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Friday 7 December 2001

Fulham Ladies v Newport County, 3rd Round, FA Cup Match - Sunday, 9th December. Kick off 1pm at LSE Sports Ground, Windsor Avenue, New Malden

The 2nd meeting between the two clubs this season. Fulham played Newport County on 2nd September in an away league game, which Fulham won 0 - 14.

Newport County:

Squad: Williams, Robertson, Green, Cheedy, Bastion, Kennedy, Gregory, Pattimore, Hopkins, Miller, Jones (Cap), Hughes, Morgan, Edwards, Davies.

Manager: Andrew Beattie

Newport County Ladies started out as Newport Strikers LFC in 1991. Initially an U16 team was established and for the first two seasons, they just played friendlies against other teams in South Wales.

In 1994/95, the girls completed an historic double in their first competitive season - they won the South Wales Girls U16 championship, as well as the Welsh Cup.

With a number of players becoming too old for the U16 team, the decision was made to form a senior team for the 95/96 season.

The Ladies' team was entered into the South Wales Celtic League, the League Cup and also the Senior Welsh Cup and went on to win all three in their first season of playing together.

Newport managed to defend the League title the following season, but was knocked out of the Welsh Cup by Barry Town. In 97/98 they entered the English League in order to play a higher standard of football.

In their first season in England, Newport County's senior team clinched the double, winning the Division League Cup and finishing champions of the 1st Division, South West Women's League. Season 98/99 saw them win their second successive double (league and league cup) and gain promotion to the South West Combination League.

Season 99/00 was an exciting one for the club, with over 50 girls on their books. The club decided to set up an U13 and Senior Reserve Team, both of which would compete in their respective leagues in South Wales.

The Senior team gained promotion in the same season to the National Southern Division, with the club winning no less than 6 trophies overall.

The Senior team's key objective last season was to maintain their position in the Southern Division, and to look to improve in 2001/02. The Reserve team had a difficult season last year due to bad weather and only managed to play 9 games. They remained undefeated all season and this season, it was decided to follow the first team into the English league system to compete in the National Southern Reserve League.

Premier League Southern Division position going into the weekend 8th, on 11 points.

Recent form: 3 wins in 11 league games, 2 draws and 6 losses. Wins against QPR, Barnet and Berkhamsted. Draws against Wimbledon and Chelsea Ladies.

3 clean sheets. 22 goals scored in 11 matches, 34 goals conceded. Goal scoring average 2.0. Goals conceded average 3.0. Failed to score: 3 matches.

Fulham:

Squad: Smith, Jerray-Silver, McArthur, Phillip, Unitt, Gibbons, Haugenes, Chapman, Rahman, Duncan, Moore, Pettersen, Yankey, Sinclair-Chambers

Manager: Gaute Haugenes - Assnt Manager: Sturla Voll

Fulham Ladies started up in 1993 and entered the Greater London League in Division 5. In 1999/2000 Fulham won the Greater London Premier League and were promoted to the South East Combination League.

The same year the team won the Greater London League Cup, the Middlesex Cup (the only team outside of the National League to do so) and reached the quarter-final of the Women's FA Cup.

In 2000/01 Fulham Ladies turned professional and won the London County Cup, beating Arsenal 3 - 0. They also won the South East Combination League gaining promotion to the Southern Premier League. The season culminated in Fulham reaching the AXA FA Cup Final, eventually losing to Arsenal 0 - 1.

Fulham Ladies are the only Professional team in Europe.

Southern League Position: 1st on 27 points
Recent form: Unbeaten this season. 9 wins in 9 league matches.
League Cup: 3 wins in preliminary, 1st round and 2nd round against Millwall, Leeds and Charlton Athletic.

Kept 6 clean sheets in league matches. 99 goals scored, 3 goals conceded. Goal scoring average 11!

Further 25 goals scored in league cup matches with 1 goal conceded, and 15 goals in London County Cup with 1 goal conceded. That makes an awesome total of 139 games this season in 13 matches.

12 players on the score sheet this season. Top goal scorers: Pettersen, Moore, Haugenes and Chapman.

3 England Internationals: Chapman, Yankey, Unitt.
1 U19 English International:Rahman
2 Norwegian Internationals: Haugenes, Pettersen. 1 Danish International: Terp. 1 Irish International: Gibbons. 1 Australian International: Kristy Moore.

Astrid Johannessen is Fulham's latest signing. She joined FFC on Monday as a new goalkeeper, replacing Layla Young who has now gone to Brighton. Astrid is currently awaiting international clearance to play in FA Cup games.

The draw for the 4th round of the FA Cup will be announced on Monday 10th December at 4pm.