Girls back in town

Wednesday 17 July 2002

Tackling the best! A new season, a new division and new challenges for Fulham Ladies FC. Find out how and where you can see the best ladies team in the country compete!

Fulham Ladies have achieved huge and rapid success since their debut in the Greater London Division 5 in 1993.

Winning promotion last season to the top flight of women's football, the AXA FA Women's National Premier League, was the pinnacle of that success so far.

However, the excitement of lifting the Southern Premier League title, plus victory in both the AXA FA Women's Cup and the domestic league cup, must now be put behind them as they think about taking on the very best teams in the country.

Fitness levels are high despite a long summer break. A tough pre-season training schedule will include a friendly game against the Nigerian international side. That they specifically requested a game against us, prior to the England international on 23 July, is credit to the team.

A staggering seven Fulham players have been picked to represent England in that game so it couldn't be better preparation for the African team. You can catch our girls and the rest of the England team in action live on Sky television, kick off 8.05.

Just over two weeks later, on Thursday 8th August, the team will meet Arsenal Ladies in the Charity Shield. This 'must-see' game will be fiercely contested as Arsenal seek to avenge last season's defeat in the semi-final of the league cup and prove that they are still the best side in the country.

However our fitness levels and potent combination of youth and experience - heightened by summer signings, Una Nwajei from Southampton and Marianne Spacey from Arsenal, will take some beating. The game will kick off at 7.35 at Leyton Orient's Matchroom Stadium. If you are unable to get along to the game be sure to catch the game live on Sky.

Manager Gaute Haugenes will be joined on the touchline by new coach Lars Fredrikson this season whilst full-time physio Seamus O'Connor will help the girls with flexibility and strength in an attempt to minimise injury.

All first team home games will be held this season at Woking FC's Kingfield Stadium. Click on the ladies link on the drop-down menu of the homepage for a full fixture list. Unless otherwise stated kick-off is at 2.00pm on a Sunday.

Premiership football has never been more accessible or better value - simply turn up on the day and buy a ticket on the gate. Tickets are charged at £3.00 for adults, £2 for seniors and £1 for children. These prices include a free programme. Fulham FC adult and senior ticket holders receive a 50% discount. The fixture list is subject to change so please check the web site before coming down.

Don't forget that Fulham Ladies also have a successful reserve side and a Centre of Excellence grooming talented young players between the ages of 10 and 16 for the first team.

The Reserves finished third in the league last season, behind Arsenal and Charlton Athletic. 13 players from the squad of 22 played for the first team at some point during the season.

We also entered the Centre of Excellence League and competed very well at all age groups. Currently we play at Under 12s, Under 14s and Under 16s levels but this season we have introduced an Under 10s section who will play weekly in the league.