2000 FA Women's Cup Final

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2000 FA Women's Cup Final
Bramall lane1.jpg
Event 1999–00 FA Women's Cup
Date 1 May 2000
Venue Bramall Lane, Sheffield
Player of the Match Pauline Cope
Referee Janie Frampton
Attendance 3,434

The 2000 FA Women's Cup Final was the 30th final of the FA Women's Cup, England's primary cup competition for women's football teams. It was the seventh final to be held under the direct control of the Football Association (FA). The match was contested by Doncaster Belles and Croydon Women at Bramall Lane in Sheffield on 1 May 2000. Croydon made its third final appearance, after winning in 1996 but losing the 1998 final. Doncaster Belles entered a record 12th final having won the trophy on six previous occasions.

Croydon entered the competition at the fourth round stage and beat Tranmere Rovers, Liverpool, Everton and Leeds United to reach the final. Doncaster Belles also entered at the fourth round and faced Brighton & Hove Albion, Garswood Saints, Wembley Mill Hill and holders Arsenal before reaching the final.[1] Doncaster's 3–2 semi final victory over Arsenal took place at Field Mill before Sky Sports television cameras.[2]

It was reported that Doncaster had been gripped by Cup final excitement after the Belles reached the final for the first time in six years. The club laid on coaches for the short trip to Bramall Lane and an official Cup final song, Northern Pride, was recorded by the team.[3]

Croydon won the match 2–1, with goals from Carmaine Walker and Gemma Hunt. Vicky Exley had equalised for the Belles, while Karen Walker had a penalty kick saved by Croydon goalkeeper Pauline Cope.[4]

Hunt's winning goal was disputed, with Doncaster players arguing the ball had not crossed the goal line.[5]

Match details[edit]

1 May 2000
Doncaster Belles 1 – 2 Croydon Women
Vicky Exley Goal 37' Carmaine Walker Goal 23'
Gemma Hunt Goal 65'
Bramall Lane, Sheffield
Attendance: 3,434
Referee: Janie Frampton
Doncaster Belles
GK England Leanne Hall
DF England Mandy Lowe
DF England Claire Utley
DF England Michelle Jackson
DF England Lizzie Gomersall
DF England Aran Embleton
MF England Gillian Coultard (c)
MF Republic of Ireland Denise Thomas Substituted off 68'
MF England Vicky Exley
FW England Karen Walker
FW England Melanie Garside Substituted off 82'
MF England Sarah Abrahams Substituted in 82'
FW England Gail Borman Substituted in 68'
FW England Jo Torr
DF England Lizzie Howden
DF England Emma Glenc
England Julie Chipchase
GK England Pauline Cope
DF England Kyproulla Loizou
DF Northern Ireland Gill Wylie (c)
DF England Julie Fletcher
DF England Emily Arnold
MF England Gemma Hunt Substituted off 82'
MF England Sharon Barber
MF England Debbie Bampton
MF England Tara Proctor
FW England Carmaine Walker
FW England Joanne Broadhurst
DF England Alex Cottier
FW England Alexa Hunn
DF England Tina Mapes Substituted in 82'
GK England Andrea Cowan
DF England Julie Darby
England Debbie Bampton


  1. ^ Drake, Andrew. "Women's F.A. Cup 1999/2000". The Owl Football Historian. Archived from the original on 2012-10-11. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  2. ^ "Women's FA Cup 2000". British Broadcasting Corporation. 2000-07-12. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  3. ^ "Doncaster's Blue and Yellow Army". Doncaster Free Press. 27 April 2000. Archived from the original on 2012-03-18. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Croydon triumph in women's final". British Broadcasting Corporation. 2000-05-01. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  5. ^ Hughes, Sarah (2000-05-02). "Hunt keeps Croydon on double track". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-09-05.