Fulham v Southampton

Wednesday 12 December 2001

Fulham Ladies v Southampton Saints - Quarter Finals - League Cup
Sunday, 16th December. Kick off 2pm at Woking FC, Kingfield Stadium, Kingfield Road, Woking - Admission £2 adults £1 OAP and Children Under 15. Includes free programme.

The second meeting between the two clubs. Fulham first played the Saints last season in the FA Cup semi-finals at the Kingstonian, winning the game 5 - 0. Fulham then went on to play Arsenal in the FA Cup Final. The winner of this match also goes on to play Arsenal, in the semi finals of the league cup!

Southampton Saints:

Squad: Armstrong (Captain), Bloor, Brown, Cottier, Cox, Fry, Harwood, Hewitson, Little (GK), Nwajei, O'Brien, Poore, Ritchie, Scrivens, Wilding, Yorston

Manager/Coach: John Donoghue

Red Star Southampton WFC was formed in 1979, and played in the Home Counties League, and later in the Southern Region League. In 1991 the team won the Southern Region Division 1 title and subsequently became one of the founder members of the inaugural Women's National League. They reached the FA Women's Cup final in 1991/92 and in 1995/96 Red Star changed its name to Southampton Saints. In 1998/99 the Club again reached the FA Women's Cup Final. Last season they progressed to the semi final where they were beaten by Fulham.

Southampton Saints have this season announced their merger into Southampton Football Club's structure, only the third English club to make such a move.

Southampton FC was one of the first clubs to launch an FA Girls Centre of Excellence, and has produced six international players in just three seasons. This season the club has formed a partnership with a local college for an FA Girls Academy for elite players aged 16 and over to continue their football development and pursue academic courses. Saints also run youth teams at U10, 12, 14 & 16 plus a Reserve side who compete in the FAWPL Reserves Southern Division.

On 2nd December the Club made history by playing at the Friends Provident St Mary's Stadium against Arsenal in the AXA F A Women's Premier League. Although Saints lost 0 - 3 the day was a great success with a crowd of 4,131 turning out to see the match.

At International level Saints have been represented in recent seasons by Shelly Cox and Gemma Ritchie at England U16 level, plus Corinne Yorston and Gemma Ritchie at England U18 level. Corinne was also put on standby for the full England side which took part in the 5th UEFA European Women's Championships in Germany during June/July 2001. Both Shelly Cox and Corinne Yorston represented England recently at the 1st UEFA Women's U19 Championships in Denmark.

Notable First Team Honours:

Winners of the Southern Region League 1990/91
Runners Up FAWPL National Division 1991/92
Runners Up FA Women's Cup 1991/92 & 1998/99
Winners FAWPL - Southern Division 1995/96 & 1997/98
Winners Hampshire County Challenge Cup 1996/97, 1997/98, 1998/99, 1999/2000 & 2000/2001

National League Position: 7th on 11 points

Recent form: Played 12 league games this season. 3 wins, 2 draws and 7 losses.

League Cup: 2 wins against Manchester City 2 - 0 and Chelsea 4 - 2.
FA Cup: Entering 4th round. To play QPR or Portsmouth on 6th January 2002.

Kept 2 clean sheets in league matches. 13 goals scored, 24 goals conceded. Goal scoring average 1.

Fulham squad: Smith, Johannessen, Young, Jerray-Silver, McArthur, Phillip, Unitt, Gibbons, Mork, Haugenes, Chapman, Rahman, Duncan, Moore, Pettersen, Yankey, Terp

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.

The Club also runs an F.A. registered Centre of Excellence for girls. Top quality coaching takes place on a weekly basis for the three teams (under 12s, under 14s and under 16s) at the club's Motspur Park training ground, leading to some of these players competing with the Fulham ladies squad.

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.

FA Cup: 3rd round win against Newport Ladies 12 - 0.

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, 15 goals in London County Cup with 1 goal conceded, and 12 goals in the FA Cup. That makes an awesome total of 151 games this season in 14 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
3 Norwegian Internationals: Haugenes, Pettersen, Johannessen. 1 Danish International: Terp. 1 Irish International: Gibbons. 1 Australian International: Kristy Moore.

Fulham Ladies have been drawn against their counterparts in the Northern Division, Birmingham City in the 4th round of the FA Cup. To be played away on 6th January 2002. Birmingham City are currently top of their league on 28 points after 10 games (won 9, drawn 1).