One for the future – Brooke Norton-Cuffy

by Andrew Crawshaw My daughter was at the Bolton v Lincoln City game recently and I managed to find a stream of it and watch the last 10 minutes of the first half and the whole of the second half.  Bolton emerged 3 – 1 winners with all goals scored in the second half. Nothing …

Chelsea Women v Arsenal: Friday 11 February – A Season Defining Encounter

by Andrew Crawshaw After our draw last weekend against Manchester United we remain top of the WSL.  Chelsea are second, two points behind us but with a game in hand.  This game is therefore the epitome of a “six pointer” Here is the current table P W D L F A GD Pts 1 Arsenal …

Arsenal Women v Manchester United Continental Tyres Cup Quarter Final – Match Preview

by Andrew Crawshaw On Wednesday evening 19 January, Covid permitting, our Women’s team enter the Continental Tyres Cup at the quarter final stage.  Due to our involvement in the Champions League group stage we were exempt from the earlier group stage of the competition.  Our opponents are Manchester United so I expect this to be …

WSL Matchweek 9 – The one where Chelsea lost (but Arsenal won)

by Andrew Crawshaw Whilst I was at the Emirates on Saturday watching our men’s team at last play some football and score more than one goal Chelsea Women had a lunchtime game against Reading.  In the fourth minute they had a defensive lapse and Deanne Rose raced through to score past Zećira Mušović who was …

Women’s Champions League round of 16 Arsenal v Barcelona – Match Review

by Andrew Crawshaw Firstly sorry this report wasn’t ready last night.  A 7pm kick-off should have left me plenty of time to get back to South London and write it but a track problem interrupted my journey home and I didn’t get in till well after 11 by which time I was too knackered. The …

2021 Women’s Champions league round of 16 – Arsenal v Barcelona Preview

By Andrew Crawshaw Our match against Barcelona is being played tomorrow evening at the Emirates with a 19:00 kickoff.  It will also be shown live on the DAZN streaming website and probably also by arsenal.com so you should be able to watch it wherever you are in the world. Barcelona are, without doubt, the best …

2021 FA Women’s Cup Final – Arsenal v Chelsea Sunday 5 December – Part 4- An unusual FA Cup fina

by Jon Preston A word of introduction – These are the thoughts of my Son, Jon who accompanied me (Andrew Crawshaw) to the game. As FA Cup finals go, today’s was unusual.  Carried over from last season, I found myself at Wembley in December to watch Arsenal against Chelsea, a traditionalist’s tie if ever there …

2021 FA Women’s Cup Final – Arsenal v Chelsea Sunday 5 December – Part 3- Match Report

By Andrew Crawshaw The 50th playing of the final of the Women’s FA Cup was held at Wembley this Afternoon in front if a crowd of marginally over 50,000. I was there along with Jon, my son and his daughter Josette. It was Jon’s first Arsenal Women’s game although we sit together at the Emirates …

2021 FA Women’s Cup Final – Arsenal v Chelsea Sunday 5 December – Part 2 – Match Preview

by Andrew Crawshaw 2021 FA Women’s Cup Final – Arsenal v Chelsea Sunday 5 December – Part 1 History The match is at Wembley and kicks off at 14:00 UK Time.  If you can’t be there in person it is also being broadcast live in the UK on BBC1 and BTSport 1 and local carriers …

2021 FA Women’s Cup Final – Arsenal v Chelsea Sunday 5 December – Part 1 History

by Andrew Crawshaw This will be the 50th Women’s FA Cup Final, but why only the 50th?  It will also mark the centenary of a disgraceful act by the FA which by itself should preclude that body having any authority over the game we all support. On 5 December 1921 the English Football Association (FA) …

Arsenal WFC v HB Köge Champions League – Wednesday Match Preview

by Andrew Crawshaw The first thing I want to say is that at least this game will not have match officials from the PGMO.  I expect this game to be refereed in a competent fashion without the bizarre decisions we say in the WSL match on Saturday. Here is the current league table in our …

Arsenal Women v HB Köge – Champions League preview; it’s live on Arsenal.com

by Andrew Crawshaw Our Women flew to Denmark yesterday prior to the third of their six Champions League games.  They play the Danish Champions Köge both this Wednesday and also at Borehamwood next Wednesday, 17 November. Köge is a small town about 45 minutes south of Copenhagen and their team became the Danish Champions for …

Today: Arsenal Women v Brighton, FA Cup semi final. Live on BBC2 and worldwide

by Andrew Crawshaw The Women’s FA Cup reaches its 50th anniversary this year.  It was first won in 1971 by Southampton who beat Scottish side Stewertom 4 – 1 in a game played at the Crystal Palace National Sports Arena (a 12 minute walk from my front door). Southampton went on to dominate the early …

Arsenal Women – October 2021 Internationals – Round up

by Andrew Crawshaw Many of our Women’s team have been globe trotting, playing for their home countries in a variety of World Championship Qualifiers or ‘friendly’ matches. Here is a quick round-up of how they all got on Thursday 21 October World Championship Group A – Ireland 0 – Sweden 1 Katie McCabe played the …

TONIGHT: Arsenal Women in the Champions League. Group Stage preview

by Andrew Crawshaw The matches within the four groups that form the last 16 of the Women’s Champions League commence this week The clubs involved are:- Group A Group B Group C Group D Chelsea Breidablik Kopavogur Arsenal Bayern Munich Juventus PSG FC Barselona BK Häcken FF Servette FC Chēnois Real Madrid HB Køge Olympic …

Arsenal Women September 2021 review – with added video footage

by Andrew Crawshaw Wednesday evening’s 5-1 victory over Tottenham brought a close to a really good September for Arsenal Women.  Please note that the embedded links are to the FA Player highlights, you will need to log in or create an account to view the footage. WSL Arsenal v Chelsea 5 September We started our …

Women’s FA Cup 2020/21 Quarter final Arsenal v Spurs

by Andrew Crawshaw The FA had a problem with last season’s Women’s FA Cup.  The pandemic caused a cessation of all non-elite level sport at a time when the early rounds featuring non-elite teams would have been taking part.  Like the men’s FA Cup the competition is open to all clubs affiliated to the FA …

Arsenal v Slavia Prague – Womens Champions League Second Round

by Andrew Crawshaw Match report of the first leg Borehamwood Tuesday 31 August  It was nice going to watch a game live again (I was poorly on the day of the Men’s season opener and so this was my first live game).  The journey was rather reassuring, Park the car at Penge East, £1 for …

Arsenal v Chelsea (Women) the match report

by Andrew Crawshaw First the Context: Chelsea have been the WSL champions most years recently. They have the deepest squad and, in Emma Hayes, one of the most determined managers in any branch of the game. To say she dislikes losing is an understatement. Manchester City are the only other team, apart from ourselves to …

Womens Champions League round 2 – Arsenal v Slavia Prague tonight

by Andrew Crawshaw On Tuesday Evening Arsenal Women kick off their second round match in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.  The tie is being played home and away, the first leg at Borehamwood with a 19:30 kick off, the second leg is in Prague on Thursday of next week 9 September with an earlier kickoff …

Women’s Champions League – report and videos against PSV and 2nd round draw

by Andrew Crawshaw Last Friday and Saturday  the teams remaining in the Round 1 knockout phases of the Champions and League pathways played their final games, and on Sunday the draw for the second round was made. At this point the 12 teams from round one were joined by a further 12 with direct access …

Arsenal v PSV Eindhoven – Uefa Women’s Champions League Preview

by Andrew Crawshaw The match kicks off at 15:00 Saturday and will be streamed live by arsenal.com – at least it will if they have sorted out the technical difficulties that beset the coverage of the game against Okzhptes on Wednesday. As our European coefficient (27.7) is higher than that of PSV Eindhoven (12.0) we …

Women’s Champions League – How the competition works

By Andrew Crawshaw I was intending to do a scouting report on PSV Eindhoven, our opponents on Saturday, but the stream of their match wasn’t licensed to be shown in the UK (or that was the message I repeatedly got).  What I thought I would do instead is clear up some questions I had regarding …

Arsenal V Okzetpes – The match report, a thumping Four Nil win to the Arsenal

by Andrew Crawshaw I nearly got the team right.  Wälti was out following a minor knock and Nikita Parris made her debut playing on the left of a front three and fellow debutant Iwabuchi dropping into midfield. Starts for all four of our new arrivals and, as predicted, seats on the bench for our Australian …