The Chelsea Ladies Development Squad (also known as Chelsea Ladies Reserves or EDS (Elite Development Squad) play in the FAWSL Development League, Southern Division. They also compete for the FAWSL Development League Cup. They are reigning champions of the league having won the 2016/17 title. They also won the title back in the 2014/15 season.
The team is formed mostly from players coming through the club’s U16 side, alongside a few other local youngsters from other RTCs or academies.
Brant has been promoted to the Development Squad this season from last year’s U16s.
After coming through Chelsea’s youth squads, Burgess returns to the Blues after one year playing with Reading’s Development Squad, where she became a key figure in the side.
Douglas joined the Development Squad at the start of the 2016/17 season, being promoted from the last U17 side (before the changes to RTC structure where the oldest age group is now U16). She plays as a centre-forward, and was our top scorer with 17 goals in 14 appearances last season. Douglas was also part of England’s U17s last year, and competed at the 2017 U17 European Championships, getting herself on the scoresheet once.
Fowler moved up to the Reserves from the U17s at the start of the 2016/17 season. Injury plagued her season, but she returned late on to help push Chelsea to the title. She is a tough tackling midfielder who is also good on the ball.
The team’s #1, Gardner joined Chelsea having graduated from Brighton and Hove Albion’s Centre of Excellence. Although not the tallest keeper, her shot-stopping and reactions are excellent. As a result, she was in and out of England’s U17s last season.
Captain of last year’s U16 squad, Gibson is a midfielder with international experience, with Scotland’s youth setup.
Harper is a goalkeeper who’s been promoted from the U16s for this season.
Coming through to the Development Squad this year from the U16s, Legge primarily plays as a left-back.
Mackey comes into the Development Squad this year from the U16s already very experienced on the international stage – last year she helped the Republic of Ireland’s U17 side to the European Championship finals.
Another graduate of the Centre of Excellence, Phillips joined the Reserves last year. She was an ever-present in the defence, her physicality and reading of the game proving too much for most attackers.
Having made the early move up to the Reserves, playing for the team alongside the U16s since last Christmas, Pike has been an absolute revelation. An incredibly pacy attacking player with great ball skills and an eye for a pass. Certainly one to watch this year for both Chelsea and England’s U17s.
One of our best players with the ball at her feet, her creativity on the left is always capable of winning you a game. Another one of U17s graduates who joined the team at the very end of the 2015/16 season. Sibley was also part of the larger group of players training with the England U17 team ahead of their European Championship bronze in 2016.
Smith is a very quick and reliable defender, who was part of last year’s title-winning squad having moved up from the U17s. She was also part of the England side at the 2017 U17 European Championship.
Thompson joined Chelsea last year, and has been a key part of our attack – a super creative and unpredictable player who loves having the ball at her feet, she is deadly as a winger or centre forward.
Despite being one of the shortest players on the team, Turner manages to dominate every battle against any forward from her centre-back role. Brave, strong, and reliable, and great fun to watch.
30th July, 5-2 loss vs Brighton & Hove Albion first team (friendly)
6th August, 4-3 loss at Lewes first team (friendly)
13th August, 7-1 win at Wimbledon first team (friendly)
3rd September, 6-3 loss at Tottenham Hotspur first team (friendly)
10th September, 4-1 loss at London Bees first team (friendly)
24th September, 3-0 win at Watford Development (league)
1st October, 5-2 win vs Brighton & Hove Albion Development (league)
8th October, 1-0 win vs Bristol City (cup)
15th October, home vs Reading Development (league)
29th October, away vs Bristol City Development (league)
5th November, home vs Tottenham Hotspur Development (league)
26th November, away vs London Bees Development (league)
3rd December, home vs Oxford United Development (league)
10th December, away vs Millwall Lionesses Development (league)
11th February, home vs Yeovil Town Development (league)
18th February, away vs Tottenham Hotspur Development (league)
25th February, home vs Bristol City Development (league)
11th March, away vs Reading Development (league)
18th March, home vs Watford Development (league)
25th March, away vs Arsenal Development (league)
8th April, away vs Yeovil Town Development (league)
22nd April, home vs Millwall Lionesses Development (league)
29th April, away vs Brighton & Hove Albion Development (league)
6th May, home vs Arsenal Development (league)
13th May, home vs London Bees Development (league)
TBC, away vs Oxford United (league)