Ladies preview

Thursday 7 March 2002

Fulham Ladies v Millwall Ladies, National Premier Southern Division, Sunday 10th March 2002. 2.00pm kick off. London School of Economics, Windsor Avenue, New Malden, Surrey

Fulham Ladies met Millwall in the Preliminary Round of the League Cup back in September winning 0-12 and in the London County Cup Semi-Final mid February again winning 12-0. Millwall are currently second in the National Premier Southern Division on 31points and have played fourteen games. Fulham head up the Southern Division and remain unbeaten in any game so far this season.

Squad TBC: Kalie Stevens, Eunice Asante, Amy Mason, Claire De'Hara, Louise Lynch, Karen Ray, Pru Buckley, Charlotte Lee, Tina Lightning, Jane Simpson, Emma Beattie, Elise Ramadan, Jessica Smith, Vicky Bruce

Manager: Dave Bennett
Assnt. Manager: Jim Hicks

Club History:

Millwall Lionesses Football Club was founded in 1971 and has been one of the stalwarts of the women's game. The club led the way to becoming the first women's team to affiliate to a professional men's club. Without the support of Millwall Football Club, especially in the 70's and 80's, the success the ladies team achieved would not have been possible.

The advancement of the women's game has led Millwall Lionesses to become a major player in the "Millwall Community" programme and they now play an active part in the development of girl's football in the community - Millwall were the first club to have a "Female Centre of Excellence".

Through their youth policy, Millwall Ladies have developed many talented players who have gone on to gain international honours either with the Lionesses or another club. Current players who have gained international honours include Lou Waller, Tina Lindsay, Abbie Walsh, Pru Buckley, Amy Mason, and Ayo Adetayo.

The club is fielding two senior teams this season; the first team playing in the FA Women's Premier League Southern Div, and the second team in the reserve section of the FA Women's Premier League. The junior teams are competing in the south east FA Centre of Excellence League at under 14 and under 12 and there is also a development section for those players who have not yet reached the Centre of Excellence standard.

HONOURS

Women's F.A. Cup Winners 1990/91, 1996/97
National League Cup Winners 1996/97
National League Cup Finalists 1991/92
London County Cup Winners 1997/98,1998/99
London Cup finalists 1994/95,1995/96,1996/97
Kent County Cup Winners 1996/97
Kent County Cup Finalists 1994/95,1995/96
National Senior 5-A-Side Champions 1984,1987,1990
Greater London League Premier Division Champions 1990/91
Greater London League Div 1 Champions 1983/84,1990/91
Greater London League Div 2 Champions 1978/79,1984/85
Greater London League Div 3 Champions 1984/85,1989/90
Greater London League Div 3 Runners-Up 1981/82,1986/87
Greater London League Div 4 Champions 1980/81,1982/83
Greater London League Cup Winners 1983/84,1989/90
Home Counties League Div 1 Champions 1984/85
Middlesex Cup Winners 1990,1992
Copa Della Alpi Tournament (Italy) Runners-Up 1986
Carbouw International Tournament Winners 1989,1990,1991
Wedgewood Keele Classic Winners 1993

Southern League Position: 2nd on 31 points.
Recent form: 10 wins in 14 league matches. 1 draw and 3 losses.
League: Wins against Berkhamsted Town (twice), Chelsea, Newport County (twice), Wimbledon, QPR (twice), Barnet and Barking. 1 draw against Bristol Rovers and losses to Bristol Rovers, Barking and Ipswich Town.
FA Cup: Lost to Barry Town in the 4th round.

Kept 4 clean sheets in league matches. 43 goals scored, 26 goals conceded. Goal scoring average of 3.07.

Further 2 goals scored in the FA Cup.

Fulham:

Squad: Jody Smith, Astrid Johannessen, Kim Jerray-Silver, Rachel McArthur, Mary Phillip, Rachel Unitt, Ronnie Gibbons, Lynn 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:

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 42 points.
Recent form: Unbeaten this season. 14 wins in 14 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. Kick-off 12.00pm.

FA Cup: 3rd round win against Newport County, 12-0, 4th round win against Birmingham City 0-5, 5th Round win against Coventry City 0-11 and 6th Round win against Everton 0-4. To play either Charlton or Garswood in Semi-Final @ Woking FC, Sunday 31st March. Kick-off 3.00pm.

Kept 9 clean sheets in league matches. 166 goals scored, 5 goals conceded. Goal scoring average 11.8.

Further 37 goals scored in league cup matches with 4 goals conceded, 27 goals in London County Cup with 1 goal conceded, and 32 goals in the FA Cup. That makes an awesome total of 262 goals in 23 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 Sanchia Duncan.

5 England Internationals: Katie Chapman, Rachel Yankey, Rachel Unitt, Rachel McArthur, Mary Phillip
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.