Fulham's Ladies take on Arsenal this evening at Woking in the League Cup Semi Final. Both teams top their respective divisions - both are undefeated and both are scoring goals for fun...
Don't miss the chance to see what the media are describing as the 'clash of the titans' - Our girls need your support this evening...
(Live match commentary on this website tonight from 7.40pm)
PREVIEW AND STATS:
Fulham Ladies v Arsenal Ladies - Semi Final - League Cup 2001/2002
Wednesday 16th January 2002. 7.45pm Kick off at Woking FC, Kingfield Stadium, Kingfield Road, Woking Surrey.
The first meeting between the two clubs, since Arsenal beat Fulham in the FA Cup Final at Selhurst (1-0) Park last season. Both teams lead their respective leagues and both remain unbeaten.
Squad: Emma Byrne, Kirsty Pealling, Faye White, Casey Stoney, Leanne Champ, Pauline Macdonald, Sian Williams, Ciara Grant, Jayne Ludlow, Marieanne Spacey, Angela Banks, Nicky Grant, Toni Anne Wayne, Ellen Maggs, Julie Fletcher, Megumi Ogawa, Emma Moore, Emma Coss.
Manager: Vic Akers
Arsenal Ladies FC were formed in 1987 by the women's present General Manager and Men's present kit manager; Vic Akers. He amalgamated Aylesbury Ladies with the interest that was generated through the club and formed Arsenal Ladies. In the 14 year history, 16 major trophies have been won, including 4 Premier League Titles, 7 National League Cups and 5 FA Cups, proving that they are a dominant force in the ladies game.
Last season, Arsenal Ladies FC continued setting the standard when they won the 'treble' comprising of the FA Cup, the League Cup and the National League - a feat only ever done by Arsenal Ladies before, back in 1993.
As a result of winning the National League, Arsenal Ladies were England's first ever representatives into the newly formed European League for Women.
Arsenal Ladies took part in the first ever UEFA Women's European Cup in Sept/October 2001. This was a group stage and the group included FC Bern(Switzerland), Tel Aviv(Israel) and Wroclaw(Poland).
Three games in five days saw Arsenal Ladies take an impressive three wins and nine points. This secured the pathway to the quarter-finals, which is to be played on a home/away leg tie in March 2002. Arsenal's opponents will be the equally impressive Toulouse from France, who also won their group with two wins and a draw.
The AXA Football Awards proved successful for Arsenal Ladies too. Vic Akers received his Manager of the Year Award, Jayne Ludlow won Player's Player of the Year and Angela Banks won Premier League Top Goal Scorer Award. Arsenal Ladies FC also finished in the top 3 votes for Female team of the Year, organised by the Sunday Times.
In 2001 - 02, Arsenal Ladies operate with a first team, reserve team, U16s, U14s, U12s, and U10s, with the U16S, U14S & U12S forming the NIKE Centre of Excellence.
Arsenal Ladies now has its own Academy for girls between the ages of 16-19.
Team Honours List:
National Premier League Champions 92/93, 94/95, 96/97, 00/01
Runners Up 1997/98, 98/99
National League Cup Winners 91/92,92/93,93/94,97/98, 98/99, 99/00, 00/01
Semi Finals 95/96
FA Cup Winners 92/93, 94/95, 97/98, 98/99, 00/01
Semi Finals 90/91, 95/96, 96/97, 99/00
AXA Challenge Cup Winners 98/99
AXA Charity Shield Winners 01/02
National League South Champions 91/92
London Senior County Cup Winners 94/95, 95/96, 96/97, 99/00
Middlesex Senior Cup Runners Up 94/95
Highfield Cup Winners 90/91
Reebok Cup Winners 91/92, 95/96 Runners Up 98/99
National Premier League Positions: 1st on 24 points
Recent form: Unbeaten this season. Played 8 league games, 8 wins
League Cup: Wins against Ipswich Town (8-0), Sunderland (8-1), and Barry Town (4-2). FA Cup: Beat Loughborough 7- 0 in 4th round match.
Kept 4 clean sheets in league matches. 24 goals scored, 5 goals conceded. Goal scoring average 3.
Played a total of 12 matches, scoring 60 goals in league, league cup and FA cup games.
7 England Internationals: Sian Williams, Faye White, Marianne Spacey, Kirsty Pealling, Angela Banks, Casey Stoney, Julie Fletcher 4 Under 19 England Internationals: Toni Ann Wayne, Ellen Maggs, Emma Coss, Leanne Champ
3 Republic of Ireland Internationals: Ciara Grant, Emma Byrne, Yvonne Tracey 2 Scotland Internationals: Pauline Macdonald, Nikki Grant
1 Japanese International: Meg Ogawa
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.
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 33 points.
Recent form: Unbeaten this season. 11 wins in 11 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 7 clean sheets in league matches. 117 goals scored, 4 goals conceded. Goal scoring average 10.6.
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 178 goals in 17 games this season, with just 7 conceded.
18 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.