England Super League Women 05/18 14:00 22 [12] Bristol City Women v Everton Women [8] L 0-4
England Super League Women 05/05 17:45 21 [3] Chelsea Women v Bristol City Women [12] L 8-0
England Super League Women 04/28 17:45 20 [12] Bristol City Women v Man City Women [1] L 0-4
England Super League Women 04/20 11:30 19 [12] Bristol City Women v Liverpool Women [5] L 0-1
England Super League Women 04/14 17:45 18 [3] Arsenal Women v Bristol City Women [12] L 5-0
England Super League Women 03/24 14:00 17 [12] Bristol City Women v Tottenham Women [6] L 0-1
England Super League Women 03/17 12:00 16 [4] Man Utd Women v Bristol City Women [12] L 2-0
England Super League Women 03/03 14:00 15 [12] Bristol City Women v Brighton Women [11] L 3-7
England Super League Women 02/18 15:00 14 [7] Leicester Women v Bristol City Women [12] L 5-2
England Super League Women 02/03 12:30 13 [8] Aston Villa Women v Bristol City Women [12] D 2-2
England Super League Women 01/28 14:00 12 [12] Bristol City Women v West Ham Women [11] L 1-2
England Super League Women 01/21 14:00 11 [10] Brighton Women v Bristol City Women [12] L 3-2


Matches played 27 14 13
Wins 1 0 1
Draws 5 2 3
Losses 21 12 9
Goals for 23 9 14
Goals against 79 35 44
Clean sheets 0 0 0
Failed to score 13 8 5

Wikipedia - Bristol City W.F.C.

Bristol City Women's Football Club is a women's association football team from the city of Bristol. Formed in 1998 as Bristol Rovers W.F.C., they were renamed Bristol Academy W.F.C. in 2005 following the withdraw of support from Bristol Rovers and increased involvement and academy development from Bristol Academy of Sport (now SGS Sport), part of South Gloucestershire and Stroud College. A second change of name, this time to Bristol City was approved by the FA Women's Football Board in time for the 2016 WSL season. With their home games relocating from SGS College’s Stoke Gifford Stadium to the Robins High Performance Centre and now Ashton Gate Stadium. Bristol City Women won promotion to the FA Women's Super League (WSL), the highest level of the women's game in England in 2016 and stayed there for five seasons before being relegated to the FA Women's Championship in 2021.


Early years

The team was founded in 1998, following a merger between the Bristol Rovers girls' teams and Welsh side Cable-Tel L.F.C.. This merger came about as Bristol Rovers only had girls teams up to the under 16 age group level, so when girls reached the age of 16 they were forced to leave the club. The merger with Cable-Tel meant that Bristol Rovers had a senior squad, and more importantly it gave them a place in the South West Combination league, only two levels below the top flight of women's football in England. This new merged team took the name Bristol Rovers W.F.C. and played their home games at The Beeches, the training ground and administrative offices of Bristol Rovers, located in Brislington.

Bristol Academy playing Birmingham City in 2006

The team, like their male counterparts at Bristol Rovers, were somewhat nomadic in their early days, having played home matches at The Beeches, Lodge Road (home of Yate Town), Cossham Street (Mangotsfield United), the Memorial Stadium (Bristol Rovers), Fry's Sports Ground in Keynsham, The Lawns (Cribbs F.C.), The Hand Stadium (Clevedon Town), Lakeview (Bishop Sutton), and Oaklands Park (Almondsbury Town). They finally acquired their own purpose-built home ground, Stoke Gifford Stadium, on land owned by Filton College (now South Gloucestershire and Stroud College) in time for the inaugural FA WSL season in 2011. Since then, all of their home games were played there up until the end of the 2019-20 season, with the exception of UEFA Women's Champions League matches, which have been held at Ashton Gate.

The name of the club was changed to Bristol Academy at the beginning of the 2005–06 season to reflect the increased involvement of the Bristol Academy of Sport with the club. The team continued to play in the blue and white quarters of Bristol Rovers however, and also retained the nickname The Gas Girls, an acknowledgement of Rovers' unofficial nickname of The Gas. Bristol Rovers, now in the bottom division of The Football League, found themselves unable to continue financing a women's team in 2006 and withdrew funding. Bristol Academy of Sport agreed to bankroll the team for 12 months, but there were serious doubts during the 2006–07 season that the club would survive beyond the summer.

In summer 2009 the club had a funding crisis. Manager Gary Green was sacked, Corinne Yorston left for Arsenal, Stef Curtis for Chelsea and Gwennan Harries for Everton. Without their star players the team finished bottom of the table in 2009–10.

The club were one of eight founding teams in the FA WSL in April 2011, when they moved into a brand new stadium at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College's Stoke Gifford Campus.

In 2013 the club signed a sponsorship agreement with Bristol City FC and changed their home kit from blue to red, and three years later the club was renamed Bristol City Women's Football Club.

In July 2018, the club named Tanya Oxtoby its new manager, moving into the position from being an assistant with Birmingham City W.F.C.

League history

Bristol Academy at home to Arsenal Ladies, May 2013

It took just two seasons to gain promotion to the FA Women's Premier League Southern Division, when the club won the South West Combination in the 2000–01 season under the management of Dave Bell. After this Dave Bell left the club to join the academy set-up at Manchester United, and was replaced by Tony Ricketts.

Tony Ricketts also achieved league success, with the team winning the Southern Division in the 2002–03 season and earning promotion to the FA Women's Premier League National Division. The first season in the top-flight was a struggle, with the team narrowly avoiding relegation. However Bristol Academy established themselves in the National Division with two fifth-place finishes over the next two seasons.

In the 2006–2007 season, the club reached the top spot in November (though defending champions Arsenal L.F.C. had games in hand due to European Cup, League Cup and FA Cup commitments). Arsenal played their games in hand Bristol Academy, hovered between the 4th and 8th places.

Bristol City Women finished 2nd in FA WSL 2 for the 2016 season and won promotion to FA WSL 1 for their 2017 campaign.

They were relegated in the 2020–21 season to the FA Women's Championship where they finished third in their first season back in the second tier.

The 2022–23 season saw Bristol City win their first ever league title and, with it, promotion back to the WSL.

Cup history

Bristol City away against London Bees, April 2016

In the short history of the team they have reached the semi-final of the FA Women's Cup five times. The first was in the 2000–01 season when they were still playing their league football in the South West Combination, playing in front of a club record crowd of over 3000 at the Memorial Stadium against Arsenal L.F.C. The match ended in a 3–0 defeat. Three more unsuccessful semi-final matches were to follow in this competition, against Fulham L.F.C. in 2002–03, Charlton Athletic L.F.C. in the 2004–05 season and Arsenal again providing the opposition in 2006–07.

In 2011 the club reached the final of the FA Cup after a 3–0 semi-final win over Liverpool. Bristol were beaten 2–0 by Arsenal in the final, before 13,885 fans at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. In 2013 the club reached its second FA Cup final after a 2–0 semi-final win over Lincoln Ladies. Bristol were again beaten by Arsenal 3–0 in the final at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster.

The team dominated the Gloucestershire FA Women's Challenge Cup in their early days, winning the trophy eight times in their first nine seasons. The only failure to win the competition came in the 2003–04 season when they were beaten in the final by the original Bristol City W.F.C., their first ever defeat to their cross-city rivals. Following the 2006–07 win the first team stopped competing in the tournament, although their junior teams continued taking part.

They did reach the final of the Continental Tyres League Cup Final in the 2020-21 season but were defeated by Chelsea FC.

UEFA competitions

  • For a detailed international record see English women's football clubs in international competitions

Because of the new WSL, England's UEFA Women's Champions League places were allocated to the FA Cup finalists as a one time exception. Thus Bristol won a place in the 2011–12 UEFA Women's Champions League round of 32. They started in the round of 32 and were drawn against Russian side Energiya Voronezh and drew their home game 1–1 but lost the return leg in Russia 2–4 and didn't advance.

Season by season

Season League Position FA Cup League CupA Other Manager
Bristol Rovers W.F.C.
1998–99 South West Combination 2nd Gloucestershire Cup winners Billy Gornicki-Bond
1999–00 South West Combination 2nd Third round Gloucestershire Cup winners
2000–01 South West Combination 1st
Semi-final Gloucestershire Cup winners Dave Bell
2001–02 Premier League Southern Division 2nd of 12 Fourth round First round Gloucestershire Cup winners Tony Ricketts
2002–03 Premier League Southern Division 1st of 11
Semi-final Quarter-final Gloucestershire Cup winners
2003–04 Premier League National Division 8th of 10 Semi-final Semi-final Tony Ricketts
Ivor Gumm
2004–05 Premier League National Division 5th of 10 Semi-final Quarter-final Gloucestershire Cup winners Gary Green
Bristol Academy W.F.C.
2005–06 Premier League National Division 5th of 10 Quarter-final Quarter-final Gloucestershire Cup winners Gary Green
2006–07 Premier League National Division 4th of 12 Semi-final Second round Gloucestershire Cup winners
2007–08 Premier League National Division 4th of 12 Fourth round Third round
2008–09 Premier League National Division 8th of 12 Quarter-final Second round
2009–10 Premier League National Division 12th of 12 Fourth round Quarter-final Granted WSL licence Mark Sampson
2011 Women's Super League 5th of 8 Runners-up First round 2011–12 Champions League: First round
2012 Women's Super League 4th of 8 Semi-final Semi-final
2013 Women's Super League 2nd of 8 Runners-up Group stage
2014 WSL 1 7th of 8 Fifth round Group stage 2014–15 Champions League: Quarter-final Dave Edmondson
2015 WSL 1 8th of 8
Fifth round Quarter-final Dave Edmondson
Lauren Smith
Willie Kirk
Bristol City W.F.C.
2016 WSL 2 2nd of 10
Fourth round First round Willie Kirk
2017 WSL 1 8th of 9 Quarter-final N/AB
2017–18 WSL 1 8th of 10 Fourth round Quarter-final
2018–19 Women's Super League 6th of 11 Fifth round Group stage Tanya Oxtoby
2019–20 Women's Super League 10th of 12 Fifth round Group stage
2020–21 Women's Super League 12th of 12
Fourth round Runners-up Tanya Oxtoby
Matt Beard
2021–22 Women's Championship 3rd of 12 Fourth round Quarter-final Lauren Smith
2022–23 Women's Championship 1st of 12
Fifth round Quarter-final
2023–24 Women's Super League 12th of 12
Fourth round Group stage

^A League cup column shows results in the FA Women's Premier League Cup (2001–2010) and the FA WSL Cup (2011–present)
^B There was no WSL Cup tournament during the 2017 WSL Spring Series

Bristol City Women's Football Club is a professional women's soccer team based in Bristol, England. The team competes in the top tier of women's football in England, the Women's Super League.

Founded in 1998, Bristol City Women have a rich history and a strong fan base. The team plays their home matches at the Stoke Gifford Stadium, which has a capacity of over 1,000 spectators.

Known for their attacking style of play and competitive spirit, Bristol City Women have consistently been a top contender in the Women's Super League. The team has a talented roster of players, including international stars and up-and-coming talents.

Off the field, Bristol City Women are actively involved in their community, promoting women's football and inspiring the next generation of players. With a dedicated coaching staff and passionate supporters, Bristol City Women continue to make a mark in the world of women's soccer.