Ladies v Dons

Tuesday 8 January 2002

Preview from Natalia Lodge

Fulham Ladies v Wimbledon Ladies League Game Wednesday 9th January. Kick off 7.45 pm at Carshalton FC, War Memorial Sports Ground, Colston Avenue, Carshalton.

The 4th meeting of the two clubs. In the current set up, Fulham Ladies first played Wimbledon in November 1995 in the Sue Sharples cup, losing the game 4-7.

The second meeting resulted in a 1-1 draw in December 1997 in a league division 2 game. Then last season Fulham went on to play Wimbledon in the London County Cup, beating them 7-2. This season, Fulham played Wimbledon in one of the first league games on 26th August, winning the match 0-12.

Wimbledon Ladies:

Squad: Ulrika Ljungdahl, Fiona O'Shea, Holly Roberts, Vicki Elcome, Julie
Kirk (Capt), Sarah Mulligan, Laura Smith, Beth Lovell, Michelle Riley, Sandra Hughes, Beth Sims, Jane Walker-Smith, Abbey Simpson, Charlie Simm, Eari Earnshaw, Jane Gouch, Laura Bonnell, Faye Plumber, Kelsey Poulton, Kelly Nethercoat.

Manager: Fred Brockwell
Assistant Manger: Steve lan Kellman

The club formed in 1974 as the famous Friends of Fulham Ladies by the female section of the Fulham FC supporters club. They joined the Hounslow &
District League from where they progressed to the Greater London League and now the Women's National Premier League.

In 1991, the year of the launching of the new National League, Friends of
Fulham teamed up with London Premier side Wimbledon FC and henceforth
changed its name. In March 1993 Wimbledon Ladies became the first team to
beat the dominant Doncaster Belles in a League game for fifteen years, winning 3-2 at their home ground then Plough Lane.

Honours List:

1984/85 WFA Cup Winners (beating Doncaster Belles 2 - 0 at Craven
Cottage), Home Counties League Champions, League Cup Winners. Team remained unbeaten all season.
1886/87 FA Cup semi-finalists
1987/88 FA Cup semi-finalists
1988/89 FA Cup finalists, losing to Leasowe Pacific at Old Trafford, 2-3
1989/90 FA cup finalists, losing to Doncaster Belles, 0-1
1991/92 FA cup quarter finalists
1992/93 FA cup quarter finalists
2000/01 Surrey County Cup winners

The senior teams finished last season third place in their respective
National Leagues.

Last season saw the appointment of Fred Brockwell as first team manager for
his second spell with the club, having lead the team to eight honours in the
late eighty's and ninety's. Fred returned from Arsenal Reserves where he had
an unbeaten two-year spell, winning the League and Cup double in 98-99 and
99-2000. He got off to a good start last season with Third place in division south, and winning the Surrey County Cup.

With 12 new signings since last season, the club has improved in strength
throughout its senior section. With Fulham in the league this season, the
club has looked to use this year to improve and has adopted a youth programme, with an average age of 21 in the first team squad. The club is
already looking to next year with three new signings already in the pipeline, as the club looks to progress to the premiership within their three-year plan.

The club had also no fewer then ten players selected for the Surrey County
FA representative side last season.

Southern Division League Position - 4th on 22 points.
Recent form: Played 11 league games. 7 wins, 1 draw, 3 losses. Wins against
Bristol Rovers (4-2), Ipswich Town (1-0), Barking (3-0), Langford (1-0),
Berkhamsted (6-1), QPR (4-0) and Barnet (0-4)

League Cup: Win against Coventry City in the preliminary round, but lost to
Bangor City in the 1st round (1-2).
FA Cup: Lost to Exeter City (1-3) in 3rd round.
Kept 5 clean sheets in league matches. 26 goals scored, 23 goals conceded.
Goal scoring average 2.4

Fulham:

Squad: Jody Smith, Astrid Johannessen, Kim Jerray-Silver, Rachel McArthur,
Mary Phillip, Rachel Unitt, Ronnie Gibbons, Lyn Rebecca Mork, Margunn
Haugenes, Katie Chapman, Deena Rahman, Sanchia Duncan, Kristy Moore,
Marianne Pettersen, Rachel Yankey, Lene Terp

Manager: Gaute Haugenes Assnt. Manager: Sturla Voll

Fulham Ladies started up in 1993 and entered the Greater London League in
Division 5.

Honours List:

1998/99 Runners-up Greater London Premier League

1999/2000 Won Greater London Premier League and promoted to South East
Combination League, Won Greater London League Cup, Won Middlesex Cup for the 1st time, the only team outside of the National League to do so. Reached 1/4 Final of Women's F.A. Cup (best cup run ever) Announcement that Fulham Ladies are to go professional.

2000/01 Won London County Cup Final beating Arsenal 3-0.

Won South East Combination League gaining promotion to AXA FA Premier
Southern Division. AXA FA Cup Finalists, 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, 5 points clear of Millwall.
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. To play Arsenal on 16/1 in semi-finals.
FA Cup: 3rd round win against Newport County, 12-0.

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

Further 34 goals scored in league cup matches with 2 goals conceded, 15
goals in London County Cup with 1 goal conceded, and 12 goals in the FA Cup. That makes an awesome total of 160 goals in 15 games this season, with just 6 conceded.

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

3 England Internationals - Katie Chapman, Rachel Yankey, Rachel Unitt.
1 U19 English International - Deena Rahman 3 Norwegian Internationals -
Margunn Haugenes, Marianne Pettersen, Astrid Johannessen. 1 Danish
International - Lene Terp. 1 Irish International - Ronnie Gibbons. 1
Australian International - Kristy Moore.