47. Arsenal Ladies clinch the title

Arsenal Ladies win the 2004 league title

Arsenal Ladies clich the Double, May 2004

By 2004 the Highbury faithful were no strangers to Doubles, but they were treated to two on one day in May 2004 as both men's and women's teams lifted their respective league trophies on the same afternoon.

Arsenal beat Leicester 2-1 to complete an unbeaten Premiership season and lifted the Premiership crown which had been captured nearly three weeks earlier at White Hart Lane.

Vic Akers' Arsenal Ladies side were next up that afternoon with a slightly tougher task before them. Victory over Fulham would be enough for the Championship, but anything else and they would miss out to their opponents.

The West Londoners started brightly and created the opening chances, but Arsenal were soon in the ascendancy and took the lead seven minutes before the break. Clare Wheatley found Lianne Sanderson and the teenager fired in an angled shot.

In the 54th minute Julie Fleeting doubled the Ladies' advantage, rounding the goalkeeper and tapping the ball in after a huge kick upfield by Emma Byrne.

The title seemed in the bag, but hearts were racing once more when Rachel McArthur, now part of the Ladies squad, pulled one back for Fulham.

Ellen Maggs, however, sealed the points in injury time with a volley and an Arsenal side were proclaimed champions for the second time that day.

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