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Announcements / Re: RIP twmcat
« on: April 14, 2010, 02:32:56 PM »
That's a real shock.

I hadn't met Clive, but thought it only a matter of time before we shared a drink at Imber Court or Boreham Wood.

Sad, sad news. A gent and true supporter.

RIP Clive. You'll be sadly missed.

Can't help thinking that Shiv's confidence is shot.

Arsenal's third came from a high cross into the six-yard box. That has to be a keeper's ball at ANY level.

Instead, Shiv was rooted to her line and Faye - who, ridiculously, was marked by one of the smaller Chelsea girls - has a simple header and it's game over.

Siobhan has always had a problem with her handling, but this season it really seems to have got to her.

Women's Football / Re: Programmes
« on: March 31, 2010, 05:08:14 PM »
I now have a taker for the programmes.

Thanks for looking guys!

Women's Football / Re: Barnet v West Ham
« on: March 30, 2010, 10:19:05 PM »
Ah, the lovely Hanwell Town pitch. Swamp in winter, ankle-breaking, ploughed field in the late spring.

I've actually scored at the Greenford end, and remember the ruts and drainage ditches fondly.

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.

Congratulations everyone. This topic just hit 1000 posts with OOH Fayefan's.

I guess feelings run pretty high. Here's to the next 1000.

Have to say that I'm still curious about grounds. I know that Imber Court - Chelsea's ground - is dug up and relaid over summer for the Met Police FC.

Isn't this going to be the case with most Step 3/4 grounds?

Players / Re: Ann-Marie Heatherson
« 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.

OK, we appear to have gone a little off-topic here, but I have to ask, why 'Carry on Matron' for Chelsea?

Mind you, lovely Hattie Jacques would make a superb keeper for any club.

Women's Football / Re: Female Player: Hall of Hotness
« on: February 02, 2010, 04:45:01 PM »
Well, if we can have any woman - in or out of the game, I'm going for Rita Glomp.

Once the feared striker for Glossop Industrial Corsets FC, Glomp scored 25 goals in one match in 1932. Rumours that, prior to the match, she had threatened the opposing goalkeeper with a 'vulcanising where the sun don't shine if you touch that bloody ball', were never proven.  

Glomp was a distinctive figure in the polka dots of GIC and took to wearing the mop cap she used to protect her hair from the shrapnel and highly toxic residue that pervaded the heavy corset industry at that time, on the pitch.

The distinctive chant of "Rita, Rita, spell your name." from opposition fans was, in 1933, the top cause of footballing injuries - with many supporters needing rattles, scarves, rosettes and pies removed from various orifices.

Glomp retired in 1934 after an industrial accident at GIC left her unable to suck lemons, but she then spent many successful years working as a bodyguard for American heavyweight champion Joe Louis.

Glomp passed away in 1983 following a long holiday in Prestatyn.

Is that the time? Must get back to the asylum.

The FA WSL / Re: Chelsea 2009/10
« on: December 20, 2009, 09:20:35 PM »
I was at Chelsea v Leeds - albeit 30 mins late due to the kick off time changing - and hence no report.

However, Leeds were good value for their win. They were much more incisive with the pass, prepared to battle all over the pitch and took their chances well.

Frankly, Chelsea were woeful. Casey is playing in midfield when she's really a defender, Lianne was on her own up front and constantly marshalled by three Leeds defenders. It was notable that she carved out Chelsea's first real chance by herself - and that on 86 minutes when they were already two down. And Siobhan dropped another clanger - literally - for the second.

I'm not giving any confidences away by saying there were some harsh words said in the dressing room at half time and full time.

It was, however, really strange to see some of the England girls dressed up before they travelled to Sheffield for the BBC's Sports Review of the Year. after the match. Carly Telford was a revelation in black! However, her huge boyfriend was present and plays rugby for Wales, so enough of the compliments....

England Cup Competitions / Re: THE FA WOMEN'S CUP 2009/10
« on: December 06, 2009, 04:00:04 PM »
As usual prize is a joke compared to men's prize...

Yep, gotta love that £75 for the prelim teams.

Divide that between 14 players, 4 or 5 manager/coaches/physios and you get less than £4 per person.

Wouldn't even cover petrol money, let alone pitch fees. When I used to play in the Amateur Football Combination, pitch fees were around £200!

Sorry Pat.

Didn't see your post before I checked with Imber Court to confirm.

Still, in the wonderful last-minute, ever-changing world of fixtures that is women's football in this country, it probably didn't hurt to have it reinforced!

Women's Football / Chelsea Ladies v Leeds Carnegie semi is OFF!!
« on: December 06, 2009, 12:30:31 PM »
Just checked with Imber Court.

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.

Introduce Yourself / Re: Hey :)
« on: November 15, 2009, 11:35:02 AM »
Hi Aussie and welcome.

Have you seen 'Never Say Die Matildas'?

It's a documentary about the Matildas' World Cup campaign.  It was available at:

Women's Football / Re: The FA and the Superleague - comments, questions?
« on: November 12, 2009, 05:39:43 PM »
And here we are.

One year on and we're still asking the same questions - along with a few more - and we're still no closer to receiving answers about what we (and presumably the clubs) see as the (im)practicalities.

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