<!-- Deleted image removed: -->After playing in the Yorkshire and Humberside League for seven years, the 1997–98 season saw the team gain promotion to the AXA FA Northern Premier League under the management of Mark Hodgson. After consolidating and adjusting to National League football for a couple of seasons, the team achieved promotion as champions of the Northern Premier League to the Women's Premier League. In that same season they also played in the semi-finals of the FA Women's Cup. Leeds finished a credible fourth in their first season in the top flight, with manager Mark Hodgson winning The FA Women's Premier Leagues 'Manager of the Year' award. The following season proved to be a tough one and Leeds finished the league in seventh place.