Millwall Lionesses L.F.C.
Millwall Lionesses Football Club is an English women's football club based in Rotherhithe, south-east London, that plays in the Eastern Region Women's League, the fifth tier of English women's football.
|Full name||Millwall Lionesses |
|Ground||St Paul's Sports Ground, Rotherhithe|
|Chief executive||Sean Daly|
|League||Eastern Region Women's League|
|2018–19||FA Women's Championship, 11th of 11|
Founded in 1972, the group of women who made up the Lionesses were at first snubbed by Millwall FC but went on to become the first women's football team to affiliate to a professional men's team, Millwall F.C. who are nicknamed "The Lions". The Lionesses pioneered the now common "Football in the Community Scheme".
Millwall Lionesses remained an independent club in their initial years of existence. In the mid–1980s Millwall FC, who were trying to mitigate an appalling reputation for football hooliganism and racism, embraced the female club as part of their community project. Development officer Gary Stempel sourced funding from the Greater London Council (GLC) and then a combination of Lewisham and Greenwich Councils, as well as the Sports Council.
Millwall Lionesses became a leading force in both the women's game and the "Millwall Community Programme", and played an active part in the development of girls' football. Millwall Lionesses were the first club to have a female Centre of Excellence, of which there eventually became 42 in England. Millwall Lionesses field teams with an age range of eight, to thirty plus.
The Lionesses won promotion back to the FA Women's Premier League National Division in 2008–09, following an eight-year absence since their relegation in 2001.
In May 2019, shortly after the conclusion of the 2018–19 FA Women's Championship, it was announced that the Lionesses would split from Millwall F.C. forming a breakaway club named London City Lionesses. The FA Women's Championship licence was transferred to the new club. Millwall Lionesses would be operated through the Millwall Community Trust, whilst playing their football in the Eastern Region Women's League. Colin Reid was appointed as manager, with St Paul's Sports Ground in Rotherhithe confirmed as their home venue.
- As of 29 June 2019.
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"The mid-80s was a violent era, and the club was desperate to get away from its (fans') racist image and really take the club back to the local community," recalls Hicks.
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-  Archived 7 April 2019 at the Wayback Machine Millwall Lionesses LFC