Ladies date

Friday 1 March 2002

Fulham Ladies v Bristol Rovers, Sunday 3rd March. Kick off 2.00pm at London School of Economics, Windsor Avenue, New Malden.

The 2nd meeting between the two clubs. Fulham won the previous encounter, 1-6. This match was played in November.

Bristol Rovers:
Squad: Davies, Criddle, Hutton, Donaldson, Peart, Leat, Dean (Capt), Cripps, Done, Trafford, Curtis, Smith, Pollock, Pockett, Cordy.

Manager: Tony Ricketts

The original club consisted of under 16 year olds who were trained by dads in a park. They played a few eleven a side games and took part in six a side league before coming together with a Senior Club called Cable Tel five years ago, when they played in the South West Combination League. The two clubs were looking to promote women's football and approached Bristol Rovers to use the Clubs name. As a result they became Bristol Rovers Ladies under Bristol Rovers Football Club. A second team was formed, which now play in the Southern Division Reserve League.

Their first two years saw the First Team finish second in the League by a single point, just missing out in their quest for National League Status. Last year saw a major change for the Club, as Bristol Rovers F.C. formally took on board it's women's section.

Bristol Rovers have had a change of Manager this season with Tony Ricketts moving in to take charge, as Manager of Women's Football / First Team Manager. So far it has been a good season in the league and their aim is to consolidate their position.

The Club continues to grow and has a thriving Junior Section with girls from 8 to 14 training each week and doing well in their Leagues. Last season saw Rovers reach the Semi-Final of the FA Cup but promotion to the Southern Division was their main goal. Tony Rickett's says "One day we hope to play Fulham in the National Premier League".

National Premier League Southern Division position going into the weekend 6th, on 26 points.

Recent form: 8 wins in 14 league games, 2 draws and 4 losses. Wins against Newport County, Langford, QPR, Barking, Ipswich, Millwall and Berkhamsted.

Bristol Rovers were knocked out of the 4th round of the FA Cup by Everton losing 2-4.

6 clean sheets. 42 goals scored in 14 league matches, 19 goals conceded. Goal scoring average 3. Goals conceded average 1.3.
Further 8 goals scored in FA cup matches, with 6 goals conceded.

Fulham:
Squad: Smith, Johannessen, Jerray-Silver, McArthur, Phillip, Unitt, Mork, Terp, Gibbons, Haugenes, Chapman, Rahman, Duncan, Moore, Pettersen, Yankey.

Manager: Gaute Haugenes
Assnt Manager: Sturla Voll

Fulham will be missing 7 key players from the squad due to the Algarve Cup taking place next weekend v Portugal game on Sunday - Chapman, Yankey, Phillip, Unitt, McArthur, Terp, Johannessen. Gibbons is also away on International duty for Ireland.

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.

Fulham Ladies are the only Professional team in Europe.

Southern League Position: 1st on 39 points
Recent form: Unbeaten this season. 13 wins in 13 league matches.
League Cup: Through to Final against Birmingham on April 7th, having beaten Arsenal 3-2 after extra time in the semi-final.
London County Cup: Through to final against Arsenal. Date and venue tbc.
FA Cup: Through to semi-finals on March 31st against either Charlton or Garswood Saints. Match to be played at Woking FC. Kick-off 3.00pm.

Kept 9 clean sheets in league matches. 154 goals scored, 4 goals conceded. Goal scoring average 11.8!

Further 31 goals in FA cup matches with no goals conceded, 37 goals scored in league cup matches with 4 goals conceded, and 27 goals in London County Cup with 1 goal conceded. That makes an awesome total of 249 goals this season in 24 matches!

19 players on the score sheet this season. Top goal scorers: Pettersen, Moore, Haugenes and Duncan.

5 England Internationals: Chapman, Yankey, Unitt, Phillip & McArthur.
1 U19 English International: Rahman
3 Norwegian Internationals: Haugenes, Pettersen, Johannessen.
1 Danish International: Terp.
1 Irish International: Gibbons.
1 Australian International: Kristy Moore.