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.[1]

Millwall Lionesses F.C
Millwall crest: a blue circle with a white border, in the centre is a white and grey lion, around the border are the words Millwall Football Club and the year 1885 in blue letters.
Full nameMillwall Lionesses
Football Club
Nickname(s)The Lionesses
Founded1972; 49 years ago (1972)
GroundSt Paul's Sports Ground, Rotherhithe
Chief executiveSean Daly
ManagerKatie Whitmore
LeagueEastern Region Women's League
2018–19FA Women's Championship, 11th of 11
WebsiteClub website

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.[2] 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.[3]

The former England women's national football team coach Hope Powell began her career with The Lionesses at the age of eleven, making her international debut at the age of 16.

The Lionesses won the FA Women's Cup in 1991 and 1997.[4]

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.[5]

In 2014 the Lionesses were founding members of the FA Women's Super League 2, the new 2nd tier of Women's football in England later renamed the FA Women's Championship.[6]

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.[7] The FA Women's Championship licence was transferred to the new club.[8] Millwall Lionesses would be operated through the Millwall Community Trust, whilst playing their football in the Eastern Region Women's League.[1][7] Colin Reid was appointed as manager, with St Paul's Sports Ground in Rotherhithe confirmed as their home venue.[1]


As of 29 June 2019.[9]
Millwall Lionesses team in February 2015
No. Position Player Nation
13 GK Chloe Sansom   England
3 DF Leanne Cowan   England
12 DF Beth Powell   England
DF Jasmine Augustus   England
16 MF Ellie Stenning   England
21 DF Kalani Peart   England
FW Beth Lumsden   England
19 FW Beth Harford   England
1 GK Grace Taylor   England
4 MF Freya Bailes   England
18 MF Michelle Young   England
25 MF Sara Guzowska   Poland
24 DF Asanteni Charles   England
28 MF Francesca Ali   England
22 MF Chloe Wilkinson   England


  1. ^ a b c Millwall Lionesses (6 August 2019). "Millwall Lionesses announce Colin Reid as new manager". Millwall FC. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  2. ^ Davies, John (22 September 2007). "Football gets a kick start". Times Educational Supplement. Archived from the original on 26 September 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2012. "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.
  3. ^ Millwall Lionesses History and Honours
  4. ^ Mike Rowbottom (5 May 1997). "Football: Lionesses bring pride to Millwall". The Independent. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  5. ^ Tony Leighton (13 April 2009). "Millwall Lionesses set for Premier League return". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  6. ^ FA WSL (5 September 2018). "CLUB TIMELINE". FA WSL.
  7. ^ a b Millwall FC (15 May 2019). "Club Statement: Millwall Lionesses". Millwall FC.
  8. ^ "London City Lionesses: FA Women's Football board approve Millwall switch". BBC News. 14 May 2019. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  9. ^ [1] Archived 7 April 2019 at the Wayback Machine Millwall Lionesses LFC

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