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The FA WSL / Chelsea Ladies 0 Doncaster Rovers Belles 1
« on: March 14, 2011, 10:14:50 AM »
Match report up at

As always people, remember this goes in the local paper, hence the Chelsea viewpoint.

Women's Football / Chelsea Ladies 0 Doncaster Rovers Belles 1
« on: March 14, 2011, 10:13:34 AM »
Match report up at

Sigh. Back to the day job. No sitting in comfy studios at Eurosport with a live feed, but instead freezing my balls off in a sparse stadium while peering through the gloom.

Women's Football / Casey Stoney
« on: March 13, 2011, 06:50:39 PM »
Casey Stoney is about to sign for Lincoln after leaving Chelsea. The Blues skipper initially turned down a move to the Lady Imps doubting that the newcomers to the top division of women's football could attract star names. With that fear now allayed, Stoney decided on the move during the recent Cyprus Cup.

Remember folks! You heard it here first!!

Women's Football / Middlesbrough and North Korea
« on: September 12, 2010, 03:53:50 PM »
Apologies if this is already posted, but thought this may interest everyone.

"Middlesbrough Ladies' North Korean football tour guarantees place in history"

Women's Football / Programmes
« on: March 30, 2010, 10:05:32 PM »
I'm having a mass spring clean in the house - just in time for winter to return.

Does anyone want the few Ladies' programmes I have? Freebie - on a first come, first served basis. You have until recycling day, which is Saturday 3rd!

They're all Chelsea - seeing as that's who I report on. Bear in mind, most have team changes written on, and some are not in the best of nick, being exposed to the elements and my fierce clipboard folder. Actually, I've realised that's not quite true! I have one Fulham v Arsenal. Changed details below.

I have - in no particular order:

Arsenal v Chelsea - 18/1/09, Watford v Chelsea -18/9/08, Fulham v Arsenal - 19/3/09, Chelsea v Charlton - 31/10/07, v Everton 18/11/07 (this was the wettest I've ever been at a match. The programme is intact, but water rippled!, v Bristol Academy 10/10/07, v Arsenal 7/12/08, v Watford 29/11/07, v Liverpool 21/10/07, v Cardiff 06/01/08, v Birmingham 9/12/07, v Leeds 27/01/08 FA Cup 5th round, FA Reserve Cup Final - Chelsea Reserves v Leeds Carnegie Reserves - 8/3/09. There are also 11 of Chelsea's team sheets which replaced the programme when the printers wanted too much dosh. For those who aren't familiar with them, they are an A4 sheet, with both teams' line ups only.

I assume no one wants the few remaining programmes from the men's non-league teams I used to cover?  Merstham v Crescent Rovers - 5/2/08. Yeading v Eastbourne- 24/3/07, Yeading v Welling 7/4/07, Hillingdon Boro' v Barking - FA Cup, 1/9/07, Bedfont Green v Epsom & Ewell 18/4/09, Northwood v Halesowen 2/4/07, Northwood v Hitchin 12/3/07, Uxbridge v Bashley 28/4/07, Hayes & Yeading v Welling 18/8/07.

Women's Football / Chelsea Ladies v Leeds Carnegie semi is OFF!!
« on: December 06, 2009, 12:29:06 PM »
Just checked with Imber Court.

Women's Football / Chelsea Ladies v Leeds Carnegie semi is OFF!!
« on: December 06, 2009, 12:28:25 PM »
Just checked with Imber Court.

Women's Football / Chelsea 2 Arsenal 3 - match report
« on: November 08, 2009, 11:03:49 PM »
OK, the paper's shut and my MySpace page is playing up, so until the local paper publishes this on their website, here's today's match report in full. Apologies for the bandwidth, David.

Once published, the weblink will replace this report. Actually, that's pointless really, but just in case anyone wants to see it in situ, it's up at:


Chelsea suffered stoppage-time heartbreak as Arsenal fought back from two goals behind to sink the Blues 3-2 at Imber Court on Sunday.

Lianne Sanderson opened the scoring for the hosts with just 16 seconds on the clock and Leanne Champ added a superb second nine minutes later.

Arsenal sub Jennifer Beattie reduced the arrears just after the restart, and after Helen Lander levelled proceedings midway through the half, Beattie broke Chelsea hearts with a 95th minute winner.

New Chelsea boss Matt Beard said: “I’m gutted we got beat after having such a good start.

“We were confident at half-time,” he added, “But I’m disappointed at the manner of the goals we conceded.

“We’ve got to regroup and now we’ve got a big game next weekend to keep the season alive.”

Most spectators were still settling into their seats when Chelsea stunned the visitors from the whistle.

Emma Whitter was sent away into the Arsenal box and as her dummy shot fooled the Gunners rearguard, Sanderson fired her precise pass into the net to give the Blues the perfect start.

Chelsea were in fantasyland shortly after. Claire Rafferty’s cross was only headed out as far as Champ and she struck a glorious 20-yard shot beyond Emma Byrne and into the top right hand corner.

The Gunners, however, have spent years expecting to win and Champ had to be equally adept at the other end when she headed Rachel Yankey’s corner off the line after it eluded Blues’ keeper Siobhan Chamberlain.

Gemma Davidson then side-footed wide from close range as Arsenal rallied.

As the breakneck speed continued, Sanderson blazed over following a poor clearance from Ciara Grant, and Byrne showed the Gunners’ disquiet as she verbally ripped into her defence.

As the minutes ticked down, Arsenal pushed up. Yankey tormented the Chelsea defence with a surging run and only the combined efforts of Eartha Pond and Dunia Susi stopped her from getting her shot away.

Katie Chapman then rattled the post after Casey Stoney’s poor header fell to the England star, before Corinne Yorston also hit the woodwork with a thundering drive which left Chamberlain’s crossbar vibrating.

Two incidents then tipped the balance firmly in the Gunners’ favour.

New Arsenal boss, Tony Gervaise, sent on Beattie for Davidson and then with a minute of the half remaining, Chapman was only yellow-carded for what looked like a stamp on Sanderson.

The let-off galvanised Arsenal and they pulled one back four minutes after the restart.

A fine interchange between Kim Little and Beattie gave Jayne Ludlow the space to deliver the ball to the far post where the towering Beattie headed home.

Little then turned Stoney and only a superb save by Chamberlain prevented the Gunners from equalising.

As Chelsea tried to hit back, Rafferty was inches away from connecting with Susi’s teasing ball into the box, but inevitably, it was the visitors who got the vital fourth goal.

Yankey danced past four Chelsea players and when a desperate Blues foot pushed the ball out to Beattie, her cross was clinically converted by Lander.

With the match finely balanced, Sanderson came within a whisker of regaining the lead for Chelsea, when she volleyed Pond’s pinpoint cross goalwards, only to be denied by an amazing close-range reaction stop by Byrne.

In a farcical last fifteen minutes, the referee limped off and with the assessor already called into action following the non-appearance of a linesman, a spectator took over running the line, and it was in time added on for the change when Arsenal netted their winner.  

Chelsea’s Danni Buet and Arsenal’s Little had already both seen efforts miss the target in the last five minutes of normal time, but with just seconds remaining in the fifth minute of time added on, Chelsea switched off at a corner and Beattie completed a stunning comeback for the visitors when the Scottish international scored at the near post.

Byrne showed what it meant to the Gunners as she raced to the halfway line to join in the celebrations as the visitors showed once again why they will be the team to beat this campaign.

Beard, however, was still upbeat after the match. “My ambition is to compete to win the league title,’ he said. “I’d like to go to Everton next week and win there, and go to Arsenal and win there.

“There’s no reason why we can’t do that. We’ve shown today we can compete with them.”  

Chelsea: Chamberlain, Perry, Rafferty, Stoney, Davies, Susi, Buet, Sanderson, Pond (Kempson 86), Whitter, Champ.

Subs not used: Morphitis, Hills, Cooper, Jane.

Women's Football / Chelsea 09/10
« on: August 27, 2009, 05:32:30 PM »
I've posted this in the Chelsea thread, but thought it was a nice pic to herald the new season - minus those girls who are on Euro 2009 duty of course. How many names can you put to faces? (Obviously Coops is a bit of a gimme.)

Apparently, there's no truth in the rumour that Mr Lampard may be playing in disguise.

England International Football / Euro 2009 - Press Kit
« on: July 16, 2009, 10:53:15 AM »
This is quite an interesting read. Well worth a download.

Women's Football / Chelsea net treble
« on: May 26, 2009, 07:51:01 PM »
Chelsea's reserves bagged an impressive treble of trophies at Bristol Academy on Sunday.

With a 4-0 win, the girls added the FA Women's Premier Reserve Section to the Cup and County Cup already nestling in the Blues' cabinet.

Vicky Vickery struck twice, with Katy Ling and Stevie Lamb also netting for Chelsea.

Full report here:  

(Not written by me, by the way. I don't want to take credit for someone else's efforts!)

Women's Football / Chelsea 0 Arsenal 2
« on: May 01, 2009, 08:49:19 PM »

A briefer match report than usual for this one. Didn't get home until late - and to be honest, there wasn't much goal mouth action to report on!

As shij says on the Arsenal board, most of the game was spent watching the ball bounce around the midfield.


Chelsea Ladies reserves won the County Cup this Wednesday after a tough test against Fulham's first team.,,10268~1638577,00.html

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