The ladies won their first major trophy in 1992 – Women’s League Cup – and later that year the Ladies won promotion to the FA Women’s Premier League. The Ladies surprised everyone, because they won the League in that same year.
The Ladies’ most successful season was the 2006/2007 season, where they won the UEFA Women’s Cup –as the first British club, the FA Women’s Premier League, the FA Women’s Cup and the FA’s Women’s Premier League Cup. On top of that then Ladies won the Women’s Community Shield and the London County FA Women’s Cup. In the Premier League, the Ladies won all 22 games (scoring 119 goals, conceding 10). The team received The Committee Award at the Sports Journalists’ Awards in 2007, in honour of their achievements. The Ladies earned a unique sextuple in a year where they played against mostly full-time professional players, whereas most of the Ladies team had a full-time or part-time job on the side.
The 2007/2008 season wasn’t as successful as the 2006/2007 season, but the Ladies continued to write history. They were knocked out of the UEFA Women’s Cup in the quarter-finals and lost the Premier League Cup final, however, they won the league for the fifth time in a row and they won the FA Women’s Super Cup.
Unfortunately the next season, 2008/2009, meant the end of a record five year unbeaten run in the Premier League. Despite that one defeat, the Ladies won the League and the two major cups that season.
In 2009 the Ladies were named as founding members of the FA Women’s Super League. They won the first season of the FA WSL. In 2011 the Ladies completed another domestic treble –WSL Champions, FA Cup, Continental Cup. In 2012 the Ladies won the FA Women’s Super League and the Continental Cup.
In 2013, the Ladies finished third in the FA WSL, after becoming League Champions for nine years in a row. Despite that, the Ladies won the Women’s Cup and the Continental Cup in 2013.
Arsenal Ladies F.C. were formed in 1987 by Vic Akers, who remained manager of the Ladies for 22 years. In 2009 Akers retired as club manager and became a general manager of the Ladies. Tony Gervaise took over from Akers in 2009. After just 20 games in charge, Gervaise quit, he hinted at interference in team affairs was the main reason behind his decision. Assistant academy director Laura Harvey took over from Gervaise in 2010.
Vic Akers managed the Ladies to winning the FA Women’s Cup 10x, The FA Women’s Premier League Cup 10x, the FA Women’s Premier League 11x and the UEFA Women’s Cup. This also meant five League and FA Women’s Cup Doubles, and four domestic trebles.
The Ladies went 108 games without defeat -16 October 2003/29 March 2009. Between November 2005 and April 2008 the ladies won 51 league games in a row.
The ladies have full support of Arsenal F.C., former vice-chairman David Dein used to be club President of Arsenal Ladies F.C.. When he left in 2007 Keith Edelman –Arsenal’s managing director- took over. Edelman left the club in 2008 and Ivan Gazidis –chief executive of Arsenal F.C.- is currently Chairman of the Arsenal Ladies.
The support by Arsenal F.C. for the Arsenal Ladies is well-known. Arsenal employed several players and staff members to develop and co-ordinate the teams and the club’s Academy. Both clubs share the Emirates and Nike sponsorship and the Ladies have been entitled to play at the Emirates –previously Highbury.
Next posts –in no particular order:
· Arsenal Ladies – Honours
· Arsenal Ladies – Squad
· Arsenal Ladies – Staff
· Arsenal Ladies – Player statistics 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 (so far)
· Arsenal Ladies – Cups, games, goals.
· Arsenal Ladies – Videos, collages, pictures
See you soon!