Founded in 1971, Millwall Lionesses were said to be the first English women’s team to affiliate with a men’s club in the 1980s, and have won two Women’s FA Cups

Millwall Supporters’ Club say they are “saddened” that the management of their women’s team are to form a breakaway side called “London City Lionesses” and end their affiliation with the Lions.

The men’s Championship club announced the news in a statement on Monday.

Millwall Lionesses – who were bottom of this year’s Women’s Championship – will now be run by Millwall Community Trust.

But it is not yet clear in which league they – or the new London City Lionesses – will take part in during 2019-20.

The outgoing board of Millwall Lionesses have been contacted for a response, as has the Football Association – which runs the Women’s Championship.

The Lionesses almost went in to administration in April 2018 but were saved after nearly £17,500 was donated via a crowdfunding page.

“Without the generous support of Millwall fans across the country last year, stopping the club from disbanding, there would have been no club for the current regime to own,” the Millwall Supporters’ Club’s committee said in a statement.