Women’s Team

Nick Cushing’s side won both domestic cups in a trophy-laden season for our women’s team.

A shoot-out victory over Arsenal saw us lift the Continental Cup at Bramhall Lane on the same weekend the men won the Carabao Cup. And Keira Walsh, Georgia Stanway and Lauren Hemp each scored as we beat West Ham United 3-0 to lift the Women’s FA Cup in front of a crowd of 43,264 at Wembley.

We finished second in the Women’s Super League table, losing just one match throughout the entire campaign and qualifying for the UEFA Women’s Champions League for the fourth consecutive season.

There were multiple accolades for individual players. Nikita Parris was named Football Writers' Association Women’s Footballer of the Year after scoring 19 goals in 19 games in the WSL, while Stanway won PFA Young Player of the Year and Steph Houghton won the PFA Merit Award for services to football. Houghton, Demi Stokes and Parris were all named in the PFA WSL Team of the Year.

In May, eight of our then-players were named in Phil Neville’s England squad for the 2019 World Cup in France, with Karen Bardsley, Houghton, Abbie McManus, Stokes, Walsh, Jill Scott, Stanway and Parris all receiving call-ups.

Earlier in the season, Houghton clocked up a century of England caps in November when she captained the Lionesses against Sweden, and Stanway and Ellie Roebuck, who have both been with City for more than four years, made their England debuts.

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SOURCE: Manchester City, Broadcast, The FA


Esme's journey

Manchester City defender and lifelong City fan Esme Morgan signed her first professional contract with us in June 2019, having joined the Academy at under-15 level. Since joining the Academy, she quickly progressed through the ranks, making the step up to first team football at 16 years old on the team’s pre-season tour to France in 2017. She impressed manager Nick Cushing and became a regular feature in the first team squad, making 20 appearances before signing her professional deal, keeping her at Manchester City until 2022.

“I think the standard of coaching and the facilities [at City Football Academy] helped hugely for me to improve quickly and therefore get to a level where I was ready to take up any opportunity I had to play with the first team and impress Nick [Cushing] enough to keep me there.

“It’s amazing to wear a City shirt with my name on the back… ready to play for the Club I support with the fans singing for us!”