58 major trophies – that’s the total silverware won by Arsenal Women Football Club, formerly known as Arsenal Ladies, since it was founded in 1987. Not that you asked, but that’s 13 more than the men’s total, 45, achieved in 101 fewer years.
Vic Akers, now honorary president of the team he managed for 22 years, won the first of 36 trophies in 1992, Laura Harvey picked up the baton from Tony Gervaise in 2010 and further success has been achieved by Shelley Kerr, Pedro Losa and most recently current manager Joe Montemurro, who engineered victory in March’s FA WSL Continental Cup final.
Having worked alongside all six managers, Arsene Wenger is rightly proud of Arsenal’s glittering history in the women’s game and the fact they’ve been at the vanguard of a revolution in women’s sport.
“I don’t make a difference between women and men,” he told Sky Sports.
“If you’re good you deserve a chance. Of course, we come out a little bit of the Dark Ages when you look at women’s sport because some sports for them were not very popular; football is one of them.
“I’m very proud, since I’ve arrived here we have had a very good women’s team. We had many board meetings where at the start it was, ‘it costs money, it doesn’t bring anything in’, but I must say the whole board was always in favour, [saying] ‘let’s support, let’s put the money in to develop women’s football’.
“On that front, I believe Arsenal has been innovative and a great example for England.”
Arsenal are currently in fourth in this season’s Women’s Super League, eight points behind Chelsea but with two games in hand. If you fancy cheering on our most successful outfit, all home games are played at Boreham Wood FC. Tickets can be purchased via the club’s official website.