Bristol City Women Club History
Bristol City Women's FC are known as the Vixens and play at the Stoke Gifford Stadium, the club boasts an effective player pathway with a Skills Centre and Regional Talent Club for girls aged 6-16, and a college programme for players aged 16-19 to train, play and study at SGS College. Graduates from the RTC and SGS college programme currently play for Bristol City Women’s Super League team in WSL 1.
Bristol City WFC has evolved through many changes, all of which allowed the development of the game in the greater Bristol area.
Bristol Rovers Women’s Football Club was formed as a senior club in 1998 through a merger with Cable-Tel LFC, in Wales, enabling the Club to enter the South West Women’s Combination. From winning the SW Combination in season 2000/01, with Dave Bell as Manager, the Club was promoted to the Southern Section of the FA Women’s Premier League. At that time it was only champions of the league that were being promoted to the National Division and the Gas Girls had to wait until summer 2003, with Tony Ricketts now at the helm, before successfully gaining a foothold with the elite. The first year within the National Division proved a struggle but season 2004/05, under the guidance of Gary Green, ended with the Gas girls finishing in their highest ever position, with only Arsenal, Charlton, Everton and Birmingham City being above them.
In 2005 Bristol Rovers Women’s FC became known as Bristol Academy WFC under a new partnership agreement with South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (previously Filton College).
By 2011, Bristol Academy WFC Limited was formed and won a licence to compete in the new FA Women’s Super League. This allowed the team to become semi-professional and an untested Mark Sampson stepped up from Head of the College Girls U18 Development Squad to first team manager. Mark was to remain in post until he left to take up the prestigious England Women’s Manager post in 2014.
In 2015 Willie Kirk was appointed as Manager, following a brief spell by Dave Edmondson. At the end of the 2015 season, following relegation to WSL2, the FA Women’s Super League management committee approved the name change for Bristol Academy Women’s Football Club to change to Bristol City Women’s Football Club.
Our Supporters Club
The clubs loyal supporters are rewarded with membership to the Vixen’s supporters club for only £20 which includes exclusive opportunities such as an open training session, Q&A evening and an invite to the clubs awards evening. As well as this it allows travel to away games at £5 each and also a signed photo to keep.