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Leadership reshuffle as Dons enter new era

Update ahead of the 2024/25 season

24 May 2024

Club News

Leadership reshuffle as Dons enter new era

Update ahead of the 2024/25 season

24 May 2024

Fresh after securing promotion, AFC Wimbledon Women are pleased to confirm four pieces of exciting news.

Firstly it is a great source of delight to confirm that Hannah Billingham and Kelly Highman have signed up for 2024/25, continuing their long association with the Club.

Whilst both players have committed to the cause once more, they will both be stepping down from their duties as captain and vice-captain to help usher in a new era.

Hannah has signed up to play for Wimbledon in what is her ninth season, and has served as the Dons’ captain for the past five seasons.

“I want to extend a massive thank you to Kevin Foster for giving me the honour of captaining this incredible team for the past five seasons,” she said. “Our journey has been fantastic, and winning the league and earning promotion this season was the cherry on top.

“It was not an easy decision, but the time has come to pass the armband to someone who truly deserves it and will undoubtedly take this team to new heights. I’d like to thank the team and everyone involved at the Club for making my captaincy so enjoyable and rewarding. I’m looking forward to the season ahead.”

Kelly has signed up for her seventh season as a Don, and like Hannah has decided to step down from her role as vice-captain.

Following in the duos footsteps are Ashlee Hincks and Rose Russell, who will both take on the leadership roles within the squad.

On being given the captain’s armband, Ashlee said: “I firstly just want to say a massive ‘thank you’ to Hannah Billingham. What an amazing captain and leader she has been for Wimbledon! I am very proud to have been given the armband for the Dons. It’s been an amazing three years and I hope to continue to lead by example and give my all for the Club!”

Rosie Russell joined Wimbledon 13 years ago, and has signed up for her eighth season for the first team, still only 22-years-old. From her journey at AFC Wimbledon Foundation led sessions, to the girls’ pathway, all the way to becoming the vice-captain of the Dons. She is the definition of “one of our own”.

On choosing Ashlee Hincks and Rosie Russell for the captain and vice-captain roles respectively, manager Kevin Foster said: “Ashlee is a natural leader whose understanding of the higher levels and how AFC Wimbledon works as a club will help guide us through the challenges of tier three. With a wealth of experience, she was the most natural choice, and we look forward to seeing her and Rosie as vice-captain move the Club forward.”

Everyone at the Club would like to extend their gratitude to Hannah and Kelly for their years of service and look forward to seeing them in the famous yellow and blue next season. We also wish Ashlee and Rosie the very best in their new roles with the Club.


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