Swindon Town W.F.C.

Swindon Town Women Football Club are a women's association football club affiliated to Swindon Town F.C. They are members of the FA Women's National League Division One South West and play their home games at Fairford FC Cinder Lane.[1]

Swindon Town Women
Swindon Town crest
Founded1993; 29 years ago (1993)
GroundCinder Lane, Fairford FC
ChairmanMartin Wheeler
ManagerJamie Lloyd-Davies
LeagueFA Women's National League Division One South West
2021–22FA Women's National League Division One South West, 7th of 10
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

They were founded in 1993, after several players broke away from the established Swindon Spitfires WFC[2] (formed in 1967) and began playing in Division Four of the South West Regional Women's Football League the same year. They won the league, and promotion, in their first season, and went on to win two more league titles in the next two seasons. After a couple of seasons playing in Division One, they joined the newly formed South West Combination in 1998.[3]

Swindon Town Ladies were formed in 1993 and joined the Southern Region Women's Football League. Playing in Division Four they played their first competitive fixture on Sunday 5 September away to Southampton Reserves, winning by four goals to one. The first home league match was played on Sunday 10 October against Reading Royals. The game, played at Wootton Bassett, was “Kicked – Off” by Doreen Dart the Mayor of Thamesdown (as it was then) with the Town winning by eight goals to two. Swindon finished their first season as Division Four League Champions and also won the Southern Region 5-a-Side Tournament.

In the next two seasons Swindon Town Ladies were Champions of Divisions Three and Two respectively.

In their first season in Division One they finished in mid-table and supplied eight players to the newly formed Wiltshire County Ladies team that won the South West Counties Championship.

In the 1996 / 1997 Season the Town were Runner's up in the Southern Region Division One and were beaten finalists in the League Cup. Again Town players formed the nucleolus of the County Women's team that finished second in the Counties Championship.

The 1998 / 1999 Season saw Swindon Town Ladies elected to be founder members of the F.A. South West Combination League. They finished the inaugural season in Third place and won the “Ambassador” South West Combination League Cup, beating Cheltenham Four – Nil in the Final. The Town also set a record when the starting line – up of the County Women's Team were all from the same club.

In the 1999 / 2000 Season the Town again finished third in the League and retained the League Cup by beating League Champions Newport One – Nil in the Final.

The 2000 / 2001 Season saw the Town finish third once again and win the League Cup for the third consecutive season, beating Cheltenham in the Final by Four goals to two.

(The 2000 / 01 Ambassador League Cup Champions )

A Reserve team was also formed and they played in the Southern Region League. They finished as Champions but were denied promotion to the Southern Premier League due to geographical restructuring of the league set-up went on to play in the Wiltshire County League.

In 2001 / 2002 the Town finished fourth in the league, unfortunately they were unable to maintain their hold on the League Cup losing to Cardiff City in the semi – final.

At the start of the 2002 / 2003 Season Swindon Town Ladies merged with Coleview Girls and ran teams at Under 10, 12 and 14 level as well as the two senior teams.

The Senior First Team finished fifth in the League, but the League Cup Competition was not played due to fixture congestion caused by adverse weather conditions.

The Senior Reserve Team progressed to the South West Regional League in 2006 following a further restructuring of the Women's Pyramid of football. With the First Team continuing its membership of the South West Combination League.

In the 2006 – 2007 season saw the club moved towards single aged banding and ran teams from under 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14; and since the age requirement to play Senior football has been raised from 14 to 16, under 15 and 16 teams were also added, giving the total number of players within the club in excess of 140 players.

Also in 2006 Swindon Town Ladies were awarded the F.A. Charter Standard. This was in recognition of meeting the Football Association's requirements for Qualified Coaches, First Aiders etc. and everyone involved in running the club being C.R.B. checked. The club still holds this Charter Standard.

During the 2006 – 2007 season Town were top of the league at the turn of the year halfway through the season, but could not sustain a title challenge and finally finished fourth, also losing out to on penalties to Chesham Utd in the Semi final of the league cup.

Inconsistency during the 2007 – 2008 season saw a seventh-place finish in the league, although the highlight to the season was winning through to the fourth round of the Woman's FA cup and drawn at home to the competitions most successful team Doncaster Belles, were the game was played at the County Ground.

The reserves did find success this season winning the South West Regional League, Division 1 North, but due to the structure of the FA Woman's league they are unable to be promoted to a higher division.

With many changes to the playing members of the first team, the 2008 – 2009 season became a very difficult one, a young team eventually finished 8th in the league, with no league cup due to fixture congestion.

As we move into the 2009 – 2010 season Swindon Town Ladies FC are the only surviving team in the South West Combination League since its start over 11 years ago

With the structure of women's football in England being re-organised due to the introduction of FA WSL 2 in 2014, Swindon Town were moved into the new South West Division One of the FA Women's Premier League for the 2014–15 season. They almost won the division at their first attempt, but a three-point deduction for fielding an ineligible player cost them the title, leaving them in third place at the end of the season, just one point off the top of the table.[4][5]

Current clubEdit

The club currently has three teams; its First Team currently compete in the FA Women's National League South West, while it continues to have a Development Team who compete in the South West Regional Women's Football League. Its First Team and Development Team compete at the fourth and sixth Tier, respectively. of the Women's Football Pyramid (WFP). It also recently established an Under-16's team for the 2021/22 season, appointing Adam Wood as manager who has had successful spells previously at Oxford City Nomads and Abingdon United Women in a 16-year coaching career.[6]

Home ground and trainingEdit

1st team matchday Cinder Lane, Fairford Town FC
Dev. team matchday Down Ampney Football & Social Club
U16s team matchday Lydiard Millicent Recreation Ground
Tuesday training Foundation Park, Swindon
Wednesday training Foundation Park, Swindon
Thursday training New College, Swindon

Club staffEdit

Position Name
Chairperson Martin Wheeler
Vice Chairperson Mike Dixon
Secretary Tim Hall
Treasurer Stephen Butcher
Commercial & Development TBC
Club Liaison Officer Roger Reeves MBE
Player Care Laura Morgan
Head of Media Rob Escott
Social Media Manager TBC
Club Photographer Callum Ross

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
First Team Manager Jamie Lloyd Davies
First Team Assistant Manager Keehlan Panayiotou
First Team Goalkeeping Coach David Tomlinson
First Team Coach TBC
Performance Analyst TBC
Development Team Manager James Lally
Development Team Coach Ethan Thomas
Club Sports Therapist Imogen Webb
Head of Performance Michael Peacock
Sports Rehabilitation Therapist Intern Abbie Simpson
Sports Rehabilitation Therapist Intern Ella Bryant
Sports Rehabilitation Therapist Intern Tony Cole
Under-16s Manager Adam Wood
Under-16 Coach Ellie Burgess
Club Kitman Stephen Watts

HonoursEdit

League

Cups

Club managersEdit

Aug 2019 – present: Jamie Lloyd-Davies

June 2018 – July 2019: Dan Jones

July 2017 – June 2018: Leonie Wade

June 2014 – May 2017: Steve Robertson

June 2013 – June 2014: Jason Brizell

??? – May 2013: Glyn Evans

1993 –????: Kerri Garwood

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FA Women's Premier League Handbook" (PDF). The Football Association. p. 76. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 February 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Club History". Swindon Spitfires Ladies Football Club. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Club History". Swindon Town Ladies Football Club. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Swindon dealt triple blow over 'ineligible player'". Sent Her Forward. 31 January 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  5. ^ "South West Division One 2014–15". Full Time. The Football Association. Archived from the original on 19 August 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  6. ^ Wills, Benjamin (28 June 2021). "Adam Wood appointed Under-16 manager". SWINDON TOWN WOMEN FC. Retrieved 28 July 2021.