From TheChels.info - The Chelsea Football Club WikiJohn Terry, the current captain of the Chelsea men's team, is President of Chelsea LFC.
Chelsea Ladies voted to be taken over and funded by Chelsea FC's Football in the Community department in June 2004. The club then won promotion as champions from the Southern Division in 2004–05.
After starting 2005-06 with one point from six games, manager George Michealas was sacked in September after four years in charge. They finished bottom of the league that season under Shaun Gore, but won a promotion/relegation play-off against Northern Division runners-up Liverpool 4–1 on aggregate to stay in the Premier League National Division.
After an 8th finish in 2006-07, Gore drafted in England players Siobhan Chamberlain, Casey Stoney and Eniola Aluko that summer. World Cup winner Lorrie Fair, regarded as one of the best midfielders in the women's game, joined in January as Chelsea finished 5th in 2007-08.
Chelsea Ladies introduced a new manager for the 2008-09 season, former Arsenal Ladies reserve team coach Steve Jones. On 2 July 2008 Chelsea surprisingly signed Lianne Sanderson and Anita Asante from Arsenal Ladies, in addition to veteran Mary Phillip.
Chelsea Ladies' finished 2008-09 third behind Arsenal and Everton. Mary Phillip retired a month into the new season, Eniola Aluko and Anita Asante left for the new WPS in March 2009, while Lorrie Fair missed the whole campaign with a cruciate ligament injury sustained in May 2008. Jones departed as manager in January 2009, leaving Casey Stoney to act as player/manager.
At Casey Stoney's recommendation, Matt Beard became manager for 2009-10. Cuts to the Ladies club's funding were offset by financial assistance from John Terry and other members of the men's squad. A further blow arrived when Lianne Sanderson left for the 2010 WPS season.
In March 2011 Chelsea Ladies were one of eight founder members of the FAWSL, the new top fight of English women's football.
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