West Didsbury & Chorlton AFC announced their intention to form a women’s team in December 2016 following the appointment of Chorltonian Ladies manager Paul Caddick, with the intention of beginning play in 2017.
Following Chorltonian’s decision not to continue with women’s football, an agreement was made to transfer the team across with the majority of the squad making the transition to play in the NWWRFL Division One South.
The team finished 2nd in NWWRFL Division One South in their first season, reaching the semi-finals of the Manchester Women’s FA Cup and the first round proper of the SSE Women’s FA Cup.
For the 2018/19 season, West Didsbury & Chorlton introduced a Development Team to the women’s setup, with current First Team manager Nathan Soulby at the helm. The First Team competed in the North West Women’s Regional League Division 1 South and the Development Team made their debut in the Greater Manchester Women’s Football League Division 2.
It proved to be a successful season, with both teams crowned champions of their respective leagues and earning promotion – the First Team achieving this unbeaten.
Fast forward two incomplete seasons, and both teams are still the last reigning league winners, and the Development Team is now more commonly known as the Reserves.
Despite the lack of progress on the pitch due to the pandemic, off the pitch has been staggering. With an U18’s setup feeding in to the Seniors, along with state of the art Video & GPS Analysis in use across the board and a home to be proud of, West are striving to reach the heights of the Women’s National League in the not too distant future.
Do you want to join that journey?
Training is open to all and takes place on Wednesday evenings at Hardy Farm (M21 8FE) during the summer (winter training TBC) with matches taking place on Sunday, 2pm KO.
Anyone wishing to attend or wanting more information can contact the Women’s Secretary via email: email@example.com.