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Ann-Marie Heatherson
« on: May 13, 2007, 11:52:07 PM »
Ann-Marie is fastly re-establishing herself back in the squad after a long absence from the Charlton first team through injury and illness. Although she's had a good season in Charlton's title winning reserves it's only the last few games that she's been a regular first teamer again.
Although out on the left wing today, she was back at her bustling best. She's been setting up goals for fun lately with some great crosses and assists.

Profile information is from the Charlton women's website.

"Prolific despite her age, Heatherson's last two seasons have been ravaged by injury but 2006/07 began with renewed optimism as she approached full fitness and a regular first-team return.

An England U21 and senior international, she was named the 2004 Umbro Young Player of the Year and will long remember that season as the campaign in which she made a real breakthrough for both club and country.

The 2004/05 season didn't start badly either, when she scored the goal that gave the Addicks a 1-0 Community Shield win against rivals Arsenal.

She finished the campaign as the club's top scorer, with 14 goals from just 19 appearances, despite missing a significant chunk of the season through injury.

Heatherson was actually the third Charlton player in a row to hold the young player of the year award, following in the footsteps of midfielder Fara Williams and Eniola Aluko, who was the holder when she moved to the club from Birmingham City.

The crucial turning point arrived at the turn of the 2003/04 season when she netted seven goals in just five appearances, including a hat-trick against Aston Villa in late November, and she finished the season with 12 goals in just 13 starts.

Indeed, she had already announced her intentions by scoring four goals in a Premier League Cup win against Bangor City in October 2003, and by the end of the season, manager Keith Boanas had adopted an attacking 4-3-3 formation to accommodate as many of his high-profile strikers in one team.

Six of her goals came in cup games as Charlton reached the finals in both the FA Cup and Premier League Cup, winning the latter.

And if all that was not enough, she picked up her first England call-up in January 2004 as well.

A product of Charlton's centre of excellence, striker Heatherson was the reserves' leading goalscorer during 2001/02 and spent the following season on the fringes of the first-team squad.

She managed a total of seven league appearances for the Addicks in the 2002/03 campaign, although six of those were from the substitutes' bench, but also featured in Charlton's run to the FA Cup final.

Heatherson's best moment in the previous season was undoubtedly scoring the brace that defeated Barry Town 2-1 in April 2002 and she featured a total of nine times for the senior side in that campaign, seven of which were as a substitute.

Heatherson has also represented the London Football Association and was a key member of Charlton's mixed reserve/first team that lifted the London Cup in 2003, beating Arsenal in the semi-final and Fulham in the final.

The Gunners were again the victims on August 11th, 2004, as Heatherson pounced on a cross from Eniola Aluko to hammer a far-post shot beyond Republic of Ireland international Emma Byrne just before half-time of the Community Shield clash.

The goal enabled Charlton to claim the first silverware of the season, adding to the previous season's Premier League Cup, and first blood over their great rivals, but she was only fit enough to play a second-half role in the 2005 Premier League Cup final as the Addicks were beaten 3-0 by Arsenal.

She aggravated a leg injury in that clash, and was frustratingly sidelined for the following six weeks as Charlton reached the final of the FA Cup as well.

A shortage of strikers at Upton Park that day, plus Boanas' knowledge of the whole-hearted commitment offered by the forward, led the Charlton boss to gamble on including the hard-working Heatherson in his starting line-up and she didn't let him down with a typically unselfish display.

Indeed, by the time the exhausted striker left the field in the 69th minute, she had already hit the woodwork twice and, but for her lack of match sharpness, would surely have given Charlton a much more comfortable winning scoreline.

Unfortunately, her efforts didn't convince England head coach Hope Powell to include her in the squad for the European Championships.

And there was further injury woe in 2005/06 when Heatherson played just three first-team fixtures, and made just one start due to a succession of injuries.

That frustration looked to have evaporated by the start of the following campaign and such was her desire to regain full fitness she played the first half of a morning Addicks Premier League fixture in September 2006 before racing across the capital to feature in a reserve match in the afternoon as well.

Full of endeavour and never-say-die spirit, Heatherson is a key member of the squad and her availability in 2006/07 will no doubt feel like a new signing for Boanas."




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Re: Ann-Marie Heatherson
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2007, 10:49:44 AM »
According to reports from Charlton, Ann-Marie is off to Iceland for the summer season together with fellow Addick, Kimberley Dixson. The club don't say which club they'll be joining but I suppose it might be the same team that Charlton's spring triallist, Harpa Thorsteindottir played for - that would be Stjarnan Gardebaer. Don't know much about the Iceland scene - most of the top division teams come from the capital, Reykjavik. Although England beat Iceland fairly convincingly at Southend last week, their league must be fairly good given their international results lately. Hope Heatherdottir and Dixdottir have a good summer!

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Re: Ann-Marie Heatherson
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2007, 12:15:30 PM »
It is good for their fitness as well.

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Re: Ann-Marie Heatherson
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2007, 09:53:40 AM »
Fulham have finally confirmed that they have signed Ann-Marie together with a glut of other new signings, including the cream of Charlton's Cup and title winning reserve team.

Ann-Marie was winner of the Umbro Young Player of the Year Award in 2004, which puts her in good company with other past winners of the likes of Eniola Aluko and Fara Williams. That shows her pedigree, which has only been damaged in the last two campaigns by injury and illness. Back to full fitness after a good end of season with Charlton and a summer in Iceland, she should be a right handful in the Southern Division as Fulham attempt to regain top level status. She should really still be playing at that level this season.
 

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Re: Ann-Marie Heatherson
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2007, 10:02:52 AM »
From yesterday's publicity about Fulham's new squad signings.

"With the club having lost eight games by the odd goal in their relegation fight, their presence would have surely meant the retention of the clubs National Division spot. Ann-Marie Heatherson has already proved her return to full fitness, with 16 goals in four friendly outings pre-season."

Some strikers don't manage 16 in an entire season!!!

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Re: Ann-Marie Heatherson
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2008, 07:51:31 PM »
Fulham march on
Monday, 07 January 2008.

Ann-Marie Heatherson scores twice against her former club to send Fulham through to the F.A. Cup Fifth Round.

Charlton Athletic came up against a determined Fulham side and it was one of their former players who scored the goals that sent them crashing out.

Last season's finalists, who took the lead against Arsenal at the City Ground in that showpiece, were punished by Ann-Marie Heatherson either side of half time to make it 2-0 to the visitors.

Cherrelly Albert scored a late goal to complete the scoring and Fulham now face a home clash with either Sunderland or Birmingham.

http://www.thefa.com/Womens/TheFAWomensCup/NewsAndFeatures/Postings/2008/01/FAWC_4th_FulhamVideo.htm

Ann-Marie was the essential difference between the two teams. Play was fairly even for the first hour except for Ann-Marie's two quality strikes, which revived memories of her former exploits for the Addicks as the club's leading goalscorer and when she won the Umbro Young Player of the Year Award.

The Addicks defence handled most of Fulham's forward play quite well, but when a top goalscoer is on form they only need a brief chance to capitalise on.

After her career setbacks through injury and illness, it's good to see her back near her best - just a shame that it was against Charlton in a cup game!!!


 

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Re: Ann-Marie Heatherson
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2008, 01:29:29 AM »
From football-england.com

"WFC Fulham remain well placed in the South after a late goal by Ann-Marie Heatherson gave them a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace. I think it would be fair to say that Heatherson has been personally responsible for winning more points than any other player in the top three divisions this season."

Not just me that reckons she's doing alright, then.


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Re: Ann-Marie Heatherson
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2008, 12:12:01 AM »
Won the Golden Boot for the Southern Division although she had to sweat on it for a bit at the end of the season. She sat out the last few games on the bench with a shin injury but the blow was probably softened by winning her award at the FA last week to go with her Divisional Championship medal for Fulham.

Some strikers expand their goal tally with a few penalty strikes but Ann-Marie makes hers up with head and feet in open play.

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Re: Ann-Marie Heatherson
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2008, 08:02:19 PM »
Lionesses sign Ann Marie

Women's Football News
14 Jul 2008
 
Last season's Southern Division top goalscorer, Ann Marie Heatherson, has signed for Millwall Lionesses.
 
Ann Marie has left newly promoted WFC Fulham to link up with her former Charlton Athletic boss Keith Boanas at Millwall.
 
She will join up with a strong squad, which finished as runners-up behind Fulham last season, that also includes England international Leanne Champ who signed from Arsenal towards the end of the season. More arrivals are expected at Millwall in the near future.

http://www.womenssoccerscene.co.uk/080714-06.htm
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Re: Ann-Marie Heatherson
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2010, 09:06:39 PM »
After helping the Lionesses gain promotion from the Southern Division as the club's top scorer, Ann-Marie has been on good form again for them as they've taken on the country's top teams. Last week she signed on for Chelsea and scored in her debiut in last night's Premier League win over Watford. 

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Re: Ann-Marie Heatherson
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2010, 09:46:52 PM »
Absolute beauty as well...poaching at the near post from a Dunia Susi cross and flicking a volley into the far corner on the run.

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Re: Ann-Marie Heatherson
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2010, 12:42:16 PM »
I like Annie and think she has the potential to go a long way. Plus she's just as feisty on the sidelines as she is on the pitch!

When she was injured with Fulham, it was interesting to see the girls still gravitated towards her, rather than the manager - who wasn't Steve, by the way.

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Re: Ann-Marie Heatherson
« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2010, 11:24:17 PM »
She looked good today, a lot better than when I saw her play with Millwall and she does not moan unlike wih the Lionesses lol