Tuesday 13 March 2018

FA CUP: Wildcats Share Their Cup Memories

The FA Cup is a competition for which everyone has their own, unique memories.

And it's no different for the Wildcats who, ahead of their first-ever FA Cup Quarter Final against Everton this Sunday, shared some of their memories of the famous competition.

From final appearances to scoring at Wembley, it's fair to say that the Durham side have had some fine memories in the FA Cup.

Here's some of our players' best memories from the cup competition:

“My favourite FA Cup moment would have to be the first FA Cup Final I played in for Bristol Academy WFC vs Arsenal in 2011. We lost 2-0 but it was incredible to reach the final, play in front of nearly 14,000 fans and qualify for the Champions League in the process. Plus we were never expected to get that far which made it all the more sweeter.”

- Grace McCatty

“Scoring in a 3-0 win against Chelsea in the semi-final at the Stadium of Light in 2009 and then going on to play Arsenal in the final at Pride Park”

- Nat Gutteridge

“Probably my favourite moment was being in the squad for Sunderland in the build-up to their FA Cup final! Unfortunately I wasn’t part of the squad on the day but it was still good to be part of it all.”

- Becky Salicki

“I don’t think I have any memories of the FA Cup at all of me playing in it! My only decent link to the FA cup is I scored a hat-trick at Wembley in a half-time game at the Newcastle v Chelsea FA Cup semi-final when I was 9!”

- Rachel Lee

“My favourite FA Cup memory would probably be scoring the free-kick against Sheffield (a 40-yard effort in 2014) and winning Player of the Round!”

- Beth Hepple

“My favourite FA Cup memory would have to be scoring two against Sheffield FC in 2014 in one of our first ever FA Cup games.”

- Zoe Ness

“Getting to the FA Cup final with Sunderland in 2009, having beaten a star-studded Chelsea team 3-0 in the semi-finals at the Stadium of Light. The final was in front of over 25,000 fans at Pride Park and it was broadcast live on ITV. We lost 2-1 to Arsenal but it will always be one of my most treasured memories!”

- Helen Alderson

“I was at Coventry and we were playing Oxford away in the third round. We went 1-0 up in 30 seconds, scored a second in the 15th minute then had a player sent off in the 20th minute. We had to play with 10 players for 70 minutes but ran out 3-0 winners”

- Annabel Johnson

“For me it would be when I played Man City for West Brom. We fought really hard and lost only 2-0, and we even hit the bar. Even though we were knocked out it felt like a win to us as no-one expected us to get so far and put in a performance like we did.”

- Abi Cottam

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