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The history of Exeter City LFC can be traced back to 1997 when a brand new ladies team was formed as Elmore Eagles LFC.

The newly formed team, based in Tiverton, had to enter into the lowest Division, which was then the Third Division of the South West Women's Football League. The team "blitzed" the first season, completing the treble of league, Devon Cup and the Pat Sowden Cup.

Promotion into the Second Division was quickly followed by promotion into the First Division and onto the Premier. During this time the team also picked up several more cup runners up, and cup wins.

In 2001 Exeter City FC were looking to form a women's team, and having heard of Elmore's success they contacted the Club and asked if they would be interested in becoming Exeter City Ladies FC. The girls jumped at the chance and so Exeter City Ladies Football Club was born.

The first season as Exeter City LFC was very successful, with the team gaining promotion to the South West Combination Women's League.

The Club's first season at this level was hard, with the team struggling to find its feet, but the girls managed to find their form nearing the end of the season and avoided relegation.

With a couple of disappointing results at the end of the next season, the team was finally relegated back to the South West Women's Football League, Premier Division.

In the summer of 2006, the team were controversially "taken over" by Newton Abbot Ladies to form a new club (Cullompton Rangers Ladies).
Exeter City FC were determined to keep a Ladies team, so City Ladies COE was set up by the Grecians to replace the now defunct Exeter City Ladies team.

City started afresh, utilising their centre of excellence players in Division 2 of the Westward Developments Devon Women's League, playing their home games at St. George V Playing Fields, off Topsham Road.

Steve McClear, Exeter City Ladies COE manager, said: "It's important that people know that Exeter City still have a ladies team - we are very much still here."

The club decided to set up the new team in order to benefit from their own coaching of female academy players.

City's COE under-16s players made up the majority of the squad at the start of their first campaign.


As Exeter City Ladies Centre of Excellence:

Devon Women's League Cup Winners 2007

As Exeter City LFC:

Pat Sowden Cup Winners 2002
South West Women's Football League, Premier Division Champions 2001/02

As Elmore Eagles LFC:

South West Women's Football League, Premier Division Runners Up 1999/2000

Devon Cup Winners 1999

Devon Cup Winners 1998
Pat Sowden Cup Winners 1998
South West Women's Football League, Third Division Champions 1997/98