Blues v Ladies

Friday 18 January 2002

Birmingham City Ladies v Fulham Ladies 4th Round FA Cup Sunday, 20th January. Kick off 1pm at Hollyfields Conference & Sports Centre, Woodacre Road, Erdington, Birmingham.

The first ever meeting between the two teams. Both Clubs currently head up their respective Northern and Southern Division leagues and are also both through to the final of the League Cup on April 7th at Wycombe Wanderers; Fulham beating Arsenal 3-2 in a nail biting semi final after extra time, and Birmingham beating Doncaster Belles 4-3 in an equally thrilling match.

Fulham Ladies lead the Southern Division on 33 points after 11 games and Birmingham Ladies lead the Northern Division on 29 points after 11 games. Both teams remain unbeaten this season.

Birmingham City:

Squad: Alison Taylor, Amy Bradley, Anna McLeod, Eniola Aluko, Faye Cardin, Frances Norman, Gemma Clarke, Claire Ramsdale, Gemma Smith, Jodie McGuckin, Karen Carney, Katy Ward, Kelly Cartwright, Laura Bassett, Leanne Griffin, Marie Ballard, Marian Byrne, Melanie Ramsdale, Michelle Archer, Michelle Convey, Michelle Hickmott, Sarah Peel, Steph Samuels.

Manager/Coach: Marcus Bignot
Assnt Manager/Physio: Steve Shipway

Home Colours: Royal Blue Shirts, White Shorts, Blue Socks

Birmingham City Ladies were formed in 1968.

Honours List:

1971/72 Heart of England League Winners

1973/74 League Runners Up, League Cup Winners, Invitation Cup Runners Up, W.F.A. Cup Semi Finalists

1974/75 West Midland League Winners. Stan Haines Cup Winners

1976/77 League Winners, Stan Haines Cup Winners, Midland Cup Winners

1987/88 League Winnners, Midland Cup Winners, 2nd Division Cup Runners Up. W.F.A. Cup Semi Finalists

1988/89 League Winners, Charity Cup Winners, Midland Cup Winners, Vice President Cup Winners, Victoria Trophy Runners up.

1989/90 The Geoff Gibbs Cup Winners, 2nd Division Winners (Nottingham League)

1993/94 League Winners, Midland Cup Winners, 2nd Division League runners up

1997/98 Consolation Cup Runners Up

1998/99 Midland Combination League Champions, gaining promotion to AXA FA Northern Premier League.

2000/01 Seniors Birmingham County Cup Winners

Northern Division League Position: 1st on 29 points

Recent form: Unbeaten this season. Played 11 league games. 9 wins, 2 draws.

League Cup: Wins against Barnet (4-0), Bangor City (1-0) and Doncaster Belles (4 - 3).

FA Cup: Win against Huddersfield Town in 3rd round, 2 -1.

Kept 2 clean sheets in league matches. 36 goals scored, 10 goals conceded. Goal scoring average 3.3.



Fulham:

Squad: Jody Smith, Astrid Johannessen, Kim Jerray-Silver, Rachel McArthur, Mary Phillip, Rachel Unitt, RonnieGibbons, 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: Through to final after wins against Millwall, Leeds, Charlton Athletic, Southampton and Arsenal. To play Birmingham on 7/4 in the Final.

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 37 goals scored in league cup matches with 4 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 181 goals in 18 games this season, with just 6 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.