Blackpool F.C. Ladies

Blackpool FC Ladies
Full name Blackpool Football Club: Ladies
Nickname(s) The Seasiders,
The 'Pool,
The Tangerines
Founded 2008
Ground Hallgate Park
Stalmine, Lancashire
Manager Ryan Lewis
League North West Women's Regional League Premier Division
2015–16 North West Women's Regional League Premier Division, 9th
Website Club home page

Blackpool F.C. Ladies are an English women's association football club affiliated with Blackpool F.C. Founded in 2008 from the Girls setup that was established in 2004.


The Ladies competed their inaugural season in the Lancashire FA Women's County League Division Two, which sits at the seventh level of the national League system in women's football in England.

In their first season, they won all eighteen league games, scoring 133 goals, and won promotion as champions to Lancashire FA Division One for the 2009–10 season. They were also runners-up in the Lancashire League Cup after a 1–0 defeat to Morecambe in the final.[1]

Alice Jackson leads out the Ladies on their debut at Bloomfield Road

After one season in charge, Michael O'Neill left the club to join Kendal Town FC as first team fitness coach and was succeeded by former Preston North End player Mac Barlow. Barlow, who was part of the County Division Two side that won promotion, brought in Dave Kelly, Marco Vidoretti and former Greenock Morton winger Mick Perrett to form the management team for that season. In the 2009–10 season they again won promotion as Champions[2] and for the second consecutive season were runners-up in the Lancashire FA County Cup after a 3–1 extra-time defeat to Rochdale in the final.

In the 2010–11 season, Barlow added one more coach to the set up: Chris Stammers. Blackpool were defeated in their opening game of the season and finally lost their unbeaten status in the League as they went down 3–1 to Wren Rovers. However, just days later Blackpool secured a 2–0 victory in the reverse fixture at Bruce Park. Blackpool's first game in the FA Women's Cup resulted in a 3–2 defeat at Penrith. Nonetheless, Blackpool won all but one of their remaining League games. The Ladies were boosted in particular by a 6–0 victory at home to Carlisle.[3] This was a significant fixture as it was the first time that Blackpool F.C. had hosted their own Ladies team at Bloomfield Road in a competitive League fixture.[4] Blackpool were crowned Champions of the North West Women's Regional Division One North after a 2–1 victory over Morecambe at Hallgate Park on the final day of the season, thus giving them their third promotion in as many seasons.[5]

In the 2011–2012 season, Blackpool FC announced that First Team Coach Dave Kelly had been appointed as First Team manager so Mac Barlow was to focus on her playing career. Dave Kelly then appointed Chris Vickers as the new First Team Coach. Blackpool F.C. Ladies finished second in the North West Women's Premier League. They hosted a second fixture at Bloomfield Road at home to Bury, in which they won 3–1. The season wasn't without silverware, Blackpool FC emphatically beat local rivals Blackpool Wren Rovers 4–1 in the League Cup Final, at the home of Airbus UK, to secure their first Cup Victory of their short history. Manager Dave Kelly described his squad as "special" and a "proud day for all involved at the club" [6]

The following 2012-13 season, the Ladies reached the FA Cup First Round Proper for the first time in their history. However, they were defeated 4-0 away to Durham who were later announced as members of the inaugural WSL 2. The Ladies finished just two points behind League Winners Tranmere Rovers and once again claimed the runners up spot for the second season running. In the final fixtures of the season, they finished the season in emphatic style, defeating League rivals Morecambe 4–1 [7] and Crewe Alexandra 5–2 at Bloomfield Road to create an exciting finish to the season and send a resounding message to their title and promotion rivals. [8]

At the beginning of the pre-season for the 2013-14 season Blackpool FC announced that Ladies First Team Manager Dave Kelly had agreed a deal to join North Toronto Soccer Club and First Team Coach Chris Vickers would succeed him as First Team Manager.


The stand at Hallgate Park with dugouts.

The Seasiders' first team and reserve home games are played at Hallgate Park, Stalmine, home of West Lancashire Football League side Wyre Villa. They also play some of their fixtures at Bloomfield Road.

Current squad

As of 13 February 2012[9]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Natalie Cessford
2 England DF Gaby May
4 England MF Charlotte Gill
6 England MF Charlotte Banner
7 England MF Lucy Briggs
8 England MF Alix Reid
9 England FW Danielle Cross
10 England FW Lauren Oatley
12 England MF Chloe Bracegirdle
15 England MF Emma Perrett
16 England MF Emma Ambrose
17 England FW Sian Dillon
18 England MF Olivia Turnbull
No. Position Player
20 England DF Sinead Doria
23 England FW Louise Latham
26 England GK Amy Roskell
26 England MF April Oldfield
31 England MF Sara Noori
32 England MF Amy Walford
33 England DF Lauren Ward
34 Germany DF Anna Junke
36 England DF Bliss Simmonite
37 England FW Mariella Hemingway
38 England FW Francesca Hearty
45 England MF Mac Barlow

Reserve and Girls teams

In 2011, they established a reserve side, managed by Mick Perrett. The team was made up of the majority of the double-winning under-18 team from the previous season. They finished third in the Lancashire FA County Division Two. For the 2012–13 season preference was given to re-establishing a youth team, and so there will be no reserve side.

There are six other age group teams: Under-10s, Under-11s, Under-12s, Under 13s, Under-14s and Under-16s, all of which compete in the West Lancashire Girls Football League.[10] This is also run in conjunction with a Development Centre for girls between 5 and 11.[11]

The Girls teams are based at Bourne Poacher playing fields, Fleetwood Road North, Thornton Cleveleys.[12]

Non-playing staff

As of 1 March 2013.[13]
Name Role
Michael Corser Chairman
Chris Vickers Manager
Mac Barlow Player/Coach


Blackpool F.C. Ladies
Blackpool F.C. Youth Team
Blackpool F.C. Under-16s
Blackpool F.C. Under-15s
Blackpool F.C. Under-14s
Blackpool F.C. Under-13s
Blackpool F.C. Under-12s
Blackpool F.C. Under-11s


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