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Chelsea and Notts County ladies make history with Wembley final


 

Chelsea Ladies and Notts County Ladies make history today as they meet in Wembley's first ever women's FA Cup final.

Chelsea's quest to win the club's first trophy has already seen them knock out Manchester City in the semi-finals, after triumphs over Watford and reigning champions Arsenal in previous rounds.

On Saturday, former Gunners player Katie Chapman will lead the Blues out on to Wembley's hallowed turf hoping to earn a ninth FA Cup winners' medal.

"I love every single FA Cup final. Everyone has the same feeling, butterflies in your stomach," the England midfielder told BBC London 94.9.

"Obviously this is going to be the biggest one of the lot, being played at Wembley. It's a dream come true actually.

"To be the captain of Chelsea and lead that team out - and hopefully win an FA Cup with Chelsea - will be an amazing feeling."

Notts County midfielder Dani Buet, who moved to Meadow Lane from Chelsea this season, was part of the Blues side that lost the 2012 final on penalties to Birmingham City and said that preparing to play at Wembley was "surreal".

"It is incredible to think the women's game has got to the stage where we can play at Wembley Stadium," Buet told BBC Sport.

"I feel so fortunate that I'm a part of it."

As a Chelsea fan, Buet's first memory of a Wembley final was Roberto Di Matteo's goal after just 42 seconds of the 1997 FA Cup decider against Mid­dle­sbro­ugh which helped give the Blues their first piece of silverware in 26 years.

"Our house just went mental," Buet recalls of the goal.

"My Dad thinks he is going to come wearing his Chelsea strip, which I've told him straight away 'you are not wearing that'. They are there to see me do well for Notts County and I'm proud that they will all be there supporting me and hopefully I will do them proud."

With over 25,000 tickets sold and tickets available on the day it is sure to see a record crowd for this final.

JB

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