Coventry v Fulham

Wednesday 23 January 2002

Coventry City Ladies v Fulham Ladies 5th Round, FA Cup Sunday 27th January, 2002. 1.30pm kick off. At The Pingles Stadium, Nuneaton, West Midlands.

Match preview from Vicky Brown...

The first ever meeting between the two clubs. Coventry City currently lies at the bottom of the Northern Division, while Fulham head up the Southern Division. Fulham remains unbeaten in any game so far this season.

Coventry City LFC:
Squad: Laura Watts, Amy Meaden, Alicia Copping, Maria Cartwright, Nicola Foskett, Katherine Hartley, Karen Weston, Asha Curry, Leona McCook, Natasha White, Leanne Scott, Natasha Lynch, Gemma Twigger, Becky Green, Bev Nimmo, Rachel Eaton.

Manager: Dave Cartwright

Coventry City Ladies FC were founded in 1991, although various Coventry Ladies' sides were playing from the late seventies. The club started in the West Midlands' Regional League and won the league in 1995-1996, but lost in the Premier League play-offs to Calverton MW. The 1996-1997 saw Coventry City win the league and finish unbeaten. The team beat both Calverton MW and Middlesbrough 1-0 to secure promotion to the FA Premier League, whilst also winning the Regional and League Cup.

The Sky Blues are currently in their 5th season in the Women's Premier League Northern Division.

The Club has strong links with the Coventry City school of excellence and the Coventry and Warwickshire Football Academy.

Northern Division League Position: 12th on 2 points

Recent form: Yet to win a league game. 2 draws and 10 losses.

League Cup: Lost to Wimbledon in the Preliminary round 2-0.

FA Cup: 2 wins. Beat Rushden & Diamonds 6-3 in the 3rd round and Exeter City 1-0 in the 4th round.

Kept 1 clean sheet in league matches. 6 goals scored, 35 goals conceded. Goal scoring average 0.5.

Played a total of 15 matches, scoring 13 goals in league, league cup and FA cup games.

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

Astrid Johannessen will be away on international duty with Norway, who are playing the US, China and Germany this week in a friendly tournament in China.

Fulham Ladies started up in 1993 and entered the Greater London League in Division 5. In 1999/2000 Fulham won the Greater London Premier League and were promoted to the South East Combination League. The same year the team won the Greater London League Cup, the Middlesex Cup (the only team outside of the National League to do so) and reached the quarter-final of the Women's FA Cup.

In 2000/01 Fulham Ladies turned professional and won the London County Cup, beating Arsenal 3 - 0. They also won the South East Combination League gaining promotion to the Southern Premier League. The season culminated in Fulham reaching the AXA FA Cup Final, eventually 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: 4 wins against Millwall, Leeds and Charlton Athletic and 3-2 win against Arsenal in the semi-final. To play Birmingham City on 7th April at Wycombe Wanderers in the Final.

FA Cup: 3rd round win against Newport County,12-0 and 4th round win against Birmingham City 0-5.

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 17 goals in the FA Cup. That makes an awesome total of 186 goals in 19 games this season, with just 9 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.