Ladies first-team biographies

Paul Walker – manager

Appointed first-team manager at the beginning of the 2015-16 season, having previously been both assistant manager for the first team and reserve-team manager. Paul was also involved with the youth section at Under-14, Under-15 and Under-16 levels.

An accomplished player in men’s semi-professional football, having played for Wokingham, Bognor, Horsham, Three Bridges and Steyning Town, helping the latter to the Sussex Senior Cup in 1989.

A successful businessman, Paul is also the club's acting chairman.

Mike Gardner – coach

Joined Wasps as first-team coach in summer 2017.

Mike is a former youth development coach for Crystal Palace, who spent time coaching in the Netherlands and Malta.

After leaving Palace in 2013, he joined Ardingly College as a football coach, building its girls' football programme, and later founded the MG Soccer Academy.

Jordan Stannard & Paul Walshe – Strength & conditioning coaches

Jordan (left in picture) was appointed in summer 2017 to lead the weekly strength and conditioning sessions at Cottesmore Hotel, Golf & Country Club.

He is ably assisted in delivering them by Paul.

1. Frankie Gibbs

Position: Goalkeeper
Former clubs: Millwall, Chelsea.

Joined Wasps in the summer of 2017. A highly experienced shot stopper, having played in the Women's Super League for Millwall.

She had moved to the Lionesses in 2012 having come through Chelsea's academy.

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3. Michelle Ward

Position: Defender
Former clubs: -

Wasps' longest-serving player, having won her first trophy for the club as an eight-year-old in 1997!

Having played for the various youth teams, Mich seamlessly transitioned into a first-team regular and has been a consistent performer from left-back for a number of seasons.  

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5. Hannah Duncan

Position: Defender
Former clubs: Dorking, AFC Bournemouth, Horley Town, Redhill, Chelsea youth.

In her sixth season at Wasps, having signed in the summer of 2012 from Dorking.

Initially a central midfielder, she later converted effortlessly into an intelligent defender, equally comfortable at centre-back or right-back.

A strong leader on and off the pitch, Hannah is also coach of Wasps' Under-11s.

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7. Hayley Fowle

Position: Midfielder
Former clubs: Green Bay Phoenix (USA), Little Rock Trojans (USA), Chelsea, Plymouth Argyle youth, Chelsea youth.

Locally born Hayley signed for Wasps in the summer of 2017 after returning to the area from America, where she had played with Green Bay Phoenix and Little Rock Trojans.

She served as captain of the Chelsea U14s and was later vice-captain of Plymouth Argyle's Under-16s, before rejoining Chelsea in 2010 and playing for their reserves alongside Hannah Blundell.

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9. Jenny Drury

Position: Midfielder
Former clubs: Lewes, Haywards Heath, Denham, Arsenal youth.

Signed forms for Wasps ahead of the 2017-18 season following three years out of the game.

Two major injuries held her career back but she is now looking forward to getting her boots on again.

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11. Kemina Webber

Position: Forward
Former clubs: Watford Development, Chelsea youth.

Kemina's arrival in summer 2017, after scoring four goals in eight appearances for our league rivals Watford Development, bolstered Wasps' attacking options.

Her career began as a youth-team player at Croydon Athletic, before she joined Chelsea's academy.

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13. Nicholle Smith

Position: Midfielder
Former clubs: -

Talented player who reclaimed a first-team place following recovery from a long-term injury, a very successful season with our promotion-winning Ladies reserves and finally, becoming a mother.

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15. Lauren Callaghan

Position: Midfielder
Former clubs: Brighton youth.

Rejoined Wasps from Brighton & Hove Albion's youth section ahead of the 2015-16 season, for her first season in the Ladies first team.

A tenacious, naturally gifted young player with an eye for goal who certainly has great potential for further improvement.

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17. Jade Elphick

Position: Midfielder
Former clubs: Haywards Heath, Hassocks.

Signed for Wasps in the summer of 2016 and won most improved player at the end of her debut season.

Despite having only previously played at a lower level with Haywards Heath and Hassocks, Jade immediately took to the step up, showing tenacity and great technical ability.

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19. Danielle Boyd

Position: Midfielder
Former clubs: Ashford University (USA), Chelsea youth, Brighton youth.

Returned for a second spell at Wasps in the summer of 2016 after four years studying in the United States.

Finished 2016-17 as the club's second top scorer, and fourth in the league, with 19 goals in 22 games. A technically gifted and versatile player, comfortable in the middle or further forward.

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21. Holly Currier

thumbnail_holly-currierPosition: Defender
Former clubs: Lewes.

A former member of Lewes Ladies' development squad, Holly joined Wasps ahead of the 2016-17 season and featured five times for the first team.

She is currently studying at Swansea University and was selected in a squad of 16 to compete for Wales Universities at the Home Nations Tournament in April 2017.

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Megan Stow

Position: Midfielder
Former clubs: Barry Buccaneers (USA), Brighton, Charlton youth.

A former Brighton & Hove Albion reserve team player, Megan is expected to be in contention for a first-team spot after completing her final year in US college soccer.

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Dave Cole – asst. manager

dave-coleJoined Wasps as first-team assistant manager in the summer of 2016.

A highly regarded and experienced figured in women's football, he was previously director of football at Lewes Ladies, a key part of the management team that guided the Rookettes to two promotions and into the FA Women’s Premier League.

He was formerly assistant manager for the Sussex FA Ladies Representative side and scout for Women's Super League 2 side Millwall Lionesses, as well as on the coaching staff of men's sides Eastbourne United AFC, AFC Uckfield and Withdean.

Paul Woodhams – G/K coach

Paul boasts a long association with Wasps - he is a former first-team manager, a former chairman and played a significant role in the development of the club’s youth sections.

An accomplished goalkeeper in his playing days, he now passes on his undoubted skills and knowledge to the club's talented roster of keepers.

Sam Piper – physio

 

Became the club's physio in the summer of 2016. He has the same role at Whitehawk FC.

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2. Megan Hannah

Position: Goalkeeper
Former clubs: -

A talented young keeper who made her first team debut, aged 17, as a substitute in the League Cup win over London Corinthians in April 2017.

Her league bow followed in August 2017 against Parkwood Rangers.

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4. Niamh Stephenson

Position: Defender
Former clubs: Millwall.

Signed for Wasps during the 2016-17 season, making her debut in a League Cup tie at Camden Town in November 2016.

A composed centre-back, who is also capable of playing at full-back, Niamh won several individual awards as a youth-team player at Millwall.

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6. Naomi Cole

Position: Midfielder
Former clubs: Millwall, Lewes, Chelsea, Arsenal, Fulham youth.

Naomi made her debut for Wasps in November 2016 and was appointed first-team captain ahead of the 2017-18 season.

Played in the Women's Super League with both Millwall and Chelsea, and was in various England youth teams alongside the likes of Lucy Bronze, Toni Duggan, Fran Kirby and Demi Stokes.

She studied sports therapy at the University of Chichester and now runs her own sports therapy business.

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8. Suzanne Davies

Position: Midfield
Former clubs: Cardiff City.

Started at Wasps at the age of seven and broke into the Ladies at the age of 16. Returned to the club following university, during which time she played for Cardiff City Ladies.

A tenacious and naturally gifted midfielder, she was named manager’s player of the season for 2016-17. 

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10. Toni Smith

Position: Forward
Former clubs: Bethel University (USA), Durham College, Chelsea youth.

Long-serving striker who has taken a couple of breaks from the game to have children, one of whom now trains with Wasps' youngest players.

Toni is a talented and versatile forward with an eye for goal - in September 2015, she scored seven against Rottingdean in a Women's FA Cup tie.

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12. Faye Rabson

Position: Forward
Former clubs: 
Lewes, Brighton, Chelsea.

In her second spell at Wasps, having re-signed from Lewes during the 2015-16 season. She had left for the Dripping Pan at the end of the 2013-14 season, after being named our player of the year.

She rose through the ranks at Chelsea, playing a handful of first-team games, before moving to Brighton in 2011 and then beginning her first spell at Wasps.

Faye juggles football with her job as a personal trainer - working for Wasps' strength and conditioning partners Cottesmore Hotel, Golf & Country Club - and her role as a mother.

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14. Holly Walker

Position: Defender
Former clubs: -

Made a welcome return to the first team in 2016-17, having spent a season with the promotion-winning Ladies reserves as she recovered from a long-term injury.

Her performances at the back as Wasps finished third in the league and reached two cup finals were rewarded with call-ups to the Sussex FA Women's Representative squad.

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16. Rosanne Fine

Position: Forward
Former clubs: South Park, Merstham.

Joined Wasps ahead of the 2015-16 season from South Park and was one of the outstanding players in the promotion-winning Ladies reserves.

A strong pre-season then secured her a first-team spot and she finished as top scorer in 2016-17, with 21 league goals and was selected for the Sussex FA Women's Representative squad.

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18. Lisa Richards

19.  Lisa RichardsPosition: Defender
Former clubs: -

Experienced full-back who won the players' player of the year in 2014-15 but sadly suffered a season-ending knee injury at AFC Wimbledon in January 2016.

Since recovering, Lisa - a strong, athletic defender with remarkable endurance levels - has been a regular for the Ladies reserves.

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20. Ariana Fleischman

Position: Midfielder
Former clubs: Cal Poly Pomona University (USA).

Signed for Wasps in October 2016 after short trial spells at FA Women's Premier League clubs Tottenham and Lewes.

Scored four minutes into her debut, in a 10-0 win over Herne Bay, but suffered a ruptured Achilles a few days later which kept her out of the rest of the 2016-17 season. Now fit again, Ariana will be like a new signing.

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22. Aston Worsfold

thumbnail_aston-worsfold_temporaryPosition: Midfielder
Former clubs: -

Another player to have progressed through the club’s youth structure, who is only sporadically available due to university commitments.

A natural athlete and a strong, energetic and combative midfielder with the ability to control the pace of a game.

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