Charlton Athletic and Fulham will battle it out on Sunday afternoon to play in the most prestigious game of the Women's football calendar, the AXA FA Women's Cup Final. Also on offer to the winners of Sunday's game is a chance of added media exposure, with the final being televised live on BBC1 as well as live commentary on Radio Five Live.
It's a London derby in this semi-final, as the professional outfit Fulham play the winners of the 2000 FA Women's Cup at Woking FC this Sunday at 3pm. Charlton play in the women's top flight -a league above Fulham.
And the two sides met up ahead of their semi-final showdown to get their hands on the FA Cup trophy.
Fulham's Rachel Unitt and Fara Williams of Charlton Athletic may be good friends from their days with England Under-18s and now the senior side, but they both will want to get their hands on the cup after their taster earlier this week. Left-back Unitt said: "We are really pleased at Fulham to have come this far. I think it should be a very close game between two strong sides. I hope to see a lot of fans coming along to cheer both sides and I think it will be an entertaining game, that everyone would enjoy."
18-year-old midfielder Fara Williams, of The Addicks, added: "I've had a brilliant season so far and the chance to play in the FA Cup semi-final this weekend is the icing on the cake."
Charlton, under their former name Croydon, achieved the League and FA Cup double in 2000 and will be hoping to make the most from their appearance in the FA Cup semi-final this season. Fulham, who lost last season's final 1-0 to Arsenal in front of a record crowd of almost 14,000 at Selhurst Park, will be hoping to go one step further this time around.
Tickets, priced at £3 for adults and £1 for children/OAPs are still available from the Woking FC ticket hotline on 01483 772 470 ext 42. There will be entertainment on the day, with face painters, competitions and giveaways.
STATS AND FACTS
Fulham Ladies met Charlton last season in the London County Cup winning 1-5 and met them this season in the League Cup winning 1-5. Charlton are currently fourth in the National Premier Division on 22 points and have played fourteen games. Fulham head up the Southern Division and remain unbeaten in any game so far this season.
Squad from: Cooper, Kierans, Loizou, Coss, Pittuck, Hills, Webb, Wickham, Hunn, Williams, Lorton, Abbott, Moore, Walker, Langrish
Manager: Keith Boanas
Premier League Position: 4th on 22 points.
Recent form: 7 wins in 14 league matches. 1 draw and 6 losses.
League: Wins against Sunderland (twice), Brighton, Everton (twice), Barry Town, Doncaster Belles.
FA Cup: Wins against Bangor City, Langford and Garswood Saints.
Kept 3 clean sheets in league matches. 33 goals scored, 20 goals conceded. Goal scoring average of 2.3.
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.
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 48 points.
Unbeaten this season. 16 wins in 16 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. Kept 11 clean sheets in league matches. 193 goals scored, 5 goals conceded. Goal scoring average 12.06.
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 290 goals in 27 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.