Fulham v QPR

Thursday 15 November 2001

Preview from Vicky Brown

QPR v Fulham Ladies - League Match, Sunday 18th November 2001. Kick off 2.00 pm at Brent's Sport Association, Wembley Park Sports Ground, Forty Avenue, Wembley. Middlesex.

The 10th meeting between the two clubs. Since the first time they came up against QPR in 1996, Fulham Ladies have won 7 of the games, losing just 2 to the opposition. Fulham's goal talley against QPR stands at 37, having conceded just 6 over the 9 previous games. The last meeting in February 2000, was a league match which Fulham won 6 - 0.

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

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 18 points.

Recent form: Unbeaten this season. 6 wins in 6 league matches.

League Cup: 3 wins in preliminary, 1st round and 2nd round against Millwall, Leeds and Charlton Athletic.

London County Cup: 1 win against Barking, 15 - 1

Kept 4 clean sheets in league matches. 66 goals scored, 2 goals conceded. Goal scoring average 11!

Further 25 goals scored in league cup matches with 1 goals conceded and 15 goals in County Cup matches, with 1 goal conceded. That makes an awesome total of 106 goals to date this season - in just 10 games!

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

4 England Internationals: Chapman, Yankey, Unitt, Young. 1 England Under 19 International: Rahman. 2 Norwegian Internationals: Haugenes, Pettersen. 1 Danish International: Terp. 1 Irish International: Gibbons. 1 Australian International: Kristy Moore.

QPR:

This season has seen a change in the AXA FA Women's Premier League Division South, with a newly named team competing in the league. The change took place with the merger of Wembley Mill Hill, who were an existing team in the Southern Division and Queen's Park Rangers Womens' FC, who were playing in the Greater London Women's Premier Division, to form the new club QPR Ladies FC.

This season has also seen a change on the management side of the club, with long serving manager Tom Simmonds standing down as First Team Manager after many years. Martino Chevannes has now been appointed to take his place.

Squad: Cabey-Gooden, Read, Dunn, Demery, Schillaci, Miles, Johnson, Keeka, Burns, Currie, Pack, Stevens, Turner, Morena, Garrett, Richards

Manager: Martino Chevannes, Assnt. Manager: Antony Smith

National Premier League Southern Division position going into the weekend 10th, on 3 points.

Recent form: 1 win in 8 league games, 7 losses.

No clean sheets. 7 goals scored in 8 matches, 25 goals conceded. Goal scoring average 0.9. Goals conceded average 3.1. Failed to score: 4 matches.

QPR's season started with several key players out with injury and with a fairly young squad. Results have not gone the team's way this season, but QPR are focusing on rebuilding and consolidation.

Manager, Martino Chevannes commented " We are in no doubt that the current league position in no way reflects the performances the players have put in to date and are confident that we will start climbing the table sooner rather than later."