"He does deserve an honour. As a group we're
surprised he hasn't had any recognition. If you're looking
at people who have made an impact in this sport, Vic has got to be
up there. He's got the medals, now he deserves national
Jayne Ludlow on Ladies manager Vic Akers
The 2006/07 season couldn't have turned out much better for Jayne Ludlow. Handed the captaincy after a serious injury to Faye White, the midfield powerhouse led Arsenal Ladies to an unprecedented clean sweep of trophies.
We caught up with Jayne at the Arsenal training ground a couple of days after the final game of their incredible campaign. The final part of her review of the season is now available on Arsenal TV Online:
Jayne assesses the significance of Arsenal's Uefa Cup win to the UK women's game, the promising signs at grass-roots level, why Arsenal should be an inspiration for other sides, the work of the Arsenal Ladies academy, keeping that 'hunger' after winning so much, why Vic Akers deserves an honour and his influence on Jayne's career.
Jayne talks about the Uefa Cup Final, why she didn't feel under pressure, the inspiration for her pre-match team talk, how they nullified World Player of the Year Marta, where Umea got their tactics wrong, the reasons for playing the Final at Borehamwood, how the home crowd infuriated Marta, the ingredients they lacked in previous campaign and winning without the suspended Kelly Smith.
Jayne reveals how Emma Hayes helped her with the captaincy, her sympathy for the long-term absentees, how she deals with her own injuries, the leaders on the pitch, why she lifts the trophies with Anita Asante, her own performances this season, how much she enjoyed her FA Cup Final strike and her other personal highlights.
Jayne discusses her expectations last summer, new signings Katie Chapman and Karen Carney, how new coach Emma Hayes has helped her, the psychological side of the game, Arsenal's attacking approach, their unblemished league campaign, why their success is good for the women's game, the spread of talent across the division, how Arsenal's dominance will help England's World Cup hopes, her delight at Arsenal's 'makeshift' defence and the the stand-out performer up front.
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