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Photo of Lori Hoey and two team mates holding the Women's FA Cup in 1985

Monday 29th November, 1-2.30pm

50 years of the Women’s FA Cup final

In this webinar, BBC sports journalist Chris Slegg and 1985 Women’s FA Cup winner Lori Hoey explore some of the moments that have shaped the evolution of the competition.

The FA Cup is one of the most famous trophy names in world sport but for decades the women’s competition was largely ignored by the media and general public. That though is beginning to change as the 50th anniversary season of the knockout tournament nears its end culminating in the Covid-delayed 2021 Women’s FA Cup final, which takes place on 5th December, will be a match every bit as worthy of its place in the limelight as its male counterpart. Two fully professional teams – Arsenal and Chelsea – will battle it out in front of tens of thousands of fans on the hallowed turf beneath Wembley’s famous arch. Millions more will be watching live television coverage on the BBC.

Join us as Chris, author of  ‘A History of the Women’s FA Cup Final’ considers where we would be now if the competition had been fully embraced by the authorities half a century ago. While Lori, who won the Cup with Friends of Fulham, relives the triumph – and tribulations – faced by players of her generation.

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