Sunderland AFC Women
, Sunderland Ladies
) is a women's football
club based in Sunderland
, North East England
. They play their home games at The Hetton Centre in Hetton-le-Hole
, Tyne and Wear
The club began in 1989 as a five-a-side team called The Kestrels
and won the Yorkshire and Humberside League in 1990. Over the next decade they competed in the Northern Premier
as Cowgate Kestrels
, RTM Newcastle Kestrels
and Blyth Spartans Kestrels
. In 2000 the club merged with Sunderland Ladies to become Sunderland Women's FC
and won promotion to the FA Women's Premier League National Division
The new club was originally financed as part of the established professional Sunderland A.F.C.
men's club, but following financial troubles in 2004, the women's side was forced to become financially independent. Sunderland A.F.C.
provide the kit and the home ground.
On Sunday April 10, 2005 they won promotion from the Northern Division
as champions. In the 2005/2006 season, they finished 9th in the league (then the penultimate position), but stayed up after tying a promotion/relegation playoff against Southern runner-ups Bristol City W.F.C. 5-5 on aggregate
On May 6, 2007, with all their games finished and only having 11 points, Sunderland were relegated after Cardiff City
beat Doncaster Rovers
In Season 2007/08 Sunderland finished in 3rd position in The Women's Premier League, Northern Division, behind Champions Nottingham Forest
and Lincoln City
. The top 3 were... Read More