Chelsea Ladies Football Club
are a semi-professional English women's football
club affiliated with Chelsea F.C.
. They have competed in the top tier of women's football in England, the Premier League National Division
, since 2005. They were admitted to the FA WSL
in 2010, which will be the top level of women's football in England from the 2011 season onwards.
Chelsea Ladies voted to be taken over and funded by Chelsea FC
's Football in the Community department in June 2004. The club then won promotion as champions from the Southern Division
After starting 2005-06 with one point from six games, manager George Michealas was sacked in September after four years in charge. They finished bottom of the league that season under Shaun Gore
, but won a promotion/relegation play-off against Northern Division
4–1 on aggregate
to stay in the Premier League National Division
After an eighth-placed finish in 2006-07, Gore
drafted in England
players Siobhan Chamberlain
, Casey Stoney
and Eniola Aluko
that summer. World Cup
winner Lorrie Fair
, regarded as one of the best midfielders in the women's game, joined in January as Chelsea finished 2007-08 in fifth position.
Chelsea Ladies introduced a new manager for the 2008-09 season, former Arsenal Ladies
reserve team coach Steve Jones. On 2 July 2008 Chelsea surprisingly signed Lianne......