckland (captain)
7   FW Jessica Clarke
8   MF Jade Bailey
9   FW Courtney Sweetman-Kirk
10   MF Christie Murray
11   MF Melissa Lawley
No. Position Player
14   FW Ashley Hodson
17   FW Niamh Charles
18   GK Fran Kitching
19   MF Amy Rodgers
20   FW Rinsola Babajide
21   MF Missy Bo Kearns
22   DF Becky Jane
23   DF Jemma Purfield
24   FW Kirsty Linnett

Coaching staffEdit

Position Staff
Manager Vicky Jepson
First team coach Emma Humphries
Goalkeeping coach Craig Dootson
Analyst Jordan Kevan
Strength and conditioning coach Alan Jordan
Physiotherapist Hina Chauhan

Last updated: 16 July 2019


Celebrating the 2013 FA WSL win

Players' Player of the YearEdit

Awarded at the Liverpool FC end-of-season Players' Awards Dinner.

Season Name Nationality Position Ref
2013 Nicole Rolser   Germany Midfielder [41]
2014 Fara Williams   England Midfielder [42]
2015 Martha Harris   England Defender [43]
2016 Sophie Ingle   Wales Midfielder [44]
2017[45] Sophie Ingle   Wales Midfielder [46]
2017–18 Sophie Ingle   Wales Midfielder [47]
2018–19 Sophie Bradley-Auckland   England Defender [48]

UEFA Champions League recordEdit

Season Competition Stage Home Away Opponent
2014–15 Champions League Round of 32 2–1 0–3   Linköpings FC
2015–16 Champions League Round of 32 0–1 0–1   ACF Brescia

See alsoEdit


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  6. ^ Rudd, Alyson (25 April 1994). "Football: Belles bring class to bear: Doncaster dominate women's FA Cup final". London: The Independent. Retrieved 14 October 2010.
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