West Bromwich Albion FC Ladies play in the FA Womens Northern Premier League playing their home fixtures at Rushall Olympic FC.
Originally formed in 1989 and playing local and recreation football, it wasn’t until 1995 that the team entered the West Midlands Women’s Regional League and carried the name of West Bromwich Albion Women’s FC. However the team were representing the Football Club in little more than name only until 2004/05 when the then WBA Community Programme embraced the team via their Girls and Women’s football development programme. WBA Women’s FC then made an extensive commitment alongside the Community Programme to develop the junior section and reserve team, which provided a solid player pathway for the following four seasons.
In the summer of 2009, The Albion Foundation then took on the girls’ teams in a full management capacity and evolved the Club in line with the Sporting Club Albion concept which brought in the club alongside the Disability and Basketball teams.
The development quickly proved hugely successful, for in their second season under the Sporting Club Albion umbrella, the Ladies’ team clinched the Midlands Combination title and gained promotion to the FA Women’s Premier League. The summer of 2011 went on to become a great time for girls football at Sporting Club Albion following the announcement of the creation of the Girls FA Centre of Excellence, further adding to the ethos of working with and developing young talented players from the ‘Albion’ community.
A record breaking season in 2015/16 saw the team complete a league and cup double as they triumphed in the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division for the first time in the team’s history. It also saw the Ladies defeat Coventry United in the final of the Birmingham FA County Cup on penalties to cap off a remarkable season for the Lady Baggies!
The 2016/17 season has seen a period of change within the club as the team reverted back to their original “West Bromwich Albion FC Women’s” name after the SCA brand was disbanded. It has also seen change in the dug outs as Craig Nichols takes the reins for the first time to guide the Ladies into the start of what looks to be the most fiercely competitive FA Women’s Premier League ever!