Barnet v Fulham preview

Friday 23 November 2001

Barnet v Fulham Ladies - League Match, Sunday 25th November 2001. Kick off 2.00 pm @ Hanwell Town FC, Reynolds Field, Perivale, Greenford, Middlesex.

Fulham Squad:

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

Manager: Gaute Haugenes - Assistant 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 21 points.
Recent form: Unbeaten this season. 7 wins in 7 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 5 clean sheets in league matches. 80 goals scored, 2 goals conceded. Goal scoring average 11.4!

Further 25 goals scored in league cup matches with 1 goal conceded and 15 goals in County Cup matches, with 1 goal conceded. That makes an awesome total of 120 goals to date this season - in just 11 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.

Fulham Ladies will be missing 4 key players for the Barnet game due to International commitments - England's vital world cup qualifier against Portugal at the weekend.

Barnet squad:

Wayne, Herson, Clothier, Wright, Barratt, White, Frampton, Lown, Green, Baker, Chodkiewicz, Hansen, Ward, Kevins, Jackson, Bolton, Ramsay, O' Higgins.

Manager: John Jones

Barnet FC Ladies was founded in 1975 as District Line Ladies FC. The club competed in the Greater London League for a number of years, before being promoted to WFA National League in 1992.

Division One South of that League was won at the first attempt and with it promotion to what was to become the FA Women's Premier League National Division. At that time the club formed an Association with Wembley FC and became known as Wembley Ladies FC.

Wembley Ladies finished in the top four of the FA Women's Premier League in 1993/94. They were also successful in the Cups winning the FA Women's Premier League Cup in 1996, defeating Doncaster Belles in the Final, and reaching the final of the FA Women's Cup the following season. The Middlesex County FA Women's Senior Cup was also won on four occasions during this period.

Wembley Ladies were relegated from the top flight at the end of the 1997/98 season. At that time they joined forces with Barnet FC and became known as Barnet FC Ladies.

Last season was the clubs most successful to date as Barnet. They finished in the top four of the FAWPL South Division, their promotion battle failing due to fixture congestion in April and May. Barnet also reached the quarter-finals of both the FA Women's Cup and FA Women's Premier League Cup. In addition the Middlesex Cup was won for a fifth time.

The Barnet team shows a number of changes from that which last played Fulham, in last season's FA Women's Cup Quarter Final. Only four first team regulars from last term remain at the club: Lynn Frampton, Annie Barratt, Charlotte Herson and Michelle Bolton. Six others have been promoted from last season's reserve team: Amanda Clothier, Clare Green, Maria Hansen, Tracey Kevins, Eva Chodkiewicz and Nicola O'Higgins. Two further players Dee Baker and Valeneek Ramsay were recruited from Reading Royals during the summer.

England Under-19 goalkeeper Toni-Anne Wayne was recruited from Arsenal along with her club and international colleague Jessica Wright. Two other young players have made the journey across North London from Arsenal, Hayley White and Emily Lown. Sam Jackson was recruited from Australian Club Elizabeth Vale and she has been joined at the club this week by former Arsenal and Queen's Park Rangers forward Maria Ward.

The arrival of new players has seen a draw being obtained against Ipswich Town and a first League win of the season against Berkhamsted Town in their last outing.

National Premier League Southern Division position going into the weekend 11th, on 1 point.

Recent form: 1 win in 5 league games, 1 draw and 3 losses.

1 clean sheet. 4 goals scored in 5 matches, 13 goals conceded. Goal scoring average 0.8. Goals conceded average 2.6. Failed to score: 2 matches.