Ladies preview

Friday 15 March 2002

Fulham Ladies v Barnet Ladies, National Premier Southern Division, Sunday 17th March 2002. 2.00pm kick off. London School of Economics Sports Ground, Windsor Avenue, New Malden, Surrey.

Fulham Ladies met Barnet last season in the Quarter-Finals of the FA Cup winning 5-0 and met them for the first time in the League this season winning 1-7. Barnet are currently tenth in the National Premier Southern Division on 13 points and have played fourteen games. Fulham head up the Southern Division and remain unbeaten in any game so far this season.

Squad: Donna Harris, Charlotte Herson, Amanda Clothier, Jessica Wright, Annie Barratt, Hayley White, Lynn Frampton (Captain), Emily Lown, Michelle Bolton, Maria Ward, Nicki de la Salle, Eleri Earnshaw, Clare Green, Tracey Kevins, Valeneek Ramsay, Nicola O'Higgins, Sophie Sutchfield, Tracey Garrett

Manager: John Jones

Club History:

Barnet F.C. Ladies entered into a partnership with Barnet FC in 1998. Although separately affiliated, the Club is fully supported by and run in conjunction with Barnet Football Club.

The origins of the club however date back to 1975, when it was formed as District Line Ladies F.C. The club's formative years were spent in the lower divisions of the Hounslow & District League (now the Greater London Regional Women's Football League). Fortunes improved with the arrival in 1981 of the present Manager John Jones, who guided the club to promotion through the various tiers of the competition.

In 1991/92 District Line won the Greater London League's Premier Division and were subsequently promoted to the Women's National League Division One South. This Division was also won at the first attempt in 1992/93 and therefore promotion to the Premier Division was achieved, thus establishing the club as one of the Country's top ten women's teams.

During the close season of 1993, the club entered into a partnership with the Isthmian League club Wembley F.C. and changed their name to Wembley Ladies. The newly re-named club consolidated its place in the top flight, finishing 4th in 1993/94 and 5th the following season, when the League had changed its title to the F.A. Women's Premier League.

In 1995/96 Wembley Ladies finished 6th in the Premier Division, but the highlight of the season came in winning the F.A. Women's Premier League Cup, defeating Doncaster Belles in the Final, on penalties, at Barnet F.C.

The following year was again marked by achievement in national cup competitions, when Wembley Ladies reached the Final of the F.A. Women's Cup. The Final was played on the ground of West Ham United F.C. and Wembley Ladies lost a tight match 0-1 against Millwall Lionesses.

Wembley Ladies won the Middlesex County F.A. Ladies Senior Cup four times in succession between 1994 and 1997. In the Final of this competition they defeated Millwall Lionesses 3-0 in 1994, Arsenal Ladies 3-0 at Highbury in 1995 and Chelsea 2-1 in both 1996 and 1997.

At the end of the 1996/97 season the club ended its association with Wembley F.C. and whilst retaining its name, moved its home ground to Hanwell Town F.C. The 1997/98 season ended with the disappointment of relegation to the South Division of the F.A. Women's Premier League.

However, it was at this time that the club entered into a partnership with Barnet F.C. and henceforth became known as Barnet F.C. Ladies. The new association meant the First Team moved to a new home ground at Underhill. This placed them in the unique position for a women's club of playing their home matches on a Nationwide League ground.

The new arrangement meant the club encompassed the existing Barnet Ladies F.C. who had themselves enjoyed a successful history in the Greater London Regional Women's League. However, to this day an influence of the old Barnet Ladies remains at the club.

The 1998/99 season was one of consolidation. Barnet finished outside of the relegation positions of the South Division, finishing the season with a string of fine results. The 1999/2000 season saw further improvement and the club finished in a mid-table position, losing only to Brighton & Hove Albion in the second half of the campaign.

Last season Barnet were among the pace-setters in the F.A. Women's Premier South Division, their brave promotion challenge only faltering in the fixture congestion of the last three weeks of the season. It was also a successful season in the cups.

The Bees reached the Quarter-Final stage of both the AXA FA Women's Cup and AXA FA Women's Premier League Cup. In addition, they defeated the holders Fulham Ladies to win the Middlesex Women's Senior Cup for the fifth time.

Southern League Position: 10th on 13 points.
Recent form: 4 wins in 14 league matches. 4 draws and 6 losses.
League: Wins against Berkhamsted Town, Bristol Rovers, Barking and Langford. Draws against Ipswich Town (twice), QPR and Berkhamsted and Losses against Newport, Millwall, Chelsea, Wimbledon and Langford.
FA Cup: Lost to Langford in the 3rd round.

Kept 2 clean sheets in league matches. 20 goals scored, 36 goals conceded. Goal scoring average of 1.4.

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 45 points.
Recent form: Unbeaten this season. 15 wins in 15 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 in Semi-Final @ Woking FC, Sunday 31st March. Kick-off 3.00pm.

Kept 10 clean sheets in league matches. 175 goals scored, 5 goals conceded. Goal scoring average 11.7.

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 271 goals in 26 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.