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Saturday 12 January 2002

Fulham Ladies v Newport County League Game Sunday 13th January 2002
Kick off 2pm at LSE Sports Ground, Windsor Avenue, New Malden

The 3rd meeting between the two clubs this season. Fulham played Newport County on 2nd September in an away league game, which Fulham won 0 - 14. Fulham then met Newport in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, beating them 12 - 0.

With the majority of the first team away in Germany taking part in a 5 a side tournament against some of Europe's top ladies' teams, Fulham Ladies will be largely made up of players from its Reserve and Centre of Excellence teams, which should make for a closer game. 6 of these players however have already played for the first team this season in league games. The reserves are unbeaten in all competitions and lie second in their league behind Arsenal.

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 14 points.

Recent form: 4 wins in 12 league games, 2 draws and 6 losses. Wins against QPR, Barnet and Berkhamsted (twice) . Draws against Wimbledon and Chelsea Ladies.

4 clean sheets. 25 goals scored in 12 matches, 34 goals conceded. Goal scoring average 2.0. Goals conceded average 2.8. Failed to score: 3 matches.

Fulham:

Squad: Holly Cox, Kirsty Percival, Jemma Lynfield, Ann-Marie Collins, Seun Odeniyi, Terri Warren, Katrine Petersen, Karen Mears, Roxanne Bennett, Julie McCauley, Jo Wilson, Nicola Carter, Natasha Daly, Sarah Morris.

Manager: Gary Mulcahey (Reserve Team)
Assnt. Manager: Toby Perrin (Reserve Team)

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.