Ladies deserve support

Wednesday 16 January 2002

It's been a bit tense around the Ladies training camp this week. Fulham's all conquering team members have a different feeling about tonight's game against an Arsenal side who are supposedly, the best in the country.

The Gunners visit Woking tonight for a League Cup semi final clash. Both sides remain unbeaten this season and both are scoring heavily each week cruising past all comers with ease.

But for Fulham's girls, there's a score to settle after last season (a highly successful one in anyone's book) ended on a low note when the Gunners narrowly defeated Fulham in the FA Cup Final. Something that has been wrangling in their minds ever since...

As Rachel Yankey put it: "We were gutted at losing that day. It will mean so much to us to beat Arsenal it's untrue."

That day, Fulham's men's team were celebrating winning the Championship with a party at Harrods. Two stands had been set up, one was already holding the First Division trophy, the second was in place and ready to accept the Ladies FA Cup. It had to be removed as the result filtered through.

"This time we want to put the record straight." Added Rachel.

"The girls are very proud to wear the Fulham shirt. We have a special bond and we play with our hearts. Fulham is everything to us and many of the girls are season ticket holders. Some like Ronnie Gibbons are life-long fans and all her family are regulars at Fulham."

Support could well hold the key to victory this evening. Arsenal have a large vocal following and are expected to bring great support to Woking.

Yankey added: "It means so much to us to have the fans behind us. We couldn't believe it when we saw how many of them came to last seasons FA Cup Final. It was an awesome experience. Hopefully tonight, they'll come along and get behind us in the same way."