Sheffield FC Ladies Club History
Sheffield FC Ladies was formed in 2003 when previous team Norton Ladies affiliated with the oldest football club in the world, Sheffield FC. The Club started life in Division 1 East of the Yorkshire & Humberside Regional WFL, the bottom level of the women’s pyramid of football at the time which became the North East Regional WFL in 2005/06.
Having finished third, then runners up for two successive seasons, Sheffield finally won their first league title in 2007/08, and within the space of two more seasons, were promoted into the Northern Combination WFL, which they won at the first attempt in 2010/11.
Sheffield’s debut season at FA Women’s Premier League level could hardly have gone much better as Sheffield finished the year as Northern Division runners up behind eventual champions Manchester City. The team picked up silverware for the third season running, courtesy of a very first win in the Sheffield & Hallamshire Women’s Challenge Cup.
Sheffield went one better in the league in 2012/13 as they lifted the FA WPL Northern Division title for the very first time. Sheffield were front runners from the start of the season, losing just one league match in total, and finishing nine points clear of Nottingham Forest. They also repeated their success in the S&H Women’s Challenge Cup, beating Rotherham United 6-0 in the final.
With promotion to the FA Women’s Super League not possible, Sheffield were forced to defend their FA WPL Northern Division crown in 2013/14, which they managed to do with five matches to go, ultimately finishing 15 points clear of runners up Preston North End. They added a third successive S&H Women’s Challenge Cup, but the highlight of the season was undoubtedly winning the FA Women’s Premier League Cup by beating Cardiff City 6-2 in the final, crowning off an historic treble trophy winning season.
In 2014/15, the first team missed out on a second successive FA WPL Cup losing on penalties in the final to Charlton Athletic after a 0-0 draw, but the reserve team picked up silverware for the first time by winning the FA WPL Reserve Cup. The Sheffield & Hallamshire Women’s Challenge Cup was won for a fourth year running, and the Club enjoyed a best ever run in the FA Women’s Cup by reaching the Fifth Round. In the league, Sheffield FC won a third successive FA WPL Northern Division title, to secure a place in a first ever Championship Play Off Final. An injury time winner in a pulsating match against Portsmouth ensured Sheffield were crowned national champions of the FA WPL, and in so doing became the first club to gain promotion on merit to the top flight of the game: the FA Women’s Super League.