All eyes on Wembley for Women's FA Cup Final
Updated: Nov 3, 2020
The 50th Women’s FA Cup final will, once again, take place at the home of English football on Sunday 1st November with holders Manchester City taking on Everton. It is only the sixth time this final has been played at the iconic stadium.
Both clubs are going for a third victory in the competition with the Toffees having to go back 10 years since they last lifted the trophy.
The final will bring a conclusion to the 2019-20 season after it was postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak.
Manchester City boss, Gareth Taylor, wanted to make a bit of history. "We've got the opportunity to go for five trophies this season, two of them being FA Cup competitions in one season"
Taylor’s side won the 2019 final 3-0 against West Ham United and they wanted to add to that, but not just by winning trophies.
"We are trying to build a squad that are capable of competing on all fronts - to do that will be very difficult with the high level of competition in the WSL this season and obviously in the Champions League, the level just seems to keep on improving."
The City boss says they have no new injury concerns ahead of Sundays game with Aoife Mannion (knee), Megan Campbell (foot) and Lauren Hemp (hamstring) still sidelined.
Taylor was full of admiration for Willie Kirk and the job he’s done at the Merseyside club.
“There has been a lot said about other club’s recruitment but Everton have brought in some really good players.
“We’ve played them twice so far and we can draw from those experiences – but this is a one-off game of two really good teams, looking to be successful.”
Everton’s new French striker, Valerie Gauvin has described playing in an FA Cup final as “the type of occasion you work hard for all your career”
The 24-year-old striker has hit five goals in just eight appearances for Everton and heads into the game high on confidence after joining the Blues from Montpellier in the summer transfer window.
“Playing in big events like the World Cup will help and make sure you go into the game with a lot less stress,” Gauvin added
“It is going to be an absolutely amazing occasion for us to have this chance to play at Wembley.”
“After all you try to achieve as a youngster in football growing up, you work hard for days and occasions like this.”
Gauvin was very keen to point out “We want to give everything we can to perform well and win the trophy. I hope we can do that and make the Club and our fans proud.”
Everton boss, Kirk said "The challenge for me is to make sure that we're not happy just being at Wembley"
Kirk, who has only been in charge of Everton since December 2018, has been very clear in what this marks for their progression
“We are breeding a group of winners and Sunday can be a launchpad for success in the next five years,” said Kirk.
“We spoke about the objectives for the season at the start of 2019/20 and they were to finish in the top half of the league and get to Wembley.”
"We now want to go one better and actually, I don't think there's any point in going to Wembley unless you are going to win it” Kirk Added
“We are determined to get back to the days of Everton winning silverware and this is huge for us” continued Kirk.
Sunday's final comes five days after England were originally scheduled to face Germany away on Tuesday, with 15 players between the two finalist in the travelling squad. That friendly was called off after a member of the Lionesses' backroom staff tested positive for coronavirus.