Curzon Ashton L.F.C.

Curzon Ashton L.F.C.
Curzon Ashton Ladies
Club logo
Full name Curzon Ashton Ladies Football Club
Nickname(s) The Blues
Founded 1988 (as Oldham Athletic LFC)
Ground Tameside Stadium
(Capacity: 4,000)
Chairperson England Heather Bellingham
Manager England Glyn Jones
League WPL Northern Division
2009–10 WPL Northern Division, 5th
Home colours
Away colours

Curzon Ashton Ladies Football Club is an English women's football club affiliated with Curzon Ashton F.C.. The club were known as Oldham Curzon Ladies Football Club until June 2005.[1] They currently play in the FA Women's Premier League Northern Division. In 2008–09 they finished in tenth place, two points clear of relegation.

The club has youth teams from U10s and a reserve team. They also host the Greater Manchester girl's Centre of Excellence.[2]



The club was founded in 1988 as Oldham Athletic Ladies FC and began playing in the North West women's league in 1990.[2] Several promotions were won over the following seasons and the club set up youth squads.[2] In 1998 they moved to Ashton-under-Lyne and changed their name to Oldham Curzon Ladies FC.

A third-placed finish followed in 1998–99, in the club's first season in the Northern Combination. Then in 1999-00 Oldham Curzon won the Northern Combination and promotion to the Premier League Northern Division.[2]

In 2000–01 Oldham Curzon were runners-up to Leeds United, then they finished third in the following two seasons. In 2003–04 and 2004–05 the club finished lower down the league, before the club name changed to Curzon Ashton Ladies FC in 2005. Performances did not improve and the club flirted with relegation in 2005–06 and dropped back into the Northern Combination in 2007.

Curzon Ashton won the 2007–08 Northern Combination and sealed the title with a 15–0 home win over Hull City Ladies.[3] Mark Bradshaw took over as manager and led the club to Premier League Northern Division safety that season.[4]

Colours and badge

The playing colours of Curzon Ashton Ladies are identical to those of Curzon Ashton men.


In summer 2005 the club moved into the £4m Tameside Stadium, a Conference compliant stadium including a separate third-generation full-size all-weather facility. The ground was built for the Club by Tameside MBC assisted by a £500,000 grant from The Football Foundation.[1][2]

Current squad

Players used in season 2009–10

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

No. Position Player
England GK Lauren Bracewell
England GK Freya Lees
England DF Gail Pennington
England MF Kate Hooley
England DF Sophie Riley
England DF Sophie Turrell
Northern Ireland DF Kellie-Ann Leyland
England MF Leanne Smith
England MF Carla Cleworth
England MF Charlotte Robertson
England MF Jodie Redgrave
England MF Hannah McDonough
No. Position Player
England MF Aimee Henry
England MF Becky Lee
England MF Amanda Goodwin (captain)
England FW Emma Lambourne
England FW Isabella Hayes
England FW Shelley James
England FW Nicky McLeod
England FW Nicky Maylett
England FW Kate Bryan
England FW Ashley Ellams
England MF Charlotte Higginson
England MF Kim Hines
England MF Patrice Shirley

Notable former players




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