Do you know your Southamptons?

Southampton Women's FC are a separate club to Southampton FC and have 49 years worth of history.

Do you know your Southampton Women's FC from your Southampton FC Women?

Confused? A few fans have been and we are here to help shed some light on who is who.

Southampton Women's FC is us and we all thank you for your support of the club for the last 49 years.

Established back in 1970 the year before the FA lifted the ban on women's football the original Southampton Women's Football Club was formed.

The club has never been associated with the male team, Southampton FC, and has run independently in the city since formation.

Back in the '70s and '80s the club has a rich history of success winning the Women's FA Cup eight times the only side with a better record is Arsenal, during that early era Southampton also had several players represent the club on the international stage for England.

In recent years the club spent around a decade in the Southern Region leagues before back to back promotions saw them rise into the FA Women's National League Division One South West in 2017.

The season of 2017/18 saw Southampton Women's begin life in Tier 4, with ambitions to continue to rise up the football pyramid, and in the same year Southampton FC Women were born.

After being awarded the Hampshire Regional Talent Centre the season before Southampton FC's first team women's team started life in the Hampshire County Women's Football League Division One.

Southampton FC Women are directly linked with the men's club, they wear the same kit as their male counterparts and receive significant funding from them.

The team have won back to back promotions winning the Hampshire Division One (2017/18) and then the Southern Region Premier Division (2018/19), they were promoted over the Southern Region First Division for the 2018/19 season.

This is the sides third competitive season in women's football and have the aim of getting into the FA Women's Championship and beyond, although were denied a licence back in the summer of 2019.

Currently Southampton Women's play in red and black with home games at the Bypass Ground, Romsey and have a working partnership with Eastleigh FC.

While Southampton FC Women play at the Testwood Stadium, Totton and wear the red and white strips famous with the Saints.

So on Wednesday, September 4th it is the original versus the new in the FA Women's National League Division One South West.

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