Ladies in action

Tuesday 5 November 2002

Arsenal v Fulham Ladies

Thursday, 7th November, League Match. 7.45pm Kick off
St Albans City FC, Clarence Park, York Road, St Albans, Herts

Following the men's defeat against Arsenal at the weekend, Fulham Ladies look to turn the tables on the Club when they take on their arch-rivals Arsenal Ladies on Thursday, in their first league game together in the top flight.

Arsenal Ladies FC were formed in 1987 by the women's present Manager and men's Kit Manager, Vic Akers. He amalgamated Aylesbury Ladies with the interest that was generated through the club and formed Arsenal Ladies. In their 15 year history, 16 major trophies have been won, including 4 Premier League Titles, 7 National League Cups and 5 FA Cups, proving that they are a dominant force in the ladies game.

In season 2000/2001, Arsenal Ladies FC continued setting the standard when they won the 'treble' comprising of the FA Cup, the League Cup and the National League - a feat only ever done by Arsenal Ladies before, back in 1993.

The teams' match history could not be closer. Since Fulham turned professional in 2000, the two teams have played each other on five occasions with Fulham leading the battle 4 -1.

In season 2000-2001, Fulham Ladies played Arsenal in the finals of the London County Cup, winning the game 3 - 0 but then lost the major FA Cup title to Arsenal, 0 -1 in the Finals at Crystal Palace in front of a record breaking14,000 fans. Last season, Fulham Ladies were determined to avenge their FA Cup Final defeat, coming up against Arsenal in the League Cup Semi Finals - again the match went to the wire, with Fulham scoring the winning goal only in extra time. Fulham went on to beat Arsenal again in the London County Cup Final, 4-0, although they fielded a team made up mostly of reserve players.

This season started with another head to head clash in the FA Nationwide Community Shield. Yet again, there was little to decide between the two teams and full time ended with a hard-fought 2 -2 draw. Fulham were pushed all the way, but eventually won the game on penalties in a very tense shoot out where their spot-kick expertise won the game for them.

Fulham Ladies are currently sitting at the top of the National Premier Division, although with 2 games in hand, Arsenal are only 5 points behind. The game on Thursday will be a crucial one, and could already decide the National Division Title Holder.

Fulham remain unbeaten this season but have dropped 4 points, with two draws against Charlton, while Arsenal suffered a shock defeat against Birmingham City Ladies two weeks ago.

Fulham's goal scoring average is 3.5 per game, with a total tally of 28 goals after 8 games, while Arsenal are slightly ahead with a goal scoring average of 4 per game after 6 matches. Fulham have had the lowest number of goals scored against them in the League so far this season, conceding just 6, compared to 7 for Arsenal.

The game kicks off at 7.45pm.

To get to Clarence Park: Leave the M25 at Junction 22 and follow the A1081 (London Rd), into St Albans. Turn right at the mini-roundabout into Alma Rd. Turn right at the traffic lights into Grimston Road. Bare left into Stanhope Rd. Across the traffic lights into Clarence Road. The entrance to the ground is 200 yards on the left.

Upcoming fixtures:

10th Nov Fulham v Brighton & Hove Albion Woking FC 2pm KO
24th Nov Fulham v Birmingham City Woking FC 2pm KO 3rd round League Cup