The night of 4th May will see Manchester City face West Ham at Wembley but with a difference. In what is expected to be a record-breaking match, the premier ladies squads take each other on in the Women’s FA Cup Final this weekend. Let’s take a look at what primes this match to be a landmark in the women’s game worldwide.
With the iconic Wembley stadium playing host to West Ham United as they take on Manchester City, the world is awaiting the announcement that a new world record is set in stone for crowd numbers during a women’s football match. The current record belongs to a match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona’s ladies squads as they clashed at Atletico’s famous Wanda Metropolitano.
Led by 27-year-old center back Gilly Flaherty, West Ham United are a formidable team. Having defeated Reading on their way to the finale, they will look to claim what is sure to be their biggest prize so far in women’s football. Flaherty, formerly of Arsenal and Chelsea has lifted silverware and has been to 3 Women’s FA Cup Finals in 4 years.
A cruel twist of fate in the 92nd minute of a knockout tie might seem pedestrian, but when it happened to Chelsea’s Magdalena Eriksson – who steered past her own goalkeeper – every fan in the football world felt her pain. That pain was joyful for Manchester City – who made it to the final of the Women’s FA Cup at the expense of the Blues. A stunning show of spirit and grit by Manchester City sees them as slight favourites heading to Wembley.
In 2019, the women’s game has seen an uptick worldwide but especially in England and her continental neighbours. Arsenal won the Women’s Champions League, FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid set an attendance record in the women’s La Liga and now London and Manchester face off, once more, for the title of FA Cup Winners. Whatever the outcome, one thing is sure, history will be made on 4th May at Wembley!