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Everton Ladies have just won their penultimate game of the season, beating Doncaster Belles 3-0 away. The result puts our girls three points clear with one just match to play ? and the final match (this Sunday) is against their only rivals, Arsenal. We need a draw (or a win!) ? an Arsenal win gives them the title on goal difference.

I don't know where the game's being played (it's not at the Ladies' usual home venue, Marine FC). I'd love to think it was being played at Goodison Park - the girls really deserve it - but wherever it's played, Everton fans should turn out in their thousands to support the team.

In case you aren't aware, Everton Ladies have won 20 of their 21 games this season ? it's the one drawn match (against Leeds) that prevented them from clinching the title tonight ? and they've only conceded one goal in the 11 games played in 2009. So come on everyone ? show your true colours this Sunday ? whereever the Ladies are playing!
Dave Annal, Watford     Posted 06/05/2009 at 19:35:30

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Richard Porter
1   Posted 06/05/2009 at 21:05:46

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The Everton Ladies team play Arsenal in a title decider this weekend. Earlier this season, we became the first team to beat Arsenal in over 100 league games, and can claim the title, as well as an unbeaten record if we avoid defeat.

Top of the table:

1, Everton, P21 W20 D1 L0 F68 A9 Pts 61 GD +59
2 Arsenal P21 W19 D1 L1 F88 A14 Pts 58 GD +74.

Game is at the Stobart Stadium in Widnes on Sunday at 2pm.

June Halton
2   Posted 07/05/2009 at 10:47:49

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The match takes place on Sunday 10th May - kick off 2.00pm. Halton Stadium, Lowerhouse Lane, Halton, WA8 7DZ.

Come on you blues!
Sean McCarthy
3   Posted 07/05/2009 at 13:00:52

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I know officially it's "Everton FC" but ladies football is abosolute pants (no pun intended) and I think I'd rather stay home and wash the car!!! And I live near to Halton Stadium too. If they were playing in my back garden I'd draw the curtains!!!

Sorry ladies
Tony Williams
4   Posted 07/05/2009 at 13:14:10

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Sean, I like you do not find watching the ladies that exciting; however, if they were playing outside my window in my garden I would get the camcorder going just for Rachel Unitt alone....... hubba, hubba!
Richard Porter
5   Posted 07/05/2009 at 12:44:14

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Tickets are £3, £1 for concessions
Fran Mitchell
6   Posted 07/05/2009 at 13:40:09

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When they win the league, we should put them on the bus with the mens team for our FA Cup Final Victory Celebrations, celebrate a league and cup double.

Our squad is small so surely going to be space.
It would be a nice touch, the ladies having thousands of fans cheering them on.
Sean McCarthy
7   Posted 07/05/2009 at 14:18:05

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Tony, I take your point, mate!!!!
Jay Woods
8   Posted 07/05/2009 at 14:53:05

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Yeah, ladies football is horrendous; didn’t the German ladies team get an absolute hammering in an experimental match against the German U-17 side?

That said, I hope our gals win it, because they bear our name.
Dave Annal
9   Posted 07/05/2009 at 15:54:01

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I was at the game when we beat Arsenal Ladies to end their five and a half year unbeaten run and I assure you guys, the football was anything but pants. One of the best games I’ve seen all season. Fiercely competitive, thudding tackles, quality passing and three great goals. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it is what I’d say. And come on, it’s Everton isn’t it? What else do you want????
Dave Annal
10   Posted 07/05/2009 at 15:57:47

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And just to clarify, the game is kicking off on Sunday at 2pm at:

Stobart Stadium Halton
Lowerhouse Lane
Widnes
Cheshire
WA8 7DZ

So despite appearances, both Richard and June (above) are right!
Sean McCarthy
11   Posted 07/05/2009 at 16:09:06

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Dave ? did you see the womens FA Cup Final??? I'm sticking with my original assessment!! It's Pants!!

They may be called Everton but have you seen that ?car sales? place called Goodison Park autos?? I wouldn't buy a car from them just coz it's called Goodison Park!! Likewise I wouldn't trust Everton Glass for my windows!!
Patty Beesley
12   Posted 07/05/2009 at 16:11:24

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Sean McCarthy... on behalf of all the girls in blue ... you chauvenistic pig!!!
Dave Annal
13   Posted 07/05/2009 at 16:13:11

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Sean - did you see Wigan v. Bolton last Saturday? I’ll rest my case on top of yours!

My daughter is a mad Evertonian and a keen footballer. The Everton shirt, that Natascha Dowie personally signed for her is one of most prized posessions.

I repeat, Come On You Blue Girls - Everton through and through!
Shaun Sparke
14   Posted 07/05/2009 at 16:39:48

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I would put our ladies team up against any from the Walter Smith era. In all seriousness, it is easy for us to sit back and call ladies football pants, but we really must congratulate them on the effort that they have put in this season. They are at the very top of their sport and have worked so hard to reach that level. How many of us can say the same thing about the jobs that we are in?

It may not be as physical and as quick as the mans game and therefore not as exciting to watch, but lets give a little credit where it is due.
Neil McKinney
15   Posted 07/05/2009 at 18:13:55

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Ok, so the women’s game isn’t great to watch and has a long way to go, but fair play to the female Toffees. The women’s game needs time to develop and the best way to do that is to get exposure through the well established clubs like Arsenal and Everton. That gets youngsters interested and the coaching available to girls these days will be leagues ahead of what was available to most of the current ladies squad.

If there’s a women’s league then I want the Everton Ladies to win it! I was delighted when they broke Arsenal’s monopoly and won the cup last season and they have now made the natural progression and are challenging for the title.

Credit where credit is due. Come on you Blue Girls!
Karl Masters
16   Posted 07/05/2009 at 18:53:22

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They laughed at Ladies Tennis, Cycling, Swimming and Athletics once, but not any longer.

A fantastic season by the Everton Ladies matching Arsenal blow for blow, eclipsing Chelsea and destroying Liverpool. And these players are part-time and have to make a lot of sacrifices elsewhere in their lives to have the time to play and train.

And as a bonus, some of them are dead fit too! Rachel Brown anyone? Hubba bubba indeed, Brian Williams!

COYB!
Mikey Cummins
17   Posted 07/05/2009 at 19:19:04

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COME ON YOU BLUES! i’l tell you what lads, i don’t care if it’s not that exciting Everton are going to win the league, if thats, Men, Ladies, Youth, Dogs, Cats it’s something we should all be proud of and i for one will be cheering them all the way to victory.

Well done girls you’ve done us proud and Rachel Unitt will u marry me you’re awesome :-).

COYB xxxx
Sam Morrison
18   Posted 07/05/2009 at 19:47:09

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Am I right in thinking Everton ladies are amateurs, whereas Arsenal are semi-pro? Either way, hats off to them and good luck to them on Sunday.

Minor request with regards to ladies being physiologically different to gentlemen ? can we keep this thread the right side of the 1970s?
Keith Harrison
19   Posted 07/05/2009 at 21:49:10

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Karl,
Blow by blow??? Is this a double-entendre, and is the DVD available under plain wrapper, or a freudian slip as opposed to a girls slip!! Hubba hubba indeed!

Whatever, come you Blue girls, make it an Everton double celebration.
Dawn Dawson
20   Posted 07/05/2009 at 22:25:59

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I assume most of the male posters on this site haven’t watched much women’s football. There is just as much skill, passion and commitment as you expect to see from the men’s team but not as much diving or cheating. It’s about time women were recognised for their abilities. I’m sure if Everton Ladies were paid (handsomely) to train and play you would agree they were (are) the equal of their male counterparts. You should show them some support as they wear the blue shirt with pride!
Dave Annal
21   Posted 07/05/2009 at 22:55:09

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Well said, Sam and Dawn.
Ciaran Duff
22   Posted 07/05/2009 at 22:52:40

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I haven?t seen EFC ladies but I can certainly tell you that Women?s football is on the rise. Participation rates for kids, teenagers and ladies are the highest growth areas in any sport.

I did watch the Women?s World Cup a couple of years ago - the fact that it was aired on TV, here in OZ, in itself was an indication of its growing popularity. I was amazed at the standard of play. There were a few free kicks into the top corner that would match any male equivalent. The skills of Brazilian Marta would leave most English male players for dead.

So, I hope that the EFC Women?s team can claim the title and get the support that they deserve.

Richard Porter
23   Posted 08/05/2009 at 18:55:29

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The Everton players are amateurs, and the Arsenal players semi-pro, in that they are paid by the club but for youth coaching and suchlike rather than just for playing.

One of our stars Jill Scott, an England international, plays for Everton, lives in Sunderland and works as a coach at the Gateshead sports centre, so obviously spends a lot of her time travelling ? and all to play at the highest level she can, and keep her England place. And unlike male players, she isn?t handsomely rewarded ? she does it for the love of the game. One of the reasons I enjoy Ladies football, and also non-league men?s football ? amateurs just seem to care more and try harder than professionals. Of course they?re not as good, that?s the flipside.
Lue Glover
24   Posted 09/05/2009 at 07:49:03

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Sean, it?s a relief to know that you will be at home doing such a manly thing like washing your car. I don?t suppose a woman could ever wash it like a man could she and especially not as well as you?

No-one realistically expects women's footy to be the same as the men?s game but at least they do play with passion and honesty and without the theatricals of the men?s game. ? Yes, that manly game where men fall down at the slightest touch, where they roll around like big jessies CHEATING.

Give the girls some credit for reaching the level they have done ? it may not match YOUR heady manly heights but they have worked hard to get there.

Paul Joy
25   Posted 09/05/2009 at 09:10:34

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Lue

You are ?absolutely right - hope I don?t piss you off now

If womens football wants more credibility then one thing that needs to be done is ditch the reference to "Ladies". Totally ridiculous and outdated - sounds like something off Little Britain which it is not is it? The players are no more Ladies than Tony Hibbert is a gentleman if you get my point.

The players are Women, the game is played by women. As Jim Royle would say "Ladies my arse".

Technically similar to Women's cricket but light years away from the men's game ? that is not a sexist viewpoint but a statement of fact. Personally, I choose not to watch the Ladies who bear the great name but I have got some mates who are off for their first taste to see the title decider.

It is just not for me though but I do hope for a win (or draw). Would it be wrong to say Come On You Blue Ladies?

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