Club History

Founded in 1988 under the auspices of Bradford City's Football in the Community department, the club became founder members of the Yorkshire and Humberside League the following year.

After success at local level, the club won promotion into the FA Women's Premier League Northern Division in 1996. The club earned a second successive promotion in 1996–97, into the top level of Women's football in England.

In 1997–98 the club avoided relegation and also reached the semi–final of the FA Women's Premier League Cup – losing on penalties to eventual winners Arsenal after a 2–2 draw. This was despite Arsenal's goalkeeper Sarah Reed being sent–off and defender Tina Mapes taking over in goal.

City dropped out of the top division in 1998–99, and suffered a further relegation in 1999–00, into the Northern Combination Women's Football League.

The club gained promotion back to the FA Women's Premier League ahead of the 2013/2014 season.  In the 2017/18 striker Laura Elford was among the WPL Northern top scorers. Only Leicester's Rosie Axten (30), and Middlesbrough's Emily Scarr (28) scored more than Elford's 25 in all competitions.

Following the reshaping of the women’s football league structure, City enjoyed some seasons of relative stability in the FAWPL Premier Division North, including four consecutive County Cup victories between 2014 and 2017.

After The departure of the manager and a number of senior players at the end of the 2017-18 season City lost every game of the following season, leading to relegation to Division 1 North.

The club currently shares Eccleshill United's Mitton Group Stadium, having previously played home matches at Thackley FC's Dennyfield ground, Peel Park and the grounds of Bradford Park Avenue and Guiseley.

Club Ethos

The Club is not a professional organization but it has got extremely high standards and during training, match days and social events the Club will not tolerate anything less than a professional attitude on and off the pitch.

Sport is to be enjoyed by all who partake or watch. Football is what’s played at Bradford City Women's FC and it is only worth joining if you are going to enjoy playing.

Targets are achieved more successfully when they are a mixed blend of hard work and enjoyment.

Put the effort in, put the hours in and success will be the reward.


Join us and enjoy your time with us.