Sunday, April 21, 2024

The Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 24 – 50 years of the Women’s FA Cup

Welcome to a brand new episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast, the number one podcast about Arsenal Women.

For the latest episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast, Tim talks to BBC journalist, broadcaster and commentator Chris Slegg about his and Patricia Gregory’s new book ‘A History of the Women’s FA Cup Final’, released to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the competition. In the book, Chris and Patricia have uncovered a string of hitherto unknown facts and stats about the competition, which has suffered from a lack of documentation.

Chris discusses some of the difficulties and barriers of compiling accurate information about some of those early finals and the importance of accurately depicting the history of the women’s game and understanding the barriers faced by players. Rachel Yankey did not know that she held the record for appearances in the final until Chris and Patricia’s research uncovered the fact. Chris also discusses his relatively recent discovery of women’s football and his passion for helping others to discover it too.

You can buy ‘A history of the Women’s FA Cup Final’ at all of the usual retailers and we’re sure your local book shop would be happy to order it in for you too. You can follow Chris’ Twitter account dedicated to the book and the history of the Women’s FA Cup @WFACupHistory

You can follow Tim @Stillberto

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The WFACUP has katie godden (arsenal acadamy player on loan) scoring the goal of the 4th round for Charlton, also superb assist in the 5th round against Blackburn

What is the delay on Mana Iwanuchi

Tim Stillman

There isn’t one.

Peter Story Teller

At least she will not be playing at the Euros so she can have a holiday for a few weeks!

Peter Story Teller

Just realised the Euros have been moved and what I meant was the Olympics. Since she is part of the host country’s team I presume she will be playing! Doh! By next summer there might be a few more destinations open to having a holiday at anyway!

Mc Maazi

When are we expecting the good news on Mana?

Peter Story Teller

Some of the early club names made me smile but then I remembered that Arsenal morphed from Dial Square so it’s just part of the evolution I guess. I still cannot believe that 50 years on, and apart from a handful of teams that have decent facilities and enough funding to allow them to operate properly, even women’s teams associated with top Premier League clubs (thinking Liverpool and Man Utd if you believe Casey) still in the main are afterthoughts. The salient point that Chris made was that these teams are potential new revenue streams appealing to a different audience… Read more »


Thoroughly engrossed in this conversation chaps. Thanks.
The catalyst to my own conversion to following Arsenal Women was the 2016 “Dan Carter Final”. As good an FA Cup winner that I can remember, any gender.

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